A capacity field of runners has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Having undoubtedly returned to racing in career-best form through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival so-far, The Cleaner has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Railway Stakes betting markets, currently available at generous odds of $4.80 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Securing an impressive record of eighteen race wins and a further 13 minor places from his 45 competitive starts to date, The Cleaner ran second in the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Open (1400m) first-up on May 24th before charging home to beat a talented field to the line by three lengths in the Travis Harrison Cup (1600m).
Running a close second to Akavoroun in the Listed VRC-CRV Winter Championship Final (1600m) on July 12th, the Savoire Vivre gelding gained ballot-free entry to the featured Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) when leading from start to finish to win the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) on September 6th, and while comfortably taking out the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) on September 26th, was unable to match the late pace of Adelaide when ninth in his major target on October 25th.
Placing an impressive third in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) last time out, trainer Mick Burles is confident The Cleaner will line up for the Railway Stakes in prime condition on Saturday.
While yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of bets for success in Railway Stakes betting markets, Respondent has been allocated the ideal barrier 1 and is a great chance of delivering the locals success from the second line of betting at $6 odds.
A standout performer for leading Perth trainer Grant Williams over autumn, Respondent won both the Listed Lex Piper Stakes (1600m) and Listed J.C. Roberts Stakes (1800m) and placed third in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) before charging home to take out the Group 2 W.A. Derby (2400m) by almost two lengths on April 12th.
Having finished fourth in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m), third in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) and second in the Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) this time in, the Haradasun gelding appears primed for a successful Railway Stakes performance, but will have to find an extra gear if to overcome the classy field confirmed.
Having cut in from opening odds of $17 for success to current perch at a still-generous quote of $13 and register as clear market mover, Smokin’ Joey displayed a keen turn of foot in the final straight of the Emirates Stakes last time out, and while only managing seventh, is offered a great chance of returning to the winner’s circle in the Railway Stakes from the ideal barrier 6.
Claiming six race wins and a further seven minor places from his 43 competitive appearances on course so far, the Encosta De Lago gelding charged home to win the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) most notably over autumn and appears primed for another competitive tilt in the Railway Stakes.
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