• Darcy Schostakowski

Railway Stakes Preview

Well punters, hope you all had an enjoyable weekend consisting of some cold beverages and hopefully some winners.

Last weekend capped off probably the weirdest spring carnival we have had in over 20 years, however, our love for the sport and the hours that jockeys, trainers, owner’, and of course us punters put in to horse racing kept it going through COVID and hopefully, we're out the other side!

It was also great to see some old bulls getting the win on Saturday, both So Si Bon and Cariff storming home over the top on the weekend. We also got to see some nice up and coming horses, including a great win by Dusty Tycoon for the Mi Runners syndicate!

To start the summer carnival we head over to WA with two major features, the WA Guineas and the feature race, the Railway Stakes.

The WA Guineas is a Group 2 for 3-year-olds that is run over the mile with $300,000 up for grabs for the winner. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

This year there are two horses that catch my eye at the moment and have some pretty good value about them.

Ascot Race 6 - Brave Angel

This filly comes into this race with some excellent form. She draws barrier six so should expect her to find a nice spot ready to peel out at the top of the straight. She has won over the 1500m before which is a big advantage in this field with most seeing this trip for the first time.

She is ticking a lot of boxes for me. At $8.50 for a win, I would be getting on early.

Ascot Race 6 - First Law

This fella also caught my eye, once again it is trained by Simon Miller, however this gelding I think has the potential to be something special for the future. He draws right next to the stablemate in barrier 7 and would be expecting the same approach to find a nice spot just in behind them and come with one big run late. Solid form from his two starts this prep and blinkers go on for the first time. The question mark might be the 1600, but happy to find out each way around $15.

I’m pretty confident one of these stablemates can get the chocolates and I might even take a cheeky quinella!

The Railway Stakes is the feature race, the first Group 1 of the summer. And as always few big names made the trip over for the race, however, do they have enough to beat the best from the west?

I think there's a clear stand out in this one.

Ascot Race 8 - Inspirational Girl

She gets the Wizard from the West on, W Pike. The great man left Melbourne early and forewent the ride on Arcadia Queen to get home in time, post quarantine, to ride Inspirational Girl, that's a pretty good sign! This mare's form also speaks for itself with 10 starts and 8 wins, with 2 of those wins over the mile.

She's drawn a bit sticky in barrier 11, but Pikey will sort that out and I think she'll have a superior turn of foot around $3.50.

The final bet in Perth comes up in the last.

Ascot Race 9 - Festival Miss

When all else fails and you have had a shit day on the punt, the best way to chase your losses is loading up to whatever Pikey is on in the last. It's pretty simple! I read that in the punter's bible, so it must be true.

However, this mare has proven she has plenty of talent. She loves the 1400m with 2 wins and 2 seconds and loves a good track which she should get on Saturday. So everything is pointing to her to either save your day and win you back some money, or extend your winning streak!

Just quickly, the Ballarat Cup is on Saturday and it is a good field. I am going to have something on Odeon which looks to be peaking now, his coat is looking fabulous and I think he'll go very close at around $11.

All the best for the weekend!

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