Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller has two entries for one of the premier Perth races next month nominating for Foreteller and Moriarty in the Railway Stakes 2014.
Held at Ascot Racecourse on Super Saturday, November 22, this year’s $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) attracted a total of 67 nominees with entries closing for it, the Winterbottom Stakes and WA Guineas on Monday.
“We have nine more entries for the Railway and Winterbottom than last year and double for the WA Guineas,” RWWA chief handicapper David Hunter told Perth Racing.
The sprint talent this spring – summer season comes from both local and interstate stables and including the four time Sydney premiership winning stables of Waller.
Underwood Stakes winner Foreteller from two back was last seen finishing eighth to Fawkner in the Caulfield Stakes on October 11, the eight-year-old Dansili gelding racing in the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley this Saturday.
Moriarty meanwhile flopped in the Caulfield Cup last Saturday finishing 14th of the 18 runners behind Japan’s Admire Rakti on the back of a Group 3 Craven Plate victory in Sydney.
A big name Melbourne trainer also with multiple Railway Stakes chances then is Peter Moody.
Moody, of Black Caviar fame, has entered Reset four-year-old Cadillac Mountain along with multiple Group 1 winner Moment Of Change out to atone for a dead last (11th) behind stable mate Dissident in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) last time out.
A host of other interstate rivals are in the Railway Stakes mix this year including Toorak Handicap fourth placegetter Akavoroun, Robbie Griffiths’ Group 3 winning mare Girl In Flight, Liberty’s Choice and Woodbine for Gai Waterhouse, and a trio for Anthony Cummings led by Emirates Stakes hope Aomen imported from Hong Kong.
As for the local hopes some of the best chances look to be Belmont Sprint – Hyperon Stakes double winning mare Elite Belle for Grant Williams, the Adam Durrant-trained Ranger and the Neville Parnham-trained Checkpoint.
Snitzel six-year-old Checkpoint has finished out of the money in just two of his 16 starts to date and not since January.
Most recently he was seen running third behind Winterbottom Stakes hope Magnifiso and Elite Belle respectively in the Group 3 Roma Cup and Group 3 Belmont Sprint at Belmont Park in May.
Last year’s Railway Stakes was won by Luckygray for a second time, the local Bradbury’s Luck gelding also saluting in 2011 in an upset over Kiwi visitor He’s Remarkable before a second behind Mr Moet in 2013.
While the reigning Railway Stakes winner isn’t among the nominations for this year’s race, 2013 runner-up Platinum Rocker is in the mix for local horseman Simon Miller.
The now seven-year-old Love A Dane mare enjoyed a good Brisbane raid during the winter up until her disappointing last start effort when dead last behind Cosmic Endeavour in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) on June 21.
She races first-up at Ascot this Saturday in the $150,000 Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) along with a host other Railway Stakes nominees including Checkpoint, Elite Belle and Amorino who has won four of his past five starts back at the start of the year.
Miller meanwhile has also nominated for Northerly Stakes runner-up Miss Rose De Lago and promising four-year-old Stagnite.
Other notable hopes include Northerly Stakes winner Fuchsia Bandana, WA Oaks winner Balmont Girl, WATC Derby champion Respondent, Caulfield Cup failure Stipulate, last year’s upset The Goodwood winner Smokin’ Joey, River Lad from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and Fred Kerlsey’s Kingston Town Classic winner from last December Ihtsahymn.
See below for the full Railway Stakes 2014 nominations then head to Ladbrokes.com.au for access to all the best Group 1 racing odds over the coming months.
2014 Railway Stakes Nominations
Ascot Racecourse – 22/11/2014
|2||AL ANEED||Mick Price|
|3||ALMA’S FURY||Tony Gollan|
|6||ANTIQUE BELLE||Grant Williams|
|7||AOMEN (IRE)||Anthony Cummings|
|9||BALMONT GIRL||Paula Wagg|
|10||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|11||BIG HOLD UP (NZ)||Wally Mitchell|
|12||BIPPO NO BUNGUS||Neville Parnham|
|13||BLACK HEART BART||Vaughn Sigley|
|14||CADILLAC MOUNTAIN||Peter G Moody|
|16||CHESTER ROAD||Adam Durrant|
|18||DREAM LIFTER||Jim P Taylor|
|19||ELITE BELLE||Grant Williams|
|20||EXPRESS SERVICE||Darren Mcauliffe|
|21||FANCY FEET||Shane Quilty|
|22||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|23||FLYING TIME||Lindsey Smith|
|24||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller|
|25||FUCHSIA BANDANA||Darren Mcauliffe|
|26||FULL REIGN||Jarrad Humphries|
|27||GIRL GUIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|28||GIRL IN FLIGHT||Robbie Griffiths|
|29||GOD HAS SPOKEN||Neville Parnham|
|30||GRIANTE||David Brideoake & David Feek|
|31||HOOKED||John P Thompson|
|36||LIBERTY’S CHOICE||Gai Waterhouse|
|37||MARDEN (IRE)||Adam Durrant|
|38||MISS ROSE DE LAGO||Simon A Miller|
|39||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody|
|40||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller|
|41||MR MOET||Adam Durrant|
|42||MR UTOPIA||Steve Wolfe|
|43||ORATOR (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|44||PLATINUM ROCKER||Simon A Miller|
|46||REAL CHARM||Adam Durrant|
|47||REAL LOVE||Adam Durrant|
|49||REFLECTANCE||John P Thompson|
|51||RIVER LAD||Natalie McCall|
|53||SAY GERONIMO (NZ)||Wally Mitchell|
|54||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter|
|55||SON OF SOMETHING||Adam Durrant|
|56||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|57||SPY DECODER (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|59||STAR FASHION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|60||STIPULATE (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|61||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||Daniel Morton|
|62||TANGO’S DAUGHTER||Mick Price|
|63||TRADING DAY||Warren Wilson|
|66||YE OLDE||Lou Luciani|
|67||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig|