Railway Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Lee Steere Stakes is the traditional Railway Stakes lead-up each season.

The Railway Stakes is one of the three Group 1 races run at Ascot Racecourse during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival each November in Western Australia.

Offering $1.5 million in prize money as of 2022, the Railway Stakes is a handicap race contested over 1600m and is the opening Group 1 Perth race of the season.

The weight-for-age Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) held at Ascot a fortnight before is the key lead-up, but the double hasn’t been achieved since Belle Bizarre (2006).

The latest Railway Stakes winner to back-up off a Lee Steere Stakes run meanwhile are Great Shot (2nd in 2017) and Bustler (5th in 2023). 

Many graduates go on to run in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) back at the track over 2000m further the next month, a race renamed the Northerly Stakes in 2022.

Sniper’s Bullet (2009) was the last horse to win both Perth Group 1s without another run in between completing the Railway Stakes – Kingston Town Stakes double.

In 2020 the Railway Stakes winner Inspirational Girl ran a next-up second in that summer’s Kingston Town Classic results, as did Western Empire in 2021.

The latest edition of the $1.5 million Railway Stakes ran at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday November 25, 2023 to kick off elite level racing in Perth for the summer season and was won in an impressive upset by the Neville Parnham-trained Bustler ($9).  

2023 Railway Stakes Results

The official Railway Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be published below once the $1.5 million dollar feature takes place on Saturday November 25, 2023.

  • 1st: #8 Bustler
  • 2nd: #7 Alsephina
  • 3rd: #4 Dom To Shoot

Neville Parham’s progressive four-year-old son of Playing God, Bustler ($9), went to the outside at the top of the straight before racing clear over the final 100m to defeat the beaten favourite Alsephina by over a length in the 2023 Railway Stakes results in Perth.

2023 Railway Stakes Odds

The summer’s top Railway Stakes 2023 betting markets and links to the Railway Stakes odds will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned for the best Perth racing markets on the hopeful milers.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Railway Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

Railway Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday November 25, 2023
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 1887

Railway Stakes Betting

Futures betting on the Railway Stakes offers all-in prices on the probable runners a month before following the nominations, generous odds are on offer for punters at this stage. The markets firm once the Railway Stakes final field is released and offer more security for those placing a bet on the handicap classic.

RJ Peters Stakes and Lee Steere Stakes graduates from earlier during the Perth Festival of Racing traditionally dominate the Railway Stakes odds, and last start winners have a good strike rate in recent years.

Favourites have won six times between 2007 – 2023 most recently with Inspirational Girl ($2.60 in 2020), Western Empire ($1.60 in 2021), and Trix Of The Trade ($5 in 2022). Prior to that, Galaxy Star ($2.90 in 2018) was the first since Luckygray (2011) to salute for the punters.

Railway Stakes Tips

Railway Stakes tips favour locally-trained horses with previous winning form over a mile and at the firm Ascot track.

Runners coming off a top four finish in the Lee Steere Stakes usually make a good Railway Stakes bet, with lighter-weighted runners usually the way to go tipping-wise.

In 2022 Trix Of The Trade carried the 53kg light weight to victory as the favourite.

Bustler (2023) was the last Railway Stakes winner to carry 53kg to victory. 

Other Railway Stakes race tips include looking for the in-form four-year-olds in the race as they have the best strike-rate in recent years and for those at double-digits in betting with upsets not uncommon.

Regal Power ($10 in 2019), Western Empire ($1.60 in 2021), Trix Of The Trade ($5 in 2022), and Bustler ($9 in 2023) are the latest four-year-old Railway Stakes winners.

2023 Railway Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Railway Stakes 2023 betting tips and Perth Group 1 racing selections on the mile classic will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the runners to back and sack this summer.

  • To Win: #7 Alsephina ($4.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open top-half of the markets but sticking with the local Grant & Alana Williams-trained Star Turn mare who was one of the winners in the barrier draw coming up trumps with gate seven for the ‘Wizard of the West’ Willie Pike. This classy chestnut has put together a lovely record to date (13-9:3:1) with the nine-time winner an absolute Ascot track specialist (8:6-2-0). She is unbeaten with a flawless three-from-three strike-rate over the mile but is up in grade here. Latest two runs saw her run second in both the Group 3 Asian Beau and RJ Peters Stakes here. Third-up she is fit and ready to fire getting back to her pet distance. Big chance to bag a Group 1 here.

Railway Stakes Field

The Railway Stakes race field attracts the season’s best milers and staying types, mainly from around Western Australia with the locals holding the advantage over the visitors. A number of interstate raiders have made the trip over to line-up in the Group 1 over the years including the Chris Waller-trained Good Project from Sydney who won the 2015 edition.

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Good Project (pictured at Randwick) beat home the locals in the 2017 Railway Stakes for Sydney’s Chris Waller. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Most horses that contest the Railway Stakes come via an early Perth run in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) that has produced more Railway winners than any other race in the past 20 years, most recently Bustler who improved on a lead-up fifth in 2023. 

Earlier the Group 3 Eurythmic Stakes (1400m) – formerly known as the Northerly Stakes – makes a good lead-up into the Railway Stakes field. In 2022 the Eurythmic Stakes winner Resortman went on to run fourth in that year’s Railway Stakes results.

Railway Stakes nominations close a month before the race before the final field is released the Monday before the event runs on the Saturday.

2023 Railway Stakes Field

The official Railway Stakes 2023 Field of Final Acceptors is set for release the Monday before the race followed by the Railway Stakes 2023 Barriers on the Tuesday, so stay tuned to see what gun gallopers make the line-up in the $1.5 million dollar feature.

The Railway Stakes 2023 barrier draw takes place on the Tuesday evening of race week, November 21st, 2023.

The 2023 Railway Stakes final field is now out with updated markets led by the likes of Chris Waller’s impressive Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes winning mare Roots, the Lindsey Smith-trained Tuvalu coming off a close third in the Group 2 Crystal Mile, and consistent local Star Turn mare Alsephina from the stables of Grant & Alana Williams who drew a treat in gate seven for William Pike. 

2023 Railway Stakes Nominations

The official Railway Stakes 2023 Nominations & Weights will be provided below once announced by Perth Racing a few weeks out from the season’s opening Group 1 Perth summer showdown.

The 2023 Railway Stakes nominations close on Monday the 16th of October, 2023. 

The Railway Stakes 2023 nominations attracted a bumper 94 summer milers led in all-in betting by the ultra-consistent Grant & Alana Williams-trained Group 3 winning Star Turn mare Alsephina and Lindsey Smith’s Group 1 champ Tuvalu who recently ran second to Alligator Blood in Melbourne’s Underwood Stakes.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3x114x21x7 A LOT OF GOOD MEN C 3 Trevor Andrews   40kg   75
2 7125x2473x ABOVE THE PEG G 5 Simon A Miller   40kg   80
3 3261x2133x ADMIRATION EXPRESS M 4 Jason Miller   40kg   86
4 0847×72537 ALASKAN GOD G 5 Daniel Morton   40kg    
5 x12111111x ALSEPHINA M 5 Grant & Alana Williams   40kg   92
6 428x009x6x ARAMAYO G 8 Sam Kavanagh   40kg    
7 0x412417x2 ARCADIA STAR M 4 Michael Grantham   40kg    
8 613106x01x ASCENSION (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace   40kg    
9 3x216Px520 ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller   40kg    
10 52148x84x4 ATLANTIS BEACH G 6 Cliff Green   40kg   70
11 x27410x890 BANK MAUR H 4 Richard Laming   40kg    
12 8x421111x2 BENJI’S G 6 Cliff Green   40kg   80
13 1 BEST MOOD C 3 Michael Grantham   40kg   60
14 226333111x BLACK FANTASY G 5 Daniel & Ben Pearce   40kg   86
15 11x545120x BOOTS LIKE BRUCE G 6 Anne King   40kg   69
16 3×21221317 BRAYDEN STAR (GB) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young   40kg    
17 125x60113x BUSTLER G 4 Neville Parnham   40kg   101
18 1154x5213x CASCADIAN (GB) G 9 James Cummings   40kg    
19 242112311x CASINO SEVENTEEN G 6 Grant & Alana Williams   40kg   96
20 1023421511 CEPHEUS (GB) G 7 Matthew Dunn   40kg    
21 4523x5225x COMFORT ME G 7 Rhys Radford   40kg   106
22 x37160x000 COMMUNIST G 4 Michael Freedman   40kg    
23 0x73027x40 CONVERGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   40kg    
24 x24120x330 CORNER POCKET G 7 Lindsey Smith   40kg    
25 8101x8114x CURRIMUNDI G 5 Steve Wolfe   40kg   80
26 53x0x10x7x DAJRAAN (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   40kg    
27 4410x9180x DEFIANT DIORITE G 4 Chris Willis   40kg   69
28 62225x323x DEMOLISH G 4 Neville Parnham   40kg   73
29 945x31823x DOM TO SHOOT G 6 Sean & Jake Casey   40kg   103
30 x563730849 EEYORE WAYZ G 7 Raquel Reid   40kg   83
31 2142x7224x EM TEE AYE G 6 Trevor Andrews   40kg   92
32 13x1127x32 EN FRANCAIS M 6 Jake Stephens   40kg    
33 4x5958709x EXCELLENT PROPOSAL G 7 Michael Freedman   40kg    
34 51x111120x FAWKNER PARK (IRE) G 5 Annabel Neasham   40kg    
35 1990×08619 FLEUR DELACOUR M 4 Chris Willis   40kg   58
36 x4430x7629 FORGOT YOU (NZ) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young   40kg    
37 3127x FOXY CLEOPATRA M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young   40kg    
38 311168141x GINGER BAKER G 6 Vernon Brockman   40kg   95
39 123x87707x GOD HAS CHOSEN G 6 Donna Riordan   40kg   102
40 000x82685x HILAL H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   40kg    
41 x26844x407 HINGED M 5 Chris Waller   40kg    
42 11119×4111 IKNOWASTAR G 4 Bjorn Baker   40kg    
43 02369×9010 IRONCLAD (GB) G 8 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea   40kg    
44 8x12312x5x JOURNALISM G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   40kg    
45 3x11200x6x KARLI’S KARMA M 6 Summer Dickson   40kg   95
46 1x3131x925 KOVALICA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller   40kg    
47 45x845221x LAST OF THE LINE G 7 Stephen Miller   40kg   104
48 6049283226 LET’S GALAHVANT G 5 Daniel & Ben Pearce   40kg   90
49 112x74x421 LIFE LESSONS (NZ) M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman   40kg    
50 51210×0488 LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller   40kg    
51 8x66445x13 LORD VLADIVOSTOK (NZ) G 7 Michael Hickmott   40kg    
52 x61011x10x MAROCCHINO G 7 Lou Luciani   40kg    
53 3109x7008x MASSIMO G 7 Chris & Michael Gangemi   40kg   102
54 9181x76x7N MINSK MOMENT H 5 Chris Waller   40kg    
55 08x11751x3 MOJO RHYTHM G 5 Mitchell Pateman   40kg   75
56 23117x128x MUNHAMEK (GB) G 8 Nick Ryan   40kg    
57 x6026x6473 MY OBERON (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham   40kg    
58 7x20480x45 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller   40kg    
59 x212x117x7 NOTEWORTHY (NZ) M 4 Michael Grantham   40kg   68
60 113553×404 NUGGET (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace   40kg    
61 51761×5730 OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller   40kg    
62 146x2x1132 PHANTA G 6 Chris & Michael Gangemi   40kg   101
63 7419x2117x PLANET CASH G 4 Hayden Ballantyne   40kg   76
64 733x17137x PLAYING MARIKA M 8 Stephanie Bakranich   40kg   96
65 12x80x5290 POLITICAL DEBATE H 4 Chris Waller   40kg    
66 11263×6408 POUNDING G 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman   40kg    
67 7x4298x626 PRIDE OF JENNI M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace   40kg    
68 033x6057x6 PROCONSENT G 8 Sean & Jake Casey   40kg   83
69 205x22630x RED CAN MAN G 7 Steve Wolfe   40kg   107
70 641211×110 REDIENER G 4 Chris Waller   40kg    
71 69x6124x51 RENAISSANCE WOMAN (NZ) M 4 Bjorn Baker   40kg    
72 10x90x7x14 RISE OF THE MASSES H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   40kg    
73 33215×2317 RIVER RUBICON G 5 Steve Wolfe   40kg   89
74 x3410x52x5 ROOTS M 5 Chris Waller   40kg    
75 1x1131216x RUSTY DREAMS M 4 Michael Lane   40kg   77
76 21x0180x1x SEARCHIN’ ROC’S M 5 Jim Taylor   40kg   96
77 1x0x313x13 SENTIMENTAL HERO G 6 Michael Grantham   40kg   79
78 2x460x4023 SIBAAQ (GB) G 6 Annabel Neasham   40kg    
79 x61043x200 SKYMAN (GB) G 8 Chris Waller   40kg    
80 723628x2x8 SPEED DREAM G 6 Roland Piercey   40kg   79
81 30x05912x8 STARTRADE G 7 Daniel Morton   40kg   104
82 5232x10x06 STEINEM (GB) M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace   40kg    
83 16460x010x SURF DANCER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   40kg    
84 x141211x2x THE VELVET QUEEN M 5 Darren McAuliffe   40kg   97
85 4x573747x3 TITAN BLINDERS G 8 Chris & Michael Gangemi   40kg   96
86 20x1316x0x TRIX OF THE TRADE G 5 Colin Webster   40kg   106
87 12x79x432x TUVALU G 6 Lindsey Smith   40kg    
88 51x86x8010 UNCLE BRYN (GB) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young   40kg    
89 7416×41112 WATEGOS G 5 Bjorn Baker   40kg    
90 91x520x339 WATERFORD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller   40kg    
91 1122113×05 WEAPONSON G 7 Daniel Morton   40kg   92
92 x1221x120x WESTERN KNIGHT (NZ) G 5 Michael Grantham   40kg   73
93 425x45137x WICKLOW (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller   40kg    
94 41x217x32x ZAAKI (GB) G 9 Annabel Neasham   40kg  
Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Railway Stakes Form Guide

The Railway Stakes form guide shows punters all the must know info on the race pre-betting including the saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys, trainers, weights and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

Lee Steere Stakes graduates have an ace record so looking for this lead-up race on the form is important, as is checking the form on the horse drawn in barrier 12. Barrier 12 produced four of the Railway Stakes winners from 2009 – 2020 so is a coveted gate to draw.

The Railway Stakes 2021 form was franked with the winner Western Empire running second next-up in the Kingston Town, while the mare Kissonallforcheeks finished third in both Perth Group 1 summer events.

Railway Stakes Form Facts

  • The Lee Steere Stakes is the key Railway Stakes form race to follow.
  • Barrier 12 has produced the most Railway Stakes winners in the past decade.
  • Favourites have a poor recent strike rate in the Railway Stakes results.
  • Locally-trained horses have historically made the best Railway Stakes bet.

2023 Railway Stakes Form Guide

A link to the full Railway Stakes 2023 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Railway Stakes Results

Double-figure runners have dominated the Railway Stakes race results in the past decade with the most notable upsets achieved by $21 chances Mr Moet (2012) and Luckygray (2013), who also won the 2011 edition as the $3 favourite, while Great Shot ($31 in 2017) became the longest-priced Railway Stakes winner since Sanatate ($34 in 1983).

Other noteworthy Railway Stakes winners in recent years include Western Empire (2021), Elite Belle (2014), Sniper’s Bullet (2009), El Presidente (2007), and Northerly (2000).

Inspirational Girl (2020) was the last Railway Stakes winning mare.

The filly Jungle Dawn (1987) was the last Railway Stakes winning three-year-old.

Marwong holds the current Railway Stakes race record winning over 1600m in 1988 in a time of 1:33:7 seconds.

Past Railway Stakes Winners

Recent Railway Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Bustler Alsephina Dom To Shoot 1:34.80
2022 Trix Of The Trade Comfort Me Startrade 1:35.8
2021 Western Empire Comfort Me Kissonallforcheeks 1:34.3
2020 Inspirational Girl Too Close The Sun Uni Time 1:33.7
2019 Regal Power Best Of Days Platoon 1:35.8
2018 Galaxy Star Gatting Material Man 1:34.8
2017 Great Shot Black Heart Bart Tom Melbourne 1:35.8
2016 Scales of Justice Good Project Perfect Reflection 1:36.1
2015 Good Project Messene Balmont Girl 1:34.5
2014 Elite Belle Balmont Girl Moriarty 1:35.3
2013 Luckygray Platinum Rocker Fire Up Fifi 1:36.7
2012 Mr Moet Luckygray Rosie Rocket 1:35.8
2011 Luckygray He’s Remarkable Westriver Kevydonn 1:34.8
2010 Gathering Famous Roman Megatic 1:35.1
2009 Snipers Bullet Tarzi Colour Correct 1:34.2
2008 Gilded Venom Sniper’s Bullet Annenkov 1.34:5
2007 El Presidente Hartley’s Dream Mansion House 1:34.7
2006 Belle Bizarre Confectioner Niconero 1:34.4
2005 Covertly Early Express Blinded 1:34.8
2004 Modem Mr Sandgroper Blinded 1:35.9
2003 Hardrada Early Express Mapperholic 1:35.7
2002 Old Fashion Hardrada Corporate Bruce 1:35.6
2001 Old Comrade Mr Tanzania Finito 1:37.6
2000 Northerly Old Comrade Lizzy Long Legs 1:35.8