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
|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.
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
|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
|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|
|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|
|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|