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 2018 Railway Stakes was won by Galaxy Star from Gatting with Material Man 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.
|Date:||Saturday 24th November 2018|
|Track:||Ascot racecourse, Perth|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Galaxy Star|
|Railway Stakes odds|
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. Galaxy Star (2018) is the most recent Asian Beau Stakes and Railway Stakes double winner, 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.
Galaxy Star (2018) took out the Gr3 Asian Beau Stakes over 1400m at Ascot before scoring a classy win in this event for the Grant & Alana Williams stable.
Recent Railway Stakes winners include Great Shot (2017) and Scales Of Justice (2016).
1. $2.90 Galaxy Star 53.0 William Pike
2. $13.00 Gatting 54.0 Damian Lane
3. $9.00 Material Man 57.0 Ms Lucy Warwick
4. $81.00 Perfect Jewel 53.0 Craig Newitt
=5. $16.00 Mister Sea Wolf 53.5 Michael Dee
=5. $16.00 Man Booker 55.0 Paul Harvey
7. $151.00 Star Exhibit 53.0 Joseph Azzopardi
8. $7.00 Iconoclasm 53.0 Craig Williams
9. $14.00 Prized Icon 54.0 Ben Melham
10. $26.00 Achernar Star 53.0 Shaun Mc Gruddy
11. $41.00 Action 53.0 Patrick Carbery
12. $151.00 Disposition 53.0 Shaun O'Donnell
13. $31.00 Great Shot 55.5 Craig Staples
14. $101.00 Wrinkly 53.0 Steven Parnham
15. $6.50 Peaceful State 53.5 Ben Allen
Margins: 1.75, 0.1 len
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|2018||Galaxy Star||Gatting||Material Man||1:34.0|
|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|
|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|
|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|