The Winterbottom Stakes is the second Group 1 of the Perth Summer Carnival and it’s always a cracker.
Some of Australia’s best sprinters from not only Perth, but also Melbourne and Sydney will line up for the $1 million prize.
James Cummings has a strong team but will the locals hold off the visitors? We’ll find out on Saturday night.
Winterbottom Stakes 2019 Tips
Winterbottom Stakes 2019 final field, barrier draw & odds
Winterbottom Stakes 2019 Best Bets
Trekking @ $2.50 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Vital Silver @ $8.50 Bet Now
Dubious @ $14 Bet Now
Winterbottom Stakes 2019 Form Guide & Tips
Trekking (Best Bet – $2.50) Bet Now
Trekking is the class horse of this field and his form shows that. He won the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield before running in The Everest.
He ran better than expected at Randwick when flashing into third behind Yes Yes Yes. It was a terrific performance and he lost no admirers running second last start in the Redzel Stakes.
Top sprinter which deserves to be favourite.
Malaguerra ($51) Bet Now
He’s an old-timer which could be well past his best here. He can’t be completely ruled out because he’s a 12-time winner, but he’s not running up to this best.
A win here would be a surprise.
Hey Doc ($16) Bet Now
Returned from a spell with a third placing at Sandown last start and that was a nice form guide for this.
The McEvoy-trained six-year-old is a three-time winner at this distance which has over $1.7 million in the bank.
Drawing barrier 14 hurts as he likes to find the rails, but he shouldn’t be too far away here.
Rock Magic ($26) Bet Now
Rock Magic is a little short in the betting given his run for ninth last time out.
The 10-year-old would need to find a career-best performance to win this and he might be past his best.
Would be looking for odds around the $40 mark.
Home of the Brave ($17) Bet Now
The former European sprinter finished off nicely for second at Sandown last start and he’s a seven-time winner with class.
Drawing barrier 15 doesn’t put an end to his chances, but it certainly doesn’t help his situation.
Needs luck but isn’t the worst runner at the odds.
Durendal ($81) Bet Now
Hasn’t done anything in two runs back from a spell and that’s unlikely to change here.
Bookmakers have set a big price and he would need some miracles to happen in order to win.
Viridine ($14) Bet Now
Another Cummings-trained runner which has every chance of providing punters with some value at $14.
The five-year-old comes into this off a win at Sandown and he showed a good sprint over the concluding stages.
Damien Oliver rides and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him fighting out the finish.
Generous odds on offer.
Valour Road ($11) Bet Now
Valour Road was good enough to win three of his four starts last time in work. He resumed this campaign with a handy fourth at Ascot.
He has been given a trial at Lark Hill to prepare for this run and there is good confidence in the betting market.
Not the best winning chance but certainly worth including in first-four options.
Endless Drama ($21) Bet Now
The former Australian runner, now trained out of New Zealand, is quality at best and could surprise a few here.
He’s trained by Tony Pike, who knows how to train Group 1 winners in Australia and he has been a quality type since arriving in New Zealand.
Goes well fresh up and he’s another logical each-way chance.
Vital Silver (Best Each Way – $8.50) Bet Now
Vital Silver is an eight-time winner from 17 starts which showed his class when winning at Ascot in May.
His runs since have been very good, including a fourth at Flemington behind Sunlight in the Gilgai Stakes and a fourth behind Loving Gaby in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes.
That’s top-notch form for a race like this and he’s certainly heading in the right direction.
Unbeaten in three starts on this track.
Spirit of Valour ($51) Bet Now
UK import which hasn’t lived up to expectations. From a good stable but he’s likely to continue struggling against Australian sprinters.
Stageman ($8.50) Bet Now
Professional type for the Durrant/Pike combination, which has already won at Group 1 level this season.
Drawn to drop back and warm into the race nicely late. He has been well backed from an opening quote of $15 and that move has to be respected.
Flirtini ($8.50) Bet Now
Four-year-old mare which is in winning form having won her last two.
Those wins came against easier opposition and she’s facing some class types. However, there is betting support so consider.
Misty Metal ($23) Bet Now
We would need odds around $45 to entertain backing the five-year-old mare. She has upside but could be found out at this level.
No value in the price.
Dubious (Best Roughie – $14) Bet Now
Has always been a talented type and he’s going to go close with only 53.5kg on his back.
The three-year-old has three wins from 10 starts and with Craig Williams in the saddle, it would be foolish to not include him here.
Drawn well and we’re liking the odds on offer.