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Owner makes double play for the Railway
Jockey Shaun O’Donnell, yellow with purple cap, urges King Saul home in the Northerly Stakes on Saturday. Picture: Hollands Photographics

Owner Craig Thompson is poised to play a double hand in the $1 million Carlton Draught Railway Stakes with King Saul and Luke's Luck.

King Saul boosted his claims for the Group 1 Railway (1600m) at Ascot on November 24 with an impressive first-up win in the Northerly Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.

Thompson and trainer Trevor Andrews are excited about the return of Luke's Luck, last season's champion two-year-old, in Saturday's $125,000 Seacorp Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m).

The winner of the Karrakatta Plate-WA Sires' Produce Stakes double earlier this year, Luke's Luck is under consideration for a start in the Railway instead of the $350,000 WA Guineas (1600m) on the same day. The Show A Heart colt would be the first three-year-old to tackle the Railway since Grand Nirvana in 2008. Jungle Dawn was the last three-year-old winner of WA's richest race, in 1987.

King Saul, last year's WA Guineas winner, bounced back to his best form when he beat Kerrific and Maschino in the Northerly, after failing on unsuitable wet tracks in Sydney during autumn.

His main aims are the Railway and $500,000 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 8. The $500,000 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m) on January 1 is also a possible target.

"He's back and better than ever," Thompson said of King Saul. "Luke's Luck is flying and he's a chance to start in the Railway."

Luke's Luck will carry 53kg under the weight-for-age conditions of the Prince Of Wales when he clashes with the likes of Playing God, top mare Power Princess and last year's Railway Stakes place-getter Westriver Kevydonn.

Real Mak was the last three-year-old to win the Group 3 feature, in 2006.

Luke's Luck would have been forced to carry the 61kg topweight if he resumed in Saturday's Belgravia Stakes (1200m), won by classy filly Miss Solis.

Trainer Simon Miller scored a quinella with Miss Solis narrowly beating Darlington Abbey. Miller's other contender, favourite Hussy By Choice, over-raced into fifth and will have blinkers removed.

Miller said all three fillies would clash again in the $80,000 Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) on Saturday week.

Miss Solis and Hussy By Choice will progress to the $200,000 Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) on November 17 and could also tackle the Guineas a week later.

"He's back and better than ever (and) Luke's Luck is flying and he's a chance to start in the Railway."" Owner *Craig Thompson *after *King Saul *won on Saturday

The West Australian

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