Winterbottom Stakes Runners - Runner-by-Runner guide for the Winterbottom Stakes

  • Runner-by-Runner guide for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) 
Viddora wins the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m).

The Lloyd Kennewell-trained Viddora looks extremely well-placed to go back-to-back in Saturday’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.

Here is our runner-by-runner guide for the Winterbottom Stakes.

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1. MALAGUERRA (7) - Peter Gelagotis, Ben Melham, 58.5kg 
Malaguerra returned from a 12-month spell with a luckless run in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) last start. We didn’t get to see where the seven-year-old is at and it’s still somewhat of a guessing game with Big Mal. Mark Zahra rode him in his recent Cranbourne trial and said the horse would appreciate some head gear. The Blinkers go on for the first time and current jockey Ben Melham has said that could improve the horse by two-lengths. He maps nicely from barrier seven and he is overs if he brings his best form.
Odds: $11.00 (Bet365

2. VOODOO LAD (14) - Darren Weir, Damien Oliver, 58.5kg 
Voodoo Lad was another luckless runner in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m). The horses that performed well in that Manikato Stakes (Brave Smash & Spirit Of Valour) were the horses that built momentum from the 500m-200m. Voodoo Lad looked to be travelling well at the 400m mark but just lost his momentum when Jungle Edge fell back into his lap. He picked up again late and went to the line with Sunlight. D.Oliver and D.Weir are a formidable combination and he will get his chance to swoop with Runson likely to set a fast tempo in front. 
Odds: $9.50 (Sportsbet)

3. DURENDAL (12) - Chris Gangemi, Shaun McGruddy, 58.5kg 
The seven-year-old gelding Durendal defeated Belter and Dainty Tess last start in the Group 3 Colonel Reeves (1100m). He ran third behind Viddora in this race last year, coming off a third in the Colonel Reeves, the race he won at his last start. He hasn’t won at 1200m since winning the Group 3 Standish Handicap down the Flemington straight on New Year's Day. He will be forced to work from barrier 12 and that could tell late.  
Odds: $26.00 (Neds)


4. REBEL KING (4) - Darren Mcauliffe, Jarrad Noske, 58.5kg 
Seven-year-old gelding Rebel King is first-up since defeating Man Booker and Profit Street in the Listed Idyllic Prince Stakes (1300m). He has had 10 first-up runs for three wins and five placings. His recent second to Enticing Star in a Lark Hill trial was solid but I couldn’t back him.
Odds: $51.00 (Beteasy)

5. MALIBU STYLE (6) - Neville Parnham, Steven Parnham, 58.5kg 
Another seven-year-old gelding, the Neville Parnham-trained Malibu Style. He was $51 into $21 when winning the Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) last start, defeating Bons Away and I’ll Have A Bit. The form with Bons Away can be tied into Osborne Bulls, which looks good enough. The concern is, he is 1 from 21 at the distance. That win was incidentally the last time he has won back-to-back races, in a three-year-old race at Ascot back in 2014. Not for me. 
Odds: $16.00 (Unibet)

6. PROFIT STREET (2) - Peter & Matthew Giadresco, Mitchell Pateman, 58.5kg 
He was $9 out to $19 and performed poorly, when running second-last behind Durendal and Belter in the Group 3 Colonel Reeves (1100m) last start. The six-furlong trip looks his best distance but this class is a bridge too far.  
Odds: $41.00 (Unibet

7. ASHLOR (8) - Dan McCarthy, Daniel Stackhouse, 58.5kg 
The blinkers on sharpened him right up for his first-up victory over 955m on Cox Plate Day. He was suited by the track pattern on this day but does improve second-up over further ground. He boasts six wins and four placings from 12 starts at 1200m. Daniel Stackhouse on board is a negative and he will require a good ride from barrier eight. A top three finish wouldn’t shock. 
Odds: $21.00 (Sportsbet)

8. RUNSON (15) - Leon & Troy Corstens, Stephen Baster, 58.5kg 
The Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Runson was low-flying before he ran down the Flemington track, a track he has never handled well. If you take him on his Moonee Valley form, where he broke the 1200m track record, he must be considered. Stephen Baster will make sure he rolls along in front. If he is in front at the 100m, you will be holding your breath with the swoopers likely to rush home late.
Odds: $12.00 (Sportsbet

9. BELTER (1) - Sean Casey, Patrick Carbery, 58.5kg 
The son of Denman, Belter was impressive going through the grades in the Autumn and returned with a terrific second in the Group 3 Colonel Reeves (1100m) last start. He led and just didn’t settle early, allowing Durendal to run over the top of him in the last furlong. He should improve second-up at 1200m and maps just in behind Runson on the fence. A knockout hope. 
Odds: $41.00 (Unibet)

10. VIDDORA (5) - Lloyd Kennewell, Joe Bowditch, 56.5kg 
The Group One performed Viddora is clearly the horse to beat for a second consecutive year. She won the race last year and couldn’t have a better set up to defend her crown. She showed her terrific turn of foot first-up, winning the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley. She contested The Everest at her next start but the track was simply too wet and to quote her trainer Lloyd Kennewell, “the wheels were spinning”. She loves travelling and has settled into Ascot perfectly by all reports. Barrier five is the perfect gate and I love the map. Hard to beat. 
Odds: $2.90 (Beteasy)

11. DANITY TESS (11) - Daniel Morton, Paul Harvey, 56.5kg 
What a terrific little mare Danity Tess is. Her first-up victory defeating Durendal in the listed R.S. Crawford Stakes (1000m) had to be seen to be believed. She followed that up with another amazing victory in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1000m). She ran seventh, beaten three-lengths by Viddora in this race last year. That is probably her level. I couldn’t back her to win the race but a top three finish wouldn’t surprise at all. 
Odds: $15.00 (Sportsbet)

12. I’LL HAVE A BIT (10) - John McArdle, Chris Parnham, 56.5kg 
Four-year-old mare I’ll Have A Bit boasts a Group 2 victory over She’s So High and Viridine and a close-up third behind Santa Ana Lane in a Group 1 over this distance. Usually I would be in love with that form, however I have a major concern. I find her SP profile quite odd. Despite running three very credible thirds this preparation, she has been $31 out to $51, $13 out to $41 and $6.50 out to $18 in her last three starts. The market consistently doesn’t rate her, which gives me the inkling she is overperforming. 
Odds: $12.00 (Sportsbet)

13. ENTICING STAR (13) - Adam Durrant, William Pike, 56.5kg
The boom horse Enticing Star suffered her first defeat last start in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m). I wouldn’t be basing my assessment of her on that run, as she was $1.45 out to $2.70 as it was reported she was in season. My concern is the map. Pike will be forced to snick from barrier 13 and settle near the tail of the field. Proven Group One winner Viddora will be ahead of her and going past Viddora seems like a tough task. Has the talent to win. 
Odds: $6.00 (Beteasy)

14. SEANNIE (9) - Lindsey Smith, Lucy Warwick, 56.5kg 
This four-year-old mare has talent, finishing only two-lengths behind Tulip in the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy (1200m) earlier this year. Now trained by Lindsey Smith, the four-year-old won her first start in Western Australia, defeating Minus Looks in a Benchmark 72. This is a step-up and a win would surprise me.
Odds: $51.00 (Unibet)

15. VALOUR ROAD (3) - Simon A. Miller, Ben Allen, 54.5kg 
This is an almighty step-up in grade for the three-year-old Valour Road. A first-up fourth at Bunbury was followed by a fifth behind Mystery Miss in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m). Aaron Mitchell to Ben Allen is a positive jockey change. He drops 5.5kg on his last start effort but $34 looks unders.
Odds: $34.00 (Unibet


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