Jockey Damian Lane is confident that Rageese has the form and class to post a maiden win at the highest level when he lines up for the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday.
Rageese has been a strong and consistent performer throughout his entire racing career; posting four wins and as many minors through seventeen starts since debuting for Team Hawkes in late 2014, but has undoubtedly stepped up in quality since transferring to the care of Darren Weir partway through the autumn of this year.
Lane was aboard the Street Cry entire when he returned to winning form in the Group 3 L’oreal Paris Stakes (1400m) last time out on November 3rd, and is confident that the conditions of the 2016 Railway Stakes will play into Rageese’s strengths on Saturday.
“I think it’s a very suitable race for him,” Lane told AAP.
“It’s generally a race with a bit of tempo on, so hopefully that’s the case again. He’s drawn 11 so he’ll probably settle midfield to second half and come with one run.”
Second in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as a two-year-old in autumn last year, Rageese continued to impress through a number of subsequent Spring Carnival starts; finishing fourth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and fifth in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) most notably.
Failing to fire in his first two starts upon resuming this year, Rageese immediately responded upon transferring to the care of Weir; taking out each of the Ladbrokes Mega Margin Handicap (1300m) and Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) in succession; the latter by close to five lengths.
Returning to the paddock after failing to fire in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) in Brisbane on May 21st, the four-year-old resumed this time for fifth in the MyPunter.com Handicap (1100m) before running on well for fourth in the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m).
Placing second in the Mitchelton Wines BM90 (1500m) on October 21st in what was his only other start prior to the L’oreal Paris Stakes, Rageese will leave from barrier 11 in the Railway Stakes and will carry only 53.5kgs.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 Railway Stakes odds, for which Rageese can be taken at a generous $7.50 quote.