2011 Railway Stakes Form Guide & Betting Preview

This Saturday the most lucrative and high-status race held in Perth for the year will run at Ascot Racecourse with the Railway Stakes 2011 taking center stage, and below Races.com.au have a comprehensive Railway Stakes form guide and betting analysis exclusive to our readers.

Craig Williams

Craig Williams seeks back-to-back wins in the Railway Stakes this Saturday

Worth $1 million in prize money, the time-honoured mile showdown is scheduled to run as Ascot Race 8 at 3:45pm (local time) on Saturday with a capacity Railway Stakes field engaged.

With 16 starters, two emergencies, multiple Group 1 performers, two 57kg top weights, four from the stables of Grant Williams, six last-start winners, three gallopers vying for their fourth straight win and a quartet of hopefuls at single-figures in the Luxbet markets there is certainly a lot for punters to consider before placing their Railway Stakes bets this year.

Can $3.60 favourite Ranger salute for the punters? Do favourites have a good record in the race?

Will visiting jockey Craig Williams be able to score an upset aboard Avienus? Or are the locals the way to bet?

Is barrier 14 too wide for one-time top elect Luckygray to salute? What are the most successful barriers over the years?

In order to place a bet on the Railway Stakes with the best chance of success it is essential to know the field, facts and form guide stats.

To save you scrolling through the full field and form, below the Races.com.au team have done the hard work for you and compiled the best need-to-know Railway Stakes form guide facts to help you pick the winner and lock them in at Luxbet.

2011 Railway Stakes Form Guide Facts & Odds

  • Last year’s Railway Stakes winner was Sydney raider Gathering who came off a sixth in the Crystal Mile, jumped from barrier six and was ridden by Craig Williams
  • This year the non-locals in the field are Mark Webb’s Victorian mare #6 Avienus ($10 Luxbet), Roger James’ Kiwi visitor #9 He’s Remarkable ($7 Luxbet) and #14 Spacecraft ($26 Luxbet) from the Flemington stables of David Hayes
  • #9 He’s Remarkable ($7 Luxbet) is the only horse that has come via the Crystal Mile this year having run third
  • #3 Ranger ($3.60F Luxbet) has drawn last year’s winning barrier six, but if the emergencies don’t gain a start it will be #4 King Kool Kat ($26 Luxbet) who moves into the gate
  • Williams is back this year with the ride on #6 Avienus ($10 Luxbet)
  • #11 Luckygray boasts the highest Win Rate of the field by far with 75%, they are followed by #2 Waratah’s Secret (47.37%) and #5 Lords Ransom (42.86%)
  • The best Place Rates belong to #11 Luckygray (87.50%), #2 Waratah’s Secret (84.21%), #3 Ranger (75.00%) and #1 Playing God (70.00%)
  • There are six last-start winners engaged with #3 Ranger (Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes, 1400m, Ascot, 05/11/2011), #9 He’s Remarkable (1600m, Flemington, 05/11/2011), #10 Kincaple (Listed Kalgoorlie Cup, 2300m, Kalgoorlie, 17/09/2011), #11 Luckygray (Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes, 1400m, Ascot, 29/10/2011), #13 Rocky Range (Listed Ascot Gold Cup, 1800m, Ascot, 05/11/2011) and #16 Westriver Kevydonn (Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes, 1500m, Ascot, 12/11/2011)
  • #11 Luckygray is out to become the third horse in the past decade to claim the Asian Beau Stakes – Railway Stakes double joining Gilded Venom (2008) and El Presidente (2007)
  • #3 Ranger looks to join Belle Bizarre (2006) as a Lee Steere Stakes – Railway Stakes double winner in the same season in the past 10 years
  • #16 Westriver Kevydonn, if successful, will become the second horse in the last decade to score the RJ Peters Stakes – Railway Stakes double joining El Presidente (2007)
  • Topweights have a poor record in the Railway with Sniper’s Bullet (56.5kg in 2009) having carried the most weight to victory since the introduction of the metric system; this rules out #1 Playing God ($9 Luxbet) and #2 Waratah’s Secret ($16 Luxbet) on 57kg this year
  • Four-year-olds have the best record having won 21 of the past 52 editions, five in the past 10 years; there are three 4YO’s racing this year with #1 Playing God ($9 Luxbet), #9 He’s Remarkable ($7 Luxbet) and #11 Luckygray ($5 Luxbet)
  • Geldings have won eight of the last 10 Railway Stakes; 14 of the 18 acceptors this year are geldings but the only four-year-old gelding – combining the above two stats – is #11 Luckygray ($5 Luxbet)
  • Horses that have won at the Track & Distance before are #1 Playing God (1-1-0-0), #3 Ranger (2-1-0-1), #8 Big Ted (4-1-2-0) and #13 Rocky Range (10-2-4-1)

Stay tuned to Races.com.au for our insider Railway Stakes betting tips to be published shortly.

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2011 Railway Stakes Field & Form Guide

Ascot Race 8 – 19/11/2011

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Age/Sex Days API Career Win% Place% Last 6
1. PLAYING GOD N D Parnham Steven Parnham 9 57 4yoH 28 $53,721 20: 6 4 4 30.00% 70.00% 245360
2. WARATAH’S SECRET D R Harrison Paul Harvey 3 57 5yoG 14 $31,129 19: 9 6 1 47.37% 84.21% Lx2213
3. RANGER Grant Williams William Pike 6 56 5yoG 14 $24,609 16: 6 2 4 37.50% 75.00% 30×111
4. KING KOOL KAT I S Glading Duncan Miller 8 55 8yoG 14 $10,143 68: 8 8 21 11.76% 54.41% 134635
5. LORDS RANSOM Grant Williams Brad Parnham 4 54 8yoG 14 $34,399 21: 9 0 2 42.86% 52.38% 1x0x97
6. AVIENUS M C Webb Craig Williams 10 53 6yoM 14 $16,463 33: 5 7 2 15.15% 42.42% 092204
7. BATTLE EMBLEM Grant Williams Kyra Yuill (a) 11 53 8yoG 14 $10,078 46: 9 7 6 19.57% 47.83% 528328
8. BIG TED Ivan Haggerty K L Chui 16 53 6yoG 14 $7,142 26: 5 5 3 19.23% 50.00% 0x2364
9. HE’S REMARKABLE R A James Kerrin Mc Evoy 1 53 4yoH 14 $18,781 14: 5 1 2 35.71% 57.14% 0x1131
10. KINCAPLE M B Reed Troy Turner 15 53 6yoG 63 $13,265 23: 7 6 3 30.43% 69.57% 121121
11. LUCKYGRAY G P Poletti Shaun O’Donnell 14 53 4yoG 21 $31,028 8: 6 1 0 75.00% 87.50% 42×111
12. MEGA STEEL B A Mcclune Jarrad Noske 17 53 6yoG 14 $10,915 37: 7 10 5 18.92% 59.46% 715323
13. ROCKY RANGE A D Mathews Shaun Meeres 13 53 8yoG 14 $7,492 48: 9 10 6 18.75% 52.08% 06×241
14. SPACECRAFT D A Hayes Peter Knuckey 12 53 5yoG 21 $14,662 22: 5 1 3 22.73% 40.91% 4×4804
15. TRANQUILITY Grant Williams Jason Whiting 18 53 5yoM 7 $12,530 15: 3 4 2 20.00% 60.00% 6×3432
16. WESTRIVER KEVYDONN Ms P Kenney Patrick Carbery 2 53 6yoG 7 $11,179 16: 6 1 4 37.50% 68.75% 513111
17. OUR OL’ FELLA S J Wolfe Shaun Mc Gruddy 7 53 5yoG 14 $11,156 29: 8 5 2 27.59% 51.72% 216325
18. RINGMEISTER L Smith Not Notified 5 53 5yoG 27 $10,083 15: 5 4 0 33.33% 60.00% 20×102

*Form Guide Credit Ladbrokes.com.au