The final field has been announced for the $1 million G1 Railway Stakes (1600m) feature this Saturday at Ascot. Early punters appear to be somewhat bemused at this stage with four horses vying for favouritism at $7.
The hometown hopefuls Regal Power, Samizdat, Tellem We’re Comin and The Velvet King still dominate the early betting although it is not yet clear which local the punters give the best chance.
James Cummings’ only nomination for the race, six-year-old gelding Best of Days finds himself in WA for the first time and since opening at $9, the Godolphin import has firmed into $8.
Reykjavik is a Lindsey Smith trained horse who will be returning to WA after a successful stint in Victoria, winning the $161,000 Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) convincingly in July, and the $201,500 Chatham Stakes at his last start at Flemington. Dean Yendall is booked to ride Reykjavik (53kg) and he is currently a $10 shot.
Achernar Star is next in the betting at $11, this gelding raced on this card as a three-year-old in the $500,000 WA Guineas (1600m) when a close second to Perfect Jewel, who is currently an $18 chance in the Railway.
Gatting, a six-year-old gelding who shocked the world winning first-up at Flemington in the G1 $752,000 Makybe Diva (1600m) at 100/1 odds has drifted from $11 to $13 since opening.