Railway Stakes Tips & Preview
Get Railway Stakes Tips in 2020 from our expert horse racing tipster. Our form analyst Aaron Hamilton has a great record in the race and tipped Great Shot at $26 in 2017.
Railway Stakes Tips and Preview 2020
A capacity field of 16 plus four emergencies have been declared for Saturday’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse.
Half of the field come through the Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) where Kay Cee defeated Red Can Man and Kementari who again line up in opposition.
Inspirational Girl is favourite and will be ridden by William Pike who is aiming for three wins in a row aboard Grant & Alana Williams-trained horses.
The stable mate, Truly Great, is looking to make it four wins in a row, and Too Close The Sun comes off an impressive win in the Ascot Gold Cup (1800m).
Material Man and Spiritual Warrior are last start winners but head into the race first-up off a break, while Dance Music is another last start winner.
Who are the leading contenders?
Inspirational Girl came from the rear to defeat Too Close the Sun and Red Can Man in the Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) and Too Close The Sun has subsequently won and Red Can Man was runner-up to Kay Cee.
Inspirational Girl ran her last 600m, 400m and 200m in 34.24, 22.12 and 10.92 which was a PB, but this was off a very slow early tempo where she went 13 lengths slower than standard BM to the 600m.
In comparison, Kay Cee ran 33.76, 22.08 and 11.10 for the same sectionals which was also a PB, but she did this after going five lengths slower than BM to the 600m.
It’s fair to say Inspirational Girl, who should already be at peak fitness, simply could not finish any faster than she did last start.
Kay Cee is third up on Saturday and has room for fitness Improvement, and her last start effort rated higher than her win in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) where she charged home to defeat Gailo Chop as a three-year-old filly.
Too Close The Sun has to rate as the main danger as he drops 4.5kg and recorded the strongest last start BM figure when going 9.3 lengths quicker than standard.
That was his second-best career performance and considering he has peaked twice when fourth-up, he should strip much fitter being third-up on Saturday.
He was extremely strong through the line in the Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) on a Heavy track, and it wouldn’t surprise to see him roll along up front with Gailo Chop and Great Shot before taking over on the bend and kicking clear.
Who will win the Railway Stakes in 2020?
It’s hard to see the winner coming outside of Inspirational Girl, Kay Cee or Too Close The Sun.
Although Inspirational Girl gets the services of Pike, and that’s worth a couple of lengths in itself, I think Kay Cee and Too Close The Sun have more upside.
Too Close The Sun is the best weighted horse in the race, but I’m concerned about him overdoing it with Gailo Chop and Great Shot challenging for forward positions and pouring the pressure on.
We may still be yet to see the best of Kay Cee who is trained by astute horseman Neville Parnham and was to be ridden by his son Steven Parnham before a fall at Ascot ruled him out.
Not sure who will pick up the ride yet, but I’m pretty sure Kay Cee is the one to beat.