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Fifteen classy milers will take to the barriers for Saturday’s featured Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse; figuring as a particularly interesting race from a betting standpoint and offering punters plenty of value.
Talented local Delicacy has more than stamped herself as one of Perth’s best racehorses and remains outright $4.20 favourite to win the 2015 Railway Stakes with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Delicacy immediately stamped herself as one to follow upon debuting to racing in 2014, but made her presence felt when returning this year for consecutive wins in the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m), Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m), Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) and Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m).
Set for a maiden Group 1 appearance in the Australasian Oaks (200m) on May 2nd, the Al Maher mare delivered a talented field defeat when hitting the line close to two lengths ahead of Fenway before repeating the dose against the boys in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) a week later.
Having returned this time for third in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 7th, Delicacy is a leading chance for a first three finish in the Railway Stakes.
Fellow Perth milers Black Heart Bart and Real Love are both yet to experience much attention in 2015 Railway Stakes betting markets but remain tied on the second line at $5 quotes each.
Black Heart Bart has been the stable star for Vaughn Sigley through the last twelve months; winning the Listed WA Stakes (1400m) and finishing second in the Listed RS Crawford Stakes (1000m) most notably in late 2014.
Undoubtedly registering peak condition through the early stages of this year and autumn, the Blackfriars gelding won each of the Listed Summer Scorcher (1000m), Listed Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m), Listed Pinjarra Classic (1300m) and Listed Bunbury Stakes (1400m) in succession.
Running on for a credible fourth following a tough run in transit in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), Black Heart Bart failed to handle the conditions in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in Queensland on June 6th.
Undefeated this time, Black Heart Bart has won each of the Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m) Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1420m) and Lee Steere Stakes leading into Saturday.
Trainer Adam Durrant has been thrilled with Real Love this season and is confident she is ready for success in the Railway Stakes.
Posting six wins and as many minors through sixteen career starts so far, the Desert King mare returned this time for a comfortable win in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) on October 31st and is primed for a big run over a mile on Saturday.
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