The Winterbottom Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held annually each November at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia during the Perth summer racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Winterbottom Stakes was won by Viddora from Fuhryk with Durendal third.
Upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1 status in the 2011/2012 racing season, the Winterbottom Stakes takes place one week following the Gr1 Railway Stakes during the Festival of Perth Racing in November. The feature sprint is held one week before the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic in December.
|Date:||Saturday 2nd December 2017|
|Track:||Ascot racecourse, Perth|
The Winterbottom Stakes is the premier sprint event of the Perth summer racing carnival and attracts good horses to make it a high standard race for this time of year. Who could forget the 2008 running of the race when champion gallopers Takeover Target and Apache Cat battled it out down the Ascot straight in one of the great clashes of the modern era.
Earlier Perth carnival races such as the Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes and Gr3 Colonel Reeves Stakes are good lead up sprint races to this event and horses from this race may head on to the upcoming A.J. Scahill Stakes also at weight-for-age at the same track.
In recent times Watermans Bay (2nd in 2014 & 2015), Power Princess (2nd in 2012) and Grand Nirvana (3rd in 2011) have gone on to score good wins in the AJ Scahill Stakes after placing in the Winterbottom Stakes, with Watermans Bay winning in consecutive years.
Star Queensland sprinter Buffering (2013) won the Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington in Victoria before heading to Perth to win this the Winterbottom Stakes. He returned two years later to win the race for a second time.
Viddora (2017) ran fourth in the Gr1 Manikato Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Victoria, before heading to Perth to score an exciting victory in this event and recent Winterbottom Stakes winners include Takedown (2016) and Buffering (2015).
1. $5.00 Viddora 56.5 Joe Bowditch
2. $12.00 Fuhryk 56.5 Damien Oliver
3. $26.00 Durendal 58.5 Shaun Mc Gruddy
4. $21.00 Profit Street 58.5 Brad Parnham
5. $4.20 Rock Magic 58.5 Jarrad Noske
6. $9.00 Santa Ana Lane 58.5 Dean Yendall
7. $18.00 Dainty Tess 56.5 Chris Parnham
8. $5.00 State Solicitor 58.5 William Pike
9. $20.00 Caipirinha 56.5 Joseph Azzopardi
10. $13.00 Whispering Brook 56.5 Jason Brown
11. $61.00 Dream Lifter 58.5 Mitchell Pateman
12. $61.00 Malibu Style 58.5 Steven Parnham
Margins: 1.5 len, 0.5 len
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|2015||Buffering||Watermans Bay||Fast 'N' Rocking||1:08.1|
|2014||Magnifisio||Watermans Bay||Shining Knight||1:10.2|
|2013||Buffering||Moment Of Change||Watermans Bay||1:10.3|
|2012||Barakey||Power Princess||Spirit of Boom||1:10.1|
|2010||Hadabeclorka||King Kool Kat||Whitefriars||1:08.7|
|2009||Ortensia||Idyllic Prince||Black In Time||1:08.5|
|2008||Takeover Target||Apache Cat||Marasco||1:09.1|
|2007||Glory Hunter||Charlie Beau||Dark Target||1:10.4|
|2006||Marasco||Grasspatch Girl||Electric General||1:10.0|
|2005||Miss Andretti||Avenida Madero||Rescuer||1:09.7|
|2003||Hardrada||Irish Pride||Golden Delicious||1:11.3|
|2001||Fair Alert||Old Fashion||Corporate Bruce||1:11.5|
|2000||Noble Sky||Star System||Victory Trump||1:10.6|
|1999||Double Blue||Willoughby||Rory's Ratio||1:10.5|
|1997||Cranky Tikit||Willoughby||Cash In The Bank||1:10.2|
|1996||French Sound||Alabama Whirly||Go The Grey||1:10.6|
|1995||Jacks Or Better||Tolo Harbour||Don Pasquale||1:11.0|
|1994||Petite Amour||Bold Extreme||Sir Tinka||1:10.9|
|1993||Sir Tinka||Pago Escort||Key Business||1:09.7|
|1992||Barrosa Boy||Planet Ruler||Welcome Knight||1:23.8|
|1991||M'Lady's Jewel||Island Gossip||Barrosa Boy||1:22.0|
|1990||Century God||Mister Till||Medicine Kid||1:22.1|
|1989||Carry A Smile||Tackle The Pak||Proud Treaty||1:22.3|
|1988||Sky Filou||Barrakka||Il Ferrari||1:21.6|