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.
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.
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
|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|
|9||TESTA MY PATIENCE||Mick Price||53.5kg||110|
|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|
|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|
|22||GOD HAS SPOKEN||Neville Parnham||52kg||100|
|24||BATTLE EMBLEM||Grant Williams||52kg||99|
|25||KINCAPLE (NZ)||Mark B. Reed||52kg||99|
|28||MEGA STEEL||Bruce McClune||52kg||98|
|29||EGO’S DARE||Gerald Ryan||52kg||96|
|31||MOMENT IN TIME||John P Thompson||52kg||95|
|32||GUEST WING||Shane Edwards||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|
|41||OUR OL’ FELLA||Steve Wlfe||52kg||88|
|43||BRIDGESTONE (NZ)||Neville Parnham||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|
|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|