Looking for early info on this year’s Railway Stakes? 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 million in prize money, 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 2020 the Railway Stakes winner Inspirational Girl went on to run a next-up second in that year’s Kingston Town Classic results.

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 2021 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, November 20th, 2021
  • 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: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1887
  • 2021 Railway Stakes Winner: Western Empire

railway stakes 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Railway Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday November 20, 2021.

  1. #16 Western Empire
  2. #6 Comfort Me
  3. #10 Kissonallforcheeks

Gun four-year-old Western Empire ($1.60F) secured one of the most dominant victories in recent Railway Stakes 2021 history, jockey William Pike riding the favourite to victory to hand trainers Grant & Alana Williams their fourth consecutive victory in the Group 1 mile feature.

Railway Stakes Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Railway Stakes, we’ve 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 2021

  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 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 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.

Which Horse Will Win The Railway Stakes in 2021

The best way to pick which horse will win the Railway Stakes in 2021 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 2021

Early favourites in Railway Stakes 2021 betting include WATC Derby winner Western Empire who returned with a  Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes win last start, Written Tycoon mare Kissonallforcheeks who has a 50% winning strike-rate at the track from 12 starts and Lee Steere Stakes winner Massimo

Inspirational Girl ($2.60 in 2020) followed by Western Empire ($1.60 in 2021) are the last Railway Stakes favourites to win.

Railway Stakes Field 2021

The official Railway Stakes 2021 field of final acceptances is due for release by Perth Racing on Monday November 15, 2021 and will be published in full below.

Grant & Alana Williams’ in-form four-year-old Western Empire chasing a sixth win on the trot is odds-on to dominate the 2021 Railway Stakes field over the mile second-up in Perth on Saturday.

Railway Stakes 2021 Tips

Favourite: #16 Western Empire ($1.75 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #16 Western Empire to salute for the punters (see above) 

Best Roughie: #2 Massimo ($13 at time of publish)

Our exclusive 2021 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 2021

2021 Railway Stakes Day takes place on Saturday, the 20th of November, 2021 at Ascot Racecourse. Along with the $1 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 2021

The 2021 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 2021

The 2021 Railway Stakes nominations close on Tuesday October 12, 2021 over a month out from the race and will be updated below once announced.

The 2021 Railway Stakes nominations attracted 64 milers led in all-in betting by WATC Derby winner Western Empire for Grant & Alana Williams who chase their fourth straight win in the event.

Railway Stakes Race Time 2021

The race is scheduled to start at 4:40 PM Western Australian Time. Railway Stakes start times for various states appear in the table below.

State Start Time
Western Australia 4:40 PM
Queensland 6:40 PM
Australian Capital Territory 7:40 PM
Tasmania 7:40 PM
Victoria 7:40 PM
New South Wales 7:40 PM
Northern Territory 6:10 pm
South Australia 7:10 pm


Railway Stakes Weights 2021

Handicap conditions apply to this race with a minimum handicap of 53kg. Weights must be declared by Tuesday November 16, 2021 at 7:00PM (AEDT) with weights on the final acceptances to be published in our above Railway Stakes Field section. 

2021 Railway Stakes Top-Weight:

  • #1 Valour Road (58.5kg)

railway stakes  ACCEPTANCES 2021

Final acceptances close on Monday the 15th of November, 2021 at 12:00PM (AEDT) with the confirmed line-up to be published in our above Railway Stakes Field section.

Railway Stakes Prize Money 2021

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

Place Prize Money
1st $580,000
2nd $200,000
3rd $90,000
4th $40,000
5th $20,000
6th $10,000
7th $10,000
8th $10,000
9th $10,000
10th $10,000

Railway Stakes Jockeys 2021

Riders must be declared by Wednesday the 17th of November, 2021 at 3:00PM (AEST) with the 2021 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 2021

The 2021 Railway Stakes is set to run as Ascot Race 8 at 4:45pm (AWST) on Saturday the 20th of November, 2021. There are nine races in total that day at Ascot Racecourse.

Railway Stakes Form Guide 2021

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Railway Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 


railway stakes LIVE 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 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 Jockey Time
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.