2020 Railway Stakes Field & Betting: Inspirational Girl Favourite

November 18, 2020

2020 Railway Stakes Field & Betting: Inspirational Girl Favourite

The Grant & Alana Williams-trained Inspirational Girl is clear favourite in Railway Stakes 2020 betting to continue her ultra-consistent form when the Perth Summer Racing Carnival features its opening Group 1 race at Ascot this weekend.

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William Pike (pictured on Outrageous) rides the 2020 Railway Stakes favourite Inspirational Girl in Perth this weekend. Ultimate Racing Photos.

Saturday seeks the Group $1 million Railway Stakes (1600m) steal the show over in WA and it is a capacity field gathered for the popular handicap showdown set to run as Ascot Race 8 at 4:40pm local WA time.

Chasing a third win on the trot and fifth from six starts this prep, Reliable Man mare Inspirational Girl is drawn barrier 11 with William Pike – back from an outstanding Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival – booked for the ride.

Pike has ridden three Railway Stakes winners since 2013 including the past two champions saluting aboard Galaxy Star (2018) and Regal Power (2019) both also prepared by ace father-daughter training duo G & A Williams.

Pike reunites with Inspirational Girl for the first time since riding her to victory at Belmont in late July, the mare having been ridden by Chris Parnham in her three lead-up runs while Pike rode interstate.

She was last seen saluting narrowly for the punters in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) defeating Too Close The Sun (2nd) and Red Can Man (3rd) carrying 54kg and drops to 53kg as she goes up in grade on Saturday.

Too Close The Sun franked the Asian Beau form with a runaway four length victory in last Saturday’s Listed Ascot Gold Cup (1800m).

Trainer Lindsey Smith has made the interesting move to accept for his Carlton House five-year-old in the Railway on the short back-up with Too Close The Sun to drop back in distance again despite looking like a genuine stayer.

He won the Ascot Gold Cup in the wet from barrier 13 of 13 carrying 57.5kg and has another wide draw this weekend (16) coming right back to just 53kg making him a definite light-weight danger despite likely wanting further in distance.

Inspirational Girl sits top of the Railway Stakes odds at $3.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au, while Too Close The Sun is at $6.50.

Between those two at a current quote of $5.50 is Neville Parnham’s Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes winner Kay Cee.

The four-year-old Playing Gold mare was impressive taking out the key lead-up on November 7 and has been kept fresh in the three weeks since as she chases a second Group 1 victory after her Kingston Town Classic (1800m) win last December.

Rounding out the single figure fancies in the first Group 1 of the summer is the consistent Red Can Man ($7.50) who ran third in the Asian Beau and second in the Lee Steere.

Of the double-figure fancies the most likely to score the upset look to be the airborne G & A Williams-trained Truly Great ($11) coming off fourth straight wins following his Group 3 RJ Peters victory last Saturday but drawn right out in gate 18 (into 14), and the Godolphin-raced topweight Kementari ($11) at the opposite end of the field in barrier one who ran third in the Lee Steere last time out.

Click here for the latest 2020 Railway Stakes betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Railway Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x33580x453 KEMENTARI James Cummings Chris Parnham 1 58kg 109
2 x600x9011x MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Paul Harvey 9 58kg 109
3 902x00x045 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Brad Rawiller 20 57kg
4 1321x11x01 KAY CEE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 13 56kg 105
5 8515x5111x SPIRITUAL WARRIOR Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 7 55.5kg 104
6 x60983x187 TAXAGANO Fred Kersley Peter Knuckey 4 54.5kg 102
7 34x33x9498 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 3 54kg 101
8 111x1x4732 RED CAN MAN Steve Wolfe Shaun McGruddy 10 53.5kg 100
9 2x12x4x246 CUP NIGHT Bernie Miller Patrick Carbery 8 53kg 98
10 22113×8301 DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Ms Jade McNaught 19 53kg 98
11 x211x11311 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 11 53kg 96
12 132×557413 MISSILE LAUNCH Vaughn Sigley Troy Turner 17 53kg 99
13 230x335x26 PLATOON Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 14 53kg 98
14 3131110×21 TOO CLOSE THE SUN Lindsey Smith Joseph Azzopardi 16 53kg 99
15 21x621x111 TRULY GREAT Grant & Alana Williams Clint Johnston-Porter 18 53kg 92
16 11x960x655 UNI TIME Sharon Miller Jason Whiting 12 53kg 95
17e 27311x60x0 ARCTIC STREAM Ross Price Shaun O’Donnell 5 53kg 92
18e 12111×8007 MEDIA BARON David Harrison Jordan Turner 2 53kg 90
19e 32017×6225 PYM’S ROYALE Luke Fernie 15 53kg 89
20e x32121x266 TRUE ATTRACTION Adam Durrant 6 53kg 79

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