This Weekend in Racing: Winterbottom Stakes

Nov 26, 2020

Just For Laughs

The trainer pitches for the TRL are creating great debate on social media and now plenty of laughs.

Don’t forget as an Owner in TRL, you get to VOTE for WHO trains YOUR horses.

Tony Gollan and Rob Heathcote were first to pitch for the Queensland Rogues and now Toby and Trent Edmonds have made their move.

Renowned as record breaking trainers based on the Gold Coast, Toby and Trent may well have a future as stand-up comics.

While born in New South Wales they sure appear to be Queenslanders now, click here and make sure you watch to the very end for a laugh.



Every sport needs a superstar – a headline grabber, Perth racing is blessed to have William Pike.

In fact, it appears Pike is more popular than iron ore in WA.

After a successful stint in Melbourne over the Spring carnival, he made an early return home to Perth, did the brutal 14 days in quarantine and made it all worthwhile by winning the Group One, Railway Stakes last weekend.

“The Wizard” produced a peach of a ride to win on Inspirational Girl and there’s no reason he won’t make it back to back Group Ones by winning the Winterbottom Stakes this Saturday.

Pike rode Trekking in a comfortable barrier trial win on Monday and the Godolphin runner looks an absolute standout in the group.

He was a fast finishing second in the Moir Stakes before just missing a place in The Everest and is a worthy favourite for more Group One success.



Magic Millions Bonus

A major bonus for the entire industry this week with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s opening up the border which means interstate buyers can now flock to the Gold Coast for January’s Magic Millions Sale.

Always a highlight of any year, there was a fear within the industry that prices for yearlings would be down significantly if the borders remained closed. Overseas buyers are expected to be missing unless willing to do the fourteen days in quarantine.

Unfortunately some of the social events have been cancelled, the MM Polo Event is a casualty, but will return in 2022.

Hopefully the spectacular celebrity race on the Surfers Paradise beach can still take place along with the barrier draw on January 12, before the sales unfold over the next seven days.


Rosehill Gardens

The road trips to Newcastle and Kembla Grange for the million dollar Hunter and the The Gong are now behind us, with Group racing returning to Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.

The Festival Stakes (Race 7) for 3 year-olds is the feature, a Group 3 and a wide open affair.

Rainier loves Rosehill, but was a touch disappointing last start. Outrageous was a good winner last start at Flemington, he’s down in weight coming off that win and the Hawkes team has floated him to Sydney, happy to have him on top in a tough race.

The listed Starlight (Race 8) features a couple of horses who have great fresh records in Snitz and Viridine. Snitz has won three times first-up from seven campaigns and will race well. Viridine has caught the eye at the trials, has Hugh Bowman in the saddle and at double figure odds makes a compelling case.

Moonee Valley

If you had a bet at the Ballarat stand alone meeting last Saturday, you’ll be dusting yourself down and trying to regroup for Moonee Valley this Saturday.

The McKenzie Stakes (Race 5) is a listed race there’s now only seven runners after the scratching of Alleboom who most thought would set the early tempo. Deep Speed has plenty of natural pace and should now lead, Nicolini Vito is in terrific form winning its past two starts including one at the Valley which makes him the top selection.


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