Railway Winterbottom Stakes Kingston Town Classic Last 2017 Group 1s

With just three Group 1 races remaining in 2017, all three jumping in Western Australia, here is a brief rundown on the Railway Stakes (1600 m) on November 25, the Winterbottom Stakes (1200 m) on December 2 and the Kingston Town Classic (1800 m) on December 9.

All three are held at Ascot Racecourse in Western Australia.

Beginning with the Railway Stakes, the final field has been declared, but the barrier draw will not be until Tuesday evening. Barring scratchings, the field will consist of 20 runners, 16 in the main field plus for emergencies. The top four are Scales of Justice ($5.50), Black Heart Bart and Supply And Demand, both ($7) and Tom Melbourne ($8).

Scales Of Justice was the Railway Stakes winner in 2016. He has won two Group 3s since that time. His outings in Victoria produced a second place at Flemington and a seventh at Caulfield.

The next race is the Winterbottom Stakes. Takedown took down the win in 2016, paying handsomely at a starting price of $9. He beat favourite Terravista, as well as Malaguerra, State Solicitor and Sheidel, all shorter priced than Takedown. Vega Magic was also in the field.

Since that win, Takedown has tailed off and failed to make any short of sowing went trying his fortune on the east coast, with four races at Randwick producing nothing better than a fourth place run.

The last Group 1 of 2017, the Kingston Town Classic, was won last time out by Stratum Star. Scales Of Justice took second, so there might be some benefit to running him at Ascot, as the first in the Railway Stakes combined with the second in the Kingston would seem to indicate.

After the Kingston Town Classic, Group 1 thoroughbred racing takes a spell. It will not resume until February 10 at Caulfield, where the CF Orr Stakes will serve as the prelude to all the autumn racing action.

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