The Railway Stakes has yet again attracted some big names from the Eastern States, however, some of Western Australia’s leading trainers are confident their horses have what it takes to win the Group 1 feature.
The Simon Miller-trained Platinum Rocker was second in the Railway last year, and is back hoping to go one better after a strong third behind Magnifisio in the Lee Steere Stakes on November 8.
Miller said the mare was going as well as she was last year, when she finished second behind Luckygray.
“She is going good, the key for her is she gets down on the weights, she is back on the minimum (53kgs) where she was last year,” Miller said.
“She is going equally as good as last year and she has drawn a better gate, hopefully that means she goes one better.”
Miller said Miss Rose De Lago, third emergency for the Railway Stakes, would drop back to the 1400 metres of the Listed Carbine Club Stakes on Saturday, but was confident the mare would acquit herself well if she got a start in the $1 million Railway Stakes.
“She is up to that level, this time in no one has seen the best of her because we haven’t been able to dictate,” he said.
Miller will also start promising three-year-olds Fuld’s Bet and Liberty’s Gem in the Listed Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) on Saturday.
Miller has booked Victorian jockey Ben Melham to ride Liberty’s Gem in the $100,000 race.
The Darren McAuliffe-trained Fuschia Bandana looks set to acquit herself well in the Railway Stakes after a brave second place finish in the Lee Steere Stakes behind Magnifisio.
McAuliffe said Fuschia Bandana has trained on well since the run in the Lee Steere.
“Her gallop this morning was very good, she has trained on nicely and is happy and healthy,” McAuliffe said.
“She was forced to do all the hard work out in front, which we won’t be having to do on Saturday, we will be able to camp outside or behind The Cleaner which is probably the best way to ride her.”
McAuliffe also has Express Service and Rebelson as emergencies in the Railway, and both horses are nominated in Listed races on the nine-event program.
McAuliffe said he was hoping a slight gear change to Rebelson would prevent him racing in the aggressive manner he did last start.
“We will have to put a Norton bit or a pulling bit on, he just raced a little bit fiercely last start,” he said.
Fuschia Bandana drew barrier 11 in the Railway Stakes, which is the feature event on Super Saturday at Ascot.