PREMIER racing in Melbourne might be over for the spring, but it’s just heating up in Perth as the Group 1 Railway Stakes runs this Saturday.
The Ascot feature includes a full field of milers all vying for the $1 million prize. The quality betting card also features the $500,000 Western Australian Guineas on what should be a great day on the punt.
We have free tips for the nine-race card where punters will not only see the best western thoroughbreds in action, but also some of the best from the east.
Race 1 – BM72 Handicap (1200m)
Bass Strait has won only four of its 55 starts, but it has contested group one races in the past. The eight-year-old is well past its best, but dropping to rating 72 grade will help and it could pay a nice each way price.
Rhi’s Rocket is a three-time winner on this track and it was only narrowly beaten at Ascot last start. The David Harrison-trained runner scored a nice win in this grade two back and it gets in well on the weights. Nice chance in an even field.
Race 1 tip: Rhi’s Rocket to win at CrownBet.com.au
Race 2 – BM66 Trophy (1400m)
War Jeune is making a habit of finishing second this campaign, but a win isn’t far away. The Steve Wolfe-trained gelding has finished out of the money in only two of its 14 starts, which includes four wins, and dropping in grade is only going to help its cause.
William Pike returns to ride at Ascot and he links up with Cash on Call. The five-year-old has a good winning record and although most of its best form has come in easier grades, this doesn’t look too tough. Pike riding will likely shorten its odds.
Race 2 tip: War Jeune to win at Neds.com.au
Race 3 – Carbine Club W.A Stakes (1400m)
Zarantz has been running at long odds lately, but it typically runs well second up and it could provide some value for punters. It finished second behind Scales of Justice in June and that performance stacks up nicely. Gets in with a nice weight and a good draw.
Propersantes is rising through the grades nicely and it’s looking for a seventh win on this track. The six-year-old comes into this with a win in the R.J. Peters Stakes and this is arguably an easier field.
Race 3 tip: Propersantes to win at Sportsbet.com.au
Race 4 – Jungle Mist Classic (1200m)
Celebrity Dream is a professional mare for Adam Durrant, which has won five from 12. The New Zealand-bred mare by Thorn Park has been working through the grades in Perth and it looks ready to win at this level now. The draw makes it tough, but look for Pike to get some cover.
Crystal Fountain finished off well behind Lyuba last start and its form prior was good. The Anthony Freedman-trained runner has won four from six and that includes wins over some smart types. She won’t be worried about taking on this opposition.
Race 4 tip: Crystal Fountain to win at Neds.com.au
Race 5 – Placid Ark Stakes (1200m)
In Love with Paris gets the services of Douglas Whyte and it looks a chance. The Fred Kersley-trained gelding scored a 1.5-length win on debut at Ascot before running a half length behind the winner last start. Take nothing away from that performance and it looks a nice chance at the weights.
Rockon Tommy finished fourth last start, but was only 1.25 lengths from the winner. Prior to that it had won all three career starts in good fashion and it should be well-favoured in the betting markets this time around.
Race 5 tip: Rockon Tommy to win at Topbetta.com.au
Race 6 – Magic Millions Tattersall’s Cup (2100m)
Trap for Fools makes the rise in grade now after winning by 2.5 lengths last start, but it looks capable. The Lindsey Smith-trained gelding has won seven of 18 starts and it usually scores wins with ease. The inside draw, light weight and jockey combination work well.
Royal Star looks a big challenger after finishing second behind Properantes in the Peters Stakes. The well-bred mare by Redoute’s Choice is likely heading to the top grades in Perth after a good start and its turn-of-foot makes it a winning threat here.
Race 6 tip: Royal Star to win at CrownBet.com.au
Race 7 – W.A. Guineas (1600m)
Gaulois has been given the visitors draw, but it still represents value. The James Cummings-trained colt wasn’t far behind Levendi in the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington last start and that form has held up well. It likes to roll forward so drawing barrier 17 could pose some challenges.
Arcadia Prince has won two of its four career starts and it ran home well enough at stakes level last start. Punters were expecting more from the highly-touted runner, but it has had time to mature and Damien Oliver takes the ride.
Race 7 tip: Arcadia Prince to win at Neds.com.au
Race 8 – Railway Stakes (1600m)
Scales of Justice has finished out of the placings in only one of its 20 career starts. That came in the Rupert Clarke Stakes in Melbourne and despite not running well when third last start, it needed that run back in Perth. Drawing barrier 13 does present some challenges, but we wouldn’t discount its heart to win.
Tom Melbourne won’t get a better chance score its group one win. The lovable seven-year-old has been a model of consistency this year and there aren’t many horses that can place in an Epsom and Cantala Stakes in the same preparation. He’s due to win, but we’ll happily take the juicy place odds on offer again.
Race 9 – Perth Cup (1600m)
First Affair has been consistent its last three starts, winning one and placing in two. It loves running at this distance with three wins to its name and it should get a nice trip in transit from the draw.
See Me Sizzle has rattled off three consecutive wins and the most recent came over First Affair. The son of Snitzel has been doing enough to cross the line first and having Pike in the saddle could get the job done again.
Race 9 tip: See Me Sizzle to win at Sportsbet.com.au