The Heineken 3-Railway Stakes holds a special place in the hearts of the city’s people. It is Perth’s oldest Group One race, an illustrious contest with a proud history dating back to Nimrod’s 1887 New Year’s Eve victory.
The 2020 edition of the Railway Stakes saw the 2018/19 winning jockey, William Pike, return from a stint in Melbourne and quarantine for two weeks, in order to ride the Grant and Alana Williams-trained favourite, Inspirational Girl. The despairing crowd feared his effort may have been wasted, as the pack rounded the bend and Pike once again found himself all locked up with nowhere to go. Then, at the 200 mark, a narrow gap opened and all of Inspiration Girl’s massive power was unleashed. She surged through the field for a roaring victory.
|First||$580,000 plus trophies|
|Sixth to 10th||$10,000|
|Year||Winner||Weight||Previous Race (Result)||Next Race (Result)|
|2020||Inspirational Girl||53kg||G3 Asian Beau Stakes (1st)||G1 Kingston Town Classic (2rd)|
|2019||Regal Power||53kg||G3 Asian Beau Stakes (2nd)||G1 Kingston Town Classic (6th)|
|2018||Galaxy Star||53kg||G3 Asian Beau Stakes (1st)||G1 Kingston Town Classic (3rd)|
|2017||Great Shot||53.5kg||G2 Lee Steere Stakes (2nd)||G1 Kingston Town Classic (8th)|
|2016||Scales Of Justice||53kg||G3 RJ Peters Stakes (1st)||G1 Kingston Town Classic (2nd)|
|2015||Good Project||53kg||Lavazza Short Black (2nd)||G3 Liverpool City Cup (3rd)|
|Date||Event||Fee (GST inclusive)|
|Monday 11 October||Nominations close at 12:00 noon||$550|
|Monday 25 October||First late entries close at 12:00 noon||$1,100|
|Monday 8 November||Second late entries close at 9:30am||$22,000|
|Monday 8 November||Weights declared||N/A|
|Monday 15 November||Final declarations close at 12:00 noon||$5,500|
|Tuesday 16 November||Final riders close at 10:00am||N/A|
|Tuesday 16 November||Barrier draw (event details to be confirmed)||N/A|
|Saturday 20 November||Race||N/A|
G1 $1,000,000 Heineken 3-Railway Stakes
Winners of the following races shall be exempt from ballot in this race: 2020 W.A. Guineas, 2021 editions of the Toorak Handicap, Northerly Stakes, Cantala Stakes, Asian Beau Stakes, Lee Steere Stakes, R.J. Peters Stakes and the W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes.
Horses which place first, second or third in any Group One race run in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan or Singapore between Tuesday October 12 and Sunday November 7 inclusive can enter the Railway Stakes before the closing of the second late entry stage upon payment of the standard nomination fee.