Trainer Rhys Radford excited about Comfort Me’s future after top Railway Stakes run behind Western Empire

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Comfort Me, pictured with Mitchell Pateman in the saddle, is the $3 favourite in tomorrow’s AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m).  Western Racepix
Camera IconComfort Me, pictured with Mitchell Pateman in the saddle, is the $3 favourite in tomorrow’s AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m). Western Racepix Credit: Simon Merritt/Simon Merritt / Western Racepix

Trainer Rhys Radford believes Comfort Me’s outstanding Railway Stakes performance is the start of big things to come for his new stable star.

Following two impressive wins in restricted races, the progressive galloper defied his $31 quote and a wide draw in barrier 15 to run second to Western Empire in the Group 1 feature.

Radford and owners Frank and May Edwards, who combined to win the Railway with Great Shot in 2017, were understandably over the moon with Comfort Me’s run.

It has given them plenty of confidence heading into the Playing God gelding’s next assignment, the Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.

“I didn’t think it was beyond him and we were proud of him,” Radford said.

“The most exciting thing about him is the next 12 months.

“There’s more improvement when he becomes more seasoned.”

Comfort Me steps up to weight-for-age conditions for the first time but on the strength of his Railway run, he is the $3.30 Scahill favourite with Ladbrokes.

The five-year-old is tipped to add to his record of seven wins and five placings from 20 starts.

“It’s still an ask taking them on at weight-for-age, but he certainly hasn’t gone backwards,” Radford said.

“I can’t fault him and he should take some beating.”

Mitchell Pateman has regained the ride on Comfort Me, who jumps from barrier five in the small field of seven.

Radford said Comfort Me will be spelled after the Scahill and return for a tilt at winter weight-for-age features such as the Belmont Sprint (1400m) and Hyperion Stakes (1600m).

Stablemate Son Of Bacchus, who ran eighth in the Railway, has been freshened for the Pinjarra Classic (1300m) and Bunbury Stakes (1400m) early next year.

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