Know Your Nags



So the Melbourne spring carnival is finished, the punters have packed up and gone home and the Know Your Nags columnist has decided to go on a holiday. The big races of the spring might have been run and won, but there will be plenty of interest as the action heads west to Perth on Saturday with the Railway Stakes (1600 metres) at Ascot. Luckygray is the favourite to go back-to-back in the Railway. His main rival is looming as Fat Al with Nash Rawiller on the Gai Waterhouse-trained four-year-old. Fat Al won the Epsom Handicap and Rawiller is searching for his first group 1 win of the season. Luckygray has drifted with bookmakers, but the five-year-old gelding won at Ascot two weeks ago and hasn't been beaten over 1600m. If Luckygray is triumphant, he will be the first horse to win the Railway Stakes with 58 kilograms on board. But since becoming a group 1 over a mile in 1984, no horse has won the Railway Stakes carrying more than 56.5 kilograms. Last year's win was on a protest.



Ten starts and 10 wins for this five-year-old gelding and it will be another win in the $500,000 Winterbottom Stakes (1200 metres) at Ascot. Saturday will be the biggest test for the Perth sprinter and he is already being compared with star Hay List. His 10th win took him past 1880 Melbourne Cup winner Grand Flaneur, who finished his career unbeaten after nine starts. Drawing outside barrier 10 could hurt him with Travinator drawing inside.


How to invest your $20 on Saturday


$10 win Ascot race 8, No.5 Barakey

Has been odds-on favourite in most of his starts and punters will finally get some value with a step-up in class. Has proved himself as one of the best sprinters in the country. If Barakey stays at more than $2, it's well worth the investment.

$5 win Ascot race 9, No.4 Wall Street

Luckygray may be the favourite, but there are plenty in the field capable of beating him. Wall Street ran well in the Emirates Stakes two weeks ago and finished fifth. He hasn't won for two years, but I've got a feeling this one could be his race.

$5 win Goulburn race 7 (Sunday), No.6 Bay Window

The Kembla Grange-trained gelding won at his last start at Rosehill last weekend and looks a good chance to make to back-to-back victories. The 1600m trip won't worry him, and he has 54 kilograms on board. Till last week, hadn't won in two years. But expect him to be in with a shot at the winner's post.