Dom To Shoot is on the short back-up on Winterbottom Stakes Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

2021 Winterbottom Stakes Day Tips & Preview

We’re back to Ascot Racecourse in Perth for the weekend’s biggest meeting, the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes headlines the program.

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Tourism WA Trophy (1000m) – 3:05pm AEDT
No. 1 The Front Bar

The Front Bar has opened our clear favourite in the first on Winterbottom Stakes Day, and I think that she’ll be winning the again.

The classy daughter of Sessions returned from a short break for a dominant win in three-year-olds company here late last month, and franked that effort by winning again last time.

Willie Pike stays aboard and the horse will take plenty of beating.

Mrs Mac’s Handicap (1600m) – 3:45pm AEDT
No. 5 Dom To Shoot

This is a drop in class for Dom To Shoot, and he can return to winning form

The talented four-year-old returned some good performances during an east coast Autumn Carnival campaign this year, highlighted by a smart win in the Mornington Guineas.

He is yet to show his best in two starts back this time, but fitter third-up and out to a mile, I am more than happy to give him another chance.

Drummond Golf Handicap (1200m) – 4:25pm AEDT
No. 9 Secret Plan

At publish, Secret Plan is hovering around the even money mark, and I am still happy to dive in at that price.

The I Am Invincible gelding has missed placing just once in ten career starts to date, and he steps out fourth-up this weekend following a dominant win and two close-up second behind Magical Dream and Wilchino respectively.

Pike rides and I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again.

Westspeed Platinum Series Final (1400m) – 5:05pm AEDT
No. 12 Dais

The consistent Dais will step out in the fourth on Winterbottom Stakes Day and it looms as a great opportunity to win again.

The Sessions mare has made only four appearances at the races so far, but she is yet to miss placing, and recorded an easy win at Northam most notably.

She looks to be at peak fitness for this contest and gets into it well under the conditions.

Crown Towers Handicap (1400m) – 5:45pm AEDT
No. 3 God Has Chosen

Another $1.70 favourite goes around in the fifth on Winterbottom Stakes Day and rightly so – God Has Chosen is a bloody good horse, and I think he’ll be winning again as well.

The Playing God gelding is three wins and three second placings from his six previous trips to the races, and he is probably unlucky not to have won all three starts back this time.

I like that he is on the short back-up, I like that he’s getting back to 1400m, and I’ll like it if he salutes.

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Regional Championship Final: Road To Ascot (1200m) – 6:25pm AEDT
No. 9 Alcina

Perhaps understandably, this Regional Championship Final is probably the most open race on the program and at publish, we’re looking at $6 the field.

With a case to be made for most, I like the formline of Alcina, and she’s drawn to receive a nice run from an inside draw.

Alcina has been a model of consistency throughout her prep, and she takes her place in this race following an easy win.

She’s rock-hard fit, and we can have an each-way play at around the $9 mark.

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Listed Japan Racing Association Trophy (2100m) – 7:05pm AEDT
No. 4 Midnight Blue

Last-start winner Midnight Blue can make it two in a row when he steps out in the JRA Trophy.

Midnight Blue is another Grant & Alana Williams horse who doesn’t know how to run a bad race, and he stripped fitter with a credible performance over 1800m here when resuming before comfortably winning the Ascot Gold Cup last time.

Fitter third-up and further out in trip, he is my best bet on the program.

Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) – 7:45pm AEDT
No. 2 Elite Street

Perth’s best sprinters will step out in the penultimate Group 1 race of the calendar year.

I’ve put Elite Street on top, but make sure to check out my full race preview and complete 2021 Winterbottom Stakes Tips RIGHT HERE.

Heineken 3 Handicap (1400m) – 8:20pm AEDT
No. 6 Beret

Beret can win the last on Winterbottom Stakes Day.

The Helmet mare ran second at each of her first four starts back this time, before recording a well-deserved three-length win here a fortnight ago.

She’s rock-hard fit and can go on with the job.