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Odds on the Wez Hunter-trained Victorian Smokin’ Joey winning the Railway Stakes 2013 in Perth on Saturday are set to firm after the galloper drew well with gate seven in today’s barrier draw.
Yesterday Perth Racing released the field for this year’s $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) with a capacity 16-starter, four-emergency list of acceptors for the Ascot feature.
This morning the Railway Stakes barrier draw was then conducted with Smokin’ Joey one of the big winners.
The Encosta De Lago gelding, last seen running a devastatingly close second to Boban in the Grup 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), came up with seven.
They are are likely to jump from six, with their Emirates Stakes jockey Jason Benbow aboard, however as the final emergency Elite Belle has the rails (barrier one).
The next best fancied in the Railway Stakes betting markets, the Danny Boughoure-trained Longport, didn’t fare quite as well coming up with double digits in barrier 12 (into 10 with emergencies out).
The Casino Prince mare has had just the two runs for her new Brisbane-based trainer after being purchased by their current owner from Nathan Tinkler’s sales following the fall of Patinack Farm.
Her most recent effort was a win over the boys in a 1400m handicap at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day, the Railway an obvious class rise for the four-year-old.
Also out wide are the past two Railway Stakes winners with Luckygray (2011) in 17 for trainer Trevor Andrews and the defending champ Mr Moet with the extreme outside gate 20.
Last seen running fourth to Conservatorium in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) at the track on November 9, Bradbury’s Luck six-year-old Luckygray won the race from gate 12 in 2011 and was second from barrier 10 last year.
The Adam Durrant-trained fellow six-year-old Mr Moet, coming off a Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes fourth over the 2000m at Flemington on November 2, meanwhile was drawn ideally in barrier four for their win in the classic 12 months ago.
There’s sure to be a bit more of a shake-up in the Railway Stakes betting markets too with the other top fancies Fire Up Fifi and Plucky Belle drawing awkwardly with barriers 18 and 14 respectively.
Rob Heathcote’s Myer Classic third placegetter Fire Up Fifi does have recent winning form from a wide draw however having overcome 15 of 16 to win the Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes last month.
Peter Moody’s last start winning Mossman mare Plucky Belle meanwhile had the same barrier (14) when she won over 1400m at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day beating Arinosa.
She will come into the historically advantageous barrier 12 (four winners since 1983) with the four emergencies coming out however.
The other most successful Railway Stakes barrier in the past three decades (eight) was drawn by the first emergency Moonlight Bay.
If the four all come out however it will be Conservatorium who jumps from the barrier, Gary Kennewell’s recent Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes winner currently in gate 10.
Other notable hopes and their barriers then include Mike Reed’s local Pentire eight-year-old Kincaple (barrier five) and last weekend’s Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes winner Kerrific (barrier 11).
See below for the full Carlton Draught Railway Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2013 Railway Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Ascot Racecourse – 23/11/2013
|1||LUCKYGRAY||17||58||m112||SHAUN O’DONNELL||TREVOR ANDREWS|
|2||MR MOET||20||58||m112||PETER HALL||ADAM DURRANT|
|3||CONSERVATORIUM||10||56||m108||JOE BOWDITCH||GARY KENNEWELL|
|4||SMOKIN’ JOEY||7||56||m108||JASON BENBOW||WEZ HUNTER|
|5||PLAYING GOD||13||55.5||m107||STEVEN PARNHAM||NEVILLE PARNHAM|
|6||GRAND NIRVANA||2||55||m106||PAUL HARVEY||FRED KERSLEY|
|7||KERRIFIC||11||54.5||m105||DANIEL STAECK||B WATKINS & G HITCHCOCK|
|8||KINCAPLE(NZ)||5||54.5||m105||JARRAD NOSKE||MIKE REED|
|9||FIRE UP FIFI||18||54||m104||DAMIAN BROWNE||ROB HEATHCOTE|
|10||MUTUAL TRUST(GB)||6||54||m104||DAMIEN OLIVER||SAM PRITCHARD-GORDON|
|11||LONGPORT||12||53.5||m103||CRAIG NEWITT||DANNY BOUGOURE|
|12||GOD HAS SPOKEN||3||53||m101||BRAD PARNHAM||NEVILLE PARNHAM|
|13||PLATINUM ROCKER||19||53||m98||PETER KNUCKEY||SIMON A. MILLER|
|14||PLUCKY BELLE||14||53||m97||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY|
|15||RANGER||9||53||m102||WILLIAM PIKE||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|16||TALENT SHOW||4||53||m100||MITCHELL PATEMAN||GRAEME BALLANTYNE|
|17e||MOONLIGHT BAY||8||53||m96||CHRIS PARNHAM||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|18e||ANGEL OF MERCY||15||53||m94||–||GRANT WILLIAMS|
|20e||ELITE BELLE||1||53||m80||–||GRANT WILLIAMS|
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