Trainer Chris Waller remains confident that Mackintosh can still win the 2016 Railway Stakes, despite the talented gelding having been allocated the wide and reasonable awkward barrier 16 for the feature race at Ascot on Saturday.
Mackintosh has returned to racing in typically smart form this season and was considered the horse to beat in Railway Stakes betting markets prior to Tuesday evening’s barrier draw, but the four-year-old has subsequently drifted after his wide allocation.
Waller told Racing Victoria that while making the task slightly more difficult, he still believes Mackintosh has both the form and class win be crowned the 2016 Railway Stakes winner this weekend.
“It makes it hard but it’s possible,” Waller said.
“We’ve got a good local jockey in Damien Oliver on board so there’s plenty of local experience and he takes some good form into the race.
“I had a leaning towards Mackintosh before hearing of the barrier draw but then again, Good Project won the race last year and he came from a very wide gate (11 of 14) so luck obviously plays a part.”
Mackintosh began his racing career in his native New Zealand in late 2015, but has undoubtedly stepped up in class and quality since transferring to the care of Waller earlier this year.
Beating only one runner home in his first start in Sydney; the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), Mackintosh responded well for a smart win over talented company in the Fishboy Seafoods BM77 (1500m) on April 30th.
Posting a maiden black type win in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) upon arriving in Brisbane for the Winter Carnival, the Pins gelding repeated the dose in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) but was returned to the paddock after failing to make an impact or beat a runner home in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).
Resuming this time for a dominant win in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m), Mackintosh has since run third in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) and fifth in the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m).
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