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The Wizard of the West William Pike celebrated a third win in the Railway Stakes 2019 results coming from last-to-first in a brilliant late finish aboard the Grant & Alana Williams-trained Regal Power.
Pike powered home with a charging run over the closing stages in Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot Racecourse to make it a hat-trick in Perth’s oldest elite level race.
This time it was aboard smart Pierro four-year-old Regal Power, the gelding returning to winning form second-up.
Winner of the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) over the mile and a half as a three-year-old in the autumn, Regal Power resumed on November 2 with a first-up second in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m).
He franked that form stepping up in grade and distance for the Railway Stakes, the $10 pop beating home Godolphin’s Best Of Days ($9.50) by a half-length.
In third rounding out the Railway Stakes trifecta under a length beaten was the Neville Parnham-trained outsider Platoon ($31).
The favourite Tellem We’re Comin, stablemate of the eventual Railway Stakes winner, meanwhile finished a disappointing 10th just over four lengths beaten.
Pike had the choice of Railway Stakes ride for the Williams’ stable between the top fancy or Regal Power and his decision to stick with the progressive WATC Derby winner proved the right one.
WA’s premier hoop allowed Regal Power to settle back last in the run from the wide barrier before making up all the ground to run down Best Of Days in the final furlong for prolific owner-breeder Bob Peters who also won the race last year with Galaxy Star.
“I enjoyed this one a lot more than any of my others,” Pike told Sky Thoroughbred Central post-win.
“I felt like the pressure was off a bit [with the] wide barrier. I just had to go out there and wing it and hope that it went my way, and it did.
“I got back a long way, but I actually had a pretty good run. I don’t know if I would’ve wanted to swap my run for too many others.
“Inside the last furlong, that’s where his character kicked in. He could either say ‘nah, I went too wide and done too much, or nah I’m here to play’ and he never laid down.”
Peters was thrilled with the Railway Stakes result, but said the victory by the blood-brother to Arcadia Queen was non surprising.
“We were always happy with this horse. Everyone’s dropped off him. I thought he was our best chance in the race,” he said.
Godolphin trainer James Cummings meanwhile said the stable were pleased with the effort from their runner-up Best Of Days who was caught up in the travel delay to Perth for the Melbourne raiders earlier in the week.
“The week wasn’t ideal for our horses, but he’s produced a massive effort. With the weight he carried in the handicap today, he’s going to be beautifully suited at weight-for-age next time,” Cummings said.
Regal Power could now head towards a run in the Group 1 $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m) back at the track on December 7.
2019 Railway Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||12||REGAL POWER||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||–||13||53kg||$10|
|2||2||BEST OF DAYS (GB)||James Cummings||Brad Rawiller||0.49L||10||57kg||$9.50|
|3||15||PLATOON||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||0.92L||12||53kg||$31|
|4||4||ACHERNAR STAR||Simon A Miller||Damien Oliver||1.13L||14||55.5kg||$14|
|5||13||SAMIZDAT||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||1.48L||3||53kg||$8.50|
|6||6||THE VELVET KING||Darren Mcauliffe||Chris Parnham||2.67L||6||53kg||$5.50|
|7||1||GATTING||Darren Mcauliffe||Mitchell Pateman||3.63L||5||58kg||$14|
|8||3||STAR EXHIBIT||Adam Durrant||Peter Hall||4.1L||4||56.5kg||$18|
|9||16||TAMASA||Lindsey Smith||Peter Knuckey||4.16L||1||53kg||$41|
|10||7||TELLEM WE’RE COMIN||Grant & Alana Williams||Brenton Avdulla||4.31L||9||53kg||$5F|
|11||9||MIZLECKI||Fred Kersley||Ms Jerry Noske||4.53L||2||53kg||$61|
|12||10||PERFECT JEWEL||Adam Durrant||Ms Jade McNaught (a)||6.46L||7||53kg||$15|
|13||8||VARIATION||Stephen Miller||Brad Parnham||6.53L||8||53kg||$26|
|14||5||REYKJAVIK||Lindsey Smith||Dean Yendall||7.26L||11||53kg||$9.50|
|–||11||MANOLO BLAHNIQ (NZ)||Tony Noonan||Joseph Azzopardi||–||0||–||–|
|–||14||COCKNEY CREW||Kieran McDonagh||Troy Turner||–||0||–||–|
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