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Western Empire the Railway champ

Western Empire has reigned supreme winning the group one Railway Stakes at Ascot.


Starting as one of the shortest prices favourites ($1.60) in Railway Stakes victories, Western Empire stormed to the lead 150m out from the post to run away the victor by four lengths.


Comfort Me ($31) ran out of his skin to finish second ahead of the $7 second favourite, Kissonallforcheeks.


Jockey William Pike said post-race he knew he had the horse to get the job done.'


“The horse is in the zone, the stable’s training them so well, it’s a pleasure.


“He’s always been up and about but he’s come our way a bit.


“Before he did it a little bit his way and at times it was scary, but now he’s scary good.”


Western Empire will have a fortnight off before heading to the Kingstown Town Classic.


Kay Cee has been retired after pulling up lame after running 15th in the Railway.


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