2023 Railway Stakes Field & Betting Update: Tuvalu Narrow Favourite

November 24, 2023

2023 Railway Stakes Field & Betting Update: Tuvalu Narrow Favourite

The Lindsey Smith-trained top-weight Tuvalu is narrow favourite in the latest Railway Stakes 2023 betting markets for the WA feature in Perth this weekend.

Tuvalu | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Races.com.au

Tuvalu is narrow favourite in 2023 Railway Stakes betting in WA this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Perth Summer Racing Carnival features kick off on Saturday with a stellar edition of the Group 1 $1.5 million Furphy Railway Stakes (1600m) on the cards.

Heading the bumper Railway Stakes field, weights and markets after drawing a treat in gate four is Tuvalu to be ridden by Jamie Kah from the charmed barrier.

The consistent Kermadec six-year-old carries the 58kg top-weight and is at a current quote of $4.60 in Railway Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The gelding has his first start at the Ascot track but has a lovely mile record (9:3-3-2).

He brings over some excellent form lines from Melbourne including his Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) second to Alligator Blood on September 23.

Last start at The Valley on Cox Plate Day he carried 59kg to run only a quarter length third to Prowess in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m).

Tuvalu is fit and ready to fire in a winnable Group 1 now ticking plenty of boxes.

The danger occupying the second line of the markets at a close quote of $4.80 is Alsephina for powerhouse local father – daughter trainers Grant & Alana Williams.

They have prepared four of the past five Railway Stakes winners with Galaxy Star (2018), Regal Power (2019), Inspirational Girl (2020), and Western Empire (2021).

Grant Williams also won as a solo trainer with Elite Belle back in 2014 giving him a gun record in the mile classic.

Five-year-old Star Turn mare Alsephina drew a treat in gate seven for the ‘Wizard of the West’, Willie Pike, who retains the ride on the classy chestnut.

She comes off back-to-back seconds at the track in the Group 3 Asian Beau and RJ Peters Stakes with the mare carrying 59kg to a narrow defeat over 1500m last start.

Dropping back to just 53kg in the Group 1 she is fit third-up and ready to fire getting out over a mile now.

Alsephina is unbeaten over the distance with a flawless three-from-three 1600m record and is a genuine Ascot track specialist (8:6-2-0) ahead of Saturday’s showdown.

Despite the size of the field just one other runner is currently at single-figures with one-time favourite Roots out to $6 now.

The Chris Waller-trained Press Statement mare suffered an early blow drawing out wide with gate 15 for jockey Tommy Berry to overcome.

The bonny bay comes off a big 2.68 length romp home at Rosehill on November 11 when easily accounting for a field of fellow mares in the Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes (1400m).

She was impressive there but is up in grade and distance now needing luck from the wide alley.

Other notable hopes at longer Railway Stakes odds include the Neville Parnham-trained Playing God four-year-old Bustler ($11) in gate two, Lou Luciani’s early market mover Marocchino ($31 into $16), Dom To Shoot ($17) coming off a Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes second, and Forgot You ($17) last seen winning a Listed Flemington event on Melbourne Cup Day.

The 2023 Railway Stakes is scheduled as Ascot Race 8 at 6:09pm (AWST) with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available by clicking here.

2023 Railway Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 12x79x4323 TUVALU Lindsey Smith Ms Jamie Kah 4 58kg 114
2 011x10x017 MAROCCHINO Lou Luciani Chris Parnham 14 57kg 112
3 23x5225x33 COMFORT ME Rhys Radford Peter Knuckey 18 54kg 106
4 45x31823x2 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Jordan Turner 12 54kg 106
5 410x52x501 ROOTS Chris Waller Tommy Berry 15 54kg 106
6 x1316x0x98 TRIX OF THE TRADE Colin Webster Troy Turner 1 54kg 106
7 2111111×22 ALSEPHINA Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 7 53kg 97
8 5x60113x75 BUSTLER Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 2 53kg 102
9 430×762931 FORGOT YOU (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 19 53kg 103
10 3x11200x61 KARLI’S KARMA Summer Dickson Michael Poy 8 53kg 102
11 x845221x30 LAST OF THE LINE Stephen Miller Brad Parnham 13 53kg 103
12 09x7008x44 MASSIMO Chris & Michael Gangemi Clint Johnston-Porter 17 53kg 102
13 x11751x351 MOJO RHYTHM Mitchell Pateman Ms Holly Watson 6 53kg 90
14 21x0180x18 SEARCHIN’ ROC’S Jim Taylor Jason Brown 5 53kg 96
15 x05912x809 STARTRADE Daniel Morton Chris Nicoll 10 53kg 102
16 141211x2x6 THE VELVET QUEEN Darren McAuliffe Patrick Carbery 16 53kg 98
17e 2112311×34 CASINO SEVENTEEN Grant & Alana Williams Shaun McGruddy 3 53kg 96
18e 4928322613 LET’S GALAHVANT Daniel & Ben Pearce 9 53kg 94
19e 15×2317655 RIVER RUBICON Steve Wolfe Joseph Azzopardi 11 53kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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