The Railway Stakes is a 1600 metre race for three-year-olds and upwards run under open handicap conditions. It is held by the Western Australia Turf Club at Ascot in November during the Perth summer racing carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO & Up Open Handicap
- Distance: 1,600 metres
- Track: Ascot Racecourse, Perth, Western Australia
- Date: Saturday, 25 November 2017
The Railway Stakes has a long history and was first run as a principal race over 12 furlongs (about 2400 metres) in 1887 when it was won by Nimrod. Like many of the older races it has had several changes in distance. From 1972 to 1981 it was run over 1500 metres and since 1984 it has been run over 1600 metres.
2017 Railway Stakes Final Field & Odds:
See below for all the latest Railway Stakes odds plus final field.
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2017 Railway Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 16 runners plus four emergencies for the $1,000,000 2017 James Boag’s Premium Railway Stakes. The market is fairly open, but the early favourite is Tom Melbourne who has ran second at 5 of his 6 starts this campaign including his latest by a short margin in the Cantala Stakes. Second favourite is Scales Of Justice who won this race last year and was 3rd in the Lee Steere Stakes last outing. Third favourite is Black Heart Bart who has won 6 races at this track and was less than 2 lengths 5th in the Underwood Stakes last start.
Supply And Demand was 2nd over 1400m last start and is ready for 1600m. Variation has been placed at all 3 starts this campaign. Ulmann has a good record at the distance. Sovereign Nation was 4.25 lengths 7th in the Cantala Stakes last start and All Our Roads was 4th. Silverstream won the Northerly Stakes and the Lee Steere Stakes at her last two starts, both at this track. All other runners are currently 16 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.
|2 Scales Of Justice|
|3 Tom Melbourne|
|1 Black Heart Bart|
Past winners of the Railway Stakes:
It is a tough race to win twice although Luckygray won in 2011 and 2013, and Tudor Mak did it in 1968 and 1969. Often a horse who has placed will win the following year. Examples include Snipers Bullet who was second in 2008 then won in 2009, Hardrada was second in 2002 then won in 2003 and Old Comrade was second in 2000 and won in 2001. Better Loosen Up won in 1989 and went on to win the Cox Plate in 1990. Northerly won in 2000 and won the Cox Plate in 2001 and 2002 and the Caulfield Cup in 2002.
|2017||Great Shot||Black Heart Bart||Tom Melbourne|
|2016||Scales Of Justice||Good Project||Perfect Reflection|
|2015||Good Project||Messene||Balmont Girl|
|2014||Elite Belle||Balmont Girl||Moriarty (IRE)|
|2013||Luckygray||Platinum Rocker||Fire Up Fifi|
|2012||Mr Moet||Luckygray||Rosie Rocket|
|2011||Luckygray||He’s Remarkable||Westriver Kevydonn|
|2009||Sniper’s Bullet||Tarzi||Colour Correct|
|2008||Gilded Venom||Sniper’s Bullet||Annenkov (IRE)|
|2007||El Presedente||Hartley’s Dream||Mansion House|
|2002||Old Fashion||Hardrada||Corporate Bruce|
|2001||Old Comrade||Mr Tanzania||Finito|
|2000||Northerly||Old Comrade||Lizzy Long Legs|
As the Melbourne Spring Carnival has finished good milers may travel to Perth for the big prizemoney on offer in the Railway Stakes. Local horses have a good record in the race possibly because they are more accustomed to the extreme heat conditions in Perth and horses from the eastern states can have difficulty coping with the high temperatures. In past years the race was often held in late December.
Major lead-up races to the Railway Stakes are the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes over 1400 metres, the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes over 1400 metres and the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes over 1500 metres. After the Railway Stakes horses may go on to run in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic over 1800 metres in two weeks time.