Railway Stakes at Ascot One of Final Group 1s of 2016

Punters who want to have a plunge on the few remaining Group 1 races remaining on the Australian thoroughbred racing calendar before the end of the year will need to cast their eyes to Western Australia, specifically, the 1600 m Railway Stakes at Ascot.

An interesting factoid that has emerged in the first years of the 21st century is that the horse coming out of barrier 12 has won the race five times since the year 2000.

You could chose instead to delve deeply into form from a more logical perspective, provided, that is, you have the time for that sort of thing.

Northerly initiated the coincidence in 2000, followed by Sniper’s Bullet in 2009. Luckygray did it in 2011, but was priced at $4. He repeated in 2013, but paid handsomely at $21.

Elite Belle did it in 2014, with Good Project moving in one spot to derail the trend toward a third-consecutive Railway Stakes win out of the 12th barrier.

The original barrier draws had Showy Chloe running from 12, but in now appears that He Or She will be in that slot, so the chances have improved considerably, since Showy was priced at $101 by Sportsbet, but He Or She offers a respectable $17 proposition.

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