Sil­ver­stream hits form for Rail­way


SIL­VER­STREAM com­pleted a fea­ture event dou­ble and is on tar­get for the $1mil­lion Group 1 Rail­way Stakes (1600m) af­ter win­ning the Group 3 WAROALee Steere Stakes (1400m) at As­cot yes­ter­day.

Sil­ver­stream, who won the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) three weeks ago, started at $4.80 and charged home strongly from fourth po­si­tion near the turn for cham­pion jockey Wil­liam Pike.

Sil­ver­stream, trained by Adam Dur­rant, ap­peared to have the job ahead of her when Great Shot and hot $1.50favourite Scales Of Justice shot clear and went stride for stride in the straight.

But Sil­ver­stream, a six-yearold Al Ma­her mare, was lifted to vic­tory by Pike, nail­ing Great Shot by a head with Scales Of Justice a fur­ther neck away third.

Salu­bri­ous fin­ished fourth, beaten a half-length af­ter trainer Dion Lu­ciani opted to by­pass the Fairetha Stakes (1400m) and tackle older op­po­si­tion in the Lee Steere.

The Lind­sey Smith-trained Scales Of Justice, racing firstup since sus­tain­ing an in­jury in the Group 1 Sir Ru­pert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Oc­to­ber 1, raced keenly out­side of the leader, Great Shot, but should have gained a fit­ness boost ahead of his Rail­way Stakes de­fence in a fort­night.

Sil­ver­stream, who has now won eight races from 24 starts, de­liv­ered Pike and owner Bob Peters their sec­ond straight Lee Steere Stakes af­ter Per­fect Re­flec­tion won last year.

“At one stage it looked like we were well back too far,” Peters said.

“She is six now and hasn’t got long to go so we will have a try at the Rail­way Stakes.”

Mean­while, Ro­ganella emerged a top Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) prospect af­ter shed­ding his maiden sta­tus with vic­tory in the Ex­press In­te­rior De­sign Hand­i­cap (1600m).

Start­ing a $1.90-favourite, Ro­ganella box-seated in third po­si­tion for jockey Chris Parn­ham and shot clear in the straight.

The Dan Mor­ton-trained geld­ing bolted in by 3¼ lengths, eas­ily ac­count­ing for sta­ble­mate Reveille and Bat­tle Torque, who ran sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

Ro­ganella posted his first vic­tory af­ter four plac­ings from his pre­vi­ous five starts.

Sil­ver ser­vice: Sil­ver­stream, No 8, rid­den by jockey Wil­liam Pike wins the Lee Steere Stakes at As­cot yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: Si­mon Mer­ritt/Western Ra­cepix

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