Western Empire Heads 2021 Railway Stakes Field & Betting

November 19, 2021

Western Empire Heads 2021 Railway Stakes Field & Betting

Prolific father-daughter training duo Grant & Alana Williams chase their fourth consecutive win in the 2021 Railway Stakes field this weekend saddling-up the odds-on favourite Western Empire in the mile classic.

Outrageous Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

William Pike (pictured on Outrageous) rides the favourite Western Empire in the 2021 Railway Stakes this weekend. Ultimate Racing Photos.

Kicking off elite level racing this Perth Summer Racing Carnival, Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Railway Stakes (1600m) field features a capacity line-up of in-form milers.

Grant & Alana Williams have prepared the past three Railway Stakes winners with Galaxy Star (2018), Regal Power (2019) and Inspirational Girl (2020) all ridden to victory by the ‘Wizard of the West’ William Pike.

Pike also rode Elite Belle to victory in 2014 for Grant Williams and will chase a fifth success on Saturday partnering the ultra-consistent favourite Western Empire.

A four-year-old son of Iffraaj, Western Empire dominates Railway Stakes betting at a short $1.75 quote through Ladbrokes.com.au and has won his past five on the trot.

His three-year-old campaign came to a brilliant finish with a win in the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) before the latest spruik horse in WA resumed on October 30 taking out the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) by two lengths.

Western Empire drops to 53kg in the Railway Stakes and looks well weighted, the gun youngster also drawn ideally in barrier three as he looks to take his career to the next level.

The danger occupying the second line of betting at Railway Stakes odds of $9.50, the only other horse under double-figures to upset the favourite is the rails-drawn Kissonallforcheeks.

Chris Parnham partners the Dan Morton-trained Written Tycoon mare, another last start winning four-year-old.

She has won seven of her 13 previous starts at the Ascot track and has winning form up to 1500m suggesting the mile won’t be an issue.

Kissonallforcheeks also gets in on the 53kg minimum weight and is on the quick back-up having carried a kilo more to a narrow victory in last weekend’s Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m).

Prior to that she ran over six lengths back sixth behind Western Empire in the Asian Beau Stakes after fading late and, despite her brave win last Saturday, will need to be very good to turn the tables.

Another last start winner in the mix at a generous $13 quote is Massimo jumping wider from barrier 11 with Clint Johnston-Porter in the saddle.

After back-to-back seconds in the Listed Birthday Card Stakes and Group 3 Northerly Stakes, the Sessions five-year-old was strong recording a half-length victory over Valour Road in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 6.

Massimo carried 59kg to victory there and drops to 57.5kg on Saturday at elite level out to become the first horse to complete the Lee Steere Stakes – Railway Stakes double in the same year since Belle Bizarre (2006).

The other best in betting include Asian Beau Stakes runner-up Notorious One ($14), the 58kg top-weight Valour Road ($19) drawn the outside barrier and Comfort Me ($21) chasing a third win on the trot.

Click here for the latest Railway Stakes 2021 betting markets on Ascot Race 8 this Saturday in WA courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Railway Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7x4621x332 VALOUR ROAD Simon A Miller Brad Rawiller 17 58kg 111
2 0x6094x221 MASSIMO Chris & Michael Gangemi Clint Johnston-Porter 11 57.5kg 110
3 3x70x158x5 THE VELVET KING Darren McAuliffe Ms Kyra Yuill 9 56.5kg 108
4 11x3323x13 DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 15 56kg 107
5 4x750x31x8 TOO CLOSE THE SUN Lindsey Smith Joseph Azzopardi 2 55kg 105
6 5x2117x411 COMFORT ME Rhys Radford Peter Knuckey 16 53kg 90
7 5013475×25 DIG DEEP Daniel & Ben Pearce Patrick Carbery 7 53kg 97
8 113×111314 KAPTAIN KAOS Michael Grantham Ms Lucy Warwick 10 53kg 95
9 100x096x97 KAY CEE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 6 53kg 101
10 01121×2161 KISSONALLFORCHEEKS Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 1 53kg 94
11 22x4211x55 NAUGHTY BY NATURE Jason Miller Jordan Turner 12 53kg 97
12 165×131122 NOTORIOUS ONE Chris & Michael Gangemi Shaun O’Donnell 4 53kg 96
13 130284×646 PLATOON Neville Parnham Jason Brown 14 53kg 99
14 38x17x4132 SON OF BACCHUS Rhys Radford Jason Whiting 8 53kg 89
15 576x221P36 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN Daniel Morton Troy Turner 13 53kg 97
16 43131111×1 WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3 53kg 100
17e 127×474478 MEDIA BARON David Harrison Ms Jade McNaught 5 53kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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