2012 Railway Stakes Barrier Draw Released

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

# Horse Barrier Wgt (kg) Rtg Jockey Trainer
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