Kasabian out of Railway Stakes
Local star Kasabian has been ruled out of Saturday’s Group One $1 million Railway Stakes at Ascot with a leg injury.
The Darren McAuliffe-trained four-year-old, the winner of seven of his 12 starts, has been scratched from the 1600m feature after the discovery of swelling in his off-foreleg.
The son of Choisir had strung together six wins in a row, with a last-start success in the Group Three Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on October 31.
He was also impressive winning a trial at Belmont Park 9 by nine lengths on November 9 and looked to be the leading local contender in the famous Ascot Mile.
With the scratching of Kasabian, first emergency Lambton Castle, who had been considered unlucky not to make the final field of 16 in the Railway, will force his way into the race but has to contend with the outside barrier.
The Mark Riley-trained Gold Salute was the $4 fixed odds favourite with TAB Sportsbet on Wednesday ahead of All American at $5.50 and Grand Nirvana and Ortensia at $7.50.