A particularly talented list of 13 sprinters have been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of some of the year’s standout performers.
Having taken out two Group 1 events over autumn this year, talented sprinter Moment Of Change arguably highlights the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes final field.
Securing a commendable race record of seven wins and a further ten minor places from his 26 competitive appearances on course so far, Moment Of Change finished fourth in each of the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) over the spring of 2013, progressing to third in the Group 1 VRC Sprint (1200m) before running a close second to Buffering in the most recent edition of the Winterbottom.
Returning to the east coast for second in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m), the Barely A Moment gelding produced and exceptional turn of foot to take out the Group 1 C.F Orr Stakes (1400m) on February 8th before repeating the dose in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) two weeks later.
While unable to again find the line in the clear over four starts this time in, Moment Of Change placed a credible fifth amongst particularly classy competition in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) most recently on November 8th and appears primed for a return to the Group 1 winner’s circle this weekend.
Returning to racing in exceptional form following more than a year in the paddock with a tendon injury, talented mare Angelic Light has been confirmed for the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes and has been charged with carrying just 56.5kgs; a race-low weight.
Contesting an impressive record of five wins and a further six minor places from just 15 competitive tilts so far, the Holy Roman Emperor mare ran third in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) first-up this time before pulling off an exceptional upset when pipping the world’s leading sprinter Lankan Rupee on the line in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) on September 6th.
Finishing fourth in the Group 1 Moir Stakes and second in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes most recently, all signs point towards another strong performance from Angelic Light in the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes.
Having also returned to racing in competitive form this season, trainer Jason Warren is confident the Winterbottom Stakes offers the perfect opportunity for Bel Sprinter to secure a second title at the highest level of Australian racing.
Claiming eight wins and a further three minor places from his 26 competitive appearances on course so far, Bel Sprinter undoubtedly found career-best form over the autumn of 2013; charging home to win the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) first-up before placing third to equine superstar Black Caviar in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 12th; returning to the paddock after finishing a close second to Lucky Nine in the Group 1 International Sprint (1200m) at Singapore’s Kranji course.
While unable to figure over four disappointing starts through autumn, the Bel Esprit gelding won the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) first-up this time, before a luckless run for sixth in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) on November 1st.
The 2014 Winterbottom Stakes barrier draw is due to be completed and released on Tuesday evening.
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2014 Winterbottom Stakes Final Field
|1||x2110x2085||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||0||58.5kg|
|2||0460x211x8||SIDESTEP||John O’Shea||Nash Rawiller||0||58.5kg|
|3||8x94800x16||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||Ben Melham||0||58.5kg|
|4||744212×766||WATERMANS BAY||Mark Kavanagh||Steven Arnold||0||58.5kg|
|5||12x1211x32||TESTAMEZZO||Daniel Pearce||Peter Knuckey||0||58.5kg|
|6||31512223×1||SHINING KNIGHT||Grant Williams||William Pike||0||58.5kg|
|7||90x780x635||TIGER PETE||Steve Wolfe||Shaun Mc Gruddy||0||58.5kg|
|8||108x44x131||ECLAIR BIG BANG (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||0||58.5kg|
|9||153×211115||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||0||58.5kg|
|10||4x555x3x24||WINDSWEPT||Chris Gangemi||Brad Parnham||0||58.5kg|
|11||x0x2612461||YSMAEL||Adam Durrant||Joseph Azzopardi (a)||0||58.5kg|
|12||111x114x41||MAGNIFISIO||Jim P Taylor||Jason Brown||0||56.5kg|
|13||32512×3142||ANGELIC LIGHT||Robbie Griffiths||Damien Oliver||0||56.5kg|