Railway Stakes

Railway Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: November 19, 2022
Location: Ascot Racecourse, Perth
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1600m

ASCOT in Perth hosts the Railway Stakes, one of the feature mile races on the Australian calendar. The Group 1 Railway Stakes is worth $1,000,000 and 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 Railway Stakes 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.

2022 Railway Stakes betting odds

Who will join Western Empire on the honour roll in the 2022 Railway Stakes?

To Be Confirmed close to racing date.

Best Railway Stakes bookmakers

Australian online 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 betting sites, 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.

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Railway Stakes betting guide and tips

There has been only three favourites that have won in the last eleven years and that came in 2011 with local galloper Luckygray. Galaxy Star in 2018 and Western Empire in 2021.

Luckgray’s win in 2011 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.

Eight of the last 11 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.

Remarkably jockey Willie Pike has rattled off four successive Railway Stakes (2018-2021) wins.

2022 Railway Stakes Final Field

The field for the 2022 Railway Stakes is set to be released on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

Previous Railway Stakes Fields

Plenty of Group 1 superstars of the West have won the Railway Stakes. Here is what the field look like for the 2021 edition.

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Valour Road Simon Miller Brad Rawiller 17 58kg
    2 Massimo Chris & Michael Gangemi Clint Johnston-Porter 11 57.5kg
    3 The Velvet King Darren McAuliffe Kyra Yuill 9 56.5kg
    4 Dance Music Simon Miller Brad Parnham 15 56kg
    5 Too Close The Sun Lindsey Smith Joseph Azzopardi 2 55kg
    6 Comfort Me Rhys Radford Peter Knuckey 16 53kg
    7 Dig Deep Daniel & Ben Pearce Patrick Carbery 7 53kg
    8 Kaptain Kaos Michael Grantham Lucy Warwick 10 53kg
    9 Kay Cee Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 6 53kg
    10 Kissonallforcheeks Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 1 53kg
    11 Naughty By Nature Jason Miller Jordan Turner 12 53kg
    12 Notorious One Chris & Michael Gangemi Shaun O’Donnell 4 53kg
    13 Platoon Neville Parnham Jason Brown 14 53kg
    14 Son Of Bacchus Rhys Radford Jason Whiting 8 53kg
    15 Tellem We’re Comin Daniel Morton Troy Turner 13 53kg
    16 Western Empire Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3 53kg
    17 Media Baron (1E) David Harrison Jade McNaught 5 53kg

2021 Railway Stakes result

1stWestern Empire ($1.60)
2ndComfort Me ($6.70)
3rdKissonallforcheeks ($2.10)

Recent runnings of the Railway Stakes

  • All eyes were on William Pike to make it four wins in a row and for Western Empire to claim the great Railway Stakes. Western Empire was the heaviest backed horse to date jumping at $1.60 and the punters were right to put all their eggs in one basket. The four-year-old gelding had the entire race go it’s way as sit with the top of the pack until the final turn, when Pikey asked him to give the slightest that was the end right there, sprinting away to win by just under 4 lengths.
  • Despite Inspirational Girl being lightly raced, jockey Willie Pike gifted trainers’ Grant and Alana Williams their fourth Railway Stakes in 2020. The five-year-old mare defeated Too Close To The Sun by close to two lengths, with Uni Time finishing two lengths further back. It was owner Bob Peters fifth win in the Railway Stakes and one that put Inspirational Girl in the mix to feature prominently in the 2021 Spring. Inspirational Girl went on to run second in the Kingston Town Classic several weeks later.
  • The Wizard of the West went back to back in the Railway Stakes when he steered home Regal Power in a dominant victory. After being one of the last horses into the home straight, Regal Power stormed home to get the better of Best Of Days and Plantoon in impressive fashion
  • Galaxy Star came into the 2018 Railway Stakes as a red hot favourite and under a brilliant ride from William Pike the Bob Peters runner delivered a famous win. Coming into the straight on the fence and in sixth position, Pike steered the Star to the middle of the track and burst away to win ahead of Gatting and Material Man.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Railway Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2021 Western Empire William Pike Grant & Alana Williams
2020 Inspirational Girl William Pike Grant & Alana Williams
2019 Regal Power William Pike Grant & Alana Williams
2018 Galaxy Star William Pike Grant & Alana Williams
2017 Great Shot Craig Staples Rhys Radford
2016 Scales Of Justice Douglas Whyte Lindsey Smith
2015 Good Project Craig Williams Chris Waller
2014 Elite Belle William Pike Grant Williams
2013 LuckyGray Shaun O’Donnell Trevor Andrews
2012 Mr Moet Daniel Staeck Adam Durrant
2011 LuckyGray Shaun O’Donnell Gino Poletti
2010 Gathering Craig Williams John Thompson
2009 Sniper’s Bullet Nash Rawiller Tracey Bartley
2008 Glided Venom Patrick Carbery Steve Wallace
2007 El Presidente Troy Turner Bruce Watkins
2006 Belle Bizarre Paul King Rob Bynder
2005 Covertly Lucas Camilleri Stan Bates
2004 Modem Paul Harvey Trevor Andrews
2003 Hardrada Jason Whiting Lou Luciani
2002 Old Fashion Stephen Miller Vernon Brockman
2001 Old Comrade Paul Harvey Lindsey Smith
2000 Northerly D Miller (Jnr) Fred Kersley

Railway StakesPast Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Slavonic
1998 (Dec.) Machine Gun Tom
1998 (Jan.) Wiloughby
1996 Bold Extreme
1995 Jacks Or Better
1994 (Dec.) Zapari
1994 (Jan.) Island Morn
1992 Welcome Knight
1991 M’Lady’s Jewel
1990 Medicine Kid
1989 Better Loosen Up
1988 Marwong
1987 (Dec.) Jungle Dawn
1987 (Jan.) Miss Muffet
1985 Valley Of Carome
1984 Eastern Temple
1983 (Dec.) Getting Closer
1983 (Jan.) Sanatate
1981 Iko
1980 Golden Heights
1979 Asian Beau
1978 Sarsha’s Choice
1977 (Dec.) Marjoleo
1977 (Jan.) Alpine Wind
1975 Detonator
1974 Cambana Lad
1973 Starlow
1972 Millefleurs
1971 Royal Spring
1970 Kilrickle
1969 Gold Casket
1968 La Trice
1967 Tudor Mark
1966 Tudor Mark
1965 Blue Spring
1964 Sweet Saga
1963 Yenton
1962 Royal Thrust
1961 Big Bob
1960 Westmaster
1959 Aquanita
1958 On Guard
1957 Young Filipino
1956 El Boom
1955 Cunderdin
1954 Maniana
1953 Earl James
1952 Aptofine
1951 Beau Temps
1950 Chieftain Warrior
1949 Tania
1948 Gold Patois
1947 Sorcery
1946 Thorium
1945 Falsetto
1944 Bobby Breen
1943 Beaufine
1942 Flame Lady
1941 Hinda
1940 Pretoria
1939 Winbyie
1938 Tetreen
1937 Temple Coyn
1936 Gay Gipsy
1935 Desert Hero
1934 Aclis
1933 Earl Cunje
1932 Jolly Fair
1931 Comprador
1930 Coette
1929 Hint
1928 Columban
1927 Jolly Odd
1926 Cunningman
1925 Eupator
1924 Borgia
1923 Jolly Handsome
1922 Sweet Doris
1921 Fair Intervener
1920 (Dec.) Bobaris
1920 (Jan.) Andronicus
1918 Acclivity
1917 Quiara
1916 (Dec.) Minever
1916 (Jan.) Simple Maid
1914 (Dec.) Lilveil
1914 (Jan.) Werenda
1912 Saturate
1911 Apple Charlotte
1910 (Dec.) Artesian
1910 (Jan.) Thigen Thu
1908 Lady Agnes
1907 (Dec.) Betsy Burke
1907 (Jan.) Man O’War
1905 Scorher
1904 Possum
1903 (Dec.) Display
1903 (Jan.) Meteorite
1901 (Dec.) Limber
1901 (Jan.) Australian
1900 First Mate
1899 Yatheroo
1898 Onslow
1897 Primrose
1896 Dryden
1895 Florrie
1894 Carbine
1893 Lockeville
1892 Lord Byron
1891 Will O’ The Wisp
1890 Wandering Willie
1889 Hermit
1887 Nimrod
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