2020 Railway Stakes Day Tips & Preview

Group 1 racing returns to Perth on Saturday and an intriguing edition of the Railway Stakes headlines the nine-race program at Ascot.

I’ve run the rule over every runner and every race, and you can find my 2020 Railway Stakes Day tips below.

Tourism WA Trophy (1200m) – 3:09pm AEDT
No. 3 Long Beach

Long Beach has a class edge over these rivals and can return to winning form.

The I Am Invincible gelding won each of his first three starts back from a spell this time, failing to fire at his next two, but running home well to finish second over 1100m here a fortnight ago.

He’s rock-hard fit and I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.

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Mumm Champagne Crystal Slipper Stakes (1100m) – 3:49pm AEDT
No. 6 Gorgeous Gossip

There isn’t a whole lot of exposed form to divulge ahead of this two-year-olds race, but I’ll be happy to have something small on Gorgeous Gossip each way.

The I’m All The Talk filly has made one appearances at the races so far, a fair effort for sixth behind Fatale Femme last month, and she has returned a lovely trial since that effort.

Better Your Bet Handicap (2200m) – 4:29pm AEDT
No. 4 Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue will take winning form into the third on Railway Stakes Day and can continue his rise through the grades.

The son of So You Think has had three starts back from a spell this time, all competitive, but his most recent effort was particularly eye-catching.

The rise in trip looks ideal at this point of his prep and he’ll launch from barrier 3 under Willie Pike. All ticks.

Listed Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) – 5:09pm AEDT
No. 1 Charleton Eddie

Charleton Eddie has improved for two starts this time and is ready to peak in the Placid Ark Stakes.

The Shooting To Win gelding was outstanding during his debut prep, winning four races in succession, and he returned to the races this time with a credible performance for fourth behind Clairvoyance in a decent $100,000 race.

Having run home well to finish less than a length second over 1000m here last time out, I think that natural improvement and the rise in trip will convert into a win.

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Peoplestart Handicap (1400m) – 5:44pm AEDT
No. 12 Western Empire

Western Empire has already stamped himself as a horse to follow, and I think that he can and will break his maiden in Race 5 on Railway Stakes Day.

The Iffraaj gelding finished third in maiden company at Northam on debut and charged home to miss by a nose in the Listed Fairetha Stakes a fortnight ago.

This is a drop in class from that race, he gets in well under the conditions and is my best bet on the program.

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Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) – 6:20pm AEDT
No. 8 Panzdown

This is an open edition of the WA Guineas and I am going to have a crack at one at a price – Panzdown ($36 at publish).

Panzdown placed at each of his first two starts back from a spell and was last seen finishing fifth, just half a length from the winner in the Fairetha Stakes.

He’s drawn well and I simply cannot figure out why he has been priced at such a long quote – he is well and truly over the odds in my opinion.

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Listed Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) – 7pm AEDT
No. 7 Special Choice

Special Choice has gone to another level this time and looks a winning chance in the Jungle Mist Classic at a lovely price ($7 at publish).

The Redoute’s Choice mare ran home well to finish third over 1000m at Belmont in September and has won both of her runs in the wake, including a 1400m handicap here at Ascot last time out.

She’s been freshened for this race and should be given every opportunity to win from barrier 4, and with Pikey aboard.

Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) – 7:40pm AEDT
No. 11 Inspirational Girl

Inspirational Girl doesn’t know how to run a bad race and has been utterly dominant this preparation.

I’ve put her on top of my selections, but you can find a full preview of the race and my complete 2020 Railway Stakes tips RIGHT HERE.

Listed Carbine Club Of WA Stakes (1400m) – 8:20pm AEDT
No. 9 Laverrod

Laverrod returned a rare flat effort in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes a fortnight ago, but I’m expecting him to bounce back in this Listed race.

The four-year-old son of Toronado has recorded five wins and eight minors from just fifteen career starts to date and has found form around some of Perth’s best horses.

Fitter fourth-up, dropping class and from the good draw, he can fight out the finish.