Luckygray to defend his crown
Trainer Gino Poletti with stable star Luckygray. Pic: Hollands Photographics

Luckygray has been installed topweight for the $1 million Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot with 58kg and is one of 10 contenders above the minimum weight.

Luckygray, a brilliant winner of Saturday’s Lee-Steere Stakes (1400m), will be forced to carry 5kg more than last year’s Group 1 Railway Stakes when he won on protest from He’s Remarkable.

Despite the big weight, the Gino Poletti-trained gelding is the $4 favourite with Player.

Group 1 Epsom Handicap winner Fat Al, local star Playing God, Solzhenitsyn and Wall Street are next in the weights with 57kg.

Emirates Stakes runner-up Fawkner has 56.5kg, classy Victorian mare Yosei has 55kg and last year’s Railway placegetter Westriver Kevydonn has 54kg.

Lords Ransom and Spirit Song are half a kilo above the minimum with 53.5kg. Three-year-old Luke’s Luck has been allotted 51kg.

Luckygray pulled up well from his sensational Lee-Steere Stakes win and is on track to defend his Railway Stakes title.

The star five-year-old dispelled doubts about his Festival of Perth Racing campaign when he bounced back from an arduous Melbourne campaign to beat God Has Spoken by two lengths.

Rated 114 before the victory, Luckygray will be installed topweight for the Group 1 Railway on Saturday week when weights are released today.

His Melbourne campaign was cut short by a virus in September and he had only been in work for about a month leading into the Lee-Steere.

Luxkygay has also been entered for the Group 1 $500,000 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on the same day as a back-up option.

"He seems OK and it looks like he's come through it well," Poletti said.

"I knew he was going to run well. He had indicated he would in his work.

"I was just a bit wary after a tough end to his last prep."

Poletti said carrying the topweight in the Railway would be a concern.

"If there's another Luckygray type in the race with 53 it would be very hard to win," he said

Playing God will continue to the Railway despite running 14th in the Emirates Stakes on Saturday.

- Stewards yesterday adjourned an inquiry into interference to Mitchell Pateman's mount Great Success from race eight at Pinjarra, while Chanelle O'Grady copped a 14-day suspension for careless riding in the same race.

The West Australian

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