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Railway Stakes

The Railway Stakes is a Group 1 open handicap race held annually at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia each November during the Perth summer racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Railway Stakes was won by Great Shot from Black Heart Bart with Tom Melbourne third.

The feature mile event of the summer carnival in Perth, the Railway Stakes takes place during the Festival of Perth Racing in November, one week before the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes, and two weeks before the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic in December.

2017 Railway Stakes info

Date: Saturday 25th November 2017
Track: Ascot racecourse, Perth
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,000,000
2017 Winner: Great Shot

The Railway Stakes is the biggest race held during the Perth summer racing carnival and has grown to become a very prestigous event in Western Australia. The $1,000,000 prizemoney attracts the best locals, and any quality intertate vistors, ensuring a classy field on the day.

Any horses from the recently finished Melbourne spring racing carnival may head towards the Railway Stakes for the big dollars on offer, while the Gr3 Asian Beau Stakes and Gr3 RJ Peters Stakes are considered key lead up races in Perth. Luckygray (2011) is the most recent winner of the Asian Beau Stakes and Railway Stakes double, while Scales Of Justice (2016) is the last galloper to claim the RJ Peters Stakes and Railway Stakes double.

The hot conditions in Perth favours local horses, especially those who have a good record in the race. Winners and placegetters might consider going on to tackle the other prominent feature race of the summer, the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic in 2 weeks at the same track.

Talented mare Elite Belle (2014) ran third in the Kingston Town Classic and won the Gr2 CB Cox Stakes after taking out the Railway Stakes. Luckygray (2nd in 2012) and Mr Moet (2012) went on to quinella the the Kingston Town Classic at their next start, with Luckygray turning the tables on Mr Moet over the 1800m distance of the Classic.

Great Shot (2017) finished runner-up in the Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes over 1400m at Ascot before scoring a narrow victory in this event and recent Railway Stakes winners include Scales Of Justice (2016) and Good Project (2015).

2017 Railway Stakes result

1. $31.00 Great Shot 53.5 Craig Staples
2. $8.00 Black Heart Bart 59.0 Brad Rawiller
3. $5.00 Tom Melbourne 55.0 Damien Oliver

then followed
4. $8.50 Variation 53.0 Brad Parnham
5. $16.00 Material Man 53.0 Ms Lucy Warwick
6. $26.00 Pounamu 53.0 Patrick Carbery
7. $26.00 Gatting 54.0 Lee Newman
8. $13.00 Ulmann 54.5 Damian Lane
9. $16.00 All Our Roads 53.0 Craig Williams
10. $51.00 Cosmic Storm 53.0 Jarrad Noske
11. $21.00 Sovereign Nation 53.0 Chris Parnham
12. $10.00 Scales Of Justice 57.5 Douglas Whyte
13. $19.00 Silverstream 53.5 William Pike
14. $61.00 Disposition 53.0 Shaun Mc Gruddy
15. $51.00 Observational 53.0 Joseph Azzopardi
16. $8.00 Supply And Demand 54.5 Joshua Parr

Margins: 0.15 len, 0.20 len
Time: 1:35.81

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Railway Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Great Shot Black Heart Bart Tom Melbourne 1:35.8
2016 Scales Of Justice Good Project Perfect Reflection 1:36.1
2015 Good Project Messene Balmont Girl 1:34.5
2014 Elite Belle Balmont Girl Moriarty 1:35.3
2013 Luckygray Platinum Rocker Fire Up Fifi 1:36.7
2012 Mr Moet Luckygray Rosie Rocket 1:35.8
2011 Luckygray He's Remarkable Westriver Kevydonn 1:34.8
2010 Gathering Famous Roman Megatic 1:35.1
2009 Snipers Bullet Tarzi Colour Correct 1:34.2
2008 Gilded Venom Sniper's Bullet Annenkov 1.34:5
2007 El Presidente Hartley's Dream Mansion House 1:34.7
2006 Belle Bizarre Confectioner Niconero 1:34.4
2005 Covertly Early Express Blinded 1:34.8
2004 Modem Mr Sandgroper Blinded 1:35.9
2003 Hardrada Early Express Mapperholic 1:35.7
2002 Old Fashion Hardrada Corporate Bruce 1:35.6
2001 Old Comrade Mr Tanzania Finito 1:37.6
2000 Northerly Old Comrade Lizzy Long Legs 1:35.8
1999 Slavonic Sister Patricia Corporate Bruce 1:34.8
1998 (Jan) Willoughby Bar Dreamer Spook 1:34.5
1998 (Dec) Machine Gun To Jacks Or Better On a Swing 1:36.4
1996 Bold Extreme Century Blazer Bradson 1:34.8
1995 Jacks Or Better Foreman Wabasso 1:35.2
1994 (Dec) Island Morn Classy Dresser Calypso 1:35.6
1994 (Jan) Zaparri Sir Tinka Asian Incline 1:35.1
1992 Welcome Knight Double Dignity Colonial Spirit 1:34.5
1991 M'Lady's Jewel Barrosa Boy Yilgangie Gold 1:34.6
1990 Medicine Kid Century God Jungle Hero 1:35.4
1989 Better Loosen Up Marwong Dual's Brute 1:34.4
1988 Marwong Bowie Congressman 1:33.7