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The barrier draw took place earlier this week and it has thrown the field wide open – as a number of the fancied contenders were left ruing some bad luck.

Smokin’ Joey’s good fortune has seen his odds shorten significantly since the draw – after the Wez Hunter-trained Emirates Stakes runner-up was assigned to barrier 7.

The six-year-old has improved dramatically since joining Hunter and he has really impressed in his last two starts – a Group 3 win on Victoria Derby Day prior to finishing behind Boban the week after.

Conservatorium was another to see the draw fall in his favour – after his chances of winning received a boost by drawing barrier 10.

Should the emergencies be withdrawn, he would then jump from barrier 8 – which is the most successful Railway Stakes barrier in the last 30 years, with four winners running from it.

However, last year’s winner Mr Moet faces an uphill struggle trying to reclaim his title – after he was assigned to barrier 20 in yesterday’s draw.

The locally trained Mr Moet will grace the Perth racecourse for the first time since last year’s Group 1 Ascot Railway Stakes, in a meeting which also saw him win the Group 2 Cox Stakes and place second in two other races.

His poor draw means he will be forced to run on the outside of the field and will only jump from barrier 16 if the emergencies are removed.

Bad luck also descended on 2011 Railway Stakes winner Luckygray and Fire Up Fifi – trained by Robert Heathcote – who drew barriers 17 and 18 respectively.

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