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The $1.5 million Railway Stakes is the first Group 1 race in Perth held each summer in late November over the mile at Ascot Racecourse.
2023 Railway Stakes Results
- 1st: #8 Bustler
- 2nd: #7 Alsephina
- 3rd: #4 Dom To Shoot
Railway Stakes News
Recognised as one of the biggest races during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, the 2023 Railway Stakes is a Group 1 mile race worth $1.5 million in prize money as of 2022. 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 with Bustler (5th in 2023).
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 and renamed in 2022 as the Northerly Stakes. 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 Group 1 $1.5 million Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), which is Perth’s premier sprint race.
The 2021 Railway Stakes form was franked with the winner Western Empire backing-up to run second in that year’s Kingston Town Stakes results, while Kissonallforcheeks ran third in both Group 1 events.
The brand new Group 3 $1.5 million The Gold Rush (1400m), held for the first time in 2022, run at Ascot in mid-December is also a potential target for horses out of the Railway Stakes field each summer.
In 2022 the Railway Stakes form was franked with the runner-up Comfort Me, also second the year before, went on to run third in the inaugural The Gold Rush results.
Horses that contest the summer’s Railway Stakes are also now likely to target a slot in Perth’s richest race, the $4 million The Quokka (1200m), taking place for the first time in April of 2023.
The 2023 Railway Stakes ran at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday November 25, 2023 to kick off Group 1 racing over the Perth Summer Racing Carnival and was won in an upset by the Neville Parnham-trained Playing God four-year-old Bustler ($9).
|Railway Stakes 2023|
|Date:||Saturday November 25, 2023|
|Race Type:||3YO+ Open Handicap|
2023 Railway Stakes Results
- 1st: #8 Bustler ($9)
- 2nd: #7 Alsephina
- 3rd: #4 Dom To Shoot
Neville Parham’s progressive four-year-old son of Playing God, Bustler ($9), went to the outside at the top of the straight before racing clear over the final 100m to defeat the beaten favourite Alsephina by over a length in the 2023 Railway Stakes results in Perth.
|1||8||BUSTLER||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||2||53kg||$9|
|2||7||ALSEPHINA||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||1.04L||6||53kg||$3.40F|
|3||4||DOM TO SHOOT||Sean & Jake Casey||Jordan Turner||1.47L||9||54kg||$21|
|4||6||TRIX OF THE TRADE||Colin Webster||Troy Turner||2.23L||1||54kg||$26|
|5||13||MOJO RHYTHM||Mitchell Pateman||Ms Holly Watson||2.27L||5||53kg||$31|
|6||12||MASSIMO||Chris & Michael Gangemi||Clint Johnston-Porter||3.06L||14||53kg||$41|
|7||3||COMFORT ME||Rhys Radford||Peter Knuckey||3.14L||15||54kg||$14|
|8||2||MAROCCHINO||Lou Luciani||Chris Parnham||3.24L||11||57kg||$21|
|9||16||THE VELVET QUEEN||Darren McAuliffe||Patrick Carbery||4.15L||13||53kg||$26|
|10||5||ROOTS||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||4.66L||12||54kg||$6|
|11||14||SEARCHIN’ ROC’S||Jim Taylor||Jason Brown||4.71L||4||53kg||$61|
|12||1||TUVALU||Lindsey Smith||Ms Jamie Kah||4.72L||3||58kg||$4.80|
|13||15||STARTRADE||Daniel Morton||Chris Nicoll||4.9L||8||53kg||$101|
|14||9||FORGOT YOU (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Daniel Moor||6.49L||16||53kg||$21|
|15||11||LAST OF THE LINE||Stephen Miller||Brad Parnham||9.14L||10||53kg||$101|
|16||10||KARLI’S KARMA||Summer Dickson||Michael Poy||26.8L||7||53kg||$26|
|19e||RIVER RUBICON||Steve Wolfe||Joseph Azzopardi||0|
|18e||LET’S GALAHVANT||Daniel & Ben Pearce||0|
|17e||CASINO SEVENTEEN||Grant & Alana Williams||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Railway Stakes Betting Odds
The latest Railway Stakes odds 2023 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) and Trix Of The Trade ($5 in 2022) are the latest favourites in Railway Stakes betting to salute for the punters.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 RAILWAY STAKES ODDS (Final Field)
2023 Railway Stakes Form Guide
2023 Railway Stakes Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Railway Stakes 2023 Tips on the $1.5 million summer showdown this season.
- To Win: #7 Alsephina ($4.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Open top-half of the markets but sticking with the local Grant & Alana Williams-trained Star Turn mare who was one of the winners in the barrier draw coming up trumps with gate seven for the ‘Wizard of the West’ Willie Pike. This classy chestnut has put together a lovely record to date (13-9:3:1) with the nine-time winner an absolute Ascot track specialist (8:6-2-0). She is unbeaten with a flawless three-from-three strike-rate over the mile but is up in grade here. Latest two runs saw her run second in both the Group 3 Asian Beau and RJ Peters Stakes here. Third-up she is fit and ready to fire getting back to her pet distance. Big chance to bag a Group 1 here.
2023 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 2023 Railway Stakes final field is now out with updated markets led by the likes of Chris Waller’s impressive Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes winning mare Roots, the Lindsey Smith-trained Tuvalu coming off a close third in the Group 2 Crystal Mile, and consistent local Star Turn mare Alsephina from the stables of Grant & Alana Williams who drew a treat in barrier seven.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||12x79x4323||TUVALU||Lindsey Smith||Ms Jamie Kah||4||58kg||114|
|2||011x10x017||MAROCCHINO||Lou Luciani||Chris Parnham||14||57kg||112|
|3||23x5225x33||COMFORT ME||Rhys Radford||Peter Knuckey||18||54kg||106|
|4||45x31823x2||DOM TO SHOOT||Sean & Jake Casey||Jordan Turner||12||54kg||106|
|5||410x52x501||ROOTS||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||15||54kg||106|
|6||x1316x0x98||TRIX OF THE TRADE||Colin Webster||Troy Turner||1||54kg||106|
|7||2111111×22||ALSEPHINA||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||7||53kg||97|
|8||5x60113x75||BUSTLER||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||2||53kg||102|
|9||430×762931||FORGOT YOU (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Daniel Moor||19||53kg||103|
|10||3x11200x61||KARLI’S KARMA||Summer Dickson||Michael Poy||8||53kg||102|
|11||x845221x30||LAST OF THE LINE||Stephen Miller||Brad Parnham||13||53kg||103|
|12||09x7008x44||MASSIMO||Chris & Michael Gangemi||Clint Johnston-Porter||17||53kg||102|
|13||x11751x351||MOJO RHYTHM||Mitchell Pateman||Ms Holly Watson||6||53kg||90|
|14||21x0180x18||SEARCHIN’ ROC’S||Jim Taylor||Jason Brown||5||53kg||96|
|15||x05912x809||STARTRADE||Daniel Morton||Chris Nicoll||10||53kg||102|
|16||141211x2x6||THE VELVET QUEEN||Darren McAuliffe||Patrick Carbery||16||53kg||98|
|17e||2112311×34||CASINO SEVENTEEN||Grant & Alana Williams||Shaun McGruddy||3||53kg||96|
|18e||4928322613||LET’S GALAHVANT||Daniel & Ben Pearce||9||53kg||94|
|19e||15×2317655||RIVER RUBICON||Steve Wolfe||Joseph Azzopardi||11||53kg||92|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Railway Stakes Nominations
The Railway Stakes nominations & weights close 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 2023 Railway Stakes nominations close on Monday the 16th of October, 2023.
The Railway Stakes 2023 nominations attracted a bumper 94 summer milers led in all-in betting by the ultra-consistent Grant & Alana Williams-trained Group 3 winning Star Turn mare Alsephina and Lindsey Smith’s Group 1 champ Tuvalu who recently ran second to Alligator Blood in Melbourne’s Underwood Stakes.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||3x114x21x7||A LOT OF GOOD MEN||C||3||Trevor Andrews||40kg||75|
|2||7125x2473x||ABOVE THE PEG||G||5||Simon A Miller||40kg||80|
|3||3261x2133x||ADMIRATION EXPRESS||M||4||Jason Miller||40kg||86|
|4||0847×72537||ALASKAN GOD||G||5||Daniel Morton||40kg|
|5||x12111111x||ALSEPHINA||M||5||Grant & Alana Williams||40kg||92|
|7||0x412417x2||ARCADIA STAR||M||4||Michael Grantham||40kg|
|8||613106x01x||ASCENSION (GB)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||40kg|
|9||3x216Px520||ATISHU (NZ)||M||6||Chris Waller||40kg|
|10||52148x84x4||ATLANTIS BEACH||G||6||Cliff Green||40kg||70|
|11||x27410x890||BANK MAUR||H||4||Richard Laming||40kg|
|13||1||BEST MOOD||C||3||Michael Grantham||40kg||60|
|14||226333111x||BLACK FANTASY||G||5||Daniel & Ben Pearce||40kg||86|
|15||11x545120x||BOOTS LIKE BRUCE||G||6||Anne King||40kg||69|
|16||3×21221317||BRAYDEN STAR (GB)||H||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||40kg|
|18||1154x5213x||CASCADIAN (GB)||G||9||James Cummings||40kg|
|19||242112311x||CASINO SEVENTEEN||G||6||Grant & Alana Williams||40kg||96|
|20||1023421511||CEPHEUS (GB)||G||7||Matthew Dunn||40kg|
|21||4523x5225x||COMFORT ME||G||7||Rhys Radford||40kg||106|
|23||0x73027x40||CONVERGE||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||40kg|
|24||x24120x330||CORNER POCKET||G||7||Lindsey Smith||40kg|
|26||53x0x10x7x||DAJRAAN (GB)||H||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||40kg|
|27||4410x9180x||DEFIANT DIORITE||G||4||Chris Willis||40kg||69|
|29||945x31823x||DOM TO SHOOT||G||6||Sean & Jake Casey||40kg||103|
|30||x563730849||EEYORE WAYZ||G||7||Raquel Reid||40kg||83|
|31||2142x7224x||EM TEE AYE||G||6||Trevor Andrews||40kg||92|
|32||13x1127x32||EN FRANCAIS||M||6||Jake Stephens||40kg|
|33||4x5958709x||EXCELLENT PROPOSAL||G||7||Michael Freedman||40kg|
|34||51x111120x||FAWKNER PARK (IRE)||G||5||Annabel Neasham||40kg|
|35||1990×08619||FLEUR DELACOUR||M||4||Chris Willis||40kg||58|
|36||x4430x7629||FORGOT YOU (NZ)||H||5||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||40kg|
|37||3127x||FOXY CLEOPATRA||M||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||40kg|
|38||311168141x||GINGER BAKER||G||6||Vernon Brockman||40kg||95|
|39||123x87707x||GOD HAS CHOSEN||G||6||Donna Riordan||40kg||102|
|40||000x82685x||HILAL||H||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||40kg|
|43||02369×9010||IRONCLAD (GB)||G||8||Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea||40kg|
|44||8x12312x5x||JOURNALISM||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||40kg|
|45||3x11200x6x||KARLI’S KARMA||M||6||Summer Dickson||40kg||95|
|46||1x3131x925||KOVALICA (NZ)||G||4||Chris Waller||40kg|
|47||45x845221x||LAST OF THE LINE||G||7||Stephen Miller||40kg||104|
|48||6049283226||LET’S GALAHVANT||G||5||Daniel & Ben Pearce||40kg||90|
|49||112x74x421||LIFE LESSONS (NZ)||M||5||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||40kg|
|51||8x66445x13||LORD VLADIVOSTOK (NZ)||G||7||Michael Hickmott||40kg|
|53||3109x7008x||MASSIMO||G||7||Chris & Michael Gangemi||40kg||102|
|54||9181x76x7N||MINSK MOMENT||H||5||Chris Waller||40kg|
|55||08x11751x3||MOJO RHYTHM||G||5||Mitchell Pateman||40kg||75|
|56||23117x128x||MUNHAMEK (GB)||G||8||Nick Ryan||40kg|
|57||x6026x6473||MY OBERON (IRE)||G||7||Annabel Neasham||40kg|
|58||7x20480x45||NO COMPROMISE (NZ)||G||7||Chris Waller||40kg|
|59||x212x117x7||NOTEWORTHY (NZ)||M||4||Michael Grantham||40kg||68|
|60||113553×404||NUGGET (GB)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||40kg|
|61||51761×5730||OSIPENKO (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||40kg|
|62||146x2x1132||PHANTA||G||6||Chris & Michael Gangemi||40kg||101|
|63||7419x2117x||PLANET CASH||G||4||Hayden Ballantyne||40kg||76|
|64||733x17137x||PLAYING MARIKA||M||8||Stephanie Bakranich||40kg||96|
|65||12x80x5290||POLITICAL DEBATE||H||4||Chris Waller||40kg|
|66||11263×6408||POUNDING||G||5||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||40kg|
|67||7x4298x626||PRIDE OF JENNI||M||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||40kg|
|68||033x6057x6||PROCONSENT||G||8||Sean & Jake Casey||40kg||83|
|69||205x22630x||RED CAN MAN||G||7||Steve Wolfe||40kg||107|
|71||69x6124x51||RENAISSANCE WOMAN (NZ)||M||4||Bjorn Baker||40kg|
|72||10x90x7x14||RISE OF THE MASSES||H||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||40kg|
|73||33215×2317||RIVER RUBICON||G||5||Steve Wolfe||40kg||89|
|75||1x1131216x||RUSTY DREAMS||M||4||Michael Lane||40kg||77|
|76||21x0180x1x||SEARCHIN’ ROC’S||M||5||Jim Taylor||40kg||96|
|77||1x0x313x13||SENTIMENTAL HERO||G||6||Michael Grantham||40kg||79|
|78||2x460x4023||SIBAAQ (GB)||G||6||Annabel Neasham||40kg|
|79||x61043x200||SKYMAN (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller||40kg|
|80||723628x2x8||SPEED DREAM||G||6||Roland Piercey||40kg||79|
|82||5232x10x06||STEINEM (GB)||M||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||40kg|
|83||16460x010x||SURF DANCER (IRE)||G||7||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||40kg|
|84||x141211x2x||THE VELVET QUEEN||M||5||Darren McAuliffe||40kg||97|
|85||4x573747x3||TITAN BLINDERS||G||8||Chris & Michael Gangemi||40kg||96|
|86||20x1316x0x||TRIX OF THE TRADE||G||5||Colin Webster||40kg||106|
|88||51x86x8010||UNCLE BRYN (GB)||G||6||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||40kg|
|90||91x520x339||WATERFORD (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||40kg|
|92||x1221x120x||WESTERN KNIGHT (NZ)||G||5||Michael Grantham||40kg||73|
|93||425x45137x||WICKLOW (IRE)||G||6||Chris Waller||40kg|
|94||41x217x32x||ZAAKI (GB)||G||9||Annabel Neasham||40kg|
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.
|1st||Bustler||1 minute 34.80 seconds|
|3rd||Dom To Shoot|
|1st||Trix Of The Trade||1 minute 35.82 seconds|
|1st||Western Empire||1 minute 34.38 seconds|
|1st||Inspirational Girl||1 minute 33.79 seconds|
|2nd||Too Close The Sun|
|1st||Regal Power||1 minute 35.89 seconds|
|2nd||Best Of Days|
|1st||Galaxy Star||1 minute 34.08 seconds|
|1st||Great Shot||1 minute 35.81 seconds|
|2nd||Black Heart Bart|
|1st||Scales Of Justice||1 minute 36.13 seconds|
|1st||Good Project||1 minute 34.52 seconds|
|1st||Elite Belle||1 minute 35.59 seconds|
|1st||Luckygray||1 minute 36.75 seconds|
|3rd||Fire Up Fifi|
|1st||Mr Moet||1 minute 35.89 seconds|
|1st||Luckygray||1 minute 34.88 seconds|
|1st||Gathering||1 minute 35.1 seconds|
|1st||Sniper’s Bullet||1 minute 34.25 seconds|
|1st||Gilded Venom||1 minute 34.5 seconds|
|1st||El Presidente||1 minute 34.7 seconds|
|1st||Belle Bizarre||1 minute 34.4 seconds|
|1st||Covertly||1 minute 34.8 seconds|
|1st||Modem||1 minute 35.9 seconds|
|1st||Hardrada||1 minute 35.7 seconds|
|1st||Old Fashion||1 minute 35.6 seconds|
|1st||Old Comrade||1 minute 37.6 seconds|
|1st||Northerly||1 minute 35.8 seconds|
|3rd||Lizzy Long Legs|