Ranger Rockets to Top of 2011 Railway Stakes Odds

There has been an order revision with the top three elects for Saturday week’s Railway Stakes 2011, big money coming in for Grant Williams’ impressive galloper Ranger which has seen their futures price slashed and their position at the top of the markets confirmed for the Perth’s richest race.

Earlier this week our preferred online bookmaker Luxbet released odds for the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m), the Ascot Summer Racing Carnival feature to run on November 19th.

In the original Railway Stakes betting markets the Gino Poletti-trained Luckygray was the pre-post favourite at a quote of $4.60 followed by Neville Parnham’s Group 1 winner Playing God ($5.50).

Ranger was then on the third line at $6.50.

As punters do the form and make their selections, the markets have changed and Ranger has been heavily-backed, now the firm $3.80 Railway Stakes favourite.

Luckygray has then drifted out to $5.50, Playing God to $7.50 and the Chris Waller-trained Albert The Fat removed from the markets following news the last-start Emirates Stakes winner had been spelled and would not be making the trip over to WA.

2011 Railway Stakes Betting Market Moves

  • Ranger – $6.50 into $3.80 Luxbet
  • Luckygray – $4.60 out to $5.50 Luxbet
  • Playing God – $5.50 out to $7.50 Luxbet
  • Grand Nirvana – $12 into $10 Luxbet
  • He’s Remarkable – $15 into $10 Luxbet
  • Avienus – $21 into $10 Luxbet
  • Waratha’s Secret – $18 into $15 Luxbet
  • Willy Jimmy – $21 into $16 Luxbet
  • Launay – $16 out to $18 Luxbet
  • Pinwheel – $26 into $18 Luxbet

A winner of six of their 16 starts to date, five-year-old Testa Rossa gelding Ranger is undefeated this season having won all three of their starts over 1400 metres including the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes last Saturday by an authoritative two lengths over fellow Railway Stakes hopeful Grand Nirvana.

The connections of former favourite Luckygray were surprised that the punters had abandoned their also undefeated for the season contender, Bradbury’s Luck four-year-old Luckygray last seen running away to win the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) by a commanding three and a half lengths.

Showing they were right on track to make it four from four this prep, Luckygray worked impressively over 1200 metres at the course proper at Ascot on Wednesday in a hitout jockey Shaun O’Donnell described as “awesome.”

“He’s three weeks between runs so that (the gallop) will clean him out a bit,” Poletti said.

“He’ll have a little gallop (again) next Tuesday.

“He doesn’t need much as he’s pretty small and I’m happy with the horse.”

Another major Railway Stakes betting market mover is class Melbourne mare Avienus who has firmed in from $21 to $10 at Luxbet, but who suffered a setback after being committed to a veterinarian clinic with travel sickness after arriving in Perth on Tuesday afternoon.

In related Railway Stakes news Kiwi raider He’s Remarkable is already in Perth and had their first look at Ascot on Wednesday.

Fresh off a gritty victory in the Visit Victoria Handicap over the Flemington mile last Saturday, the Roger James-trained four-year-old will again be ridden by Darley’s ace jockey Kerrin McEvoy for the Railway Stakes.

The 2011 Railway Stakes field, as well as those for the other Ascot features on the 19th including the Group 1 Winerbottom Stakes (1200m), are due for release on Monday and will be published right here at Races.com.au.

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