The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the 66th running of the $1 million Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot racecourse in Perth on Saturday. A field of 13 horses will contest the West Australia’s flagship weight-for-age sprint, with local star State Solicitor the current TAB fixed odds favourite at $3. Next in the market is the Adelaide mare Viddora at $4.20, veteran WA speedster Rock Magic at $6.50 and last-start Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Santa Ana Lane at $7.50. All other runner are at double figure odds. The final field is:
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Yarradale Stud shuttler War Chant (War Chant (Danzig-Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S) added a Group success when 4YO bay mare Dainty Tess (War Chant-Classic Smile, by Bletchley Park) let down with a brilliant turn of foot to open her stakes account in the $150,000 Gr3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, defeating Profit Street & Dream Lifter. Dainty Tess, who was passed in for $25,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, improved her record to 10 wins and 13 placings from 26 starts for $741,200 in earnings.
At Bunbury racecourse in Western Australia, deceased Yarradale Stud stallion Discorsi (Galileo-Express a Smile, by Success Express) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Man Booker (Discorsi-Morine, by Danetime) scored by 1.5 lengths for trainer Daniel Morton in the $120,000 Listed Bunbury Classic (1400m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO gelding Great Shot (Magnus-Satin Covers, by Dr Grace) & 7YO gelding Dream Lifter (Danehill Express-Ebony Storm, by Metal Storm). Man Booker, who was a $25,000 purchase by his trainer Daniel Morton at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling Sale from the draft of Korilya Stud, improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr2 WA Guineas & Listed Pinjarra Classic) and 1 placing (the Listed WATC Fairetha Stakes) from 13 starts for $680,080 earnings.
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, Eliza Park's Gr1 Galaxy-winning stallion Magnus (Flying Spur-Scandinavia, by Snippets) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Great Shot (Magnus-Satin Covers, by Dr Grace) resumed with a 0.5 length win for trainer Rhys Radford in the $100,000 Listed Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Dream Lifter (Danehill Express-Ebony Storm, by Metal Storm) & 6YO entire Potent Secret (Secret Remedy-Simmo's Speedstar, by Land Speed Record). Great Shot, who was a $31,000 purchase by Francis Edwards at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Scenic Lodge, improved his record to 6 wins (including the Listed Belmont Guineas) and 5 placings (including the Gr3 WATC Asian Beau Stakes) from 13 starts for $368,550 earnings. From a daughter of Gr1 Orlando Wines (now known as the Gr1 Coolmore Classic) winner Satin Sand, Great Shot is a three-quarter brother to Melbourne stakes winning mare Gawne. He is also a half brother to the dam of Casino Dancer, a multiple Group winner also sold by Magic Millions.
At Ascot in Western Australia, retired Mungrup Stud stallion McFlirt (Kaapstad-Irish Flirt, by Mr McGinty) added a black-type success when 6YO mare Wink And A Nod (McFlirt-The Westerly Win, by Danewin) scored by 3.25-lengths for trainer Justin Warwick in the $100,000 Listed Grandstand Stakes (1500m) for 4YO+, over 4YO gelding Battle Hero (Stratum-Fromm, by O'Reilly) & 6YO gelding Dream Lifter (Danehill Express-Ebony Storm, by Metal Storm). Wink And A Nod took her record to 12 wins (including the Listed Farnley stakes, Listed Idyllic Prince Stakes & Listed Belmont Newmarket) and 5 placings (including the Listed HG Bolton Sprint Handicap) from 31 starts for $508,566 earnings.
At Bunbury in Western Australia, Scenic Lodge's Victoria Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) added a black-type success when 7YO gelding Young Lionel (Blackfriars-Prime Again, by Marooned) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Lou Luciani in the $120,000 Listed Bunbury Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Dream Lifter (Danehill Express-Ebony Storm, by Metal Storm) & 4YO gelding First Among Equals (Exceed and Excel-Pride of the Class, by Volksraad). This was an excellent first-up win by Young Lionel who took his record to 9 wins (including the Listed Northam Cup) and 16 placings from 48 starts for $498,575 earnings. Young Lionel, who is out of the Gr2 WATC Champion Fillies Stakes winner Prime Again, is a half brother to multiple stakes winner Lady Knockout and was purchased for $35,000 by his trainer Lou Luciani at the 2010 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Durham Lodge.
At Ascot in West Australia, Mungrup Stud-based stakes-winning & Gr1-placed stallion Danehill Express (Danehill-Savana City, by New Regent) added a black-type success when 6YO gelding Dream Lifter (Danehill Express-Ebony Storm, by Metal Storm) scored by 0.05-length for trainer Paul Hunter in the $100,000 Listed Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Red Ora (Due Sasso-Friartriar, by Blackfriars) & 5YO mare Cool Trade (Trade Fair-Around Jindabyne, by Akhenaton). Dream Lifter took his record to 8 wins and 6 placings from 18 starts for $416,700 earnings.
Also at Bunbury, UK Gr2-winner & now Western Australian-based Touchstone Farm 8YO stallion Vital Equine (Danetime-Bayalika, by Selkirk) celebrated his debut stakes success as a sire when unbeaten filly Takanori (Vital Equine-Nishikawa, by Fuji Kiseki) scored by 0.45-length for trainer Sharon Miller in the $80,000 Listed WA Breeders' Classic (1400m) for 3YOs, over the geldings Dream Lifter (Danehill Express-Ebony Storm, by Metal Storm) & Rusty Peaches (Danehill Express-Maewest, by Second Empire). A $52,000 Magic Millions Perth yearling graduate, Takanori took her record to 3 wins from 3 starts for $78,459 earnings.