Seven of the 16 jockeys who will ride in the Railway Stakes at Ascot are seeking their first Group One win on Australian soil, including Joseph Azzopardi, who experienced Group One glory aboard Sun Marshal in last year’s Singapore Derby.

Singapore is not one of the jurisdictions the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities recognises as top tier – Australia is one of its 16 Part I members, and Singapore is among its 13 Part II associates – so victory aboard Too Close The Sun in the Railway Stakes would be Azzopardi’s career highlight. Lindsey Smith-trained front-running gelding Too Close Too Sun is likely to jump from the Ascot gates as the second favourite to win Perth’s oldest Group One race.

Azzopardi, Clint Johnston-Porter, Shaun McGruddy, Jade McNaught, Brad Parnham, Chris Parnham and Lucy Warwick are the seven Railway Stakes jockeys for whom winning the Railway Stakes would mark a new peak in their careers.

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