Wow! Nicconi Mare Graceful Girl Explodes to Win $1million G1 Winterbottom

Tara Madgwick - Saturday November 27

Bob and Sandra Peters have bid farewell this year to two of their Group I superstar mares in Arcadia Queen and Celebrity Queen, both sold at broodmare sales for a combined total of $5.7million, but they have an able replacement in brilliant sprinter Graceful Girl.

Graceful Girl exploded from last to win the G1 Winterbottom - image Western Racepix

Trained by Grant and Alana Williams, four year-old mare Graceful Girl has worked her way through the grades winning a Listed race at her final run last season in June before heading for a spell.

She’s been in top form this preparation and was a great last start second to Elite Street in the Group III WATC Colonel Reeves Stakes before rolling the dice in the $1million Group I WATC Winterbotom Stakes (1200m).

Drawn the outside in the big field of 16, Graceful Girl was allowed to settle at the tail of the field by Willie Pike and was a clear last turning for home.

Angled to the outside, the daughter of Nicconi unleashed a dazzling change of gear that saw her charge past the leaders and race clear to win by nearly three lengths in an amazing performance over Stageman, who is also raced by Bob and Sandra Peters.

 

 


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“We won it a few years ago when it was a Group II, but it’s nice to win it as a Group I,” said Bob Peters.

“We knew that she has to be ridden the way she likes to race which is to be out the back which suited her today.”

A homebred for Bob and Sandra Peters, Graceful Girl has the overall record of six wins and four placings from 11 starts with prizemoney in excess of $880,000.

She is a full sister to Group III winner State Solicitor and half-sister to Group II winner Respondent and is the third stakes-winner among nine winners from top producing Group II winner Avenida Madero, who was retired from stud duty in 2020.

Her last foal is a two year-old filly by Nicconi that has already been named Regal Statue.

 

Nicconi has his second G1 winner in Graceful Girl, click for more information.

Graceful Girl is the second Group I winner for Nicconi, who is best known as the sire Everest hero Nature Strip. Now based at Widden Stud Victoria, he stands at a fee of $27,500.




 

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Race Result - Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stks Gr1 1200m

Ascot Track: Good(4) Time: 1:09.10
1
Graceful Girl
T: G & A Williams J: W Pike 56.5
4m Nicconi (AUS) x Avenida Madero (AUS) (Metal Storm (FR))
Nicconi
2
2.8
Stageman
T: A G Durrant J: C Johnston-Porter 58.5
7g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Best Feature (AUS) (Secret Savings (USA))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $310,000
V:Chevaux Bloodstock, Mittagong
B: Belmont Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $64,000
V:Gainsborough Lodge, Darling Downs, Qld
B: Chevaux Bloodstock
3
2.9
Elite Street
T: D L Morton J: B Rawiller 58.5
5g Street Boss (USA) x Elite Ateates (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
4
3.0
Laverrod
T: S & J Casey J: Jordan Turner 58.5
5g Toronado (IRE) x Demasheen (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $270,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
B: Yenrise Pty Ltd
MM National Weanling Sale $140,000
V:Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm Corinella Vic
B: James Bester Bloodstock
5
5.3
Outrageous
T: Luke Fernie J: Lucy Warwick 58.5
6g All Too Hard (AUS) x Fit And Ready (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $460,000
V:Vinery Stud Scone NSW
B: Hawkes Racing
6
5.6
Indian Pacific
T: N D Parnham J: B Parnham 58.5
5g Zoustar (AUS) x Rosarino (AUS) (Perugino (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Bowness Stud, Young, NSW
B: Parnhams Racing Stable
7
6.1
Red Can Man
T: S J Wolfe J: S Mc Gruddy 58.5
5g Gingerbread Man (AUS) x Brocky's Ace (AUS) (Surtee (AUS))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Western Breeders Alliance
B: Commercial Bloodstock Services P/L (FBAA)
8
6.2
Flirtini
T: Simon Miller J: T Turner 56.5
6m Artie Schiller (USA) x Ajaweed (AUS) (Hennessy (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Emirates Park, Murrurundi
B: B McRostie
9
7.5
Rock Magic
T: C & M Gangemi J: Jarrad Noske 58.5
12g Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Rockabubble (AUS) (Bubble Gum Fellow (JPN))
10
7.8
Iseered Iseered
T: Luke Fernie J: Mitchell Pateman 58.5
4g Safeguard (AUS) x Runzonred (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
MM Perth Yearling Sale Book 1 $30,000
V:Western Breeders Alliance
B: Peter Fernie/CB Bloodstock
11
8.0
Cup Night
T: B A Miller J: P Carbery 58.5
6g Maschino (AUS) x Walk In Beauty (AUS) (Barely A Moment (AUS))
12
8.4
Long Beach
T: C & M Gangemi J: S O'Donnell 58.5
5g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Avenida Madero (AUS) (Metal Storm (FR))
13
8.9
Money Matters
T: C & M Gangemi J: C Staples 58.5
5g Canford Cliffs (IRE) x Miz Nicholls (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
Inglis June (Late) Online Sale $150,000
V:Durrant Racing
B: Gangemi Thoroughbreds
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $37,500
V:Redbank North/Huntworth Stud Harden NSW
B: Durrant Racing
14
9.9
River Beau
T: B V Watkins J: J Whiting 58.5
5g Snippetson (AUS) x Peggie's Louise (AUS) (Oratorio (AUS))
15
10.0
Carocapo
T: J P Taylor J: J Brown 58.5
8g Husson (ARG) x Smytzer's Rose (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Toreby Park, Oakford, WA
B: Damien Wyer Racing And Bloodstock
16
12.0
Wilchino
T: D L Morton J: Chris Parnham 56.5
5m Maschino (AUS) x Wild Park (AUS) (Bletchley Park (IRE))
MM Perth Yearling Sale Book 2 $55,000
V:Alwyn Park Stud Serpentine WA
B: Morton Racing Pty Ltd
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