The highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the $1million James Boag's Premium Railway Stakes (1600 metres) where Good Project is out to break a big hoodoo in defending his title.
Good Project took out the race last year in emphatic style and is aiming to become the first horse in nearly 50 years to go back-to-back in the feature. Not since Tudor Mak won consecutive Railways in 1966 and 1967 has a galloper been able to repeat that success. In more recent times, local idol Luckygray won two Railways in the space of three years (2011 and 2013).
The Chris Waller-trained runner will begin his assault on history from barrier seven.
The five-year-old hasn't won that often since taking out the Railway last year but he has been racing against some outstanding gallopers while still performing admirably.
Back in the Autumn, Good Project ran seventh to Winx in the Doncaster at Randwick while he resumed with a very respectable 10th to Takedown in the Premiere Stakes. That particular race has proven to be an excellent formline with Takedown performing admirably during the Melbourne Spring Carnival while runner-up that day, Our Boy Malachi, went on to win at Caulfield before starting one of the favourites in the Darley Classic.
Good Project then ran fourth to the high-flying Voodoo Lad at Caulfield in the Moonga Stakes over 1400 metres. Leading on that occasion, he was only found wanting late in finishing less than two lengths from the winner.
The son of Not A Single Doubt's last effort was a good seventh to Le Romain in the Cantala Stakes when he was stuck on the inside slower lanes at Flemington on October 29.
With Hugh Bowman to jump board, Good Project is racing well enough to suggest he will give this a big shake.
Waller will launch a two-pronged attack on the race with Mackintosh well found in the market.
The four-year-old has certainly come back to racing in fine style and has continued to develop from a top three-year-old into a good open class performer.
The Grand Prix Stakes winner during the Brisbane Winter Carnival resumed on September 10 at Rosehill wen taking out the Group Two Theo Marks Stakes over Counterattack and Southern Legend.
He then ran a bottler when third to Hauraki in the Epsom Handicap at Randwick while his effort was good when stuck wide for a good portion of the Cantala when fifth to Le Romain.
Damien Oliver has been booked for the ride and he will commence from barrier 16.
In a way it is no surprise to see a local near the top of the market in Perfect Reflection.
A member of the Grant & Alana Williams stable and raced by prominent owners Peters Investments, Perfect Reflection has won six of her nine starts and placed on a further two occasions.
The mare carried 57 kilos in defeating Disposition and Tradesman, two of her rivals again here today, on November 5 when second-up and she is sure to strip fitter for that run.
In a race that contains a stack of winning chances, punters looking for a bit of value shouldn't look past He Or She.
A former WA-based galloper, He Or She boasts an outstanding record at Ascot with six wins and a placing from eight starts.
The six-year-old heads into this race off the back of a fifth to The United States in the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley on October 22. Prior to that he ran third of three runners to Winx in the Caulfield Stakes which followed a runner-up spot to Black Heart Bart in the Underwood Stakes.
The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained runner cannot be underestimated here with 55.5 kilos on its back and jockey Craig Williams engaged.
One other to keep an eye on especially from a betting perspective is Tradesman.
The Robert & Todd Harvey-prepared galloper has been specked in early betting from double figures into single figures and after his effort last start it’s easy to see why.
Tradesman sat towards the rear of the pack in a field of eight in the Lee Steere before rattling home for third behind Perfect Reflection.
He is set to start from barrier six and drops a whopping six kilos on that run. Watch the market for any positive betting moves for him.
Disposition is another horse from the Williams camp and has had two runs back from a year off racing.
A first-up fourth in the Northerly Stakes was followed by that close-up effort behind Perfect Reflection. The son of Reset is a class customer and has won six times and placed on another six occasions from 15 starts.
You only have to go back to the previous spring to see his class where he took out the Chatham Stakes and ran second to Lucky Hussler in the Group One Toorak Handicap.
What do we make of Rageese?
A member of the premier stables of Darren Weir, Rageese is one of those horses that always seems to have support whenever it goes around.
Last start he took out the Chatham Stakes in fine style defeating imported galloper Arod and Federal. Prior to that he ran second to Master Reset at Moonee Valley and earlier in the campaign he was fast-finishing fourth to Chetwood in the Weekend Hussler at Caulfield.
With just 53.5 kilos on his back he is yet another of those with genuine winning chances.
Probably the forgotten horse in the Railway Stakes is Pornichet.
Formerly with Gai Waterhouse, the six-year-old ran fourth to Winx in the Cox Plate a little over 12 months ago before finishing down the course in the Mackinnon Stakes behind Gailo Chop.
Now in the hands of Daniel Morton, Pornichet has had two runs back from a spell but has finished last in both of them at Ascot.
The step up to 1600 metres is definitely a help but it will be a mammoth effort from him to turn around a near nine length deficit to Perfect Reflection and Disposition from the Lee Steere.
There is no doubt that on his best form he could be near favourite here, however, he is one to keep safe at this stage.
Railway Stakes: Good Project
Railway Stakes value: Disposition
SKY Racing WA Guineas (1600 metres)
The Railway isn’t the only feature on the card with the SKY Racing WA Guineas (1600 metres) set to share the spotlight.
Race seven on the card has brought together 16 horses of which there are three last start winners in Saul’s Special, Variation and Geiger Gem.
Most of the focus in early betting, however, has been with the bottom one Ellicazoom.
The daughter of Testa Rossa goes into this off the back of a second to Samovare in the Group Three WA Champion just a week ago.
Prior to that she had racked up back-to-back wins at Ascot which holds her in good stead for this assignment. Steve Parnham has been booked for the ride and the pair will jump from gate six.
One of the more interesting runners will be the returning Whispering Brook.
The boom filly is one of three girls in the race but heads into the event with her confidence a little battered.
Trained on the course by Simon Miller, Whispering Brook was taken to Melbourne for a spring campaign and arrived there with a perfect five-from-five record.
She suffered her first defeat in the Atlantic Jewel behind Merriest while she was then unplaced in the Tranquil Star on September 24.
Whispering Brook then produced a cracking run in the Thousand Guineas when third to highly-rated Global Glamour but her last run in Victoria saw her finish down the course behind I Am A Star in the Myer Classic after leading.
This is a massive drop in class for the daughter of Hinchinbrook and she does boast a win over similar grade back in April when successful in the WA Sires when beating Saul’s Special.
She is set to commence from gate 10.
Speaking of Saul’s Special, he is yet to miss a place in six career outings and goes into this off a win in Listed company on November 5.
Barrier 15 is a hit to his chances but jockey Brad Parnham knows the colt well having piloted him to all three runs this preparation.
The remaining filly in the race, I Am Boudica, cannot be discounted either.
She has good form around Ellicazoom and ran third in the WA Champion last start behind Samovare. Gun jockey Damien Oliver is booked for the ride but barrier 13 could be a bit of a turn off.
She could definitely be the value runner in the event.
WA Guineas: Whispering Brook
WA Guineas value: Humanity