Railway Stakes 2016

Saturday 19th November

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 takes place on the same Saturday in late November as the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) for the sprinters.

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). 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.

The next edition of the Railway Stakes is due to run on Saturday 19th November.

Railway Stakes Field

2016 Robert Sangster Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 611135×114 KAWI (NZ) Allan Sharrock Michael Walker 3 58.5kg
2 4x12218x42 DISPOSITION Grant & Alana Williams Glenn Smith 19 56kg
3 x263849x08 PORNICHET (FR) Daniel Morton Jarrad Noske 18 56kg
4 2018×73235 HE OR SHE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 15 55.5kg
5 21x377x047 GOOD PROJECT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 7 55kg
6 1111x30x31 PERFECT REFLECTION Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 2 54.5kg
7 101110×135 MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 16 54kg
8 11x41x2115 LITE’N IN MY VEINS Fred Kersley Steven Parnham 9 53.5kg
9 00110×5421 RAGEESE Darren Weir Damian Lane 11 53.5kg
10 070x848x99 BALMONT GIRL Paula Wagg Shaun O’Donnell 13 53kg
11 211146×114 HEART STARTER Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 1 53kg
12 x2131x7243 IDEAL IMAGE G Durrant & J Miller Joseph Azzopardi 17 53kg
13 111422×768 NEVERLAND Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 10 53kg
14 2x311x2211 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Douglas Whyte 8 53kg
15 x5213114x8 TICK TICK BLOOM G Durrant & J Miller Jason Brown 4 53kg
16 1x23116x13 TRADESMAN Robert & Todd Harvey Troy Turner 6 53kg
17e 75611x23x6 ZARANTZ Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 5 53kg
18e x1311x2825 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 14 53kg
19e 531222×859 SHOWY CHLOE Jason Pateman Patrick Carbery 12 53kg

The 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.

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.

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

Railway Stakes Odds & Betting

Futures betting on the Railway Stake 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 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 two winners between 2007 and 2015, most recently Luckygray (2011).

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 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.

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 seven Railway Stakes winners from 2009 – 2015 so is a coveted gate to draw.

Sniper's Bullet odds in the railway stakes were fairly short in the market.

Sniper’s Bullet set the fastest time of the past 15 years in the Railway Stakes of 2009

Railway Stakes Results

Double-figure runners have dominated the Railway Stakes results in the past decade with the most notable upsets achieved by $20 chances Mr Moet (2012) and Luckygray (2013) who also won the 2011 edition as the $3 favourite.

2016 Railway Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 14 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Douglas Whyte 8 53kg $9
2 5 GOOD PROJECT Chris Waller J H Bowman 2.75L 7 55kg $9
3 6 PERFECT REFLECTION Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3L 2 54.5kg $4.60
4 7 MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 3.75L 13 54kg $5
5 16 TRADESMAN Robert & Todd Harvey Troy Turner 4L 6 53kg $6
6 1 KAWI (NZ) Allan Sharrock Michael Walker 4.25L 3 58.5kg $21
7 11 HEART STARTER Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 4.25L 1 53kg $13
8 8 LITE’N IN MY VEINS Fred Kersley Steven Parnham 5.25L 9 53.5kg $7.50
9 4 HE OR SHE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 5.5L 12 55.5kg $12
10 17e ZARANTZ Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 6.75L 5 53kg $61
11 2 DISPOSITION Grant & Alana Williams Glenn Smith 7L 16 56kg $20
12 13 NEVERLAND Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 8.25L 10 53kg $51
13 10 BALMONT GIRL Paula Wagg Shaun O’Donnell 10L 11 53kg $101
14 15 TICK TICK BLOOM G Durrant & J Miller Jason Brown 11.25L 4 53kg $91
15 3 PORNICHET (FR) Daniel Morton Jarrad Noske 11.75L 15 56kg $101
16 12 IDEAL IMAGE G Durrant & J Miller Joseph Azzopardi 14.5L 14 53kg $41

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

Railway Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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