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In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Railway Stakes:
|Date||Saturday, 20th November, 2021|
|Racecourse||Ascot Racecourse, WA, Australia|
The Railway Stakes is a Group One race over 1,600m and is held at Ascot Racecourse, in Perth. The first of three Perth Group Ones, as part of the Ascot Racing Carnival, is a handicap race for horses aged three or older and has a total prizemoney pool of $1,000,000. This year, the race will be held on Saturday, November 20th and was won by Inspirational Girl in 2020.
The Railway Stakes is the first of three Group Ones that help make up the Ascot Racing Carnival in Perth, highlighting the talent that Perth racing has to offer whilst attracting some horses from the East to continue their Spring campaigns.
Run over a mile (1,600m) under handicap conditions and with a prizemoney pool of $1M, the Railway Stakes attracts some of the best middle-distance horses the country has to offer. Horses don’t normally worry about making the trip across the country to Perth, but with the Railway kicking off the Ascot Carnival’s Group Ones, the trip is definitely worth it.
Nimrod won the first running of the Railway Stakes, in 1887, with the likes of Carbine, Better Loosen Up, Northerly and Regal Power winning over the years. Last year, Inspirational Girl won with William Pike aboard, making it three in a row for the star WA hoop.
Given the race is still weeks away and the field is not set, we are yet to come up with our Railway Stakes tips for 2021, but be sure to read on below to get all of the information you need to know on the history and formlines for the race.
The Railway Stakes is an Australian Group One race held at Ascot Racecourse, is the first Group One of the Ascot Racing Carnival and brings some of the best horses from across the country to Perth, whilst also attracting many Aussies who like to have a casual punt. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of Railway Stakes tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.
Given nominations are yet to be accepted for the 2021 Railway Stakes, it is hard to provide any updates at this time. However, as the Spring Carnival wraps up and the Ascot Carnival kicks into gear, the horses that are targeting this race will become clearer and we will be able to provide you with updates. If you are after Railway Stakes horse tips, then we will keep you informed with which horses are likely to be running, so you can place your futures bets with confidence!
Unfortunately no betting agencies are currently providing Railway Stakes odds, but we will continue to keep on top of information when it comes in and bring it to you as early as we can. When looking for Railway Stakes tips, we have indicated some key factors to success in the betting section below!
We will list The Sharks’ Railway Stakes best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the Railway Stakes in 2021 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Railway Stakes is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2021 Railway Stakes.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
With some of WA’s best horses put on display, whilst also attracting some of the best from across the country, it can be hard to find a winner in the Railway Stakes. However, if you are after Railway Stakes betting tips, we have found some key indicators that may help you place a winning bet on the main race.
Is Previous Form in the Railway Stakes a Good Indicator of Future Success?
It is definitely worth having a look at some of the previous runnings of the race when looking for your Railway Stakes top bets. While just two horses over the last 134 years have been able to win multiple Railway Stakes, the last 10 years have shown some repeat success.
Luckygray had two wins and a second from 2011-13, Balmont Girl had a second and a third in 2014 and 2015 respectively, and Good Project won in 2015 before coming second in 2016. That shows that while it may be hard to win multiple Railway Stakes, the class horses always find a way to be in the placings and within a length of victory.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Railway Stakes?
While five of the last eight winners of the Railway Stakes have been priced under $10, just two of them have been favourites. Inspirational Girl won in 2020 when jumping as $2.60 favourite while Galaxy Star was $2.90 favourite when winning in 2018.
Regal Power was sixth favourite at $10 when winning in 2019 while Great Shot, who won in 2017, was a massive $31, the longest odds for a winner over the last eight years.
The market typically knows what is going on in the race as both Inspirational Girl and Galaxy Star were short-priced winners while there were no horses priced under $5 when Regal Power won, indicating the quality and even playing field in the race.
Formlines Heading into the Railway Stakes
With WA horses typically reigning supreme, there are some key Perth races that are targeted in the lead up to the Railway Stakes. Each of the last three winners of the Railway contested the G3 Asian Beau Stakes one run earlier, with two of them winning and the other finishing a close second.
The G3 Northerly Stakes is another race contested by previous winners, however both that ran in that race didn’t win it, but were able to go on and win the Railway. The last four winners have each contested the Railway Stakes at a different stage of their preparation, with Inspirational Girl (2020) running 4th up while Regal Power (2019) was 2nd up.
There has been no clear age that gets a better run in the Railway Stakes, however you want your best bet to be either four, five or six. Looking at the last 10 runnings of the race, Inspirational Girl won as a five-year-old, being one of three horses to win at that age.
As well as this Regal Power won as a four-year-old and is one of four horses to win at that age while Galaxy Star won as a six-year-old and is one of three horses to win at that age, over that 10 year timespan.
Here is a table indicating the ages of winners of the Railway Stakes since the 2011 edition:
|Age||# of Wins|
Given the handicap nature of the Railway Stakes, each of the last seven winners has carried either 53kg or 53.5kg. The last three winners, all mentioned above, carried 53kg to victory. In fact, over the last 11 years, just one horse has carried more than 53.5kg to victory, Luckygray in 2013, who successfully managed 58kg.
While mares have won two of the last three runnings of the Railway Stakes, it is actually a race typically dominated by male horses. Six of the last 10 winners have been geldings with another one being a horse, leaving three mares to win over that time.
Based on our data that we have analysed so far, your Railway Stakes best bet is to look for a gelding that is aged 4, 5 or 6 and has contested the Asian Beau Stakes in their run before the Railway. The market will know if there is a clear favourite and you should definitely watch where the money is going, however you don’t always need a favourite for your Railway Stakes best bet.
Our Railway Stakes best bets for 2021 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
Long before the Railway Stakes field is officially announced – online bookies will open early markets, or all-in markets, for Railway Stakes betting. This is prime time to bet on your favourite horse, as you might be able to bet on strong contenders for the 2021 Railway Stakes at double-digit odds.
Once the bookies release the 2021 Railway Stakes odds, they will obviously fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the race, especially when we have a better idea of which horses will be targeting the race and their form leading into the race.
Punting early on these markets can find you a favourite at prices of $10 or more, which will retain you a much higher return on investment. However, there is increased risk with doing this and you should be well aware.
Depending on when you place a futures bet on the 2021 Railway Stakes, your horse may not even run but you won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, you have the security of receiving your money back if your horse doesn’t run.
Unfortunately, the Railway Stakes betting odds are yet to be released, but you can rest easy knowing that we will provide them for you as soon as they are released!
Recently, the field has been attracting some star power from the eastern states as gallopers chase the increased prize money following their Spring campaigns in Melbourne or Sydney. These runners go head-to-head with the most talented Western Australian milers, who have had the most success recently.
Locals match up well against their eastern state counterparts, with WA stars Inspirational Girl, Regal Power, Galaxy Star, and Scales of Justice some of the most recent winners. The final Railways Stakes field will be announced at the barrier draw, which is set to take place on Wednesday, November 17th.
With the 2021 Railway Stakes field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2020 field, headlined by winner Inspirational Girl:
|1. Kementari (58kg)||1||Chris Parnham||James Cummings|
|2. Material Man (58kg)||9||Paul Harvey||Justin Warwick|
|3. Gailo Chop (FR) (57kg)||20||Brad Rawiller||Matthew Williams|
|4. Kay Cee (56kg)||13||Jason Brown||Neville Parnham|
|5. Spiritual Warrior (55.5kg)||7||Lucy Warwick||Justin Warwick|
|6. Taxagano (54.5kg)||4||Peter Knuckey||Fred Kersley|
|7. Great Shot (54kg)||3||Craig Staples||Rhys Radford|
|8. Red Can Man (53.5kg)||10||Shaun McGruddy||Steve Wolfe|
|9. Cup Night (53kg)||8||Patrick Carbery||Bernie Miller|
|10. Dance Music (53kg)||19||Jade McNaught||Simon A Miller|
|11. Inspirational Girl (NZ) (53kg)||11||William Pike||G & A Williams|
|12. Missile Launch (53kg)||17||Troy Turner||Vaughn Sigley|
|13. Platoon (53kg)||14||Brad Parnham||Neville Parnham|
|14. Too Close The Sun (53kg)||16||Joseph Azzopardi||Lindsey Smith|
|15. Truly Great (53kg)||18||Clint Johnston-Porter||G & A Williams|
|16. Uni Time (53kg)||12||Jason Whiting||Sharon Miller|
|17e. Arctic Stream (53kg)||5||Shaun O’Donnell||Ross Price|
|18e. Media Baron (53kg)||2||Jordan Turner||David Harrison|
|19e. Pym’s Royale (53kg)||15||–||Luke Fernie|
|20e. True Attraction (53kg)||6||–||Adam Durrant|
With the race yet to be run, we still don’t know what the Railway Stakes results for 2021 will be! However, check back in after the race and we will have all of the information on how the big race went and what the results are.
Looking back at the 2020 race, Inspirational Girl came from near the back of the field to win comfortably, 1.84 lengths ahead of Too Close The Sun who just beat out Uni Time in the minor placings. A typical Grant & Alana Williams, William Pike backmaker special, Inspirational Girl went back in the pack to find cover from barrier eight.
Pikey then began building up around the bend but couldn’t seem to find a gap at the top of the straight, however Red Can Man moved slightly towards the rails and opened up the perfect gap for Pikey and Inspirational Girl to unleash in the final 200m.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2020 Railway Stakes race:
Here are the full results from the Railway Stakes in 2020:
|1st||11. Inspirational Girl (NZ) (53kg)||William Pike||–|
|2nd||14. Too Close The Sun (53kg)||Joseph Azzopardi||1.84L|
|3rd||16. Uni Time (53kg)||Jason Whiting||1.99L|
|4th||8. Red Can Man (53.5kg)||Shaun McGruddy||2.02L|
|5th||2. Material Man (58kg)||Paul Harvey||2.36L|
|6th||9. Cup Night (53kg)||Patrick Carbery||2.72L|
|7th||15. Truly Great (53kg)||Clint Johnston-Porter||3.08L|
|8th||1. Kementari (58kg)||Chris Parnham||3.61L|
|9th||13. Platoon (53kg)||Brad Parnham||3.83L|
|10th||6. Taxagano (54.5kg)||Peter Knuckey||6.91L|
|11th||4. Kay Cee (56kg)||Jason Brown||7L|
|12th||7. Great Shot (54kg)||Craig Staples||8.37L|
|13th||10. Dance Music (53kg)||Jade McNaught||10.69L|
|14th||12. Missile Launch (53kg)||Troy Turner||12.56L|
|15th||5. Spiritual Warrior (55.5kg)||Lucy Warwick||12.64L|
|16th||3. Gailo Chop (FR) (57kg)||Brad Rawiller||22.46L|
The results for the upcoming Railway Stakes are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2020||Inspirational Girl||Too Close The Sun||Uni Time|
|2019||Regal Power||Best Of Days||Platoon|
|2018||Galaxy Star||Gatting||Material Man|
|2017||Great Shot||Black Heart Bart||Tom Melbourne|
|2016||Scales Of Justice||Good Project||Perfect Reflection|
|2015||Good Project||Messene||Balmont Girl|
|2014||Elite Belle||Balmont Girl||Moriarty|
|2013||Luckygray||Platinum Rocker||Fire Up Fifi|
|2012||Mr Moet||Luckygray||Rosie Rocket|
|2011||Luckygray||He’s Remarkable||Westriver Kevydonn|