Takedown is the 2016 Winterbottom Stakes Winner

November 29th, 2016

Talented four-year-old Takedown has broken through for a maiden win at the highest level with a strong performance for success in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse over the weekend.

Takedown (pictured winning the Gold Coast Guineas) charged home to take out the 2016 Winterbottom Stakes over the weekend. Photo: Daniel Costello

Takedown (pictured winning the Gold Coast Guineas) charged home to take out the 2016 Winterbottom Stakes over the weekend. Photo: Daniel Costello

Takedown was sent off a double-figure odds chance in Winterbottom Stakes betting markets despite his smart form this time in, and did his chances of success no harm when jumping well and immediately finding a position just off the pace of early leader Sheidel.

Experiencing a good run in transit, the Stratum gelding was offered a clear racing line upon arriving at the final straight and immediately responded when asked for an extra effort, but required the all 300m of the Ascot straight to poke clear of Sheidel; Rock Magic flashing home wide to finish third.

Jockey Tim Clark delivered a gem of a ride aboard Takedown to win the 2016 Winterbottom Stakes and said that he was always confident that the horse would produce his best form late.

“He is such a tough, honest horse,” Clark said.

“I knew he would be strong late. What a great horse.

“He never lies down and hopefully he comes through and we can head to Hong Kong.”

An elated Gary Moore said after the race that he believes Takedown is at the top of his game, and believes the horse will win the forthcoming Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin Racecourse in December, if he draws a favourable barrier.

“This is very special,” Moore said.

“I came here on Wednesday, looking after him right up until today and I knew he was right. His body weight, feed intake and coat was all right.

“I knew he would do it for me.

“I think if he gets a good draw (in Hong Kong) he’ll win. He is at the top of his game, we’ve got to go.”

In being crowned the 2016 Winterbottom Stakes winner, Takedown has now posted an impressive seven wins and a further six minors through only twenty career starts.

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2016 Hong Kong Sprint Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 3 TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 8 58.5kg $9
2 11 SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 0.25L 6 56.5kg $8.50
3 4 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Jarrad Noske 0.75L 3 58.5kg $13
4 6 FIRST AMONG EQUALS Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 1L 9 58.5kg $18
5 2 MALAGUERRA Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 1L 1 58.5kg $3.80
6 10 STATE SOLICITOR Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1L 11 58.5kg $7
7 8 VEGA MAGIC Sean Casey Jake Casey (a) 1.5L 2 58.5kg $12
8 5 KEEN ARRAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chris Parnham 2.75L 4 58.5kg $31
9 9 REGAL COMMANDER G Durrant & J Miller Peter Hall 5.5L 7 58.5kg $101
10 1 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Hugh Bowman 8.25L 5 58.5kg $3.50F
11 7 BATTLE HERO Grant & Alana Williams Glenn Smith 14.75L 10 58.5kg $81
12 12 MILITARY REIGN Darren Mcauliffe Corey Brown 15L 12 56.5kg $81