Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes Attracts Quality Field of 13
While we are still waiting for the barrier draw for this Saturday’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200 m weight for age) at Ascot this weekend, we at least know that it will be a field of 13, for the time being at least, the draw will have some influence on the odds.
By the way, the beautiful course at Ascot almost makes us wish we lived in the west, because wishing we were horses does not seem like a good use of wishes and the days when we could serve as jockeys are far behind us, due to the fact that we would break the back on any thoroughbred unfortunate enough to draw us as a rider.
By the way, The River still needs a rider. The four-year-old gelding of the Trevor Andrews operation has done all right with William Pike aboard, but Pike is booked to ride State Solicitor for Grant and Alana Williams.
Rock Magic is the most experienced in the field. The eight-year-old gelding has 43 races listed by his name. He ran eighth in the Winterbottom in 2014. He won the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100 m) in 2015 on the same course in 2015 and again in 2016, right after he took the Group 3 Prince of Wales in 2016. His best showing in a Group 1 event was the AJ Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley in September of this year and his last wins were the Group 3 Roma Cup and the Group 3 Belmont Sprint.
Rock Magic leads the list in terms of prizemoney of the horses running this edition of the Winterbottom Stakes, with over $1.1 million earned.
None of the runners has fewer than 12 races, that being State Solicitor. That horse has won nine times. With him, it is win or nothing, as in the races he failed to win, he also failed to place. His 75 percent winning strike rate will make him a top choice and early markets have him favourite ahead of Viddora and Rock Magic.