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 million in prize money 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 last Railway Stakes winner to back-up off a Lee Steere Stakes run meanwhile was Great Shot (2nd in 2017). Many graduates go on to run in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) back at the track over 2000m further the next month, Sniper’s Bullet (2009) the last to win both Perth Group 1s without another run in between. In 2020 the Railway Stakes winner Inspirational Girl ran a next-up second in that summer’s Kingston Town Classic results.
The latest edition of the Railway Stakes ran on Saturday November 20, 2021 and saw the odds-on favourite Western Empire ($1.60) score a dominant victory for Grant & Alana Williams.
2021 Railway Stakes Results
The official Railway Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be published below once the million dollar feature takes place on Saturday November 20, 2021.
- 1st: #16 Western Empire ($1.60F)
- 2nd: #6 Comfort Me
- 3rd: #10 Kissonallforcheeks
Grant & Alana Williams and jockey William Pike combined to dominate the 2021 Railway Stakes results for the fourth straight year thanks to a powerful victory by gun four-year-old Western Empire ($1.60F) who heads next-up into the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Railway Stakes Race Facts
- Date: Saturday November 20, 2021
- Track: Ascot Racecourse
- Distance: 1600m
- Conditions: Quality Handicap
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $1 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 a poor recent Railway Stakes record however with just five winners between 2007 – 2021, most recently Inspirational Girl ($2.60 in 2020) and Western Empire ($1.60 in 2021). Prior to that, Galaxy Star ($2.90 in 2018) was the first since Luckygray (2011) to salute for the punters.
2021 Railway Stakes Betting
The summer’s top Railway Stakes 2021 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 2022 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 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.
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) followed by Western Empire ($1.60 in 2021) are the latest four-year-old winners to salute.
2021 Railway Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Railway Stakes 2021 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: #16 Western Empire ($1.75 at time of publish)
Would love to find a bit of value, but it is hard to go past the odds-on favourite Western Empire to extend his winning streak to six straight. Was one of the season’s best three-year-olds stringing together four victories including the WATC Derby over the mile and a half. First-up in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes he was good again winning fresh over 1400m. Traditionally the Lee Steere Stakes has been a better guide to the Railway, but dropping to 53kg and getting up to 1600m second-up and fit, Western Empire looks the one to stick with. William Pike, Grant & Alana Williams and a beautiful barrier three draw.
Railway Stakes Field
The Railway Stakes 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.
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 Great Shot who improved on a lead-up second in 2017.
Railway Stakes nominations close a month before the race before the final field is released the Monday before the event runs on the Saturday.
2021 Railway Stakes Field
The official Railway Stakes 2021 Field of Final Acceptors is set for release the Monday before the race followed by the Railway Stakes 2021 Barriers on the Tuesday, so stay tuned to see what gun gallopers make the line-up in the million dollar feature.
The 2021 Railway Stakes final field features a capacity line-up of milers led in betting by the Grant & Alana Williams-trained odds-on favourite Western Empire chasing a sixth straight win, the flying four-year-old coming off a first-up Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes win.
2021 Railway Stakes Nominations
The official Railway Stakes 2021 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 2021 Railway Stakes nominations feature 64 early entries including the short-priced favourite Western Empire coming off a big first-up win in the Asian Beau Stakes and the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes winner Massimo.
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.
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
2021 Railway Stakes Form Guide
A link to the full Railway Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.
Railway Stakes Results
Double-figure runners have dominated the Railway Stakes 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).
Railway Stakes Winners
||Too Close The Sun
||Best Of Days
||Black Heart Bart
||Scales of Justice
||Fire Up Fifi
||Lizzy Long Legs