ASCOT in Perth hosts one of the feature mile races on the Australian calendar. The $1 million group 1 is Perth’s biggest race and punters get to see a good mix of local champions and the best from the east.
The most famous victory was Northerly which won in 2000 and would later become a dual-Cox Plate and one-time Caulfield Cup champion.
One of the biggest myths is that Perth racing is at a lower class than that of Melbourne and Sydney, but we get to see some seriously talented horses in the Railway Stakes and many horses out of the Melbourne spring carnival stick on and compete at Ascot.
Betting for the Railway Stakes is open throughout the year at our recommended bookmakers and this year’s field looks one of the better fields we’ve ever seen. It is held in mid-November so conditions are slick and perfect for picking a winner.
Best Railway Stakes bookmakers
Bookmakers show a lot of respect for the Group 1 Railway Stakes. Markets are opened very early due to the popular of the race and punters looking to get the best odds are never disappointed.
Between our listed bookmakers, punters get a full fixed odds market and the best promotions in Australia. Odds are available now for one of the most exciting races in the summer.
2017 Railway Stakes result
1st – Great Shot
2nd – Black Heart Bart
3rd – Tom Melbourne
Past Railway Stakes fields
1. Kawi – $21
2. Disposition – $12
3. Pornichet – $101
4. He Or She – $17
5. Good Project – $16
6. Perfect Reflection – $5
7. Mackintosh – $6.50
8. Lite’n In My Veins – $16
9. Rageese – $8
10. Balmont Girl – $101
11. Heart Starter – $16
12. Ideal Image – $26
13. Neverland – $34
14. Scales Of Justice – $7.50
15. Tick Tick Bloom – $81
16. Tradesman – $7.50
17. Zarantz – $51
18. Great Shot – $34
19. Showy Chloe – $81
Railway Stakes betting guide and tips
There has been only one favourite win in the eight years and that came in 2011 with local galloper Luckygray.
It was also one of the most controversial decisions in Australasian racing history as New Zealand runner He’s Remarkable crossed the line first, but was deemed to interfere with Luckygray around the 1000m mark. That left many punters with a sour taste in their mouth, but punters who took Luckygray to win were not complaining.
Thankfully our bookmakers offer a protest payout deal where both winners get paid out.
Luckygray scored its second victory in 2013 and it was one of many double-figure odds chances to win the Railway Stakes. Sniper’s Bullet won at $16 in 2009 before Gathering won a year later at $11. Local runner Mr Moet was too good for Luckygray in 2012 and it won paying $20.
Seven of the last 10 Railway Stakes favourites have failed to place, which isn’t a good statistic for favourites punters, but the 2014 and 2015 winners both paid a good each way price of $5.
The best lead-up race to follow is the Lee Steere Stakes at Ascot two weeks prior. Six winners have come out of the Lee Steere, but the increase in prize money to $1 million has meant punters need to follow the Melbourne spring carnival form as well.
Good Project won in 2015 and fellow eastern runner Messene finished in second. More and more eastern raiders will travel to Perth and the form stacks up nicely.
Paul Harvey is the best jockey to follow with three wins and although he has had only three runners, Chris Waller has had a win and a place in the Railway Stakes.
Recent running of the Railway Stakes
2017: Most of the attention was on whether Tom Melbourne could break its group one duck, but it was long shot Great Shot which scored its biggest win. The Rhys Radford-trained runner wasn’t fancied at $27.80, but it staved off a big challenge from quality runners Black Heart Bart and Tom Melbourne.
2016: One of Western Australia’s champion trainers Lindsey Smith saluted with Scales of Justice. With prominent Hong Kong jockey Douglas Whyte on board the gelding lead from start to finish in a commanding performance. Scales of Justice beat home the Chris Waller-trained Good Project ($4.60) and pre-race favourite Perfect Reflection. Read a full report.
2015: Good Project won by two lengths over fellow easterner Messene. The Chris Waller-trained horse was left alone in front and held a two-length margin to the line. The field was stacked with Perth’s best with the likes of Delicacy, Balmont Girl and Real Love. This win signified that the increase in prize money would result in many more eastern-trained horses competing.
2014: The classic combination of trainer Grant Williams and jockey William Pike linked up with Elite Belle. The stylish mare received a great ride from Pike in winning by just under a length. The then six-year-old carried only 53.5kg due to the likes of The Cleaner and Smokin’ Joey being in the field. It capitalised on that and produced one of the better wins in the race’s history.
2013: Luckygray made it two Railway Stakes wins with a come-from-behind victory. The flashy grey was slow away as usual and was produced five wide in the straight. Second placegetter Platinum Rocker looked the winner, but Luckygray demonstrated its class and won at double figure odds.
2012: Mr Moet was another Railway Stakes winner to use a light weight to its advantage. The Adam Durrant-trained gelding carried only 53.5kg in holding out a fast-finishing Luckygray which stormed home down the outside. The five-year-old was a $20 chance in the market and beating a field of 16 which included Playing God, Ranger and Wall Street among others was class personified.
2011: A rather shameful outcome for stewards, Luckygray was awarded the victory for interference caused by He’s Remarkable at the 1000m mark. The marginal interference was deemed enough to turn around the result, gifting Luckygray its first win in the Railway Stakes. It ran as the favourite and denied Roger James and He’s Remarkable a famous win for the Kiwis. It will long be remembered as one of the biggest blunders in horse racing.
Railway Stakes past winners list
2017 – Great Shot
2016 – Scales of Justice
2015 – Good Project
2014 – Elite Belle
2013 – Luckygray
2012 – Mr Moet
2011 – Luckygray
2010 – Gathering
2009 – Sniper’s Bullet
2008 – Gilded Venom
2007 – El Presedente
2006 – Belle Bizare
2005 – Covertly
2004 – Modem
2003 – Hardrada
2002 – Old Fashion
2001 – Old Comrade
2000 – Northerly
1999 – Slavonic