A talented field of 13 sprinters have been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to racing in exceptional form through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, classy mare Angelic Light has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Winterbottom Stakes betting markets and is currently available at generous odds of $3 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Securing a commendable race record of five wins and a further six minor places from her 15 competitive appearances on course to date, Angelic Light spent more than a year in the spelling paddock following a close run for second in the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) with a tendon issue, but has arguably returned to the races in career-best form this time.
Running third in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) first-up on August 23rd, the Holy Roman Emperor mare pulled of the season’s biggest upset when poking a head clear of the world’s leading sprinter Lankan Rupee in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) on September 6th.
Having since finished fourth in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) and a close second in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), all signs point towards another impressive performance from Angelic Light in the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes.
While yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of bets for success in Winterbottom Stakes markets, Moment Of Change has maintained status as sole occupant of the second line and is currently available at generous odds of $4.40 for success or $1.80 to finish in the places.
A standout for trainer Peter Moody over the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, Moment Of Change ran fourth in both the Moir Stakes and Manikato Stakes and third in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) before finishing a agonizingly-close second to Buffering in the Winterbottom Stakes.
Continuing on his way towards impressive back-to-back victories in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1200m) in early autumn, the Barely A Moment gelding is yet to claim a race win in four starts this time in, but finished an impressive fifth amongst a particularly classy field in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) last time out and appears primed for a return to the winner’s circle.
Having opened at a quote of $7 for success, Sidestep has so-far received the greatest market share of bets for success in the 2014 Winterbottom Stakes and currently figures as outright third favourite and clear $6 market mover.
Running eighth in the Darley Classic first-up on November 8th, Sidestep is a proven performer over the Winterbottom Stakes running distance of 1200m this year having taken out both the Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) over late autumn.
Allocated the ideal barrier 2, punters may find value in adding Sidestep as a selection in a Winterbottom Stakes trifecta or quinella bet.
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