Railway Stakes

The Railway Stakes is the first Group 1 race in Perth held each summer in late November over the mile at Ascot Racecourse.

2017 Railway Stakes Results

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



Recognised as one of the biggest races during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, the 2017 Railway Stakes is a Group 1 mile race worth $1 million in prize money. Open to all horses aged three years and older, the Railway Stakes takes place at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse in mid-late November.

Many of the better horses come from the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, while locally in Perth a key lead-up race into the Railway Stakes field is the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) held over 200m shorter a fortnight prior that last produced a winner in Great Shot (2nd in 2017). Due to the hot conditions of Western Australia, the race is more suited to local horses accustomed to the heat of the area. Many Railway Stakes contenders do go on to compete in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) held two weeks later.

The Railway Stakes runs a week before the $1 million Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), which is Perth’s premier sprint race.

The 2017 Railway Stakes ran at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday Saturday November 25, 2017 .

Railway Stakes 2017
Date: Saturday November 25, 2017
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize money: $1,000,000

2017 Railway Stakes Results

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

See below for the full Railway Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the brave all-the-way win of $31 local hope Great Shot who held off five-time Group 1 champion Black Heart Bart (2nd), while the $5 favourite Tom Melbourne (3rd) settled for another frustrating place.

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

2017 Railway Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #16 Variation
  • 2nd: #7 Silverstream
  • 3rd: #2 Scales Of Justice

Follow the link to read our full Railway Stakes 2017 Tips & Betting Update, the Races.com.au team tipping last year’s WA Guineas winner VARIATION ($10) who is the early market mover getting in on just 53kg with the gun barrier four draw for the gun miler. SILVERSTREAM ($16) is at a generous price after drawing the outside barrier, but the Adam Durrant-trained mare remains an Each Way chance after beating last year’s Railway Stakes winner home in the Lee Steere Stakes. SCALES OF JUSTICE ($6.50) returns to defend his title and looks a big hope to place at his pet track getting out over a mile.

2017 Railway Stakes Betting Odds

Read our full 2017 Railway Stakes Form Guide & Betting Preview.

The latest Railway Stakes odds 2017 on the field of hopeful milers from Perth and the eastern states will be listed below complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock in your Railway Stakes Betting Tips at the best summer racing odds.

2017 Railway Stakes Field

The official Railway Stakes Final Field is announced by Perth Racing on the Monday of race week followed by the full Railway Stakes Barrier Draw on the Tuesday and will be published in full below once released.

The 2017 Railway Stakes Field attracted a capacity 16 starters plus four emergencies. The reigning champion Scales Of Justice is tipped as the horse to beat again, the local hope facing a host of eastern-state raiders in this year’s Railway Stakes field. Darren Weir saddles-up two rivals including the 59kg top weight Black Heart Bart who is a five-time Group 1 winner, while Sydney’s Chris Waller also has a double shot at the million dollar race with Kennedy Mile graduates Tom Melbourne (2nd) and All Our Roads (4th).

Read more on the Confirmed Railway Stakes 2017 Field & Horses.

The 2017 Railway Stakes Barrier Draw has the Chris Waller-trained perennial runner-up Tom Melbourne drawn in barrier one. Last year’s Railway Stakes winner Scales Of Justice saluted from gate eight and is drawn in 13 this season, while the other top fancy in Railway Stakes betting Black Heart Bart came up with last year’s winning alley.

Read more on the 2017 Railway Stakes Barriers.

# 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

2017 Railway Stakes Nominations

The Railway Stakes nominations & weights close the week prior to the opening Group 1 event of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival and will be published below once announced.

The 2017 Railway Stakes Nominations attracted 71 gallopers including Darren Weir’s five-time Group 1 winning Perth expat Black Heart Bart allocated the 59kg top weight. Other key Railway Stakes nominees include the defending champion Scales Of Justice and the well-weighted Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Supply And Demand.

View the official Railway Stakes 2017 Nominations & Weights.

Railway Stakes History

Inaugurated in 1894 when Wandering Willie took the title, the Railway Stakes was won by Cox Plate winner Better Loosen Up in 1990 and Caulfield Cup winner Northerly in 2000. There have only been three horses which have managed to win the race more than once and they are Tudor Mak in 1968-69, Miss Muffet in 1987-88 and Luckygray in 2011 and 2013. Throughout the race’s history there have been several distance changes from the original 12 furlongs. In 1926 the Stakes became an 8 furlong race until 1974 when it was decreased to 1500m. In 1984 it was finally changed back to a 1600m race and has remained so to this day.

Railway Stakes Winners

Below are the results for the Group 1 Railway Stakes since 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Railway Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Railway Stakes
1st Great Shot 1 minute 35.81 seconds
2nd Black Heart Bart
3rd Tom Melbourne
2016
Railway Stakes
1st Scales Of Justice 1 minute 36.13 seconds
2nd Good Project
3rd Perfect Reflection
2015
Railway Stakes
1st Good Project 1 minute 34.52 seconds
2nd Messene
3rd Balmont Girl
2014
Railway Stakes
1st Elite Belle 1 minute 35.59 seconds
2nd Balmont Girl
3rd Moriarty
2013
Railway Stakes
1st Luckygray 1 minute 36.75 seconds
2nd Platinum Rocker
3rd Fire Up Fifi
2012
Railway Stakes
1st Mr Moet 1 minute 35.89 seconds
2nd Luckygray
3rd Rosie Rocket
2011
Railway Stakes
1st Luckygray 1 minute 34.88 seconds
2nd He’s Remarkable
3rd Westriver Kevydonn
2010
Railway Stakes
1st Gathering 1 minute 35.1 seconds
2nd Famous Roman
3rd Megatic
2009
Railway Stakes
1st Sniper’s Bullet 1 minute 34.25 seconds
2nd Tarzi
3rd Colour Correct
2008
Railway Stakes
1st Gilded Venom 1 minute 34.5 seconds
2nd Sniper’s Bullet
3rd Annenkov
2007
Railway Stakes
1st El Presidente 1 minute 34.7 seconds
2nd Hartley’s Dream
3rd Mansion House
2006
Railway Stakes
1st Belle Bizarre 1 minute 34.4 seconds
2nd Confectioner
3rd Niconero
2005
Railway Stakes
1st Covertly 1 minute 34.8 seconds
2nd Early Express
3rd Blinded
2004
Railway Stakes
1st Modem 1 minute 35.9 seconds
2nd Mr Sandgroper
3rd Blinded
2003
Railway Stakes
1st Hardrada 1 minute 35.7 seconds
2nd Early Express
3rd Mapperholic
2002
Railway Stakes
1st Old Fashion 1 minute 35.6 seconds
2nd Hardrada
3rd Corporate Bruce
2001
Railway Stakes
1st Old Comrade 1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Mr Tanzania
3rd Finito
2000
Railway Stakes
1st Northerly 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Old Comrade
3rd Lizzy Long Legs

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