The James Cummings trained Trekking remains the solid favourite after drawing an inside barrier for the 2019 Group 1 $1m Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday.

Dubious, above in the aqua colours, has drawn a nice barrier in the 2019 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in Perth. Photo by Steve Hart.

Dubious, above in the aqua colours, has drawn a nice barrier in the 2019 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in Perth. Photo by Steve Hart.

Trekking is one of three runners who will carry the Godolphin royal blue colours in the feature sprint of the 2019 Ascot Racing Carnival and will jump from barrier four in the fifteen horse field with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.

Cummings got a mixed bag at the Winterbottom Stakes barrier draw with Home Of The Brave drawing the outside gate while Viridine drew the middle of the road at seven.

McEvoy rode Trekking to victory in the Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm during the 2019 Brisbane Winter Carnival and the Street Cry gelding is the $3 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au to claim a second Group 1 trophy.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Dubious is the only three year old in the Winterbottom Stakes field and has drawn nicely at gate five with Melbourne Cup winning jockey Craig Williams to ride and the Victorian based trainers will also stable up Steven Parnham’s mount, Spirit Of Valor, who drew gate eleven.

Saddle representative Christine Duffy said the team is happy with the barriers and added that both horses had travelled across to Perth from Melbourne in good order and have settled in nicely.

“Delighted with the barrier draw,” Duffy told The Races WA.

“Dubious is in nice and tucked away and we are happy with that and Spirit Of Valor, he is very tractable also and he will slot into a nice position.”

“They both travelled really well, despite a little hiccup with the plane, but they have settled in really well and they have both been licking the bin and enjoying the warmth.”

The blinkers are coming off Dubious after his last start sixth in the Group 3 $500,000 Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on October 16 and Duffy is expecting a good showing on the firmer Ascot track.

“We had hit a few soft tracks and he likes the firmer ground. We have come over here and we have a good firm track and hopefully he will be out there showing them,” she said.

“And it is always good to have a good in-form jockey. Craig is riding out of his skin at the moment so we are delighted for that little pick up for Dubs.”

Dubious is marked at $17 at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Winterbottom Stakes while Spirit Of Valor is rated as one of the outsiders of the field at $34.

Betting for the 2019 Winterbottom Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3 Trekking, $7 Flirtini,  Hey Doc, $9 Vital Silver, $11 Valour Road, $13 Stageman, Home Of The Brave, $17 Dubious, Viridine, $21 Endless Drama, Misty Metal, $26 Malaguerra, Rock Magic, $34 Spirit Of Valor, $101 Durendal.

Final field and barrier draw for the 2019 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 41131×8132 TREKKING James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 4 58.5kg
2 0x03820x7x MALAGUERRA Vaughn Sigley Troy Turner 13 58.5kg
3 401x7x58x3 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 14 58.5kg
4 451x153x49 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Jarrad Noske 1 58.5kg
5 4x70x52472 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) James Cummings Damian Lane 15 58.5kg
6 419x395x60 DURENDAL Chris Gangemi Brad Parnham 3 58.5kg
7 04146×0401 VIRIDINE James Cummings Damien Oliver 7 58.5kg
8 455x1161x4 VALOUR ROAD Simon A Miller Chris Parnham 9 58.5kg
9 042163x10x ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Tony Pike Leith Innes 2 58.5kg
10 1213x13x42 VITAL SILVER Daniel & Ben Pearce Ben Melham 6 58.5kg
11 3x226x530x SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Steven Parnham 11 58.5kg
12 3611212236 STAGEMAN Adam Durrant William Pike 10 58.5kg
13 3x1129x311 FLIRTINI Simon A Miller Paul Harvey 12 56.5kg
14 3212117×25 MISTY METAL Robert & Todd Harvey Shaun McGruddy 8 56.5kg
15 123015×426 DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 5 53.5kg

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.