2017 Railway Stakes Barrier Draw: Tom Melbourne In 1

Chris Waller’s perennial runner-up Tom Melbourne has come up trumps with the inside barrier in Saturday’s Railway Stakes 2017 field in Perth and has firmed into equal favouritism for the million dollar feature.

Tom Melbourne

Tom Melbourne could lead the 2017 Railway Stakes field around on Saturday in Perth after drawing barrier one. Photo: Steve Hart.

A capacity final field of end-of-year milers will face off in the opening elite level of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival when the Group 1 $1 million James Boag’s Premium Railway Stakes (1600m) steals the show in W.A.

The official Railway Stakes barrier draw took place late on Tuesday afternoon and the Waller-trained duo of Tom Melbourne and All Our Roads had mixed luck drawing gates one and 18 respectively.

Four of the past five starts this time in for Waller’s imported Dylan Thomas seven-year-old Tom Melbourne have produced second place finishes.

That included the half-length loss to Happy Clapper at Randwick in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in late September and a last start second behind stablemate Shillelagh at Flemington in the Group 1 Kennedy Mile (1600m) on November 4.

Tom Melbourne gets the chance to finally breakthrough with a win on the weekend in the Railway Stakes with Damien Oliver booked for the ride from the inside alley, which last produced a winner with Old Fashion (2002).

The barrier draw results saw the OTI Racing-owned Tom Melbourne firm into $6.50 in the latest Railway Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, equal with fellow favourites Black Heart Bart and Scales Of Justice.

Terry Henderson from OTI suggested Tom Melbourne will likely lead the Railway Stakes field on Saturday from the gate and believes fitness will work in the galloper’s favour.

“He can be a puller, but can also come out of the gates well and he might even lead,” Henderson told Racing Victoria on Wednesday.

“Over the mile, he’s so fit he should be able to do that.

“You wouldn’t give up the barrier because he could be two back on the fence and pulling his head off.”

As for All Our Roads, the Road To Rock six-year-old has eased out to $14 with the wide gate that could become 14 if the four emergencies fail to gain a start: Tradesman (9), Royal Star (17), Bollywood Blitz (2) and Tonkatuff (7).

All Our Roads has jockey Craig Williams aboard after his third Railway Stakes winning ride following success son the John Thompson-trained Gathering (2010) and Waller’s 2015 champion Good Project.

Like his better fancied stablemate Tom Melbourne, the gelding is a Kennedy Mile graduate having run three lengths back fourth.

The Darren Weir-trained top weight Black Heart Bart (59kg) draw barrier eight and could come into six with the emergencies out, while the reigning Railway Stakes winner Scales Of Justice (57.5kg) is drawn barrier 13 (possibly into 10).

The hefty kilos work against five-time Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart on the weekend, but jockey Brad Rawiller remains confident the former Perth galloper can still be a danger chasing his first victory since February.

Lindsey Smith’s local hope Scales Of Justice won the race by nearly three lengths last year from gate eight with 53kg.

The now five-year-old son of Not A Single Doubt goes up 4.5kg this year from the wider alley, but four of the five Railway Stakes winners before him saluted from a double-digit gate.

Check out the official Railway Stakes 2017 field and barriers below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for updated odds on the classic.

2017 Railway Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Ascot Racecourse – 25/11/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 11x75x3235 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 8 59kg
2 12x211x273 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Douglas Whyte 13 57.5kg
3 905×222262 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 1 55kg
4 3521111×22 SUPPLY AND DEMAND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 19 54.5kg
5 36x130x614 ULMANN Darren Weir Damian Lane 5 54.5kg
6 22186×5232 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 11 53.5kg
7 090122×211 SILVERSTREAM Adam Durrant William Pike 20 53.5kg
8 226216×354 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 18 53kg
9 13x1511x46 COSMIC STORM Grant & Alana Williams Jarrad Noske 16 53kg
10 0x5358x185 DISPOSITION Adam Durrant Shaun Mc Gruddy 10 53kg
11 x82413x651 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Lee Newman 3 53kg
12 2x31114x14 MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Lucy Warwick 12 53kg
13 00x71120x8 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) John Sadler Joseph Azzopardi 6 53kg
14 111x4963x1 POUNAMU Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 14 53kg
15 76×1531427 SOVEREIGN NATION David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chris Parnham 15 53kg
16 211511×323 VARIATION Stephen Miller Brad Parnham 4 53kg
17e 35753x0x37 TRADESMAN Robert & Todd Harvey TBA 9 53kg
18e 11612×152 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams TBA 17 53kg
19e 171×111895 BOLLYWOOD BLITZ Neville Parnham TBA 2 53kg
20e 431110×906 TONKATUFF Brad Graham TBA 7 53kg

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