Star mare Delicacy retains Tabtouch favouritism for Saturday’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot, despite drawing barrier 15 in the $1 million feature.
Delicacy, one of four starters for prominent owner, Bob Peters, has come up with the outside gate, but heads the market at $4.20.
It was a mixed draw for Peters with Real Love to start from gate 13 while Special Delivery and Battle Hero fared better in gates four and six respectively.
Real Love, to be ridden by Damien Oliver, is on the third line of betting at $5 with Black Heart Bart, drawn in 11, the second pick at $4.80.
Peters, chasing his third Railway Stakes after previous wins to Old Comrade (2001) and Elite Belle (2014), remained philosophical.
“It’s not the end of the world,” said Peters.
“It’s up to the jockey’s and we will see what happens.”
William Pike, who produced a magical ride to win on Elite Belle in last year’s Railway Stakes, will partner Delicacy.
Messene, one of two interstate raiders, has firmed from $17 into $15 after drawing favourably in barrier two.
The Lonhro gelding, prepared by team Hawkes, ran a top fourth to Winks two starts back in the Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick.
Chris Waller’s Good Project, who ran second to Malaguerra on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington, is rated an $11 chance.
The son of Not A Single Doubt has drawn gate 12 for jockey, Craig Williams.
Peters Stakes (1500m) winner and noted frontrunner, Hazzabeel, has drifted from $9 to $13 after copping gate 14.
The barrier draw for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) will be conducted at Crown Casino tonight.