Ladbrokes Blog: 2023 Winterbottom Stakes Day Preview

Ascot will take centre stage this weekend with a superb ten race card on offer, headlined by the running of the $1.5m Group One Winterbottom Stakes.


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A full field will assemble for the second last Group One event of the calendar year and Sydney visitor Overpass is looking to make it two from two in the West after taking out the $4m Quokka earlier in the year.

He will start the favourite but he's got some hot competition as this year's edition of the feature sprint is certainly an open one, with some promising local youngsters set to stake their claim.

The track is currently rated a soft 5 and the rail will be out 8m for the entire circuit.

Our Ladbrokes preview can be found below.

RACE 1 - 2:05PM: AMELIA PARK HANDICAP RTG66+ (2100 METRES)

Dun With The Blues continues to race well and has built herself a very tidy record.

Given a short let up after a dominant win over 2200m at Belmont back in September, she resumed with a terrific effort here over 2150m. 

A genuine stayer, the daughter of Dundeel has plenty of upside and with the recent run under her belt, she looks set to peak.

From the wide draw she'll get back and with just 55.5kgs on her back, she'll be charging home late. 

1 unit – DUN WITH THE BLUES

BET NOW: Ascot Race 1

RACE 2 - 2:45PM: SCHWEPPES HANDICAP RTG66+ (1500 METRES)

Yonga Lass has gone to a new level this preparation, having won three of her four starts.

A newcomer to the Grant and Alana Williams stable, the four year old kicked off her campaign with a win at Northam before just finding one better on the day when stepping out to 1690. 

Her most recent win, whilst it wasn't by a big margin was full of merit.

Back towards the tail she sliced through the field to get the job done.

This doesn't look any tougher and she only goes up 2kgs.

Pike sticks with her and the extra 100m will suit. 

1 unit – YONGA LASS

BET NOW: Ascot Race 2

RACE 3 - 3:25PM: QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP 1MW (1000 METRES) 

Devine Belief resumes.

Only lightly raced, the speedy mare has shown plenty of natural talent, winning three of her seven starts, with those wins having all been over the 1000m. 

She put together back to back victories last campaign before a couple of tough runs which saw her cover plenty of ground.

The wide alley here is a slight concern but she races well fresh and with any luck she'll be right in this. 

Joe Azzopardi has formed a great association with the mare and he'll again do the steering for Serpentine trainer David Harrison.

1 unit – DEVINE BELIEF

BET NOW: Ascot Race 3

RACE 4 - 4:05PM: DRUMMOND GOLF HANDICAP RTG72+ (1800 METRES)

Demolish hasn't been far away in two runs back from a break and looks ready to peak third up. 

The son of Rich Enuff may have only won the two from twenty two but he's raced consistently throughout his career and has been stakes placed on numerous occasions. 

A runner up at his only start over 1800m he'll relish getting out to this trip and will continue to improve as he steps out over further.

He does have the wide alley to overcome but Steven Parnham knows him well and if he can find cover he'll be doing his best work late. 

1 unit – DEMOLISH

BET NOW: Ascot Race 4

RACE 5 - 4:45PM: TABTOUCH REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL - THE ROAD TO ASCOT RTG60+ (1200 METRES)

High Pressure has been racing well and comes off a very pleasing last start performance in the Regional Championship Heat at Kalgoorlie.

Settling just off the speed the son of Headwater worked home solidly to finish second behind Mungo Jerry with a further 4.5 lengths back to third.  

He meets him much better at the weights this time as he'll carry 4kgs less with the claim for Brandon Louis.

1 unit – HIGH PRESSURE

BET NOW: Ascot Race 5

RACE 6 - 5:25PM: FURPHY HANDICAP 1MW (1400 METRES)

Here For Cheques resumed with a solid effort over 1200m here three weeks ago.

Having not raced since April and given just the one trial, he was very fresh and with a riderless horse firing him up, he raced very keen but still fought on gamely.

The four year old will have taken improvement from the run and he did win at his only other second up appearance.

He's drawn to get the gun run from barrier two under Pat Carberry and the step to 1400m should suit. 

1 unit – HERE FOR CHEQUES

BET NOW: Ascot race 6

RACE 7 - 6:02PM: TABTOUCH - SIR ERNEST LEE-STEERE CLASSIC LISTED 3YO SW (1400 METRES)

Augment is as honest as they come.

The Exceed and Excel filly is yet to miss a top three spot in six career starts and looks ideally placed to take home her first black type trophy.

She was terrific in the Belgravia Stakes two runs back, fighting strongly to the line to just go down narrowly to Super Smink and last start, she again was brave to the line finishing just in behind Ripcord and Oscar's Fortune who both line up in the Winterbottom Stakes this afternoon.

The step to 1400m should suit and she's drawn beautifully in gate four for Pat Carberry, who retains the ride for Simon Miller. 

1 unit – AUGMENT

BET NOW: Ascot Race 7

RACE 8 - 6:43PM: ACEND TROPHIES - JUNGLE DAWN CLASSIC LISTED F&M (1400 METRES)

Duchess of Gossip resumed with a terrific effort in the Listed Jungle Mist Stakes.

With limited room in the early part of the straight, the talented mare finished off powerfully over the final stages to claim third.

Boasting an enviable record of five wins and three placings from just nine starts, she's worked through her grades quickly and just continues to improve.

Having won at her only start over 1400m the rise in trip second up looks ideal and she gets in beautifully with 55kgs on her back.

Willy Pike stays in the saddle and she's set to enjoy a soft run from barrier two. 

1 unit – DUCHESS OF GOSSIP

BET NOW: Ascot Race 8

RACE 9 - 7:20PM: CROWN PERTH - WINTERBOTTOM STAKES GROUP 1 (1200 METRES)

This years The Quokka champ Overpass returns to the West chasing his maiden Group One victory.

He was only narrowly beaten in the Group One Doomben 10000 behind Giga Kick before heading to the paddock and resumed with a gallant effort in the The Shorts where he was just run down in the final strides by Private Eye. 

The Vancouver gelding then contested The Everest where he took up the running but faded late.

With seven weeks between runs he comes here nice and fresh and does have a terrific first up record.  

Josh Parr makes the trip to partner him and if he get across without spending too much petrol early, he may prove too strong for them.

1 unit – OVERPASS

BET NOW: Ascot Race 9

RACE 10 - 7:55PM: LEXUS OF PERTH HANDICAP RTG78+ (1200 METRES)

Upper Limits returns from a break.

The ultra consistent son of Exosphere has only missed a placing once in twelve starts and proved himself a quality galloper when taking out the Listed Aquanita Stakes last campaign.

Whilst he's yet to win over 1200m he has been placed in all three starts over this trip and does perform particularly well first up.

He's been strong to the line in two recent trials and Willy Pike takes the mount at 54kgs. 

1 unit – UPPER LIMITS

BET NOW: Ascot Race 10


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