Albert The Fat out of Railway Stakes 2011

Chris Waller’s final-stride Emirates Stakes winner Albert The Fat has had their Perth travel plans shelved, the 2011 Railway Stakes now out of the question with the seven-year-old to be spelled immediately after suffering from an elevated temperature.

Albert The Fat

Emirates Stakes winner Albert The Fat will not contest the Railway Stakes

Veteran Magic Albert gelding Albert The Fat, who held on in a thrilling finish to defeat Peter Moody’s consistent mare King’s Rose to win the Emirates Stakes at Flemington last Saturday, was booked to fly from Melbourne to Perth this evening.

“We made the decision to go to Perth late last night (Monday) but he had an elevated temperature this morning so we won’t take any risks,” Waller said.

“He will go to the paddock, unfortunately that will be the end of his preparation.”

One of 53 horses officially entered for the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot Racecourse on November 19, Albert The Fat is the second high profile interstate galloper to be ruled out of an appearance at the Festival of Perth Racing following Black Caviar withdrawing from 2011 Winterbottom Stakes contention.

Albert The Fat was allocated the equal 57kg topweight for this year’s Railway Stakes along with last year’s Emirates Stakes winner Wall Street.

There were 10 other gallopers given more than the 52kg minimum weight with Toorak Toff (55.5kg), Grand Nirvana (55kg), Pinwheel (54.5kg / doubtful), Playing God (54.5kg), Waratah’s Secret (54.5kg), Ranger (53.5kg) and Testa My Patience (53.5kg).

In the futures Railway Stakes odds at Luxbet Albert The Fat was rated a $9.50 chance.

Markets on the mile feature are leady by in-form local Bradbury’s Luck four-year-old Luckygray, Neville Parnham’s Group 1 winner Playing God and last-start Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes winner Rangerwho are equal $5.50 favourites.

Avienus

Avienus will be ridden by Craig Williams in the 2011 Railway Stakes

The Grant Williams-trained Testa Rossa five-year-old Ranger firmed in from $6.50 to $5.50 following the release of the Railway Stakes weights on Monday, the galloper to advantage greatly from the drop back from 59kg last start to 53.5kg.

In other Railway Stakes news jockey Craig Williams will seek back-to-back wins in the feature following his success with Gathering 12 months ago having picked up the ride on the Mark Webb-trained mare Avienus.

Avienus pays $18 in the current Railway Stakes markets at Luxbet.

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2011 Railway Stakes Weights

# Horse Trainer Weight Hcp. Rating
1 ALBERT THE FAT Chris Waller 57kg 117
2 WALL STREET (NZ) Jeff Lynds 57kg 117
3 TOORAK TOFF Richard Hore-Lacy 55.5kg 114
4 GRAND NIRVANA Fred Kersley 55kg 113
5 PINWHEEL (doubtful) Peter Snowden 54.5kg 112
6 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham 54.5kg 112
7 WARATAH’S SECRET David Harrison 54.5kg 112
8 RANGER Grant Williams 53.5kg 110
9 TESTA MY PATIENCE Mick Price 53.5kg 110
10 PINNACLES Richard Hore-Lacy 53kg 109
11 KING KOOL KAT Ian Glading 52.5kg 108
12 LUEN YAT FOREVEr Peter Moody 52.5kg 108
13 LORDS RANSOM Grant Williams 52kg 106
14 LARGO LAD David Hayes 52kg 104
15 AVIENUS Mark Webb 52kg 103
16 EXTRA ZERO David Hayes 52kg 103
17 HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ) Roger James 52kg 102
18 LAUNAY (doubtful) Peter Snowden 52kg 102
19 WILLY JIMMY Guy Walter 52kg 102
20 KID CHOISIR Allen McNamara 52kg 101
21 SPACECRAFT David Hayes 52kg 101
22 GOD HAS SPOKEN Neville Parnham 52kg 100
23 TARZI Neville Parnham 52kg 100
24 BATTLE EMBLEM Grant Williams 52kg 99
25 KINCAPLE (NZ) Mark B. Reed 52kg 99
26 LUCKYGRAY Gino Poletti 52kg 99
27 DREAMAWAY Grnt Williams 52kg 98
28 MEGA STEEL Bruce McClune 52kg 98
29 EGO’S DARE Gerald Ryan 52kg 96
30 XAARAVID George Daly 52kg 96
31 MOMENT IN TIME John P Thompson 52kg 95
32 GUEST WING Shane Edwards 52kg 94
33 SENTENZA Ivan Haggerty 52kg 94
34 WOLFE DREAMS Steve Wolfe 52kg 93
35 MORANT Ross & Clint Price 52kg 92
36 ROCKY RANGE Alan Mathews 52kg 92
37 BIG TED Ivan Haggerty 52kg 91
38 SPECCIO Simon Barrass 52kg 90
39 TINDAL Wendy Roche 52kg 89
40 TRANQUILITY Grant Williams 52kg 89
41 OUR OL’ FELLA Steve Wlfe 52kg 88
42 PHILBY Geroge Daly 52kg 88
43 BRIDGESTONE (NZ) Neville Parnham 52kg 87
44 INSURGENCY Garry Delane 52kg 87
45 REVEWED VITALITY John P Thompson 52kg 87
46 RUN FOR LEVI John P Thompson 52kg 87
45 COSMIC CAUSEWAY Peter Moody 52kg 84
48 RINGMEISTER Lindsey Smith 52kg 84
49 RAFFERTY Ross & Clint Price 52kg 78
50 WESTRIVER KEVYDONN Paige Kenney 52kg 78
51 EVEN ASTAR Neville Parnham 52kg 76
52 DINO MAK Wally Mithcell 52kg 75
53 BIG JOSH Daniel Morton 52kg 67