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With a total $1 million in prize money, it’s no surprise that big name horses travel to Perth from the eastern states in search of a win in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).
These horses can often overshadow the local talent running the race but some of Western Australian’s top trainers are confident their horses have what it takes to beat the odds and win the 2014 Railway Stakes at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday.
If a local is to win the Railway Stakes, its lead-up race is generally going to be the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) a fortnight prior. In the last ten years, four winners have come via the Lee Steere with one claiming the double, two finishing second, and the other coming in fifth.
Six of this year’s runners are coming via the race, including the Simon Miller-trained Platinum Rocker. She was a strong third in the November 8 race, finishing two lengths off winner Magnifisio – who is running in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on the same day.
Platinum Rocker also finished runner-up in last year’s Railway Stakes, just half a length off Luckygray, and is hoping to go one better on Saturday.
Miller is confident the $19 shot in the Ladbrokes.com.au betting market can win the race, seeing as she’s going just as well as she was last year, will enjoy a start five barriers in from last year, and is back down in the weights after carrying 57kg in the 2014 Lee-Steere Stakes.
“She is going good, the key for her is she gets down on the weights, she is back on the minimum (53kgs) where she was last year,” Miller told Perth Racing.
“She is going equally as good as last year and she has drawn a better gate, hopefully that means she goes one better.”
The Darren McAuliffe-trained Fuschia Bandana is also coming via the Lee Steere, in which she finished just a neck off the win in second place. This followed another runner-up finish in the Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m) and a win in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m).
The four-year-old mare, who is a $15 shot to win the 2014 Railway Stakes from barrier 11, has finished in the first three in twelve of her fourteen career starts so her form is on-point.
McAuliffe told Perth Racing the mare has trained on well since her brave run in the Lee Steere Stakes.
“Her gallop this morning was very good, she has trained on nicely and is happy and healthy,” McAuliffe said.
“She was forced to do all the hard work out in front, which we won’t be having to do on Saturday, we will be able to camp outside or behind The Cleaner which is probably the best way to ride her.”
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