Winterbottom Stakes Tips & Betting Advice

Winterbottom Stakes 2019

Date Saturday, 30 November, 2019
Track Ascot Racecourse
Distance 1200m
Class Group 1
Race Type Weight for Age
Prize Money $1 million
Age 3YO and Upwards


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Winterbottom Stakes betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Winterbottom Stakes pointers are:

  • Winners tend to come from Barrier 1-8
  • A lead-up run in Perth is a major advantage
  • Favourites have a good record in the race


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The Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) is Perth’s most prestigious sprint race and is open to all horses three-years-old and above.

The feature event is a major drawcard for some of the country’s top sprinters.

It was first run in 1952 and was won by Raconteur when the race was run over 1400m.

In 1994 the Winterbottom Stakes was installed at its current distance of 1200m and in 2011 the Australian Racing Board Pattern Committee recommended its elevation to Group 1 status.

In 2003 the race ran its only renewal away from Ascot Racecourse when it was held at Belmont Park Racecourse.

Since its inception, three horses have managed to go back-to-back, with La Trice (1970-71), Belinda’s Star (1975-76) and Hadrada (2002-03) achieving the rare feat.

Internationally-travelled mare Ortensia managed to win two Winterbottom Stakes twice (2009 and 2011) and so did Asteroid (1953 and 1955) and Buffering (2013 and 2015), but not in consecutive years.

The Winterbottom Stakes has been won by some outstanding sprinters with Placid Ark (1987), Miss Andretti (2005), Takeover Target (2008), Ortensia and Buffering being the most popular winners.

And who could forget the epic battle between modern-day sprinting stars Takeover Target and Apache Cat going neck and neck down the Ascot straight with the former prevailing by the narrowest of margins.

The sprinting duo were two of the most popular sprinters of their time with fairytale story of Takeover Target being purchased for $1200 and Apache Cat displaying an almost all white face which made him a sentimental crowd-favourite.

The race, which was upgraded to Group 1 status in the 2011/12 season, and attracts the best from across the country. Key lead up races include the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) while a natural progression sees runners head to the A.J. Scahill Stakes (1400m) in December.

Winterbottom Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Noble Sky
2001 Fair Alert
2002 Hardrada
2003 Hardrada
2004 Ellicorsam
2005 Miss Andretti
2006 Marasco
2007 Glory Hunter
2008 Takeover Target
2009 Ortensia
2010 Hadabeclorka
2011 Ortensia
2012 Barakey
2013 Buffering

2014 Magnifisio
2015 Buffering
2016 Takedown
2017 Viddora
2018 Voodoo Lad
2019 Hey Doc


Regarded as the ‘grand old lady’ of Australian racecourses, Perth’s Ascot Racecourse is a well-drained turf track with a 300 metre inclining straight regarded by experts as the most severe test of stayers in Australia.

Ascot is one of the smaller racecourses in Australia and inside barriers can be an advantage.

Races are run in an anti-clockwise direction.


Perth Racing (formerly the Western Australian Turf Club) has been hosting thoroughbred race meetings at Ascot Racecourse for over 150 years.

Although the course hosts three Group 1 events throughout the year, the time-honoured Perth Cup (2400m) remains one of Perth’s feature races and is held on New Year’s Day.

The racecourse is situated approximately 8 kilometres east of the Perth City Centre with the head office of The Western Australian Turf Club positioned directly opposite.