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.

2021 Railway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #16 Western Empire
  • 2nd: #6 Comfort Me
  • 3rd: #10 Kissonallforcheeks



Recognised as one of the biggest races during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, the 2021 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. Sniper’s Bullet (2009) was the last horse to complete the Railway Stakes – Kingston Town Classic double.

More recently the 2020 Railway Stakes winner Inspirational Girl finished a next-up second in the Kingston Town Classic that summer.

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

The 2021 Railway Stakes ran at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday November 20, 2021 and was domianted by the odds-on favourite Western Empire ($1.60F). 

Railway Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday November 20, 2021
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize money: $1,000,000

2021 Railway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #16 Western Empire ($1.60F)
  • 2nd: #6 Comfort Me
  • 3rd: #10 Kissonallforcheeks

The Grant & Alana Williams-trained four-year-old Western Empire ($1.60F) was so dominant second-up, the exciting galloper backing-up off an Asian Beau Stakes victory to score of Perth racing history’s best wins in the Railway Stakes 2021 results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 16 WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3 53kg $1.60F
2 6 COMFORT ME Rhys Radford Peter Knuckey 3.98L 15 53kg $31
3 10 KISSONALLFORCHEEKS Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 5.59L 1 53kg $7
4 12 NOTORIOUS ONE Chris & Michael Gangemi Shaun O’Donnell 6.37L 4 53kg $13
5 5 TOO CLOSE THE SUN Lindsey Smith Joseph Azzopardi 6.75L 2 55kg $31
6 4 DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 7.25L 14 56kg $61
7 2 MASSIMO Chris & Michael Gangemi Clint Johnston-Porter 8.07L 10 57.5kg $18
8 14 SON OF BACCHUS Rhys Radford Jason Whiting 8.31L 7 53kg $61
9 1 VALOUR ROAD Simon A Miller Brad Rawiller 8.84L 16 58kg $31
10 13 PLATOON Neville Parnham Jason Brown 9.06L 13 53kg $61
11 7 DIG DEEP Daniel & Ben Pearce Patrick Carbery 9.96L 6 53kg $41
12 8 KAPTAIN KAOS Michael Grantham Ms Lucy Warwick 10.74L 9 53kg $21
13 15 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN Daniel Morton Troy Turner 11.29L 12 53kg $51
14 11 NAUGHTY BY NATURE Jason Miller Jordan Turner 11.83L 11 53kg $101
15 9 KAY CEE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 13.91L 5 53kg $26
16 3 THE VELVET KING Darren McAuliffe Ms Kyra Yuill 15.55L 8 56.5kg $41
17e MEDIA BARON David Harrison Ms Jade McNaught 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Railway Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Railway Stakes odds 2021 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.

Inspirational Girl ($2.60 in 2020) followed by Western Empire ($1.60 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Railway Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2021 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.

A capacity 2021 Railway Stakes field faces off in Perth on Saturday with markets dominated by the odds-on Grant & Alana Williams-trained favourite Western Empire in barrier three with William Pike on the 53kg light-weight who is out to extend his winning streak to six straight.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Railway Stakes 2021 field and betting market. 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7x4621x332 VALOUR ROAD Simon A Miller Brad Rawiller 17 58kg 111
2 0x6094x221 MASSIMO Chris & Michael Gangemi Clint Johnston-Porter 11 57.5kg 110
3 3x70x158x5 THE VELVET KING Darren McAuliffe Ms Kyra Yuill 9 56.5kg 108
4 11x3323x13 DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 15 56kg 107
5 4x750x31x8 TOO CLOSE THE SUN Lindsey Smith Joseph Azzopardi 2 55kg 105
6 5x2117x411 COMFORT ME Rhys Radford Peter Knuckey 16 53kg 90
7 5013475×25 DIG DEEP Daniel & Ben Pearce Patrick Carbery 7 53kg 97
8 113×111314 KAPTAIN KAOS Michael Grantham Ms Lucy Warwick 10 53kg 95
9 100x096x97 KAY CEE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 6 53kg 101
10 01121×2161 KISSONALLFORCHEEKS Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 1 53kg 94
11 22x4211x55 NAUGHTY BY NATURE Jason Miller Jordan Turner 12 53kg 97
12 165×131122 NOTORIOUS ONE Chris & Michael Gangemi Shaun O’Donnell 4 53kg 96
13 130284×646 PLATOON Neville Parnham Jason Brown 14 53kg 99
14 38x17x4132 SON OF BACCHUS Rhys Radford Jason Whiting 8 53kg 89
15 576x221P36 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN Daniel Morton Troy Turner 13 53kg 97
16 43131111×1 WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ) Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3 53kg 100
17e 127×474478 MEDIA BARON David Harrison Ms Jade McNaught 5 53kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Railway Stakes Nominations

The Railway Stakes nominations & weights close on a Tuesday in mid-October over a month out from the opening Group 1 event of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival and will be published below once announced.

The 2021 Railway Stakes nominations have attracted over 60 hopefuls including five for last year’s winning trainers Grant & Alana Williams who chase a fourth straight victory in the race led by the ultra-consistent Western Empire.

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.

The Railway Stakes has been run and won by plenty of nice horses from both local and interstate stables including the Perth-trained Regal Power (2019) who went on to win the following year’s $5 million All-Star Mile in Melbourne.

In 2020 jockey William Pike and trainers Grant & Alana Williams won the Railway Stakes for the third straight year with the success of race favourite Inspirational Girl before making it four straight in 2021 with odds-on favourite Western Empire.

Railway Stakes Winners

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

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Railway Stakes
1st Western Empire 1 minute 34.38 seconds
2nd Comfort Me
3rd Kissonallforcheeks
2020
Railway Stakes
1st Inspirational Girl 1 minute 33.79 seconds
2nd Too Close The Sun
3rd Uni Time
2019
Railway Stakes
1st Regal Power 1 minute 35.89 seconds
2nd Best Of Days
3rd Platoon
2018
Railway Stakes
1st Galaxy Star 1 minute 34.08 seconds
2nd Gatting
3rd Material Man
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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