2012 Railway Stakes Form Guide & Betting Preview

This Saturday Perth’s richest race will take place at Ascot Racecourse with the Railway Stakes 2012 set to light up the track, and below the crew at Races.com.au have published a comprehensive Railway Stakes form guide and betting analysis four our readers.

The time-honored handicap has $1 million in total prize money on offer and is due to run as Ascot Race 9 at 4:35pm (local time) over the mile with a full field of 16 starters plus two emergencies engaged.

With a defending champion, multiple Group 1 winners, four interstate raiders, three last start winners and plenty of talent in the Railway Stakes field for 2012 there is certainly a lot for the punters to take in.

Can Luckygray go back-to-back after winning the race 12 months ago on protest?

Will Gai Waterhouse’s Sydney raider Fat Al return to their Epsom Handicap winning form and score another elite level?

Is the RJ Peters Stakes winner Maschino a genuine chance for an upset with the punters coming for them in the early Railway Stakes odds?

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2012 Railway Stakes Facts & Form Stats

  • Last year’s winner Luckygray was second past the post but won on protest on the back of a win in the Asian Beau Stakes, jumping from barrier 12 (of 16) with 53kg and Shaun O’Donnell in the saddle
  • This year #1 Luckygray ($4) is back looking to become just the second multiple Railway Stakes winner in history joining Miss Muffet (1987-88) coming off a win in the Lee Steere Stakes, drawn in gate 12 (into 10 with emergencies out) with O’Donnell in the saddle again but this time carrying the 58kg topweight
  • If successful #1 Luckgray will become the second horse in the past decade to win the Lee Steere Stakes – Railway double along with El Presidente (2007)
  • One thing against #1 Luckygray (58kg) on Saturday however is that top-weights have a poor recent record in the race with Snipers Bullet (56.5kg in 2009) having carried the most weight to victory since the metric system came in
  • The above fact also rules out #2 Fat Al, #3 Playing God and #4 Wall Street who are all allocated 57kg
  • #14 Ranger ($6) meanwhile is the shortest-priced of the 53kg light-weights this year
  • #6 Westriver Kevydonn ($19) will look to complete the same Asian Beau Stakes – Railway Stakes double as Luckygray did 12 months ago however they contested the Lee Steere Stakes in between running fifth to Luckygray; Luckgray was the third horse in the past decade to complete the double along with Gilded Venom (2008) and El Presidente (2007)
  • With emergencies out last year’s winning gate will belong to #15 Rosie Rocket ($18) who will be ridden by star Aussie hoop Glen Boss
  • There are three last-start winners in the mix with #1 Luckygray (Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes, 1400m, Ascot, 10/11/2012), #11 Maschino (Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes, 1500m, Ascot, 17/11/2012) and #12 Mr Moet (Group 3 Strickland Stakes, 200m, Belmont Park, 07/07/2012)
  • Before Luckygray the other most recent Railway Stakes winner was Sydney visitor Gathering (2010) and this year four interstate visitors have been accepted for with #2 Fat Al ($7), #4 Wall Street ($11), #5 Yosei ($15) and first emergency #17 Shamardashing ($51)
  • #1 Luckygray ($4) boasts the highest Win Rate of the field with 68.75% followed by #2 Fat Al (54.55%) and #12 Mr Moet (43.48%)
  • The best Place Percentage then belongs to #2 Fat Al ($7) with 81.82% followed by #1 Luckygray (75.00%) and #12 Mr Moet (69.57%)
  • Four-year-olds have the best record in the Railway Stakes with 22 winners in the past 52 editions of the race including Luckygray 12 months ago; there are only two 4YO’s in the mix this year with #2 Fat Al and #10 King Saul ($17)
  • Geldings have won nine of the past 11 Railway Stakes (including Luckgray in 2011); 13 of the 18 acceptors are geldings but #2 Fat Al and #10 King Saul are the only four-year-old geldings that are statistically the best age and sex to win
  • Last year Luckygray was the only four-year-old gelding in the Railway Stakes
  • Horses with the best record at the Track are #1 Luckygray (10-7-1-0), #3 Playing God (12-6-3-1), #6 Westriver Kevydonn (8-5-0-1), #10 King Saul (7-4-0-1), #11 Maschino (10-4-1-2), #12 Mr Moet (7-4-1-1), #14 Ranger (16-4-3-4) and #15 Rosie Rocket (13-5-2-0)
  • Six horses meanwhile have won over the Track & Distance with #15 Rosie Rocket (4-2-0-0), #14 Ranger (3-1-0-1), #11 Maschino (1-1-0-0), #10 King Saul (1-1-0-0), #3 Playing God (2-1-0-0) and the favourite #1 Luckygray (1-1-0-0)

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2012 Railway Stakes Field & Form Guide

Ascot Race 9 – 4:35pm (local time) – 24/11/2012

# Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. AS Days API Career W% P% Last 6
1. LUCKYGRAY G P Poletti Shaun O’Donnell 12 58 5yoG 14 $79,723 16: 11 1 0 68.75% 75.00% 111401
2. FAT AL Ms G Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 4 57 4yoG 14 $59,659 11: 6 2 1 54.55% 81.82% 1×2310
3. PLAYING GOD N D Parnham Steven Parnham 2 57 5yoH 14 $52,542 28: 7 4 6 25.00% 60.71% 46×730
4. WALL STREET M D Moroney Kerrin Mc Evoy 16 57 8yoG 14 $42,788 37: 11 4 2 29.73% 45.95% 60×735
5. YOSEI S J Webb Michael Rodd 18 55 5yoM 14 $39,738 31: 4 1 3 12.90% 25.81% 678304
6. WESTRIVER KEVYDONN Ms P Kenney Patrick Carbery 6 54 7yoG 14 $18,066 23: 8 1 6 34.78% 65.22% 19×815
7. LORDS RANSOM Grant Williams Joe Bowditch 15 53.5 9yoG 14 $31,066 28: 11 0 2 39.29% 46.43% 9511×9
8. BATTLE EMBLEM Grant Williams Jason Whiting 7 53 9yoG 7 $9,307 60: 10 7 7 16.67% 40.00% 957×09
9. GOD HAS SPOKEN N D Parnham Brad Parnham 1 53 6yoH 14 $22,715 43: 8 7 0 18.60% 34.88% 000×02
10. KING SAUL T M Andrews Corey Brown 13 53 4yoG 14 $43,585 10: 4 0 1 40.00% 50.00% 080×10
11. MASCHINO G J Yuill Jarrad Noske 9 53 5yoH 7 $14,321 19: 7 2 3 36.84% 63.16% 3×2321
12. MR MOET A G Durrant Daniel Staeck 5 53 5yoG 140 $17,051 23: 10 4 2 43.48% 69.57% 32111x
13. NIBLICK T M Andrews Shaun Mc Gruddy 8 53 6yoG 7 $15,919 17: 6 3 1 35.29% 58.82% 10×662
14. RANGER Grant Williams William Pike 10 53 6yoG 259 $24,256 22: 6 3 5 27.27% 63.64% 23560x
15. ROSIE ROCKET J T Warwick Glen Boss 14 53 6yoM 14 $11,829 29: 9 5 3 31.03% 58.62% 323×42
16. ZESTER D L Morton Glenn Smith 17 53 6yoG 14 $7,958 35: 9 2 9 25.71% 57.14% 7×5358
17. SHAMARDASHING John Thompson Not Notified 3 53 6yoG 14 $9,462 32: 8 2 3 25.00% 40.63% 4041×6
18. OUR OL’ FELLA S J Wolfe Not Notified 11 53 6yoG 14 $10,068 46: 9 9 5 19.57% 50.00% 444844

*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change

*Form Guide Credit – Ladbrokes.com.au