Fri, Nov 24, 8:28am by Staff Writer
Feature racing heads to Western Australia with the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) day the first of three consecutive Saturday meetings to be held at Ascot as part of the ‘Masters’ series.
A good selection of eastern state horses have made their way to WA but it’s last year’s Railway winner – and Perth local – Scales of Justice ($5.50) who has opened the favourite in a race with many chances. A winner of nine from 20 career starts and having only missed a place once he took out this race last year when beating Good Project and Perfect Reflection by nearly three-lengths. He jumped from barrier eight on that occasion and was down on 53kg, this year he’s drawn 13 and will carry 57.5kg. Douglas Whyte who piloted him to victory in 2016 is back aboard this year.
Black Heart Bart ($6.50) carries top weight of 59kg and he comes into this winless from his last two campaigns. Of those last seven starts, six have been at Group 1 level (the other at G2) and he’s been placed in three of those seven. Brad Rawiller rides ‘Bart’ while Damian Lane is aboard stable mate Ulmann ($13).
Tom Melbourne ($6) get his chance to break his run of outs which include five runner-up cheques from his last six starts. He’s drawn barrier one with Damien Oliver to ride. Waller’s other runner, All Our Roads ($15) didn’t get the same luck with the barriers, drawing 18.
Supply and Demand ($9.50) has drawn next door in barrier 19 and he’s continued his good form from last campaign this time in. Last preparation he put together four straight before a break and he’s come back with two seconds from his two runs, both within a length of the winner.
Team Hayes/Dabernig have sent over Sovereign Nation ($15) who’s a G2 Stutt Stakes winner (in 2016) and he did run second to Tosen Stardom in the G1 Toorak (2016) two runs back.
William Pike is WA’s leading rider and he’s aboard Silverstream ($16) who’s drawn widest in barrier 20. A winner of eight from 24 career starts, the six-year-old mare is going for three wins in a row, with three wins and three seconds from her last six starts.
Variation ($12) was in the news this week with WA racing using to their discretionary powers to include the four-year-old gelding over Tradesman ($71) – who is now first emergency, while Pounamu ($17) is a last start winner and given some hope according to markets.
While the eastern state horses look to have a strong hold in the Railway, only Godolphin’s Gaulois ($16) represent the east in the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) – and he’s been given no love drawing 17 of 18.
Money Maher ($4.20) and Perfect Jewel ($4.80) are fighting out favouritism for the Guineas with Money Maher drawing 11 and Perfect Jewel 16. Money Maher has won three from nine and comes into this off a 2L Listed win over 1400m, while Perfect Jewel is one of four fillies in the race with three wins from her four career starts, her most recent run when fourth beaten 1.25L.
Suggested Bet: Going with Money Maher ($4.20) in the WA Guineas (race 7, number 3). He’s drawn a touch awkward in barrier 11 but he’s racing in good form with three wins from his last four and hoping that can continue on Saturday.
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