Group 1 Railway Stakes Preview 2022

The first of The Pinnacles’ Group One races will be run at Ascot on Saturday and we've analysed the key chances.

The old firm of Grant & Alana Williams, Bob Peters and William Pike have dominated this race in recent years, winning the last four editions.

The best of them, by Timeform's scale, was Western Empire last year who ran to 121 and the worst, Regal Power in 2019 who ran to 109. Splitting them perfectly down the middle at 115 were the mares, Inspirational Girl and Galaxy Star.

This year, the highest rated horses sit at 114, with Yonkers, God Has Chosen and Last Of The Line having run to that mark at least once. They're currently $16, $35 and $20 in the market so either there's more to it or this should be a fill-up. Yonkers has to carry 124lbs and is better suited at 1 1⁄4 m while God Has Chosen has struggled in two runs back and maps to be near last. 

There are two main lead ups- the Asian Beau and the Lee Steere, both run over 7 f at Ascot, two and three weeks ago respectively.

From the Asian Beau we have the first two in the market: Alaskan God and Trix Of The Trade. There was very little between the two in their three-year-old season, Trix Of The Trade rated up to 107 while Alaskan God reached a peak of 105 in the WA Derby.

Trix Of The Trade resumed with a very strong win with 134lbs in a Rtg72+, running to 110+ suggesting there was more to come. He ran on strongly from too far back in the Asian Beau, again earning himself a + at the end of his 106 rating for a sectional mark up.

He draws a much better gate here (8/20) and if he lands midfield I think he's the horse to beat.

Alaskan God ran the fastest sectionals of the Asian Beau, flying home from an impossible position. He's been kept fresh and targets this second He does have the h2h leger against TOTT but they were over staying trips which I think suited better. He'll have to give his main danger a decent head start but will be rattling home again.

Treasured Star won the Asian Beau but got absolutely every favour in the 1-1, running to a new peak of 109. Her previous peak did come at a mile in last year's WA Guineas win so she has to be some chance, but barrier 20 hurts her chances, and Pike on might not be a positive after a below-par showing at his first week back in Perth.

The Lee Steere offers up the third pick, Karli's Karma who ran second there. I thought she had every chance to run down Massimo there and couldn't, with Resortman the sectional horse. Her last two ratings of 107 and 109 measure up well against the boys, but I don't think she has another level in her.

Others to consider are Ironclad, who has a peak of 108 in the Bendigo Golden Mile and comes out of a very fast Cranbourne Cup which should provide a solid platform third and the aforementioned Last Of The Line.

He was well beaten in the Asian Beau but did start $8.50 and did run to 113 just last week in the RJ Peters Stakes which is just one pound shy of his best. The draw definitely hurts but over the past 13 years, six horses have started from double figure barriers.

Also key to note is that the last eight winners have all carried 118lbs or less, six of those on the 117lbs minimum.

Trix Of The Trade fits the bill nicely and I think you could mark him at least even with Alaskan God so he looks a decent bet at with Last Of The Line the smoky.

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