Bookmakers around the country have updated their 2014 Railway Stakes odds following the final field release on Monday afternoon with the Mick Burles-trained The Cleaner retaining favouritism to break his Group 1 maiden status.
The Tasmanian-trained Savoire Vivre gelding is into $4 through Ladbrokes.com.au to win the $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, barriers for the handicap clash due out shortly.
Steven Arnold has the ride on the 58kg top weight who was on fire at Moonee Valley earlier this campaign enjoying two Group wins before a Cox Plate ninth.
He improved on that however when back down to a mile on November 8 at Flemington, The Cleaner running a brave third behind Hucklebuck in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Following The Cleaner in the Railway Stakes betting markets are then just two other single figure hopes with:
- #16 Respondent ($6) – Grant Williams’ Haradasun four-year-old snuck into the field despite a loss at the track last Saturday when half a length away second in the Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m). That effort saw his ratings lifted just enough for a Railway bid, the WATC Derby winner to appreciate the step up to a mile and the drop back down from 58.5kg last Saturday to the 53kg minimum on the weekend with Brad Parnham taking over for William Pike in the saddle.
- #7 Elite Belle ($7) – Another Williams-trained hope, this Canny Lad mare won the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) first-up on October 25 defeating champion sprinter Barakey before her fourth to Magnifisio in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 8. She’s undefeated over the mile with three wins from as many starts however and so getting back over that, which she last won over in June at Belmont in the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes, she could be hard to gold out on 53.5kg with William Pike retaining the ride.
Following the top three fancies are then a host of other live wire chances at more generous Railway Stakes odds including last start Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes winner over 1400m here Balmont Girl ($10) who also won the WA Oaks over the mile and a half back in March, and the Tony Gollan-trained eastern states raider Alma’s Fury ($11) who was runner-up to Hucklebuck on Derby Day in the Group 3 Yellowglen Stakes (1400m) on November 1.
They are followed by last Saturday’s RJ Peters Stakes winner Bass Strait ($13) on the back-up, the Chris Waller-trained Sydneysider Moriarty ($15) and 2012 Railway Stakes winner Mr Moet ($15) to be ridden by three-time winning hoop Paul Harvey for the first time here.
See below for the latest Railway Stakes 2014 betting odds, fixed win prices available online now at Ladbrokes.com.au where you can enjoy a $100 bonus bet to kick off your summer punting with this weekend!