Race favourite The Cleaner has come up with a nice mid field gate in this morning’s Railway Stakes 2014 barrier draw at Ascot Racecourse ahead of the mile showdown on Saturday.
Mick Burles’ Tassie galloper has been heading the Ladbrokes.com.au markets for this year’s $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) for some time and remains top of the odds, drifting out slightly from $4 to $4.20, after the seven-year-old drew barrier eight for the weekend’s features.
Due to be ridden by Steven Arnold, The Cleaner is after his first Group 1 win and has an ace record over the distance with eight wins and three minor placings from 14 starts.
He should appreciate the mile and the barrier, which will become barrier six if the last two of the four emergencies Miss Rose De Lago (7) and Rebel Son (4) fail to gain a start, after jumping from gate six to finish a close third in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 8.
Railway Stakes favourites only have a fair recent record in the race with the last to win being Luckygray ($3 in 2011).
The past two years have resulted in upsets with Mr Moet (2012) and returning champ from two years ago Luckygray (2013) both saluting at 20/1.
The other two single-figure hopes in Railway Stakes betting are then also market drifters with Respondent ($6 out to $7) and Elite Belle ($7 out to $8).
Four-year-old Respondent, runner-up to Railway rival Bass Strait in the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) at Ascot last weekend, has the rails run from barrier one with Brad Parnham to ride.
Barrier one has produced two Railway Stakes winners since 1983 with WATC Derby winner Respondent, who shoots for his second mile win from as many 1600m runs, out to be the next.
Elite Belle meanwhile suffered an early blow drawing wide in barrier 16, which could become 12 with all four emergencies out.
While on paper that looks bad, the most successful Railway Stakes barrier in the past 30 years with 5 winners meanwhile is 12, drawn in 2014 by the first emergency Trading Day but belonging to Elite Belle if he and the other three spares all come out.
Grant Williams’ Canny Lad mare has won three of her four most recent starts all at Group 3 level including a three-quarter length victory over Barakey in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) on October 25.
She had it easy from barrier one that day however and from gate eight last time out in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 8 could only manage to run fourth to Magnifisio who runs in Saturday’s $750,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
Along with Respondent other big winners in the Railway Stakes barrier draw include Amorino and Bass Strait drawn in barriers two and three respectively.
A $21 shot in the markets, Amorino is a stable mate of Respondent and has won three from nine at the track.
The Snitzel gelding has run sixth in his two lead-up runs when beaten 3.25 lengths firstly by Elite Belle in the Prince Of Wales Stakes and then Magnifisio in the Lee Steere.
Bass Strait comes off a win at the track from just last Saturday having beaten Respondent in the RJ Peters to earn a shot at Railway Stakes glory, the five-year-old drawn in gate five that day carrying 58kg meaning the drop back to the 53kg this weekend will suit.
Paula Wagg’s Asian Beau Stakes winning mare Balmont Girl ($10) and the Tony Gollan-trained Alma’s Fury ($12) are the next best in betting following the single figure Railway Stakes hopes and were allocated barriers 15 and 18 respectively meaning their odds are likely to drift.
Other notable hopes with horror Railway Stakes barriers to overcome then include Group 3 winner Fancy Feet (20), the Chris Waller-trained Moriarty (19), the returning Adam Durrant-trained Chester Road (17) who hasn’t run since December of 2012 and his stable mate Mr Moet (14).
Mr Moet could come into 10 but was better placed in barrier 4 (of 16) back in 2012 when he won the Railway Stakes first-up over Luckygray.
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2014 Railway Stakes Barriers & Field
Ascot Race 8 (4:45pm) – 22/11/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||1×21211193||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||Steven Arnold||8||58kg|
|2||512×556108||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||19||57kg|
|3||03618×8577||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||Ben Melham||6||56kg|
|4||8x711x7042||ALMA’S FURY||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||18||55.5kg|
|5||x98464756x||MR MOET||Adam Durrant||Paul Harvey||14||55.5kg|
|6||1x2212x975||IHTSAHYMN||Fred Kersley||Steven Parnham||10||54.5kg|
|7||691x211x14||ELITE BELLE||Grant Williams||William Pike||16||53.5kg|
|8||7111211×66||AMORINO||Grant Williams||Shaun Meeres||2||53kg|
|9||2214114×31||BALMONT GIRL||Paula Wagg||TBA||15||53kg|
|10||7390×76951||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||Neville Parnham||Chris Parnham (a)||3||53kg|
|11||12112x182x||CHESTER ROAD||Adam Durrant||Peter Hall||17||53kg|
|12||x414215x63||FANCY FEET||Shane Quilty||Ryan Hill||20||53kg|
|13||113114×212||FUCHSIA BANDANA||Darren Mcauliffe||Jarrad Noske||11||53kg|
|14||12x3350x53||PLATINUM ROCKER||Simon A Miller||Peter Knuckey||9||53kg|
|16||361131×432||RESPONDENT||Grant Williams||Brad Parnham||1||53kg|
|17e||1x1212x763||TRADING DAY||Warren Wilson||TBA||12||53kg|
|18e||x864112605||EXPRESS SERVICE||Darren Mcauliffe||TBA||13||53kg|
|19e||2x355x2126||MISS ROSE DE LAGO||Simon A Miller||Jason Brown||7||53kg|