Capacity 2017 Railway Stakes Field Confirmed

A capacity Railway Stakes 2017 field has been released by Perth Racing ahead of the opening WA Summer Racing Carnival Group 1 this Saturday at Ascot Racecourse.

Black Heart Bart

The test is on for Black Heart Bart to salute in the 2017 Railway Stakes field in Perth on Saturday carrying the 59kg top weight. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The full 16 starters plus four emergencies are in the mix for this year’s Group 1 $1 million James Boag’s Premium Railway Stakes (1600m) including the reigning champion Scales Of Justice.

Lindsey Smith’s Not A Single Doubt gelding won the Railway Stakes carrying just 53kg last season on the back of a Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) win.

A dual Group 3 winner at Belmont since following the Railway Stakes success and subsequent Group 1 $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m) second, Scales Of Justice is back to defend his title on the weekend.

His lead-up on November 11 produced a shock loss when a narrow third to Silverstream in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m).

Going up to 57.5kg in the Railway Stakes weights this year, Scales Of Justice has a tough test and last year’s winning hoop Douglas Whyte is aboard again for the challenge.

The bookies are taking no chances with Scales Of Justice who leads the updated post-field Railway Stakes odds at $5.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Luckygray won dual editions of the race in 2011 and 2013, but no horses has gone back-to-back in the Railway Stakes since Tudor Mak (1966-67).

Three of the eastern-state visitors occupying the subsequent lines of Railway Stakes betting including the Darren Weir-trained Black Heart Bart ($7) and Supply And Demand ($7) for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Black Heart Bart has Brad Rawiller over for the ride, the jockey aboard the seven-year-old Blackfriars gelding’s five Group 1 victories.

Not having raced since an unplaced run in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on October 1, Black Heart Bart was originally raced in Perth and heads to Ascot for the 21st time on the weekend.

Rawiller knows weight and age work against the $3.7 million earner on the weekend, but remains hopeful Black Heart Bart can be competitive with 59kg against the obvious danger Scales Of Justice.

“Bart’s not getting any younger and probably Scales Of Justice is the horse on the way up but Bart’s a five-time Group 1-winning horse who’ll be ready for the opposition over the weekend,” Rawiller told Racing Victoria on Monday.

Weir has also accepted for Ulmann ($13) to be ridden by Damian Lane.

Supply And Demand meanwhile carries 54.5kg, the ultra-consistent Sebring bay having won four on the trot last time in before back-to-back seconds this prep.

Winner of the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) – Grafton Cup (2350m) double in the winter, Supply And Demand was last seen finishing runner-up at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day in the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m).

He comes down three kilos off that lead-up and will relish getting out over more metres third-up and fit on the weekend tracking towards the Kingston Town Classic in a fortnight.

Sydney’s Chris Waller has accepted for two of his Railway Stakes horses with All Our Roads ($11) and Tom Melbourne ($8).

Both horses are graduates out of the Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) at Flemington on Derby Day, All Our Roads crossing three lengths back fourth and perennial runner-up Tom Melbourne finishing second to winning stablemate Shillelagh.

Dual Railway Stakes winning hoop Craig Williams rides All Our Roads on the weekend chasing a third win in the mile classic to add to those won aboard Gathering (2010) and Waller’s previous champion Good Project (2015).

Tom Melbourne carries 55kg on Saturday with Damien Oliver booked for the ride and looking for his first win since taking it out on Island Morn back in 1994.

Five of the past six runs by Dylan Thomas seven-year-old Tom Melbourne have produced second place efforts, the consistent Group 1 performing miler winless since March of 2016.

See below for the full Railway Stakes 2017 field, barriers to be drawn later in the week, before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for the latest Perth racing odds online.

2017 Railway Stakes Final Field

Ascot Racecourse – 25/11/2017

# Horse Weight(kg) Rating Jockey Trainer
1 BLACK HEART BART 59 114 RAD RAWILLER DARREN WEIR
2 SCALES OF JUSTICE 57.5 111 DOUGLAS WHYTE LINDSEY SMITH
3 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) 55 106 DAMIEN OLIVER CHRIS WALLER
4 SUPPLY AND DEMAND 54.5 105 TBA GAI WATERHOUSE & ADRIAN BOTT
5 ULMANN 54.5 105 DAMIAN LANE DARREN WEIR
6 GREAT SHOT 53.5 103 CRAIG STAPLES RHYS RADFORD
7 SILVERSTREAM 53.5 103 TBA ADAM DURRANT
8 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) 53 98 CRAIG WILLIAMS CHRIS WALLER
9 COSMIC STORM 53 93 TBA GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS
10 DISPOSITION 53 102 TBA ADAM DURRANT
11 GATTING 53 94 TBA DARREN MC AULIFFE
12 MATERIAL MAN 53 96 LUCY WARWICK JUSTIN WARWICK
13 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) 53 100 JOSEPH AZZOPARDI JOHN SADLER
14 POUNAMU 53 96 PATRICK CARBERY ALAN MATHEWS
15 SOVEREIGN NATION 53 100 CHRIS PARNHAM D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
16 VARIATION 53 91 BRAD PARNHAM STEPHEN MILLER
17e TRADESMAN 53 93 TBA ROBERT & TODD HARVEY
18e ROYAL STAR 53 83 TBA GRANT & ALANA WILLIAMS
19e BOLLYWOOD BLITZ 53 87 TBA NEVILLE PARNHAM
20e TONKATUFF 53 79 TBA BRAD GRAHAM

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