PUNTERS will be looking to get back on track for the Winterbottom Stakes after last week’s upset Railway Stakes result.
We have free racing tips, form and odds for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes card at Ascot this Saturday where some of Australia’s best sprinters take to the track for the $1 million prize.
Most of the money has come for local hope State Solicitor, but the likes of Viddora and Rock Magic could have something to say about that.
It’s going to be a great evening of thoroughbred racing action and get the best odds with Neds.com.au, plus up to $500 in bonus bets when you sign up.
Race 1 – BM66 Handicap (1600m)
Touch of Silver has been disappointing this campaign, but this is a significant drop in class. The Adam Durrant-trained gelding took on stakes company its last two starts and it’s not surprising to see punters backing it in. $2.65 with bookmakers.
See Me Sizzle has been in good form this preparation with three consecutive wins before running third at Ascot last start. The son of Snitzel is also dropping in grade after contesting rating 72 opposition last start. The 3kg claimer brings it right into contention.
Race 1 tip: Touch of Silver to win ($2.65) at Neds.com.au
Race 2 – BM72 Trophy (1400m)
Royal Star is a classy mare which has won four from eight starts. The Williams-trained four-year-old worked to the line well when second at Ascot last start and it looks a good chance of returning to its best form here. The $1.70 on offer is a touch short, but there will be many multi bets running through this runner.
Punters should respect consistent winner La Mouline, which has now made it five on the bounce. The Durrant-trained mare was a one-length winner at Ascot last start in a rating 72 race and it gets another chance to show its talents. Getting the weight advantage over the favourite will help.
Race 2 tip: La Mouline to win ($3.50) at CrownBet.com.au
Race 3 – 1MW Handicap (1400m)
Bold Success is another short-priced favourite for the Williams stable. The four-year-old gelding has finished fourth at its last three starts, which included a run behind La Mouline. Bred to enjoy slightly longer distances, punters are hoping to rise to 1400m will do the trick for the $1.85 chance.
Ragazzo D’oro has won only one of its 11 starts to date, but there were good signs last start. The son of Medaglia D’oro finished second at Bunbury and although that form line probably isn’t best for this, it has stakes-race experience last preparation which should count for something.
Race 3 tip: Bold Success to win ($1.85) at Neds.com.au
Race 4 – BM72 Handicap (1000m)
The River is another odds-on chance which is looking to repeat its effort after winning last start. The Trevor Andrews-trained four-year-old is a three-time winner on this track and its half-length win last start was stylish. The $1.95 is short, but this field isn’t very deep.
Gee Boss is a lightly-tried type which has won twice fresh up. The four-year-old has won two of its three fresh up starts and it could be the main threat to The River. The light weight will help its chances, but it will need to show good gate speed from out wide.
Race 4 tip: The River to win ($1.95) at Sportsbet.com.au
Race 5 – Crystal Slipper Stakes (1100m)
Fairtrusive was a one-length winner on debut at Ascot and it has attracted attention with punters. The Daniel Morton-trained filly is the current $3.10 favourite in a wide open field and it should get every chance to win from a good barrier and with William Pike in the saddle.
Nemiroff is on debut for trainer Lindsey Smith and it comes from a strong stable. The two-year-old by Universal Ruler is currently paying $3.70, which is short for a debutante, but Damien Oliver rides which is a positive.
Race 5 tip: Fairtrusive to win ($3.10) at CrownBet.com.au
Race 6 – Regional Championship Handicap (1200m)
River Dance has scored three consecutive wins and although rising up in grade, it looks to have ability. The four-time winner has yet to be successful at Ascot, but he’s an on-pace type which could lead all the way. Currently $4 with bookmakers.
Finance gets the weight advantage over River Dance at 54kg, following its third placing at Bunbury. The four-year-old was a 1.5-length winner two back and that form should take it close here. Each way chance with bookies.
Race 6 tip: River Dance to win ($4) at Neds.com.au
Race 7 – Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m)
State Solicitor looks like a real up-and-comer for the Williams stables, having won nine of its 12 starts. The Nicconi five-year-old finished sixth in this race last year as a $7 chance, but has won three times since that start. This is a massive rise in class, taking on some good Victorians, but respect the market confidence.
Viddora has been slightly unlucky in both group one runs this campaign, finishing second in the Moir Stakes and fourth in the Manikato. The impressive mare is from the in-form Lloyd Kennewell stables and its form this spring has been good. It possesses a big sprint and that might be good enough to win.
Race 7 tip: Viddora to win ($4.20) at Neds.com.au
Race 8 – BM66 Handicap (2100m)
Dudemanbro is a last start winner at Ascot and that form looks strong for this. It wasn’t far behind some nice types prior to that and this race isn’t strong on paper, so consider the $5.50 on offer.
Entrechat wasn’t far behind them as a $20 shot last start and the drop in grade helps. The daughter of Street Cry has solid track and distance form, which should give it every chance to take this out at $7.50.
Race 8 tip: Dudemanbro to place ($2.10) at Neds.com.au