Trekking take beating in the Doomben 10,000. Photo: Steve Hart

2020 Winterbottom Stakes Day Tips & Preview

The Perth Summer Carnival takes centre stage again on Saturday, and the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes headlines and exciting ten-race program at Ascot!

There’s a lot of value to be extracted, and you can find all of my 2020 Winterbottom Stakes Day tips below.

Tourism WA Trophy (1000m) – 3:24pm AEDT
No. 1 Sassy Trader

Sassy Trader has stripped fitter for two starts back from a spell and is ready to win on Winterbottom Stakes Day.

The Trade Fair gelding is yet to miss a place in four career starts, and has filled the minors of a couple of fair races since resuming.

Fitter third-up and three weeks between runs, this looks his opportunity to strikes.

Amelia Park Handicap (1400m) – 4:04pm AEDT
No. 10 The Fugazi

The Fugazi is another horse that is ready to win third-up at Ascot on Saturday.

The Sebring gelding recorded consecutive wins in similar races to this one last prep, and has so far finished fourth in a couple of Saturday-grade races, including the Group 3 RJ Peters last time out.

Fitter third-up and dropping in grade, I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.

Mrs Mac’s Handicap (1400m) – 4:44pm AEDT
No. 5 Island Missile

Island Missile will take winning form into the third at Ascot on Saturday and can make it two in a row.

The six-year-old son of Smart Missile has hit the ground running since arriving in Perth, finishing third over 1200m here when fresh, second behind Schoolhouse Rock second-up, and winning in Class 5 company last time out.

This is probably a bit harder again, but he harbours further improvement and can win again.

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Westspeed Platinum Series Final (1400m) – 5:24pm AEDT
No. 5 Classy Macro

This looms as one of the more open contests on Winterbottom Stakes Day and at publish, we’re faced with $6 the field.

Classy Macro powered away from his rivals to record an eye-catching win here at Ascot last time out, and at around the $9 mark, we can have an each-way play again.

The four-year-old son of Vital Equine needed the run when he finished at the tail of the field when resuming, but he couldn’t have been more impressive last time out, and this looks the next obvious race for him.

Crown Towers Handicap (1200m) – 5:59pm AEDT
No. 6 Resortman

Resortman simply got too far back when he resumed here a fortnight ago, but he is far better than that performance and is up to winning the fifth on Winterbottom Stakes Day.

The Helmet gelding was a strong and consistent performer last time in and found form around some quality horses, including Showmanship and Indian Pacific.

Anything close to his best would be good enough to see him into the winner’s stall of this race.

Quayclean Handicap (1200m) – 6:35pm AEDT
No. 1 Carocapo

Carocapo has improved for two starts this time and will be tough to beat in this contest.

The Husson gelding finished midfield when resuming at this track and distance, but ran home well to win an almost identical race last week.

I like that he’s on the short back-up, he gets some relief in the weights and has options from the rails draw.

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Regional Championship Final (1200m) – 7:10pm AEDT
No. 7 Megadon

Megadon has been set for this race and looks a winning chance, at a nice price ($7 at publish).

The Vital Equine gelding has recorded two wins and a close-up second placing from his last four starts, including a dominant performance in his heat for this race last time out.

He’s at peak fitness, is drawn well and at the price, we can have an each-way play.

Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2100m) – 7:50pm AEDT
No. 10 Royal Command

The Tattersall’s Cup looks to be the perfect black type target for Royal Command.

Royal Command rarely runs a bad race, and he has so far finished second over 1400m here and third behind Too Close The Sun in the Listed Ascot Gold Cup.

Fitter third-up, further out in trip and with William Pike in the saddle, he will take a power of beating again.

Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) – 8:30pm AEDT
No. 1 Trekking

If Trekking is racing at even 50% of his capacity, I think he’ll win this race easily.

I’ve put him on top of my selections, but you can find a full race preview and all of my 2020 Winterbottom Stakes Tips RIGHT HERE.

Furphy Handicap (1600m) – 9:10pm AEDT
No. 12 Cambist

This is a typically tough way to end the day from a betting perspective, but Cambist will take good improvement into the race and can win.

The Gingerbread Man mare recorded an impressive win over 2200m here in April before finishing second in both the Listed Belmont Guineas and the Listed Belmont Oaks, most notably.

She resumed this time for a credible fourth over 1400m here a fortnight ago, and there is no doubt that she’ll strip fitter for that effort, and relish getting out to a mile.