This Saturday, November 27th, Ascot Racecourse will host the next Group race feature of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival and in anticipation of the 2010 Winterbottom Stakes the final field of acceptances has been released.
Sixteen star sprinters and one emergency make up the final field for the $750,000 Group 2 Burswood Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), which is the richest sprint race held in Western Australia.
Last year’s Winterbottom Stakes winner Ortensia will not be back at Ascot to defend her title on Saturday, connections choosing to send the talented mare overseas for the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on December 12 after receiving an invitation over the weekend.
Idyllic Prince, the horse that ran second to Ortensia in the Winterbottom Stakes 12 months ago, will be back for the 2010 showdown.
The Jim Taylor-trained eight-year-old is coming off two promising season runs after finishing second to Waratah’s Secret in the Prince of Wales Stakes and then running fourth in the Lee Steere Classic last start.
With Ortensia out, four-year-old Oratorio gelding Waratah’s Secret is now expected to head the Winterbottom Stakes odds.
Two interstate raiders will attempt to steal the Winterbottom Stakes win from the locals this year with Sydney gelding Whitefriars and Mick Price’s Victorian runner True Persuasion two of the top fancies.
The Rick Worthington-trained Whitefriars is coming off back-to-back spring wins including their victory in the Salinger Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in unsuitable conditions on October 30.
Other notable sprinters in the 2010 Winterbottom Stakes final field include Colonel Reeves Stakes winner Ma Ma Machine, Fred Kersley’s in-form veteran Marasco and the Neville Parnham-trained duo of Tarzi and Elliotto.
The barrier draw for the Winterbottom Stakes will be conducted on Tuesday evening and published here Wednesday.
Following the barrier draw the Tabcorp-owned online bookmaker Luxbet will open their updated Winterbottom Stakes betting markets so prepare to win big by opening an account with them today!
2010 Burswood Winterbottom Stakes Final Field
|1||MARASCO||Daniel Staeck||Fred Kersley||58.5|
|2||TARZI||Steven Parnham||Neville Parnham||58.5|
|3||IDYLLIC PRINCE||Jason Brown||Jim Taylor||58.5|
|5||REVOLITION||Brad Parnham||Paul Jordan||58.5|
|6||MA MA MACHINE||Alan Kennedy||Adam Durrant||58.5|
|8||KING KOOL KAT||Duncan Miller||Ian Glading||58.5|
|10||WARATAH’S SECRET||–||David Harrison||58.5|
|11||TRUE PERSUASION||Brad Rawiller||Mick Price||58.5|
|12||DANTE’S VOLONTE||–||Simon Barrass||58.5|
|13||WERD||Craig Staples||Chris Gangemi||58.5|
|15||MOONLIGHT DRIVE||–||Trevor Andrews||58.5|
|16||FOR YOUR EYES ONLY||Troy Turner||Paul Jordan||56.5|
|17e||GRAND JARDIN||Jarrad Noske||Bruce Watkins||58.5|