Railway Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Railway Stakes Barrier Draw


The all-important barrier draw for Saturday’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The final field of 16 plus four emergencies includes two leading chances from the Grant and Alana Williams stable as they aim for their third win in a row.

Perth’s leading jockey William Pike rode Regal Power (2019) and Galaxy Star (2018) to Railway Stakes victories for the stable and returns to riding in the west following a stint in Melbourne.

Pike jumps aboard Inspirational Girl who has won eight of 10 career starts including the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) last start where she defeated Too Close The Sun and Red Can Man.

Too Close The Sun has subsequently scored in last Saturday’s Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) while Red Can Man was runner-up to Kay Cee in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m).

A strong interstate contingent would be expected in the $1 million Railway Stakes, but in 2020, only Kementari and Gailo Chop have made the long trip out west for their respective trainers James Cummings and Matthew Williams.

Kementari finished 1.8 lengths from Kay Cee in his first run in WA, while Gailo Chop comes off a 5th placing behind Arcadia Queen in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and has subsequently won a barrier trial at Lark Hill.

2020 Railway Stakes Barrier Draw & Final Field

1KEMENTARIJames CummingsChris Parnham158kg
2MATERIAL MANJustin WarwickPaul Harvey958kg
3GAILO CHOP (FR)Matthew WilliamsBrad Rawiller2057kg
4KAY CEENeville ParnhamSteven Parnham1356kg
5SPIRITUAL WARRIORJustin WarwickMs Lucy Warwick755.5kg
6TAXAGANOFred KersleyPeter Knuckey454.5kg
7GREAT SHOTRhys RadfordCraig Staples354kg
8RED CAN MANSteve WolfeShaun McGruddy1053.5kg
9CUP NIGHTBernie MillerPatrick Carbery853kg
10DANCE MUSICSimon A MillerJade McNaught1953kg
11INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ)Grant & Alana WilliamsWilliam Pike1153kg
12MISSILE LAUNCHVaughn SigleyTroy Turner1753kg
13PLATOONNeville ParnhamBrad Parnham1453kg
14TOO CLOSE THE SUNLindsey SmithJoseph Azzopardi1653kg
15TRULY GREATGrant & Alana WilliamsClint Johnston-Porter1853kg
16UNI TIMESharon MillerJason Whiting1253kg
17eARCTIC STREAMRoss PriceShaun O’Donnell553kg
18eMEDIA BARONDavid HarrisonJordan Turner253kg
19ePYM’S ROYALELuke Fernie1553kg
20eTRUE ATTRACTIONAdam Durrant653kg