Gary Poletti’s defending champ Luckygray has opened top of the 2012 Railway Stakes odds when they shoot for back-to-back wins in Perth’s richest race at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday.
The now five-year-old Bradbury’s Luck grey was second past the post in the $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) 12 months ago but was elevated to first when a protest against He’s Remarkable was upheld.
Luckygray returns on Saturday out to become the first dual Railway Stakes winner since Miss Muffet (1987-88) and are favourite with the bookies to do so despite carrying the 58kg top-weight – a full 5kg more than the weight they carried last year.
The Railway Stakes features a full field of 16 starters plus two emergencies with barriers yet to be drawn but in the pre-gate markets Luckgray is paying $3 through bookmaker.com.au to win.
There are just two other single-figure fancies in these latest Railway Stakes odds with Ranger ($6.50) and early market mover Fat Al ($9).
Grant Williams’ locally trained Testa Rossa six-year-old Ranger hasn’t raced since their disappointing 13th to this year’s Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington back on March 10 when ridden by Nash Rawiller from barrier 15 of 15.
Getting back to Ascot where they enjoy a much better record including their Kingston Town Classic second last summer, Ranger is right back in the mix to improve on their sixth in the Railway last year.
Fat Al meanwhile is the best fancied of the interstate raiders in this year’s Railway Stakes, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Al Maher four-year-old to be ridden by Rawiller.
Winner of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap over the Randwick mile in October Fat Al was last seen finishing a below par 12th to Happy Trails in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) on November 10.
Other longer-priced Railway Stakes hopefuls with genuine claims this weekend then include Encosta De Lago five-year-old Maschino ($10) coming off a win in the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) at the track last Saturday, the Michael Moroney-trained eight-year-old Wall Street ($10) coming off a brave fifth in the Emirates Stakes, Emirates Stakes fourth placed Yosei ($13) and dual Kingston Town Classic champion Playing God ($15).
Check out the current Railway Stakes betting odds in the table below, prices courtesy of bookmaker.com.au and sure to undergo a shake-up following the barrier draw.
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2012 Railway Stakes Odds
Ascot Race 9 – 7:35pm (AEST) – 24/11/2012
|9||GOD HAS SPOKEN||34.00|
|18E||OUR OL’ FELLA||41.00|