Timeform Preview : 2019 Winterbottom Stakes

Saturday’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes sees the James Cummings trained Trekking the clear-cut favourite and deservedly so.

Trekking winning the Tab Stradbroke Hcp.
Trekking winning the Tab Stradbroke Hcp. Picture: Racing and Sports

A revelation the last 12 months, Trekking has made the rise from a Listed/Group 3 sprinter to a genuine Group 1 performer.

He began the calendar year rated 108, with his latest performance seeing him return a Timeform rating of 122.

Continuing to improve with racing, Trekking has gone to another level, having rounded out his last campaign rated 119 when winning the Stradbroke.

Unsuited over the 1000m first up (still only beaten 1.6L), his second up win at Caulfield was very fast (almost too fast), until he confirmed that effort when finishing third in Everest.

A sectional star behind Pierata last start, he easily brings the best form and is already an above average winner of the Winterbottom.

In the last five years the average winning rating sits at 118, with a Timeform rating of 122 seeing him win all bar one renewal of the Winterbottom (no shame finishing third behind Takeover Target and Apache Cat in 2008).

Yet to be seen off a 28 day break, however his fresh record is elite.

When having 15-21 days between runs, Trekking has notched up four wins from seven starts, when having 29-35 days between runs, he is unbeaten (2/2).

He won the Stradbroke Handicap fifth up last preparation and while it may appear an afterthought, regardless he has had the perfect preparation.

Have him marked even money and hence more than happy to bet up with close to 2-1 on offer about his chances.

The inside draw should allow him to settle closer to the speed (hopefully midfield) and with even luck his class should prevail.

The Team Pearce trained Vital Silver shapes as the main danger following his game effort in the Manikato Stakes last start.

Rated 118 off the back of that, he returns home where he is notably unbeaten (3/3 at Ascot).

The wide draw forced their hand in the Manikato, but from the middle draw expect him to be a lot more prominent.

If Trekking ends up getting caught in traffic, Vital Silver could be off and gone and if able to hold his form, he should prove hard to beat.

Fellow West Australian Flirtini was visually very impressive in the lead up, though somewhat overplayed in the early market.

Concede she has a good chance, but has to elevate sharply (Timeform rated 109) if she is to defeat the above two.

In her favour she is only lightly raced, she's in the right stable and is a noted flier at this course and distance.

Of the rest the Godolphin pair Home Of The Brave and Viridine appear the next in line.

Good luck and happy punting.


Racing and Sports



Ascot

Saturday, 30th November 2019

8
16:50
(local)

Winterbottom Stakes (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
AUD $1,000,000
1200m TURF GOOD
8
16:50
(local)
AUD $1,000,000
1200m GOOD

Winterbottom Stakes (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 3. HEY DOC (AUS) 6yo G
DUPORTH (AUS) - HEYINGTON HONEY (AUS)
LUKE CURRIE
T & C MCEVOY
$13.00
58.5kg
Mrs A F Ramsay, A C Hall, Mrs P M George, M J Davidson, Ms D M Mahony, G S Tucker, J W & Mrs J F Higgins, M F & Mrs A J James, B S Evans, Ms J Tynan, Mrs J Harvey, D P Smith, Mrs R Smith, Mrs S R Smith, P H Smith, G C Babich, Dr N J Babich & Lucky Fifteen (Mgr: C Bracken)

Sales Information

2nd 10. VITAL SILVER (AUS) 6yo G
WANTED (AUS) - VINTAGE SILVER (AUS)
BEN MELHAM
DANIEL & BEN PEARCE
$7.00
58.5kg
B M Pearce, T D Forrest, D S Emmerson, A J Duffy, P R Brace, G J Foster, R K Foster, M S Deaves, R G Lynn, M F Hunt & Ms H C Hunt

Sales Information

3rd 4. ROCK MAGIC (AUS) 10yo G
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - ROCKABUBBLE (AUS)
JARRAD NOSKE
CHRIS GANGEMI
$31.00
58.5kg
Gangemi Thoroughbreds (Mgr: M J Gangemi), Mercon Racing (Mgr: D Condidorio), R J Wade, D P Coyne, J Coyne, A B Da Prato, D R McLean, D A Cestrilli, Mrs S M White, L H Scamaton, K F Jones, A G W Strauch, R C Stone, N L Gleeson, C H Yeak & S Fraser

Sales Information

4th 1. TREKKING (AUS) 5yo G
STREET CRY (IRE) - OUTDOOR (AUS)
KERRIN MCEVOY
JAMES CUMMINGS
$2.88
58.5kg
5th 13. FLIRTINI (AUS) 4yo M
ARTIE SCHILLER (USA) - AJAWEED (AUS)
PAUL HARVEY
SIMON A MILLER
$7.00
56.5kg

Sales Information

6th 15. DUBIOUS (AUS) 3yo C
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - SUSPICIEUSE (FR)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$8.00
53.5kg

Sales Information

7th 7. VIRIDINE (AUS) 5yo G
POET'S VOICE (GB) - PATINA (AUS)
DAMIEN OLIVER
JAMES CUMMINGS
$17.00
58.5kg
8th 11. SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) 5yo H
WAR FRONT (USA) - STONE HOPE (USA)
STEVEN PARNHAM
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$101.00
58.5kg

Sales Information

9th 12. STAGEMAN (AUS) 5yo G
WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS) - BEST FEATURE (AUS)
WILLIAM PIKE
ADAM DURRANT
$13.00
58.5kg

Sales Information

10th 9. ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) 7yo H
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - DESERT DRAMA (IRE)
LEITH INNES
TONY PIKE
$31.00
58.5kg

Sales Information

11th 14. MISTY METAL (AUS) 5yo M
ORATORIO (AUS) - RUBITAWNY (AUS)
SEAN MCGRUDDY
Robert & Todd Harvey
$31.00
56.5kg
12th 8. VALOUR ROAD (AUS) 4yo G
FROST GIANT (USA) - MELBA AVENUE (AUS)
CHRIS PARNHAM
SIMON A MILLER
$26.00
58.5kg

Sales Information

13th 5. HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) 7yo G
STARSPANGLEDBANNER (AUS) - BLISSFUL BEAT (GB)
DAMIAN LANE
JAMES CUMMINGS
$21.00
58.5kg

Sales Information

14th 2. MALAGUERRA (AUS) 8yo G
MAGNUS (AUS) - TENNESSEE MORN (AUS)
TROY TURNER
VAUGHN SIGLEY
$67.00
58.5kg

Sales Information

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