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Timeform Preview: 2016 Winterbottom Stakes

A strong contingent of eastern state sprinters have ventured west for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Timeform Preview: 2016 Winterbottom Stakes

A strong contingent of eastern state sprinters have ventured west for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Malaguerra
Malaguerra Picture:Racing and Sports

The $1million sprint has attracted a field of 12 with five of them taking their place off last starts during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

The pick of those performances came in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 5 taken out by Malaguerra Horseform.


Malaguerra has hit the ground running for the Peter Gelagotis stable since being transferred to them from the Freedman camp during the winter.

The gelding was finding the line well first up in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on October 8 for a second behind Star Turn and then went to another level in winning the Darley Classic.

The son of Magnus was given a beautiful ride by Ben Melham in the Darley Classic who settled the five-year-old in behind the early speed.

He was pulled off heels inside the 400m and let down strongly, hitting the front 100m from home before holding off a fast closing Spieth to record a slender victory.

The run returned a Timeform rating of 121, a career best figure for Malaguerra, exceeding his prior peak by one pound achieved when winning the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben last Winter.

Also encouraging about the performance was the fact he defeated both Sheidel and Keen Array decisively, two rivals he again faces in the Winterbottom.

Ben Melham was praised for his ride on Malaguerra in the Darley Classic and the jockey looks to have an easier job here.

From barrier 1, Melham should have the current race favourite on the fence and tucked in just behind the early speed.

Things appear set to fall into play for the pair on Saturday and their current favouritism is justified.

Terravista Horseform is the second market elect off a head turning first up effort in the Mumm Stakes (1000m) down the Flemington straight on November 3.

The flashy chestnut was hitting the line strongly for a slender second to Redzel in the 1000m Listed Sprint and would have won if the event was run over five furlongs (1005.84m).

Joe Pride’s stable star returned a Timeform rating of 118p, a figure only marginally shy of what Malaguerra produced when winning the Darley Classic.

Terravista in theory will strip fitter second run from a spell although there are concerns surrounding the Captain Rio gelding.

The seven-year-old possesses an imposing fresh record, yet to run out of the money in eight prior first up outings.

What has been occurring in his preparations after that first up outing is where questions emerge.

Terravista has produced the best rated run of his last three campaigns when first up.

This has been most obvious in autumn 2015 and autumn 2016.

After beginning with a bang during each of those campaigns, Terravista failed to recapture that rating in two subsequent runs.

The stable has cited hoof problems have been responsible for this. There was a point this year where Joe Pride made the suggestion Terravista would not race this spring.

Soundness queries aside, Terravista is a serious sprinter, evidenced by a master Timeform rating of 128 recorded when winning the 2014 Darley Classic at Flemington.

It was a star studded renewal as well with Chautauqua, Lankan Rupee and Buffering filling second through fourth in that order.

If at his best, Terravista will take a power of beating.

Takedown Horseform has been holding his form well this campaign and heads west after a third in the L’Oreal Paris Stakes over 1400m at Flemington on November 3.

Prior to getting up over seven furlongs this campaign Takedown won both the Group 2 Shorts (1100m) and the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

He is a capable sprinter and runs over 1400m prior to this could provide good grounding in what will be a high pressure 1200m contest.

Sheidel Horseform was safely accounted for in the Darley Classic however her prior form through the Melbourne Spring was excellent.

The mare dominated against her own sex winning both the Group 3 Cape Grim Beef Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on October 8 and the Group 3 Sensis Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on October 29.

She is presently in her second campaign with the Hayes-Dabernig stable having formerly been trained in Western Australia by David Harrison.

Her record at Ascot prior to heading east was impressive with nine wins from ten starts at the course.

Gaining the services of Damien Oliver is an additional boost with the pair one from one in partnership.

Sheidel recorded her first win for the Hayes-Dabernig stable with Oliver in the saddle with the pair taking out the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) last April.

Western Australian gallopers most capable of defending an interstate raid appear to be the veteran Rock Magic Horseform and the progressive State Solicitor Horseform.

Rock Magic is as honest as the come and was charging home late for a slender second last start in the Colonel Reeves Stakes at this course over 1100m a fortnight ago.

State Solicitor has won each of his runs this campaign, both Benchmark 72 events at this course and distance.

The son of Nicconi is building an imposing record having won six of his seven starts.

He is admittedly being thrown in the deep end however the Williams stable combining with Pike must be respected.

The class edge Malaguerra possesses however has him poised to follow the popular Buffering’s lead in 2013 and claim the Darley Classic-Winterbottom Stakes double at Ascot on Saturday.

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R8 ASCOT 26 November 2016
Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stks 3U , 1200m
Race Synopsis: The Gary Moore-trained sprinter Takedown maintained his consistent form with a career highlight in taking out this Group One race, his seventh win in 20 starts to date (which includes six placings). He began well, settled nicely outside the leader (Sheidel), challenged that mare strongly on straightening and lifted gamely to hit the front on passing the 50m to win well. Sheidel was quickly away and went straight to the front, going along a quite a good tempo (first 600m in 34.99). She was challenged at the home turn but was only headed at the 50m before fighting well for second after running a bold race. Rock Magic raced in ninth place, between runners, got a split on straightening the then finished well for a good third. First Among Equals settled near last in the 12-horse field, went widest of all at the home turn and impressed with his late-closing fourth, beaten a length. The second favourite Malaguerra had a good run in third place on the rails, got along the inner at the 100m and then battled on quite well for (1.1 lengths) fifth while the favourite Terravista had a good run in fifth place, looked a threat at the home turn but then weakened to finish (8.3 lengths) tenth, racing many lengths below his best, suggesting that something may have been amiss.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
3. TAKEDOWN (AUS)
4yo Gelding
GARY MOORE
TIM CLARK
58.5
$9.00
 
STRATUM (AUS) - APAMEA (GB)
R M Anderson, Mrs D A Anderson & Widden Stud Pty Ltd (Mgr: A W Thompson)
Apr 14, 2014 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Widden Valley NSW
 
2nd  
11. SHEIDEL (AUS)
5yo Mare
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
DAMIEN OLIVER
56.5
$8.50
 
HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) - LAVENTOUR (AUS)
Dorrington Farm (Mgr: R J Crabtree)
3rd  
4. ROCK MAGIC (AUS)
7yo Gelding
CHRIS GANGEMI
JARRAD NOSKE
58.5
$13.00
 
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - ROCKABUBBLE (AUS)
Gangemi Thoroughbreds(Mgr: M J & J Gangemi), Mercon Racing(Mgr: D Condidorio), R J Wade, D Coyne, J Coyne, B Da Prato, D R Mc Lean, D A Cestrilli, Ms S M White, L Scamaton, K F Jones, A G Strauch, R C Stone, N L Gleeson, M ( Yeak, S Fraser
 Apr 11, 2011 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Scone NSW, Passed $90,000,
 
4th  6. FIRST AMONG EQUALS (AUS)
5yo Gelding
SIMON A MILLER
BRAD PARNHAM
58.5
$17.00
5th  2. MALAGUERRA (AUS)
5yo Gelding
PETER GELAGOTIS
BEN MELHAM
58.5
$3.75
6th  10. STATE SOLICITOR (AUS)
4yo Gelding
G & A WILLIAMS
WILLIAM PIKE
58.5
$7.00
7th  8. VEGA MAGIC (AUS)
4yo Gelding
S R CASEY
JAKE CASEY
58.5
$12.00
8th  5. KEEN ARRAY (AUS)
4yo Gelding
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
CHRIS PARNHAM
58.5
$31.00
9th  9. REGAL COMMANDER (AUS)
5yo Gelding
G DURRANT & J MILLER
PETER HALL
58.5
$101.00
10th  1. TERRAVISTA (AUS)
7yo Gelding
JOSEPH PRIDE
HUGH BOWMAN
58.5
$3.50
11th  7. BATTLE HERO (AUS)
5yo Gelding
G & A WILLIAMS
G SMITH
58.5
$81.00
12th  12. MILITARY REIGN (AUS)
4yo Mare
DARREN MC AULIFFE
COREY BROWN
56.5
$81.00


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