After a full field of 16 starters and two emergencies were accepted for the Railway Stakes 2012 yesterday, the official barrier draw for the Perth Summer Racing Carnival’s showpiece race has now been conducted with race favourite Luckygray coming up with gate 12.
Coming into 10 if the spares Shamardashing (3) and Our Ol’ Fella (11) fail to gain a run, the Gary Poletti-trained son of Bradbury’s Luck is seeking successive wins in the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) after being awarded the victory over He’s Remarkable 12 months ago on protest.
For their Railway triumph last year the grey gelding jumped from the same barrier, 12, as they have drawn this year.
They did however carry only 53kg but are the 58kg topweight for this weekend’s classic.
Following the barrier draw Luckygray has retained favouritism in the Railway Stakes betting odds but has eased out slightly from $3 to $3.20.
Second favourite for the mile showdown, Grant Williams’ Kingston Town Classic runner-up Ranger, has also drifted out from $6.50 to $7 after coming up with gate 10.
The best drawn of the Railway Stakes top fancies meanwhile was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fat Al who has come in from $9 to $8 after drawing gate two – Nash Rawiller booked to ride the Epsom Handicap winning four-year-old.
Another galloper to shorten in their Railway price is then Maschino ($10 into $8) a surprise market move for last Saturday’s Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) winner as they drew double digits with barrier 11.
Also drawn nicely are the likes of dual Kingston Town Classic winner Playing God (gate two) and the fellow Neville Parnham-trained God Has Spoken (barrier one) – the stablemates paying $15 and $34 respectively in the Railway markets.
Stuart Webb’s Melbourne mare Yosei ($13 out to $15) meanwhile has work to do from a double-digit gate like the favourite when she jumps from the extreme outside barrier as she shoots for her fourth Group 1 win.
Aside from Fat Al and Yosei, the other interstate raiders in the Railway Stakes field this year are then Wall Street who has barrier 16 to overcome with Kerrin McEvoy – aboard first-past-the-post He’s Remarkable last year, and first emergency Shamardashing who has drawn favourably with barrier three but who needs an early scratching to gain a start.
See below for the complete 2012 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2012 Railway Stakes Barrier Draw & Field
Ascot Race 9 – 7:35pm (AEST) – 24/11/2012
|1||LUCKYGRAY||12||58||m116||SHAUN O’DONNELL||GINO POLETTI|
|2||FAT AL||4||57||m114||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE|
|3||PLAYING GOD||2||57||m114||STEVEN PARNHAM||NEVILLE PARNHAM|
|4||WALL STREET(NZ)||16||57||m114||KERRIN MC EVOY||MICHAEL MORONEY|
|5||YOSEI||18||55||m110||MICHAEL RODD||STUART WEBB|
|6||WESTRIVER KEVYDONN||6||54||m108||PATRICK CARBERY||PAIGE KENNEY|
|7||LORDS RANSOM||15||53.5||m107||JOE BOWDITCH||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|8||BATTLE EMBLEM||7||53||m97||JASON WHITING||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|9||GOD HAS SPOKEN||1||53||m106||BRAD PARNHAM||NEVILLE PARNHAM|
|10||KING SAUL||13||53||m99||COREY BROWN||TREVOR ANDREWS|
|11||MASCHINO||9||53||m99||JARRAD NOSKE||GRAHAM YUILL|
|12||MR MOET||5||53||m97||DANIEL STAECK||ADAM DURRANT|
|13||NIBLICK||8||53||m98||SHAUN MC GRUDDY||TREVOR ANDREWS|
|14||RANGER||10||53||m106||WILLIAM PIKE||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|15||ROSIE ROCKET||14||53||m96||GLEN BOSS||JUSTIN WARWICK|
|16||ZESTER||17||53||m98||GLENN SMITH||DANIEL MORTON|
|17e||SHAMARDASHING||3||53||m97||–||JOHN P THOMPSON|
|18e||OUR OL’ FELLA||11||53||m93||–||STEVE WOLFE|