Mick Burles’ cult Tasmanian galloper The Cleaner may have missed out on a Group 1 in Melbourne this spring but he’s the top fancy in the 2014 Railway Stakes odds to get an elite level under his belt in Perth before the season’s end.
The Savoire Vivre seven-year-old was in flying form earlier this campaign winning three Moonee Valley races on the trot including back-to-back Group races at the track.
He’s major aim was the weight-for-age Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on October 25 but after doing lots of early work from the outside barrier (14) he was under too much pressure, outclassed in the finish when ninth behind Irish raider Adelaide.
The Cleaner came closer at Flemington last Saturday when a brave third behind Hucklebuck (1st) and Lucky Hussler (2nd) in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
That effort has seen him shoot to the top of the Ladbrokes.com.au markets for Saturday week’s $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot Racecourse.
One of an original 71 Railway Stakes nominees, The Cleaner will carry 58kg in the handicap clash on November 22 and is the current $5.50 favourite to win.
He’s followed in the pre-post Railway Stakes betting markets then by four other single figure hopes with:
- Lucky Hussler ($6) – Darren Weir-trained Husson gelding from Wangoom in Victoria, has been in flying form this season with five top three runs on the trot including a Group 3 David Jones Cup (1400m) win at Caulfield two back. Last weekend stepped up in class and distance and relished the 1600m at Flemington when a long neck away second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes with improvement expected again.
- Elite Belle ($8) – Grant Williams-trained local mare gets in on 53.5kg, a big drop from the 57kg she had on her back last weekend when a close fourth to Magnifisio in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) at the track. Won her previous three starts before that including a first-up effort over Barakey in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) and is undefeated over the mile (3-3-0-0).
- Balmont Girl ($9) – Another light weight chance (53kg), this four-year-old Balmont mare has had two runs over the 1600m at Ascot for a second and a third. Her latest start on November 1 was a 1400m win here in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes, before which she ran third first-up to Fuchsia Bandana in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes. Won the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) here back in March so is a staying type who will appreciate the step up to a mile for this.
- Respondent ($9) – Another Williams-trained chance, this haradasun four-year-old was fourth in the Northerly Stakes and third in the Asian Beau Stakes with the 1600m to suit. He won the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) here in autumn so will appreciate more distance and is tracking well for a big run.
Other Railway Stakes hopes high up the markets include yet another hope for the Karnup-based Williams in Snitzel gelding Amorino, Vaughn Sigley’s Blackfriars four-year-old Black Heart Bart coming off a second in the Asian Beau Stakes from the start of the month and Northerly Stakes winning mare Fuchsia Bandana last seen running second in the Lee Steere Stakes – all at $15 to win.
Simon Miller’s Northerly Stakes runner-up Miss Rose De Lago and the Adam Durrant-trained seven-year-old Mr Moet, seventh to Luckygray in this race last year off some decent Melbourne Group 1 form, then follow on $17 before Tony Gollan’s visiting Queenslander Alma’s Fury ($18) rounds out the hopes under $20.
The 2014 Railway Stakes field is due for release next week making now the time to lock in the generous early prices on your selections before markets firm.
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2014 Railway Stakes Odds
Ascot Racecourse – 22/11/2014