Looking for this year’s Railway Stakes betting odds, field, form and tips? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know on the race.

Railway Stakes
The Railway Stakes is the first of three Group 1 Perth Summer Racing Carnival features taking place at Ascot Racecourse in November each year. 

Offering $1.5 million in prize money as of 2022, the handicap event is run over the mile (1600m) and attracts the best of both the local and interstate milers chasing an end of year success.

The Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) is the key lead-up race into the Railway Stakes field and the last horse to do the double in the same year was Belle Bizarre (2006). More recently the champion Luckygray won the 2012 Lee Steere Stakes between his dual Railway Stakes wins in 2011 and 2013. 

The Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) held just a week prior is another good lead-up that has produced a number of Railway Stakes winners over the years. 

One of the biggest honours in Western Australian racing is to win the Railway Stakes – Kingston Town Classic double, with both races sporting one million dollar prize purses and the latter contest over 1800m. Sniper’s Bullet (2009) was the last horse to win both events in the same season. In 2022 the Kingston Town Classic was renamed the Northerly Stakes

In 2020 the Railway Stakes winner Inspirational Girl went on to run a next-up second in that year’s Kingston Town Classic results, as did the four-year-old Western Empire in 2021.

The brand new $1.5 million Group 3 The Gold Rush (1400m) held in mid-December for the first time in 2022 is also now a likely target for Railway Stakes horses each summer. In 2022 dual Railway Stakes runner-up Comfort Me franked the form running third in the inaugural The Gold Rush trifecta.

The Railway Stakes form is over franked over the following autumn by any horses heading east including when the 2019 winner Regal Power went Melbourne and won the $5 million All-Star Mile in 2020.

Railway Stakes 2023 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, November 25th, 2023
  • Track Location: Ascot Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,600 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Perth Racing
  • Prize Purse: $1,500,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1887
  • 2023 Railway Stakes Winner: Bustler

railway stakes 2023 RESULTS

The official 2023 Railway Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday November 25, 2023.

  1. #8 Bustler
  2. #7 Alsephina
  3. #4 Dom To Shoot

Neville Parham’s progressive four-year-old son of Playing God, Bustler ($9), went to the outside at the top of the straight before racing clear over the final 100m to defeat the beaten favourite Alsephina by over a length in the 2023 Railway Stakes results in Perth.

Railway Stakes Betting 2023

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Railway Stakes, and we have included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Railway Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Railway Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Railway Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Railway Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Railway Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Railway Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Railway Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Railway Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Railway Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Railway Stakes in 2023

  1. Login at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Railway Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Railway Stakes 2024 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Railway Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

Timezone: all times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time

Which Horse Will Win The Railway Stakes in 2023

The best way to pick which horse will win the Railway Stakes in 2023 is to take into account their record over the mile, past performers in the event, proven Group 1 Perth horses and those with a good strike-rate at the Ascot track. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Railway Stakes winner include: 

  • Favourites Strike-Out: Over the past 30 years the Railway Stakes favourites boast less than a 35% winning strike-rate. 
  • Light Weights: Since Sniper’s Bullet (56.5kg in 2009) only one Railway Stakes winner – Luckygray (58kg in 2013) – has carried more than 53.5kg to victory. 
  • Top Trainers: Grant & Alana Williams prepared four straight Railway Stakes winners from 2018 – 2021.

Railway Stakes Favourites 2023

Early favourites in Railway Stakes 2023 betting include Grant & Alana Williams’ ultra-consistent Group 3 winning mare Alsephina, Group 1 winner Tuvalu bringing in ace form lines from Melbourne, and the Chris Waller-trained mare Roots coming off a big win in Sydney’s Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes.

Inspirational Girl ($2.60 in 2020) followed by Western Empire ($1.60 in 2021) and Trix Of The Trade ($5 in 2022) are the last Railway Stakes favourites to win.

Railway Stakes Field 2023

The official Railway Stakes 2023 field of final acceptances is due for release by Perth Racing on Monday November 20, 2023 and will be published in full below.

The Railway Stakes 2023 barrier draw takes place on Tuesday evening, November 21, 2023.

The 2023 Railway Stakes final field is now out with updated markets led by the likes of Chris Waller’s impressive Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes winning mare Roots, the Lindsey Smith-trained Tuvalu coming off a close third in the Group 2 Crystal Mile, and consistent local Star Turn mare Alsephina from the stables of Grant & Alana Williams.

Railway Stakes 2023 Tips

Favourite: #1 Tuvalu ($4.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #7 Alsephina ($4.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Roughie: #18 Let’s Galahvant ($71 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our exclusive 2023 Railway Stakes tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview available on the Neds Blog.


Railway Stakes Race Day 2023

2023 Railway Stakes Day takes place on Saturday, the 25th of November, 2023 at Ascot Racecourse. Along with the $1.5 million Railway Stakes the other feature race on the program is the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds. 

railway stakes BARRIER DRAW 2023

The 2023 Railway Stakes barrier draw is a confirmed a few days out from the race and will be published in our above Railway Stakes Field section.

railway stakes NOMINATIONS 2023

The 2023 Railway Stakes nominations close on Tuesday October 16, 2023 over a month out from the race and will be updated below once announced.

The Railway Stakes 2023 nominations attracted a bumper 94 summer milers led in all-in betting by the ultra-consistent Grant & Alana Williams-trained Group 3 winning Star Turn mare Alsephina and Lindsey Smith’s Group 1 champ Tuvalu who recently ran second to Alligator Blood in Melbourne’s Underwood Stakes.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3x114x21x7 A LOT OF GOOD MEN C 3 Trevor Andrews 40kg 75
2 7125x2473x ABOVE THE PEG G 5 Simon A Miller 40kg 80
3 3261x2133x ADMIRATION EXPRESS M 4 Jason Miller 40kg 86
4 0847×72537 ALASKAN GOD G 5 Daniel Morton 40kg
5 x12111111x ALSEPHINA M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 40kg 92
6 428x009x6x ARAMAYO G 8 Sam Kavanagh 40kg
7 0x412417x2 ARCADIA STAR M 4 Michael Grantham 40kg
8 613106x01x ASCENSION (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 40kg
9 3x216Px520 ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 40kg
10 52148x84x4 ATLANTIS BEACH G 6 Cliff Green 40kg 70
11 x27410x890 BANK MAUR H 4 Richard Laming 40kg
12 8x421111x2 BENJI’S G 6 Cliff Green 40kg 80
13 1 BEST MOOD C 3 Michael Grantham 40kg 60
14 226333111x BLACK FANTASY G 5 Daniel & Ben Pearce 40kg 86
15 11x545120x BOOTS LIKE BRUCE G 6 Anne King 40kg 69
16 3×21221317 BRAYDEN STAR (GB) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 40kg
17 125x60113x BUSTLER G 4 Neville Parnham 40kg 101
18 1154x5213x CASCADIAN (GB) G 9 James Cummings 40kg
19 242112311x CASINO SEVENTEEN G 6 Grant & Alana Williams 40kg 96
20 1023421511 CEPHEUS (GB) G 7 Matthew Dunn 40kg
21 4523x5225x COMFORT ME G 7 Rhys Radford 40kg 106
22 x37160x000 COMMUNIST G 4 Michael Freedman 40kg
23 0x73027x40 CONVERGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 40kg
24 x24120x330 CORNER POCKET G 7 Lindsey Smith 40kg
25 8101x8114x CURRIMUNDI G 5 Steve Wolfe 40kg 80
26 53x0x10x7x DAJRAAN (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 40kg
27 4410x9180x DEFIANT DIORITE G 4 Chris Willis 40kg 69
28 62225x323x DEMOLISH G 4 Neville Parnham 40kg 73
29 945x31823x DOM TO SHOOT G 6 Sean & Jake Casey 40kg 103
30 x563730849 EEYORE WAYZ G 7 Raquel Reid 40kg 83
31 2142x7224x EM TEE AYE G 6 Trevor Andrews 40kg 92
32 13x1127x32 EN FRANCAIS M 6 Jake Stephens 40kg
33 4x5958709x EXCELLENT PROPOSAL G 7 Michael Freedman 40kg
34 51x111120x FAWKNER PARK (IRE) G 5 Annabel Neasham 40kg
35 1990×08619 FLEUR DELACOUR M 4 Chris Willis 40kg 58
36 x4430x7629 FORGOT YOU (NZ) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 40kg
37 3127x FOXY CLEOPATRA M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 40kg
38 311168141x GINGER BAKER G 6 Vernon Brockman 40kg 95
39 123x87707x GOD HAS CHOSEN G 6 Donna Riordan 40kg 102
40 000x82685x HILAL H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 40kg
41 x26844x407 HINGED M 5 Chris Waller 40kg
42 11119×4111 IKNOWASTAR G 4 Bjorn Baker 40kg
43 02369×9010 IRONCLAD (GB) G 8 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea 40kg
44 8x12312x5x JOURNALISM G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 40kg
45 3x11200x6x KARLI’S KARMA M 6 Summer Dickson 40kg 95
46 1x3131x925 KOVALICA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 40kg
47 45x845221x LAST OF THE LINE G 7 Stephen Miller 40kg 104
48 6049283226 LET’S GALAHVANT G 5 Daniel & Ben Pearce 40kg 90
49 112x74x421 LIFE LESSONS (NZ) M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 40kg
50 51210×0488 LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller 40kg
51 8x66445x13 LORD VLADIVOSTOK (NZ) G 7 Michael Hickmott 40kg
52 x61011x10x MAROCCHINO G 7 Lou Luciani 40kg
53 3109x7008x MASSIMO G 7 Chris & Michael Gangemi 40kg 102
54 9181x76x7N MINSK MOMENT H 5 Chris Waller 40kg
55 08x11751x3 MOJO RHYTHM G 5 Mitchell Pateman 40kg 75
56 23117x128x MUNHAMEK (GB) G 8 Nick Ryan 40kg
57 x6026x6473 MY OBERON (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham 40kg
58 7x20480x45 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 40kg
59 x212x117x7 NOTEWORTHY (NZ) M 4 Michael Grantham 40kg 68
60 113553×404 NUGGET (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 40kg
61 51761×5730 OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 40kg
62 146x2x1132 PHANTA G 6 Chris & Michael Gangemi 40kg 101
63 7419x2117x PLANET CASH G 4 Hayden Ballantyne 40kg 76
64 733x17137x PLAYING MARIKA M 8 Stephanie Bakranich 40kg 96
65 12x80x5290 POLITICAL DEBATE H 4 Chris Waller 40kg
66 11263×6408 POUNDING G 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 40kg
67 7x4298x626 PRIDE OF JENNI M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 40kg
68 033x6057x6 PROCONSENT G 8 Sean & Jake Casey 40kg 83
69 205x22630x RED CAN MAN G 7 Steve Wolfe 40kg 107
70 641211×110 REDIENER G 4 Chris Waller 40kg
71 69x6124x51 RENAISSANCE WOMAN (NZ) M 4 Bjorn Baker 40kg
72 10x90x7x14 RISE OF THE MASSES H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 40kg
73 33215×2317 RIVER RUBICON G 5 Steve Wolfe 40kg 89
74 x3410x52x5 ROOTS M 5 Chris Waller 40kg
75 1x1131216x RUSTY DREAMS M 4 Michael Lane 40kg 77
76 21x0180x1x SEARCHIN’ ROC’S M 5 Jim Taylor 40kg 96
77 1x0x313x13 SENTIMENTAL HERO G 6 Michael Grantham 40kg 79
78 2x460x4023 SIBAAQ (GB) G 6 Annabel Neasham 40kg
79 x61043x200 SKYMAN (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 40kg
80 723628x2x8 SPEED DREAM G 6 Roland Piercey 40kg 79
81 30x05912x8 STARTRADE G 7 Daniel Morton 40kg 104
82 5232x10x06 STEINEM (GB) M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 40kg
83 16460x010x SURF DANCER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 40kg
84 x141211x2x THE VELVET QUEEN M 5 Darren McAuliffe 40kg 97
85 4x573747x3 TITAN BLINDERS G 8 Chris & Michael Gangemi 40kg 96
86 20x1316x0x TRIX OF THE TRADE G 5 Colin Webster 40kg 106
87 12x79x432x TUVALU G 6 Lindsey Smith 40kg
88 51x86x8010 UNCLE BRYN (GB) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 40kg
89 7416×41112 WATEGOS G 5 Bjorn Baker 40kg
90 91x520x339 WATERFORD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 40kg
91 1122113×05 WEAPONSON G 7 Daniel Morton 40kg 92
92 x1221x120x WESTERN KNIGHT (NZ) G 5 Michael Grantham 40kg 73
93 425x45137x WICKLOW (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 40kg
94 41x217x32x ZAAKI (GB) G 9 Annabel Neasham 40kg
Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Railway Stakes Race Time 2023

The 2023 Railway Stakes start time is scheduled as 6:09 PM Western Australian Time. Railway Stakes start times for various states appear in the table below.

State Start Time
Western Australia 6:09 PM
Queensland 8:09 PM
Australian Capital Territory 7:09 PM
Tasmania 7:09 PM
Victoria 7:09 PM
New South Wales 7:09 PM
Northern Territory 7:39 pm
South Australia 8:39 pm


Railway Stakes Weights 2023

Handicap conditions apply to this race with a minimum handicap of 53kg. 2023 Railway Stakes weights must be declared by Tuesday November 21, 2023 at 7:00PM (AEDT) with weights on the final acceptances to be published in our above Railway Stakes Field section. 

2023 Railway Stakes Top-Weight: 

  • #1 Tuvalu (58kg)

railway stakes  ACCEPTANCES 2023

2023 Railway Stakes final acceptances close on Monday the 20th of November, 2023 at 12:00PM (AEDT) with the confirmed line-up to be published in our above Railway Stakes Field section.

Railway Stakes Prize Money 2023

The 2023 Railway Stakes prize purse is worth $1,500,000 in total with prize money played from first to tenth. 

Place Prize Money
1st $822,000
2nd $279,000
3rd $132,000
4th $58,500
5th $43,500
6th $27,000
7th $27,000
8th $27,000
8th $27,000
8th $27,000

Railway Stakes Jockeys 2023

Riders must be declared by Wednesday the 22nd of November, 2023 at 3:00PM (AEDT) with the 2023 Railway Stakes jockeys to be published in our above Railway Stakes Field section.

Grey Horses In The Railway Stakes

Grey horses which have won the Railway Stakes include Luckygray, who won on 2011 and 2013.

railway stakes RACE NUMBER 2023

The 2023 Railway Stakes race number is scheduled as Ascot Race 8 at 6:09pm (AWST) on Saturday the 25th of November, 2023. There are nine races in total that day at Ascot Racecourse.

Railway Stakes Form Guide 2023

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2023 Railway Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 


railway stakes LIVE 2023

You can watch or listen to the 2023 Railway Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Railway Stakes Winners

Winners of the Railway Stakes going back to 2008 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Railway Stakes winners, going all the way back to 1983, please visit our Railway Stakes Winners page.

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Time
2023 Bustler Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 1:34.80
2022 Trix Of The Trade Colin Webster Troy Turner 1:35.82
2021 Western Empire Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1:34.38
2020 Inspirational Girl Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1:33.79
2019 Regal Power Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1:35.89
2018 Galaxy Star Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1:34.08
2017 Great Shot Rhys Radford Craig Staples 1:35.81
2016 Scales of Justice Lindsey Smith Douglas Whyte 1:36.13.
2015 Good Project Chris Waller Craig Williams 1:34.52
2014 Elite Belle Grant Williams William Pike 1:35.59.
2013 Luckygray Trevor Andrews Shaun O’Donnell 1:36.75.
2012 Mr Moet Adam Durrant Daniel Staeck 1:35.89.
2011 Luckygray Gino Poletti Shaun O’Donnell 1:34.88.
2010 Gathering John P Thompson Craig Williams 1:35.11.
2009 Sniper’s Bullet Tracey Bartley Nash Rawiller 1:34.25.
2008 Gilded Venom Steve Wallace Patrick Carbery 1:34.50.