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.

2020 Railway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Inspirational Girl
  • 2nd: #14 Too Close The Sun
  • 3rd: #16 Uni Time



Recognised as one of the biggest races during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, the 2020 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 2020 Railway Stakes ran at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday November 21, 2020 and was won by the favourite Inspirational Girl. 

Railway Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday November 21, 2020
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize money: $1,000,000

2020 Railway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Inspirational Girl
  • 2nd: #14 Too Close The Sun
  • 3rd: #16 Uni Time

The ‘Wizard of the West’ William Pike celebrated a brilliant return home weaving through the field to dominate the 2020 Railway Stakes results aboard the favourite Inspirational Girl ($2.60F). Pike produced the last start Asian Beau winning mare at just the right time for her to win the Group 1 running away, the third straight year Pike and trainers Grant & Alana Williams have won the race.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 8 53kg $2.60F
2 14 TOO CLOSE THE SUN Lindsey Smith Joseph Azzopardi 1.84L 12 53kg $6
3 16 UNI TIME Sharon Miller Jason Whiting 1.99L 9 53kg $101
4 8 RED CAN MAN Steve Wolfe Shaun McGruddy 2.02L 7 53.5kg $8.50
5 2 MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Paul Harvey 2.36L 6 58kg $61
6 9 CUP NIGHT Bernie Miller Patrick Carbery 2.72L 5 53kg $31
7 15 TRULY GREAT Grant & Alana Williams Clint Johnston-Porter 3.08L 14 53kg $10
8 1 KEMENTARI James Cummings Chris Parnham 3.61L 1 58kg $11
9 13 PLATOON Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 3.83L 11 53kg $21
10 6 TAXAGANO Fred Kersley Peter Knuckey 6.91L 3 54.5kg $71
11 4 KAY CEE Neville Parnham Jason Brown 7L 10 56kg $10
12 7 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 8.37L 2 54kg $41
13 10 DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Ms Jade McNaught 10.69L 15 53kg $31
14 12 MISSILE LAUNCH Vaughn Sigley Troy Turner 12.56L 13 53kg $201
15 5 SPIRITUAL WARRIOR Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 12.64L 4 55.5kg $101
16 3 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Brad Rawiller 22.46L 16 57kg $61
19e PYM’S ROYALE Luke Fernie 0
20e TRUE ATTRACTION Adam Durrant 0
17e ARCTIC STREAM Ross Price Shaun O’Donnell 0
18e MEDIA BARON David Harrison Jordan Turner 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Railway Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Railway Stakes odds 2020 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) was the last favourite in Railway Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2020 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 2020 Railway Stakes field features a capacity line-up of milers led in betting by the flying Inspirational Girl (11) chasing a third win on the trot with the ‘Wizard of the West’ William Pike to ride.

Last weekend’s four-length Ascot Gold Cup winner Too Close The Sun and recent Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes champ Kay Cee are the other standouts in the Railway line-up this summer.

Click here to read more about the key contenders in the Railway Stakes 2020 field & betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x33580x453 KEMENTARI James Cummings Chris Parnham 1 58kg 109
2 x600x9011x MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Paul Harvey 9 58kg 109
3 902x00x045 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Brad Rawiller 20 57kg
4 1321x11x01 KAY CEE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 13 56kg 105
5 8515x5111x SPIRITUAL WARRIOR Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 7 55.5kg 104
6 x60983x187 TAXAGANO Fred Kersley Peter Knuckey 4 54.5kg 102
7 34x33x9498 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 3 54kg 101
8 111x1x4732 RED CAN MAN Steve Wolfe Shaun McGruddy 10 53.5kg 100
9 2x12x4x246 CUP NIGHT Bernie Miller Patrick Carbery 8 53kg 98
10 22113×8301 DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Ms Jade McNaught 19 53kg 98
11 x211x11311 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 11 53kg 96
12 132×557413 MISSILE LAUNCH Vaughn Sigley Troy Turner 17 53kg 99
13 230x335x26 PLATOON Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 14 53kg 98
14 3131110×21 TOO CLOSE THE SUN Lindsey Smith Joseph Azzopardi 16 53kg 99
15 21x621x111 TRULY GREAT Grant & Alana Williams Clint Johnston-Porter 18 53kg 92
16 11x960x655 UNI TIME Sharon Miller Jason Whiting 12 53kg 95
17e 27311x60x0 ARCTIC STREAM Ross Price Shaun O’Donnell 5 53kg 92
18e 12111×8007 MEDIA BARON David Harrison Jordan Turner 2 53kg 90
19e 32017×6225 PYM’S ROYALE Luke Fernie 15 53kg 89
20e x32121x266 TRUE ATTRACTION Adam Durrant 6 53kg 79

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 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 2020 Railway Stakes nominations have attracted over 80 hopefuls including six for last year’s winning trainers Grant & Alana Williams led by the in-form Inspirational Girl.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1321x11x01 KAY CEE M 4 Neville Parnham 1 56kg 105
2 x33580x453 KEMENTARI G 6 James Cummings 2 58kg 109
3 x600x9011x MATERIAL MAN G 9 Justin Warwick 3 58kg 109
4 902x00x045 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 10 Matthew Williams 4 57kg 107
5 8515x5111x SPIRITUAL WARRIOR G 6 Justin Warwick 5 55.5kg 104
6 10x040x360 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 6 54.5kg 102
7 22113×8301 DANCE MUSIC M 5 Simon A Miller 7 53kg 98
8 x60983x187 TAXAGANO G 7 Fred Kersley 8 54.5kg 102
9 34x33x9498 GREAT SHOT G 8 Rhys Radford 9 54kg 101
10 x211x11311 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 10 53kg 96
11 111x1x4732 RED CAN MAN G 4 Steve Wolfe 11 53.5kg 100
12 12x9725x5x CHOCOLATE HOLIC G 8 Grant & Alana Williams 12 53kg 99
13 2721211130 MASSIMO G 4 Adam Durrant 13 53kg 99
14 132×557413 MISSILE LAUNCH G 7 Vaughn Sigley 14 53kg 99
15 2111421150 WINDSTORM G 4 Grant & Alana Williams 15 53kg 99
16 2x12x4x246 CUP NIGHT G 5 Bernie Miller 16 53kg 98
17 1×21131100 MONEY MATTERS G 4 Adam Durrant 17 53kg 98
18 230x335x26 PLATOON G 5 Neville Parnham 18 53kg 98
19 5×51988202 FLOW G 7 Martin Allan 19 53kg 96
20 110x857x87 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN G 6 Grant & Alana Williams 20 53kg 96
21 x3131110x2 TOO CLOSE THE SUN G 5 Lindsey Smith 21 53kg 95
22 11x960x655 UNI TIME G 5 Sharon Miller 22 53kg 95
23 x33216x170 FLOYD G 7 Chris & Michael Gangemi 23 53kg 93
24 03x00946x4 NEUFBOSC (FR) G 6 Neville Parnham 24 53kg 93
25 27311x60x0 ARCTIC STREAM G 6 Ross Price 25 53kg 92
26 221123×419 LAVERROD G 4 Sean & Jake Casey 26 53kg 92
27 112111×800 MEDIA BARON G 6 David Harrison 27 53kg 92
28 41343321×0 FESTIVAL MISS M 5 Adam Durrant 28 53kg 85
29 32017×6225 PYM’S ROYALE G 6 Luke Fernie 29 53kg 89
30 213x1144x0 ELEVEN SECONDS G 9 Chris & Michael Gangemi 30 53kg 86
31 21237x09x0 FORCEFUL G 6 Graham Yuill 31 53kg 86
32 71147x18x7 MONEY MAHER G 6 Daniel & Ben Pearce 32 53kg 85
33 x539185x85 MYSTERY MISS M 5 Adam Durrant 33 53kg 81
34 11x41020x2 ROYAL COMMAND G 7 Adam Durrant 34 53kg 85
35 12123×9480 UTGARD LOKI G 5 Justin Warwick 35 53kg 84
36 90×6283209 JERICHO MISSILE G 4 David Harrison 36 53kg 83
37 x21x621x11 TRULY GREAT G 5 Grant & Alana Williams 37 53kg 82
38 2182×23127 DOM TO SHOOT G 3 Sean & Jake Casey 38 53kg 80
39 4x32121x26 TRUE ATTRACTION G 5 Adam Durrant 39 53kg 79
40 x551755x59 SON OF BACCHUS G 5 Rhys Radford 40 53kg 75
41 111x10x207 WESTERN PRIDE M 5 Adam Durrant 41 53kg 71
42 431329×241 MIDNIGHT BLUE G 4 Grant & Alana Williams 42 53kg 74
43 123927×963 NAUGHTY BY NATURE M 4 Jason Miller 43 53kg 70
44 4111345×0 KARIJINI AURORA M 4 Summer Dickson 44 53kg 69
45 8x36x114x4 THE FUGAZI G 5 Chris & Michael Gangemi 45 53kg 71
46 2155275×04 PAMBELLA M 4 Neville Parnham 46 53kg 66
47 11×878 REIGN OF FIRE G 3 Colin Webster 47 53kg 70
48 11716 NOTORIOUS ONE G 5 Chris & Michael Gangemi 48 53kg 69
49 x2276x2344 OCEAN’S FIFTEEN G 5 Chris & Michael Gangemi 49 53kg 68
50 x222x11483 ORISTANO G 4 David Harrison 50 53kg 64
51 01x1x00x90 MAN BOOKER G 8 Daniel Morton 51 40kg
52 420142x8x6 OLMEDO (FR) H 6 Chris Waller 52 40kg
53 3153521×96 GAULOIS G 6 James Cummings 53 40kg
54 5778×02110 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 54 40kg
55 8100×34303 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 55 40kg
56 60x2223x70 THE VELVET KING G 5 Peter G Moody 56 40kg
57 1111×33606 GAME KEEPER G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 57 40kg
58 4x180x3847 BONVICINI M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 58 40kg
59 x3010x5035 DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 59 40kg
60 2x0548431x OVER EXPOSURE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 60 40kg
61 207523×241 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 6 Chris Waller 61 40kg
62 113x1x LAST OF THE LINE G 4 Stephen Miller 62 40kg
63 x82435x350 RELOADED H 4 Chris Waller 63 40kg
64 359×013160 PATRISTIC G 6 Greg Cave 64 40kg
65 6x085x1230 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 65 40kg
66 32050×3003 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 66 40kg
67 1720×22095 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 67 40kg
68 x22x713758 PRETTY BRAZEN M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 68 40kg
69 1311×51060 FREE TRADE G 6 Michael Lane 69 40kg
70 115x089x80 LIVING THE DREAM H 5 Lindsey Smith 70 40kg
71 5x0803x211 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) G 5 John Thompson 71 40kg
72 1x438P0x78 FASCINO (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 72 40kg
73 1x300x5106 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 73 40kg
74 5319×44082 CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings 74 40kg
75 x3121x421x BIG NIGHT OUT G 5 John Sadler 75 40kg
76 x60434x300 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 76 40kg
77 x402122x61 VALOUR ROAD G 5 Simon A Miller 77 57kg 107
78 210x115x34 RANIER G 5 James Cummings 78 40kg
79 16722×8482 BEEHUNTER G 4 John Sadler 79 40kg
80 31037×3119 JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 80 40kg
81 531212×836 RED HOT TIP G 4 Stephen Miller 81 40kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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.

Railway Stakes Winners

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

Year Place Horse Time
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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