Group 1 racing continues in Perth this Saturday with the Winterbottom Stakes and we have free tips for the big race.
15 of the best sprinters will take part in the feature at Ascot and we have our best bet, best each way and best roughie tips.
2018 Winterbottom Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our Best Bets for the 2018 Winterbottom Stakes
Viddora @ $2.60 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Enticing Star @ $5.50 – BET NOW
Malibu Style @ $19 – BET NOW
2018 Winterbottom Stakes form guide and tips
Malaguerra ($10) – BET NOW
Formerly a top sprinter, Malaguerra hasn’t been the same horse for awhile now and we’re surprised at the odds on offer.
He might be a 12-time winner but he hasn’t won in two years and it’s tough to see his form turning around enough to beat some of the younger sprinting stars in this field.
Voodoo Lad ($10) – BET NOW
Double-figure odds on offer for a talented sprinter which finished eighth in the Manikato Stakes last start before being given a short break.
His fresh-up form reads well with four wins from seven starts and despite drawing wide, he could sit in the middle of the pack and use the long straight to work into the race.
Worth backing at the odds.
Durendal ($27) – BET NOW
Drifting in the betting despite winning last start at Ascot but that came in a much easier grade and he should struggle to find his best form at Group 1 level.
All of his form has come at lower levels and given his weight of 58.5kg, he’s not ideally placed.
Rebel King ($35) – BET NOW
Fresh up form reads well and he has won some nice races in the past but it’s a struggle to see him winning this.
Of his 11 career wins, only one of them has come at Ascot and we’re prepared to overlook his chances against this field.
Malibu Style (Best Roughie – $19) – BET NOW
The 10-time winner is a former Perth runner which has been running in Melbourne for the past couple of seasons. His record in Melbourne includes wins at Flemington and last time out at Sandown.
That win holds him in good stead for this and he’s over the odds by some margin. Punters should take the $15 on offer and the $4.40 to place is also value.
Profit Street ($34) – BET NOW
Showed some ability as first starting off but the seven-year-old is well past his best. He has been specked in from $41 to $34 but he finished sixth behind Durendal last start and that’s not the best form for this.
A top 10 finish would be a good effort.
Ashlor ($23) – BET NOW
The Victorians should always be respected and Ashlor comes into this with a last-start win at Moonee Valley.
Trained by Daniel McCarthy, the five-year-old has always shown the ability to win on the big stage but winning the Winterbottom Stakes isn’t an easy task.
He probably doesn’t have the turn-of-speed needed but he could battle away into the placings.
Runson ($13) – BET NOW
Always showing consistency, Runson is a chance to upset a few of the more-fancied runners in this race.
The six-year-old winner of nine races still has plenty of zip left in the legs, as shown by his two recent wins and although drawing barrier 15 hurts, he has enough speed to find a good position.
Worth including in selections at $13.
Belter ($35) – BET NOW
Doesn’t know how to run a bad race but also doesn’t know how to run in this class. Has yet to win in anything stronger than rating 78 grade and that’s not going to be good enough.
Viddora (Best Each Way – $2.60) – BET NOW
The best-performed runner in the field which wasn’t suited by the track in The Everest but she’s the only runner in this field with Everest experience and that’s saying something.
Her Moir Stakes win at Moonee Valley was top class and given that she’s the defending champion of this race, that makes her even harder to beat.
Dainty Tess ($15) – BET NOW
Prolific winner on this track with 25 starts for 10 wins and 10 placings. Tough to overlook those stats but how many of those came at Group 1 level?
$16 is a touch too short in the betting and she would need a masterful ride and a few lengths to win.
I’ll Have A Bit ($12) – BET NOW
Three consecutive third placings to boast and she wasn’t beaten far by Malibu Style last start.
Has each way claims but we were wanting $24 and not half that price. Too short in the market but punters might get a better price on the day.
Enticing Star (Best Each Way – $5.50) – BET NOW
Didn’t show much at Ascot last start when poorly ridden but that was her first career loss from nine starts and we’re prepared to give her another chance.
She has since won a trial at Lark Hill and the eight-time winner has a Group 1 in her future. Is this too soon? It could be, but she will be putting in the big bounds late.
Seannie ($34) – BET NOW
Had the class edge over that field at Ascot last start but she’s up against some smart types here. Follow in something much easier.
Valour Road ($18) – BET NOW
Simply can’t suggest backing the three-year-old. Has two wins from five starts but hasn’t shown us anything to suggest he can win in town, let alone at this level.