Hall on the Road to 2014 Railway Stakes Glory

November 20, 2014

deposit $100
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50
bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

New customers only. Exc NSW, SA, WA & VIC. Turnover requirements apply. Promotional T&Cs apply & available on website. Is gambling a problem for you? Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au '

Hall on the Road to 2014 Railway Stakes Glory

Jockey Peter Hall is confident his light weight chance in Saturday’s Railway Stakes 2014 Chester Road is a better bet in the Perth classic than his generous odds suggest.

The Cleaner

2014 Railway Stakes favourite The Cleaner carries the 58kg top weight on Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Hall, 47, has been wasting to get down to the 53kg minimum to ride the Adam Durrant-trained seven-year-old in the $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) and is confident the effort will pay off.

Due to jump at 7:45pm (AEDT) as Ascot Race 8, this year’s Railway Stakes field features a capacity 16 starters plus four emergency runners needing an early scratching to gain a start.

Railway Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by Tasmania’s cult galloper The Cleaner (58kg) at an easing $4.60 to win his first Group 1 and improve on a last start third in the Emirates Stakes over the Flemington mile on November 8.

Hall’s mount Chester Road meanwhile is at the opposite end of the Railway Stakes odds paying $31 to score an upset from his wide barrier 17, into 13, draw.

Barrier 13 has produced two Railway Stakes winners in the past 31 years and recent history shows roughies have a genuine chance in the classic.

Only one favourite in the past six years has taken it out with Luckygray (3/1 in 2011).

The past two editions have both been won by 20/1 outsiders when Mr Moet saluted in 2012 and Luckygray returned to become a dual Railway Stakes winner on non-consecutive years in 2013.

Now Hall is hoping Tiger Hill gelding Chester Road will be the next as he returns to the track for the first time in two years.

It will be a remarkable training effort from Durrant, who also saddles up 2012 champ Mr Moet ($13) for another shot this year along with Ranger ($34) jumping from barriers 14 and five respectively, if he is to get the veteran to win first-up off such a lengthy break.

Winner of the WA Stakes 24 months ago, Chester Road hasn’t raced since a second behind his stable mate Mr Moet in the 2012 Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m).

He comes into Saturday’s race on the back of two trial runs at Lark Hill however most recently beaten only a quarter length when third over 1450m on November 3.

Hall, who missed six months of racing after a fall from Mighty Rossa at the track in December 2012, however must see more in the horse than the form and bookies are suggesting he’s capable of, the jockey rarely getting down lower than 55kg for any ride.

His lightest-weighted winner was Black Tom who he rode on 52kg to win the 2006 Perth Cup by six lengths.

He also got down to 52.5kg for 2003 Railway Stakes runner-up Early Express and 53kg when Ma Chienne was second behind Lords Ransom in the 2010 Perth Cup four years ago.

“Every now and again I have a crack at it (the light weight),” Hall said.

“It is the best my body has felt since I had that fall. I feel I am ready to really hit my straps.

“I have been riding at 55kg and feeling really good. It is just the one race, it’s a big day.

“I am riding for the leading stable so I have to have a go.”

Also wasting for this year’s Railway Stakes is Jarrad Noske who rides the Darren Mcauliffe-trained mare Fuchsia Bandana ($15) on 53kg.

Winner of the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) two back carrying 54kg with Noske in the saddle, her latest effort was a second behind Magnifisio in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 8 where Noske rode her on 57kg.

Whatever horse you’re backing to win the Railway Stakes this weekend make sure you lock them in at the guaranteed best odds by betting online at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the $100 bonus sign-up offer.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Winner

The well-supported, clear Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 favourite Written...

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal for Magic Millions Sprint Winner Viddora

Young South Australian horseman Lloyd Kennewell has named Sydney’s 2018 The...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Horse Racing Today

2018 The Galaxy Final Field: J...

Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms...

Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms listed in 2018 Coolmore Classic nominations

Stablemates Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms are listed among the nominations...

2018 Adelaide Cup Results: Fan...

2018 Adelaide Cup Results: Fanatic wins for Walker and Lindsay Park

The Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Cup over 3200m will be run at Morphettville in...

Fanatic Firm favourite in 2018...

Fanatic Firm favourite in 2018 Adelaide Cup betting

The Lindsay Park trained Fanatic is a firm favourite in the betting for...

2018 Super Saturday All Day Re...

2018 Super Saturday All Day Results at Flemington: Harlem scores upset win in Australian Cup

The Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and the Group 1 $1.5m...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field