In-form six-year-old Colour Correct has opened as the clear favourite in the 2010 Railway Stakes odds, an ideal draw and excellent season to date drawing big money bets for the gelding to take the honours in the opening Group 1 race of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.
The $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) will take place at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday November 20 and has attracted a capacity field of 16 runners set to contest the feature showdown, plus two emergencies.
After successive wins in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) and the Listed Ascot Gold Cup (1800m), and then drawing ideally for the Railway Stakes with barrier seven, the Ross and Clint Price-trained Colour Correct is the $4.60 favourite to make it three straight at Ascot on Saturday through Luxbet.
Colour Correct is one of the locals looking to keep the Railway Stakes glory in Perth and is the deserved outright favourite having missed a place just three times from 19 starts.
On Saturday Colour Correct will be ridden by Paul Harvey, who has won three previous Railway Stakes.
Second favourite is the John Thompson-trained Sydney galloper Trusting paying $6.50.
Tale Of The Cat four-year-old Trusting has also drawn well with barrier five for the Railway Stakes and is coming off a solid fifth place finish in the Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
Newcastle-based trainer Thompson also has Gathering lining up from barrier six in the Railway Stakes field on Saturday, the fellow Tale Of The Cat four-year-old one of the longer-priced entries at $18 to win through Luxbet.
Other eastern state raiders running in the Railway Stakes this year include defending champion Sniper’s Bullet, Black Piranha and Triple Honour.
All three have drawn double figure barriers and would have to break the weight-carrying record to win the Railway Stakes.
The heaviest weight carried to victory since 1968 was Sniper’s Bullet 12 months ago who had 56.5kg.
This year Sniper’s Bullet is allocated a hefty 58kg and is drawn poorly in barrier 15, but still one of the favourites at $8 to make it back-to-back success in WA’s richest race.
Black Piranha is the top-weight with 58.5kg drawn in barrier 12 and in from $13 to $10 to win, while the Chris Waller-trained Triple Honour is set to carry 58kg from barrier 11 also a slight firmer in the markets now at $11 after opening at $13 through Luxbet.
God Has Spoken is the only other Railway Stakes hopeful at single figure odds having shortened in from $11 to $9.50.
Drawn in barrier nine, the Neville Parnham-trained Blackfriars four-year-old God Has Spoken snuck into the Railway Stakes field earning a ballot exemption for their strong win in the Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) last Saturday.
Good value runners at double figure odds in the Railway Stakes odds that can finish in the money and improve the payouts on your Trifectas and other exotic bets for Saturday include last year’s runner-up Tarzi ($15) and Jim Taylor’s Famous Roman ($10).
Lee Steere Stakes’ winner Famous Roman had a slight health scare suffering a bleeding attack after their win on November 6, but stewards couldn’t prove the bleeding wasn’t caused by external damage and reinstated them into the field removing the previously imposed three month ban.
The six-year-old is now reportedly back to peak fitness and with an ideal barrier two draw and drop back in weight from 59kg for the Lee Steere to 54kg on Saturday, looks a top pick to cause an upset.
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2010 Railway Stakes Odds
|#||Horse||Opening Odds||Current Odds*|
|10||For Your Eyes Only||21.00||31.00|
|12||God Has Spoken||11.00||9.50|
|16||West River Charley||101.00||126.00|
*Odds are Fixed Win from Luxbet and subject to change