An inside barrier for Gatting will help compensate his top weight of 58kg in the 2019 Group 1 $1m Kirin Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot in Perth on Saturday.
Gatting drew barrier five in the final field of sixteen for the Railway Stakes and the his jockey Mitchell Pateman is confident he can give the six year old every chance from that gate.
“It makes my job a bit easier,” Pateman told The West Australian.
“On form he’s probably proven to be the best horse in the race, but he’s got to carry the best horse’s weight of 58kg.”
The Darren Mcauliffe trained gelding showed his class during the 2019 Melbourne Spring Carnival with an upset win at $101 in the Group 1 $750,000 PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 14.
Gatting will be lining up for his second attempt at winning the Railway Stakes after being runner up to Galaxy Star twelve months ago with Damian Lane in the saddle and is marked as a $12 chance at Ladbrokes.com.au to go one better this year.
The Makybe Diva Stakes winner returned to his home state of Western Australia after two unplaced runs at Caulfield in the Group 1 $750,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and in the Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m) and was back on track for the Railway Stakes with a second to Star Exhibit in the Group 2 $250,000 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) at Ascot in Perth on November 9.
Gatting’s stablemate The Velvet King remains the $6.50 Railway Stakes favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au after drawing barrier six while the Chris Gangemi trained Samizdat has firmed in $1 to $7 after drawing nicely at gate three.
Damien Oliver will have to find all of his magical skills after his mount Achernar Star drew the outside gate in the sixteen horse field and the Simon Miller trained gelding remains a $10 chance.
Betting for the 2019 Railway Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $6.50 The Velvet King, $7 Tellem We’re Comin, Samizdat, $8 Regal Power, $9 Best Of Days, Reykjavik, $10 Achernar Star, $12 Gatting, $14 Star Exhibit, $15 Perfect Jewel, $17 Variation, $26 Monolo Blahniq, $31 Mizlecki, Cockney Crew, $34 Tamasa, $41 Platoon.
Final field and barrier draw for the 2019 Railway Stakes (1600m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x512251502||GATTING||Darren Mcauliffe||Mitchell Pateman||5||58kg||112|
|2||x5Nx738035||BEST OF DAYS (GB)||James Cummings||Brad Rawiller||11||57kg||–|
|3||77051145×1||STAR EXHIBIT||Adam Durrant||Peter Hall||4||56.5kg||109|
|4||09x211x524||ACHERNAR STAR||Simon A Miller||Damien Oliver||16||55.5kg||107|
|5||1653138×71||REYKJAVIK||Lindsey Smith||Dean Yendall||12||53kg||–|
|6||x21412x213||THE VELVET KING||Darren Mcauliffe||Chris Parnham||6||53kg||102|
|7||13x723x411||TELLEM WE’RE COMIN||Grant & Alana Williams||Brenton Avdulla||9||53kg||99|
|8||34x523x272||VARIATION||Stephen Miller||Brad Parnham||8||53kg||–|
|9||4187445×55||MIZLECKI||Fred Kersley||Ms Jerry Noske||2||53kg||94|
|10||x684830x93||PERFECT JEWEL||Adam Durrant||Ms Jade McNaught (a)||7||53kg||92|
|11||72240×9245||MANOLO BLAHNIQ (NZ)||Tony Noonan||Joseph Azzopardi||10||53kg||–|
|12||32321211×2||REGAL POWER||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||15||53kg||94|
|13||x13x11x651||SAMIZDAT||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||3||53kg||91|
|14||x71422x121||COCKNEY CREW||Kieran McDonagh||Troy Turner||14||53kg||87|
|15||x05138x112||PLATOON||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||13||53kg||82|
|16||22111×5453||TAMASA||Lindsey Smith||Peter Knuckey||1||53kg||82|