Trekking at Ascot Trackwork, November 2019

David vs Goliath

The 2020 Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes looms as a David vs Goliath contest according to the pre-post fixed odds market.

The Winterbottom Stakes favourite Trekking to be ridden by William Pike, is the winner of 10 races and $5,133,570, including the Group 1 Goodwood, Group 1 Stradbroke and Group 2 Schillachi.

Relative newcomer Elite Street on the other hand is only the winner of four races and $131,680, including a maiden, a 3-year-old midweek race and two 72+ ratings races.

Can Elite Street, Daniel Morton and new rider Brad Rawiller pull off one of the biggest upset Group 1 results that WA has seen in the past decade?

History is definitely against Elite Street, with the average handicap rating of Winterbottom Stakes Winners over the past decade averaging m109:

2019: Hey Doc m112

2018: Voodoo Lad m109

2017: Viddora m104

2016: Takedown m109

2015: Buffering m115

2014: Magnifisio m106

2013: Buffering m122

2012: Barakey m104

2011: Ortensia m106

Elite Street, a m82 rater; Trekking, a m116 rater; David vs Goliath.