Peters welcomes Ascot draw

01 December 2017 20:58:46 GMTPlus11

Owner Bob Peters declared himself happy after State Solicitor drew barrier four for Saturday's Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.

State Solictor is in good touch after he bolted in first-up at Ascot, before his last-gasp win in the Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) last Saturday week, but Peters admits Saturday's race is a big step up.

However, with a good draw and champion jockey William Pike in the saddle, State Solicitor may not get a better chance to scoop the Winterbottom.

"That's about as close in as you would want to be," Peters said of the draw. "He's done what we've asked of him to do and so far it's worked out. Apart from this race last year he hasn't raced against Group 1 winners."

Meanwhile, South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell was happy with his Group 1 performer Viddora's draw in gate seven.

Viddora worked impressively on the course proper at Ascot on Thursday under race rider Joe Bowditch and looks a big threat.

Viddora ran a nose second to She Will Reign in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley in September and an unlucky fourth to Hey Doc in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at the same track last start.

"I wanted five, six or seven so I'm very happy," Kennewell said. "It looks like the speed is outside us and she should get a good cart along. She's in great order.

"Of the interstaters I think we're the one to beat but you can't underestimate the locals on their home track."

Viddora is 5.50 in the Fixed Win market for Race 7 at Ascot on Saturday, with State Solicitor 5.00 and Rock Magic 4.00.

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