A capacity field of sixteen plus emergencies has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of Perth’s best milers and several standout interstate raiders.
Mackintosh has returned to racing in typically slick form this time and arguably headlines the 2016 Railway Stakes field, particularly after being confirmed to be partnered by Damien Oliver.
Winning each of the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) and Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) most notably in winter, Mackintosh was returned to the paddock after failing to fire or beat a single runner home in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) on June 11th.
Resuming this time for an impressive win in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m), the Pins gelding progressed to third in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) before placing a credible, but luckless fifth in the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) last time out on October 29th.
Trainer Chris Waller saddled Good Project to success in the 2015 edition of the Railway Stakes, and has confirmed the talented five-year-old for a title defence in this year’s field.
Good Project resumed this year for third in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m), and continued to mid-pack finishes in each of the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
Running tenth in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) first-up this time, the Not A Single Doubt entire has since finished fourth in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) and seventh in the Cantala Stakes.
His proven form at the class distance and the track aside, Good Project also has the notable advantage of leading hoop Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
The locally-trained contingent confirmed in the 2016 Railway Stakes field is also particularly strong, and is headlined by the likes of Perfect Reflection and Disposition.
Perfect Reflection has posted a commendable six wins and two minors through only nine career starts so far, and will enter the 2016 Railway Stakes in winning form.
Resuming for third in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) on October 15th, the More Than Ready mare savaged the line for a comfortable win in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) on November 5th and should prove extremely hard to beat over a mile on Saturday.
Disposition has arguably been the best of prominent owner Bob Peters’ crop’s shorter-distance horses in recent years and also appears primed for a big run in the Railway Stakes.
Finishing outside the first three only three times through an impressive racing career, the Reset gelding resumed this time for fourth in the Northerly Stakes before finishing a close second in the Lee Steere Stakes last time out.
The 2016 Railway Stakes barrier draw is due to be completed and released on Tuesday evening.
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