WA's time to shine in the Group 1 Sunshine starts this Saturday with the running of the Railway Stakes. While homegrown advantage is important this years edition looks like one for the eastern state raiders. Our two youngsters Startthefriar (Donald) and Wayne (Patronize 2yo) are just about ready to launch their own careers. The Wayne partnership is still open for business, send us an email to check out the details.
Railway Stakes Key Runners.
Black Heart Bart $7; WA's champ returns home being freshened since unsuccessfully contesting early spring events. Didn't have best of luck and too classy to totally dismiss but hard to know how he's going and 59kgs in a handicap makes it tough.
Scales Of Justice $5; Reigning champ who's Victorian raid was cut short due to injury. Trainer has declared he's right to go but hard to like as favourite considering.
Tom Melbourne $9; Can't believe I'm going to do this but tipping him on top with gritted teeth. Has run cracking races all prep in group 1 races just doesn't know how to turn 2nd's into 1st's. Despite his reluctance to shed bridesmaid tag the other concern is the length of his prep and wondering this is an afterthought due to just missing elsewhere. If nothing else the $3 a place is almost a given for Tom fans.
Supply and Demand $8; Any Waterhouse runner must be respected, might be suited to the Kingstown Town distance better but in the mix.
Ulmann $13; Was my early tip but last run was very plain. Weighted closely to better performed runners but not ruling a Weir/Lane runner out.
Silverstream $13; Most likely Pike's ride and at least it's in career best form.
Pounamu $17 ; Surprise winner first up but is very consistent when in form. Think you might get longer odds and good roughy if so.
Sovereign Nation $11; 2nd to Tosen Stardom in 1600m Toorak reads well.
Variation $17; Like the up n comers in handicaps and last years guinea's winner has been ticking along nicely without being asked to do much.
LDR Selections. 1. Tom Melbourne, 2. Variation, 3. Sovereign Nation 4. Supply and Demand
Quinella,Trifecta, First 4.
1st 3 16
2nd 3 4 15 16 ( $6 Quinella)
3rd 2 3 4 7 14 15 16 ( $30 trifecta)
4th 1 2 3 4 5 7 14 15 16 ($180 first 4)
Absolutely Devastated Impending not coming. Was my lock of the carnival. Left with the top four in betting. 1. Rock magic 2 Malaguerra 3 State Solicitor 4 Viddora
With the heats kicking off this Friday it certainly is fun times for WA racing fans. I have the series marked down as a battle royale between kiwi prize fighter Lazarus and Victorian superstar Lennytheshark. Lazarus is virtually unbeatable with a head start on rivals but yet to race at tight Gloucester Park. Lenny won the series two years ago and is racing as well as ever. WA's two leading contenders are Soho Tribeca who if happened to draw to lead would rocket into contention and Chicago Bull who will be the one coming home at the rate of knots. As barrier draws are so important at the trots I'll hold off selecting the winner of the series.
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