Wednesday, 16 November 2011
: New arrival Ego's Dare could prove the surprise packet for trainer Grant Williams in Saturday's $500,000 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.
| Ego's Dare|
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Formerly trained in Sydney by Gerald Ryan, the Perth-owned Ego's Dare has been freshened with beach work since arriving at the Williams stable last week.Ego's Dare
is raced by a syndicate featuring prominent WA owner Elio Galante, leading to his transfer from Ryan after scoring six wins from 31 starts for $312,675 prize money.
Williams has noted that the seven-year-old has won all his races when first and second-up and is happy about his progress in his new surroundings.
"We only got him last week so we don't know much about him," Williams told the West Australian.
"We've taken him to the beach to freshen him up and keep him happy. He's a nice horse.”
Shaun O'Donnell has been booked for the ride on Ego's Dare in the $500,000 sprint.
Ego's Dare was and unlucky fourth to Love Conquers All
in the G2 Shorts at Rosehill in September but failed in two Melbourne carnival starts at Flemington during Melbourne Cup week, the latest a ninth to Down Under Boy over 1400m on November 5.
Williams will also start Avante for leading breeders Bob and Sandra Peters in the Winterbottom.Avante
is in peak form with Williams reporting she has thrived since her last start win in the Colonel Reeves Stakes at Ascot.
The story of the Winterbottom will be the attempt by the 10-year-old Hadabeclorka
to repeat last year's win with comeback jockey Glenn Smith in the saddle.
Smith only made his return to race riding last week after four years on the sidelines.
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