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The Velvet King and Samizdat get favourable draws for Railway Stakes

The Velvet King (PA Images)

Favourite The Velvet King and Samizdat landed favourable draws for Saturday's Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot.

Trained by Darren McAuliffe, four-year-old gelding The Velvet King is the early favourite for the Railway Stakes and the local galloper will jump from barrier six for the Perth feature.

The Chris Gangemi-trained four-year-old gelding Samizdat, a winner of five races from eight starts, came up with an ideal gate in barrier three of the 16-strong field.



The well-backed Tellem We're Comin, for trainers Grant & Alana Williams and Brenton Avdulla, will start from barrier nine, but stablemate Regal Power - the choice of William Pike - landed the car park in barrier 15.

Best Of Days represents Godolphin trainer James Cummings and will have to overcome a slightly tricky draw in gate 11. 

Railway Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw


1. GATTING - Darren Mcauliffe - Mitchell Pateman - 5 - 58kg
2. BEST OF DAYS (GB) - James Cummings - Brad Rawiller - 11 - 57kg
3. STAR EXHIBIT - Adam Durrant - Peter Hall - 4 - 56.5kg
4. ACHERNAR STAR - Simon A Miller - Damien Oliver - 16 - 55.5kg
5. REYKJAVIK - Lindsey Smith - Dean Yendall - 12 - 53kg
6. THE VELVET KING - Darren Mcauliffe - Chris Parnham - 6 - 53kg
7. TELLEM WE’RE COMIN - Grant & Alana Williams - Brenton Avdulla - 9 - 53kg
8. VARIATION - Stephen Miller - Brad Parnham - 8 - 53kg
9. MIZLECKI - Fred Kersley - Jerry Noske - 2 - 53kg
10. PERFECT JEWEL - Adam Durrant - Ms Jade McNaught (a) 7 - 53kg
11. MANOLO BLAHNIQ (NZ) - Tony Noonan - Joseph Azzopardi - 10 - 53kg
12. REGAL POWER - Grant & Alana Williams - William Pike 15 - 53kg
13. SAMIZDAT - Chris Gangemi - Jarrad Noske - 3 - 53kg
14. COCKNEY CREW - Kieran McDonagh - Troy Turner - 14 - 53kg
15. PLATOON - Neville Parnham - Steven Parnham - 13 - 53kg
16. TAMASA - Lindsey Smith - Peter Knuckey - 1 - 53kg


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