The Railway Stakes is the first Group 1 of the Perth Carnival, held over the mile (1600m) under Handicap conditions for $1,000,000. The 2020 Railway Stakes will be held on November 21.
The Railway Stakes is a time-honoured race in Western Australia, having been run in some form since 1887. Better Loosen Up and Northerly are two of the most famous past winners, and with the increase in prize money since 2007, there have been more fancied horses from the eastern states coming across contesting the race.
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The 2019 Railway Stakes was won by Regal Power in thrilling fashion, coming from the back of the field and beating a wall of horses across the line.
In a thrilling finish Regal Power captures another Group One Kirin Railway Stakes at Ascot for leviathan breeders/owners, Bob & Sandra Peters and jockey William Pike. A 6th G1 winner for @CoolmoreAus Pierro (20 SWs overall), Regal Power is out of the Perth SW Broadway Belle pic.twitter.com/cKwSLZBawn
— Aushorse (@Aushorse_TBA) November 23, 2019
Railway Stakes Field
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, with locals matching up well against their eastern state counterparts, with WA stars Regal Power, Galaxy Star, and Scales of Justice some of the most recent winners.
Railway Stakes Betting
This can be a difficult betting race for punters, with many runners getting home in double figures over the last decade. It is important to attempt to line up the WA form with the form from the eastern states to find value in the market.
Runners down in the weights have performed well, whereas only two favourites have won in the past ten editions.
RAILWAY STAKES WINNERS
2019 – Regal Power – $10.00
2018 – Galaxy Star – $2.90
2017 – Great Shot – $31.00
2016 – Scales Of Justice – $9.00
2015 – Good Project – $6.00
2014 – Elite Belle – $6.00
2013 – Luckygray – $20.00
2012 – Mr Moet – $21.00
2011 – Luckygray – $4.00