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.
|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||–||–|
|–||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|
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
|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|
|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|