WATERMAN’S BAY excels in Winterbottom Stakes

A truly top class field of sprinters assembled for the Group 1 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes over 1200 metres on Saturday. The runners were headed by Australia’s top sprinter Buffering, as well as top Queenslander Spirit Of Boom, the dependable Moment Of Change, and of course local champion Barakey.  Not surprisingly WATERMAN’S BAY was a big outsider in this illustrious line-up.

For much of the controversial race, WATERMAN’S BAY was forced to race at the rear of the field as the pace was frenetic, but, after crowding at the 600 metres, the field began to race in a messy fashion and, on reaching the straight, jockey Glenn Smith began to creep WATERMAN’S BAY up the rail towards the leaders. As Buffering and Moment Of Change set out to battle out the nail-biting finish, WATERMAN’S stamina came into play, and he made a great run in the last 100 metres to win a close battle with Spirit Of Boom for the all-important 3rd place.

This was a fantastic achievement by the unfashionably-bred Eternity Range gelding, against one of the best Winterbottom Stakes fields, which reflects great credit on everyone connected with the stable, and especially owner-breeders John and Sharon Molloy. WATERMAN’S BAY has won over $450,000, and continues to give his best whenever he races, but to have held his own in a Group 1 against the best of Australian sprinters is more than anyone could have asked. No doubt John and Sharon’s champion will continue to give WA sprints a shake for the rest of the season!

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