Winterbottom Stakes Tips & Preview 2023

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Looking for Winterbottom Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2023 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.


It is the Sydney sprinter, Overpass, that is the $3 favourite with Dabble after the barrier draw ahead of Triple Missile at $6.50 and the three-year-olds, Ripcord at $6.50 and Oscar’s Fortune, at $9. 

The last start Colonel Reeves Stakes (1200m) winner, Hot Zed, is $11, while another last start winner, Snowdome, is $14. Red Can Man ($16) and My Bella Mae ($20) head the rest of the 18 contenders in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes. 


Overpass comes over from Sydney after running in the Everest (1200m) at Randwick and led them up in the $20 million affair before fading late to run 10th behind Think About It, beaten four lengths. The Bjorn Baker-trained galloper went seven lengths faster than standard that day, which is the equal highest figure of any runner. 

The five-year-old has had one run at Ascot for a win in the inaugural $4 million The Quokka (1200m) earlier this year. He led and held out the likes of Amelia’s Jewel and Bella Nipotina and must be respected despite missing out in the Everest. 

He is one of three in the field that had their last start on the eastern seaboard with the other two being Triple Missile and Savatoxl. Triple Missile comes off a last start 6th behind Spacewalk in the Rising Fast Stakes (1200m) at Flemington, beaten one length. He went just 0.6 lengths faster than standard, which was due to the very slow early tempo. 

Prior to that, the Lindsey Smith-trained galloper was runner-up down the straight over the 1200m behind Star Patrol, going eight lengths faster than standard. He will be ridden by Damien Oliver, who is set to retire after the Perth carnival. Savatoxl has not raced since fading over the 1600m at Moonee Valley in September. 

The Placid Ark Stakes for the three-year-olds is one of the key local lead ups and it was Ripcord that arrived in time to defeat Oscar’s Fortune, who led before being nailed late. The winner went just three lengths faster than standard benchmark and might need to produce a personal best in this race. 

Six runners come out of the Colonel Reeves Stakes on November 18 and it was Hot Zed that overcame a wide run to narrowly score from Ghost Who Walks, who isn’t in the Winterbottom. Of the beaten brigade, Red Can Man may have had an excuse and was 6th, while Go Forward was held up before running 4th. 

Snowdome defeated Man Crush and Red Can Man when first up in the Prince Of Wales Stakes (1000m), going 6.7 lengths faster than standard benchmark. He draws wide but is a 1200m winner and improved five lengths on figures at this stage of his last preparation. 


Overpass brings the class and is likely to cross from the wide barrier. Like all gallopers heading west, he is a it of an unknown quantity but the five-year-old can be trusted, given his win at the track and trip in the Quokka earlier this year. Snowdome might be a value player. The Neville Parnham-trained galloper generally likes to go forward but has the versatility to settle back and has run on in strong form races when that has happened in the past. He should have improvement to come at his second run this preparation and is worth thought at the each-way quote.