A talented and capacity field 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 bet.
Having returned to racing in career-best form through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, The Cleaner ($4.80) has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Railway Stakes betting markets, ahead of Respondent ($6) and Elite Belle ($7.50) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will The Cleaner justify favouritism and break-through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing, or will one of his classy rivals find the Railway Stakes line in the clear?
Smokin’ Joey ($15)
At one stage cutting into odds of $13 for success and registering as clear Railway Stakes market mover, Smokin’ Joey has reportedly worked well since arriving in Perth last week and is primed for a successful performance. A Group 1 winner having taken out this year’s edition of The Goodwood (1200m), Smokin’ Joey has steadily built to the task this time in and displayed a keen turn of foot to overcome a poor start and less-than ideal running position to place a credible seventh in the featured Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) last time out on November 8th. Allocated the ideal barrier 6, The Goodwood partner Ben Melham has been confirmed to take and the ride on Smokin’ Joey, who is more than worth consideration for a Railway Stakes bet this weekend.
The Cleaner ($4.80)
A standout performer for trainer Mick Burles, The Cleaner has undoubtedly hit peak condition this time in and will be difficult to beat in the 2014 Railway Stakes. Securing an impressive total of eighteen race wins and a further 13 minor places over his 45 start career so far, The Cleaner ran a close second to Limes in the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Open (1400m) first-up on May 24th and continued to impress on his way to a career-best victory in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) on September 6th. Charging home to win the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) on September 26th, the Savoire Vivre finished a brave ninth in the major Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on October 25th before returning to contention when third in the Emirates Stakes last time out. Allocated the central barrier 8, The Cleaner should not have any issue finding the fore of the pack early.
Alma’s Fury ($13)
Returning to racing in slick form since transferring to the stables of leading Queensland trainer Tony Gollan, Alma’s Fury will have to overcome the wide and awkward barrier 18 this weekend but arguably offers punters the best value for money in Railway Stakes betting markets at $13 odds for success or $3.60 to figure in the places. Taking out both the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) and Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) over a strong winter preparation, the Refuse To Bend gelding was unable to figure over his first two starts this time in, but has found strong form of late in finishing fourth in the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) and second in the Group 3 Yellowglen Stakes (1400m) last time out on November 1st.
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