Barriers may be pending but final acceptances have been taken for the Railway Stakes 2012 running at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse this Saturday with a full field of 16 hopefuls plus two emergencies paid up for.
The $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) is the richest race of the WA Summer Racing Carnival and has drawn a quality field led by local galloper and defending champ Luckygray.
Currently sitting atop the Railway Stakes odds at the Aussie bookies Gary Poletti’s Bradbury’s Luck gelding was awarded their fourth straight win in the Railway Stakes last year after a protest against first-past-the-post He’s Remarkable and their jockey Kerrin McEvoy was upheld.
This year the five-year-old goes to the Railway second-up having won the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) by two lengths in their new season debut back on the 10th.
They may be the 58kg topweight for Saturday, regular rider Shaun O’Donnell in the saddle, but it is a drop back form the 59kg they carried to victory last start and the bookies believe they are the one to beat.
The other top fancy in the Railway Stakes betting markets is then Ranger, Grant Williams’ Testa Rossa six-year-old resuming racing after a lengthy eight month spell.
Sixth in the Railway Stakes last year before their second to Playing God in the Kingston Town Classic, Ranger hasn’t raced since their failed autumn raid in Melbourne where they were unplaced three times including their 13th to subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) back on March 10.
Best of the interstate raiders is then Fat Al, Gai Waterhouse’s Epsom Handicap winning four-year-old looking to improve on their disappointing 12th to Happy Trails in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
The other non-locals in the Railway Stakes 2012 field are then Michael Moroney’s veteran eight-year-old Wall Street to be ridden by McEvoy who is out for atonement after last year’s protest loss, the Stuart Webb-trained multiple Group 1 winning mare Yosei and the John Thompson-trained Shamardashing who is the first emergency.
Other notable hopefuls then include last Saturday’s Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes winner Maschino, Flying Pegasus four-year-old King Saul and Rosie Rocket who will be ridden by ace hoop Glen Boss.
The full 2012 Railway Stakes field of final acceptors is listed below with barriers to be released later this week.
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2012 Railway Stakes Final Field
Ascot Racecourse – 24/11/2012
|1||LUCKYGRAY||58||m116||SHAUN O’DONNELL||GINO POLETTI|
|2||FAT AL||57||m114||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE|
|3||PLAYING GOD||57||m114||–||NEVILLE PARNHAM|
|4||WALL STREET(NZ)||57||m114||KERRIN MC EVOY||MICHAEL MORONEY|
|5||YOSEI||55||m110||MICHAEL RODD||STUART WEBB|
|6||WESTRIVER KEVYDONN||54||m108||PATRICK CARBERY||PAIGE KENNEY|
|7||LORDS RANSOM||53.5||m107||JOE BOWDITCH||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|8||BATTLE EMBLEM||53||m97||JASON WHITING||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|9||GOD HAS SPOKEN||53||m106||–||NEVILLE PARNHAM|
|10||KING SAUL||53||m99||COREY BROWN||TREVOR ANDREWS|
|11||MASCHINO||53||m99||JARRAD NOSKE||GRAHAM YUILL|
|12||MR MOET||53||m97||DANIEL STAECK||ADAM DURRANT|
|13||NIBLICK||53||m98||SHAUN MC GRUDDY||TREVOR ANDREWS|
|14||RANGER||53||m106||WILLIAM PIKE||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|15||ROSIE ROCKET||53||m96||GLEN BOSS||JUSTIN WARWICK|
|16||ZESTER||53||m98||GLENN SMITH||DANIEL MORTON|
|17e||SHAMARDASHING||53||m97||–||JOHN P THOMPSON|
|18e||OUR OL’ FELLA||53||m93||–||STEVE WOLFE|