Railway Stakes 2017

Saturday November 25, 2017

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.

The latest edition of the Railway Stakes ran on Saturday November 25, 2017 .

2017 Railway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Great Shot
  • 2nd: #1 Black Heart Bart
  • 3rd: #3 Tom Melbourne

Railway Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday November 25, 2017
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1887

2017 Railway Stakes Results

The official Railway Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order is now published below as of Saturday November 25, 2017 .

The 2017 Railway Stakes Results saw the locally-trained Great Shot ($31) score an upset win over a host of better-rated eastern-state raiders. Improving on a lead-up second in the Lee Steere Stakes, Great Shot led all-the-way to hold off five-time Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart ($8), while the Chris Waller-trained favourite Tom Melbourne ($5) ran a close third in another frustrating place for connections.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 6 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 8 53.5kg $31
2 1 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 0.15L 6 59kg $8
3 3 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 0.35L 1 55kg $5F
4 16 VARIATION Stephen Miller Brad Parnham 0.75L 3 53kg $8.50
5 12 MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 0.75L 9 53kg $16
6 14 POUNAMU Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 1.75L 11 53kg $26
7 11 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Lee Newman 2L 2 53kg (cd 54kg) $26
8 5 ULMANN Darren Weir Damian Lane 2.25L 4 54.5kg $13
9 8 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 2.5L 14 53kg $16
10 9 COSMIC STORM Grant & Alana Williams Jarrad Noske 2.75L 13 53kg $51
11 15 SOVEREIGN NATION David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chris Parnham 3.25L 12 53kg $21
12 2 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Douglas Whyte 4.5L 10 57.5kg $10
13 7 SILVERSTREAM Adam Durrant William Pike 4.75L 16 53.5kg $19
14 10 DISPOSITION Adam Durrant Shaun Mc Gruddy 6L 7 53kg $61
15 13 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) John Sadler Joseph Azzopardi 14.25L 5 53kg $51
16 4 SUPPLY AND DEMAND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 49.75L 15 54.5kg $8
19e BOLLYWOOD BLITZ Neville Parnham 2
20e TONKATUFF Brad Graham 7
17e TRADESMAN Robert & Todd Harvey 9
18e ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams 17

Railway Stakes Odds & 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 two winners between 2007 – 2017, most recently Luckygray (2011).

2017 Railway Stakes Betting

The summer’s top Railway Stakes 2017 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.

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.

2017 Railway Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Railway Stakes 2017 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.

  • 1st: #16 VARIATION ($10) – Stephen Miller-trained four-year-old lightweight (53kg) looks one of the best weighted and positioned runners. Local hope won the WA Guineas on this day 12 months ago and is unbeaten at a mile (3:3-0-0). Will appreciate the distance after the close third in the RJ Peters Stakes, which produced last year’s winner, and is rock hard fit on the quick back-up.
  • 2nd: #7 SILVERSTREAM ($16) – Super-consistent six-year-old Al Maher mare has run top two in her past six starts including back-to-back wins leading up to Saturday. Beat Scales Of Justice (3rd) home in the Lee Steere Stakes upset last time out and only has to overcome the outside alley to be a competitive chance again here going up to 1600m.
  • 3rd: #2 SCALES OF JUSTICE ($6.5o) – No horse has won successive editions of the Railway Stakes since 1966-67, but this classy Lindsey Smith-trained five-year-old is a hope to break the hoodoo. Carries more weight and barrier isn’t the best, but was too fresh when under a quarter length beaten last start and will relish getting back to 1600m.

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.

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 Wednesday before the event runs on the Saturday.

2017 Railway Stakes Field

The official Railway Stakes 2017 Field of Final Acceptors is set for release the Monday before the race followed by the Railway Stakes 2017 Barriers on the Tuesday, so stay tuned to see what gun gallopers make the line-up in the million dollar feature.

The 2017 Railway Stakes Field features a capacity line-up of milers including the 59kg top weight Black Heart Bart in barrier eight, which produced last year’s Railway Stakes winner Scales Of Justice. The locally-trained reigning champ is back to defend his title, the Scales Of Justice in barrier 13 but that could become gate 10 if the emergencies fail to gain a start. The Chris Waller-trained Tom Melbourne came up trumps with the inside Railway Stakes barrier draw and could take the lead in the $1 million feature.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 11x75x3235 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 8 59kg
2 12x211x273 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Douglas Whyte 13 57.5kg
3 905×222262 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 1 55kg
4 3521111×22 SUPPLY AND DEMAND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 19 54.5kg
5 36x130x614 ULMANN Darren Weir Damian Lane 5 54.5kg
6 22186×5232 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 11 53.5kg
7 090122×211 SILVERSTREAM Adam Durrant William Pike 20 53.5kg
8 226216×354 ALL OUR ROADS (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 18 53kg
9 13x1511x46 COSMIC STORM Grant & Alana Williams Jarrad Noske 16 53kg
10 0x5358x185 DISPOSITION Adam Durrant Shaun Mc Gruddy 10 53kg
11 x82413x651 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Lee Newman 3 53kg
12 2x31114x14 MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Lucy Warwick 12 53kg
13 00x71120x8 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) John Sadler Joseph Azzopardi 6 53kg
14 111x4963x1 POUNAMU Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 14 53kg
15 76×1531427 SOVEREIGN NATION David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chris Parnham 15 53kg
16 211511×323 VARIATION Stephen Miller Brad Parnham 4 53kg
17e 35753x0x37 TRADESMAN Robert & Todd Harvey TBA 9 53kg
18e 11612×152 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams TBA 17 53kg
19e 171×111895 BOLLYWOOD BLITZ Neville Parnham TBA 2 53kg
20e 431110×906 TONKATUFF Brad Graham TBA 7 53kg
Railway Stakes Field & Odds - Ladbrokes.com.au

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

2017 Railway Stakes Nominations

The official Railway Stakes 2017 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.

In 2017 the Railway Stakes Nominations featured 71 gallopers including the reigning champion Scales Of Justice back to defend his title. The Darren Weir-trained former Perth star Black Heart Bart, now a five-time Group 1 winner, heads the Railway Stakes weights with 59kg followed by Doncaster Mile winner It’s Somewhat with 58.5kg for the Godolphin stable.

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 – 2017 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

2017 Railway Stakes Form Guide

A link to the full Railway Stakes 2017 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 Elite Belle (2014), Sniper’s Bullet (2009), El Presidente (2007) and Northerly (2000).

Railway Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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