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Railway Stakes 2023 Betting Tips - Local mares are fancied

Last updated: 23 Nov 2023
Alex Marsh 23 Nov 2023
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  • The Railway Stakes is of Western Australia's most famous races & it starts three weeks of Group 1 action in the west
  • This event is run over 1600m at the Ascot Racecourse on November 25
  • A competitive market has been assembled with PlayUp
  • Our feature preview is included below
Railway Tips
Forgot You is one of three interstate raiders in the 2023 Railway Stakes. (Gtty)

The Railway Stakes is run over the mile at Ascot and it's the first major of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.
  • 2023 Railway Stakes Tips
  • 2023 Railway Stakes Field & Odds

Run under handicap conditions, this feature has held Group 1 status since 1979, with champion past winners including Better Loosen Up, Northerly, Old Comrade and Luckygray, who won two editions (2011 & 2013).

In the 2023 Railway Stakes, Tuvalu and Alsephina can't be split with PlayUp. with $4.60 available for the equal favourites.

2023 Railway Stakes Tips

2023 Railway Stakes Best Bet - Alsephina

Trainers Grant & Alana Williams, and jockey William Pike have teamed up for four of the last five Railway Stakes winners and they combine with the daughter of Star Turn, who is a two-time stakes winner.

With this being a clear third-up target, her lead-up to the Railway Stakes has been just about faultless and the week backup holds no fears, as Alsephina is unbeaten from two tries on a seven-day turnaround.

Interestingly, blinkers go on for the first time on Saturday, however, the Williams camp would had this gear change in their back pocket for a while and this change isn't a desperate try to reverse form.

A tactically versatile galloper who is ticking plenty of boxes here, Alsephina profiles very well for the Railway Stakes, where she plummets to 53kg under the handicap conditions.
2023 Railway Stakes Next Best Bet - The Velvet Queen

This five-year-old is a full sister to The Velvet King, a four-time stakes winner who finished sixth as second fav in the 2019 Railway Stakes and she arrives second-up off an eye-catching return on November 11.

Given her preferred pattern is to get back and wind up, a wide draw is the least of The Velvet Queen's concerns, while January's La Trice stakes result suggests there isn't a whole lot between her and Alsephina.

She'll need a lot more luck than the market elect, hence the long quote, however, she has the brilliance to figure here if conditions allow and back to 53kg under handicap conditions is a positive second-up.

The Velvet Queen put somewhat of a bridesmaid tag to bed last season, where she worked through the grades before measuring up at stakes level and a testing mile is her ideal setup.

2023 Railway Stakes Value Bet - Karli's Karma

A big, strong mare from the Summer Dickson stable, Karli's Karma was fancied to win last year's Railway Stakes and while she failed in that, her lead-up ahead of the 2023 edition appears more deliberate.

The daughter of Deep Field had done plenty of racing in that previous calendar year and given she's at her most dangerous when presented fresh, she's been sparingly raced with this Group 1 in mind.

After completing a lot of lead-up work over winter, Karli's Karma dusted off the cobwebs with a 1000m blowout fresh before taking out the Group 3 Eurythmic Stakes, where she was seven weeks between runs.

She'll contest the Railway Stakes off a five-week gap, where the plan coming into this has been to keep dash in the legs and for her Grand Final, the mare gets the blinkers applied for the first time.

2023 Railway Stakes Field & Odds

1TuvaluLindsey SmithJamie Kah458kg$4.60
2Marocchino Lou Luciani Chris Parnham 1457kg$16
3Comfort Me Rhys Radford Peter Knuckey 1854kg$23
4Dom To ShootSean & Jake CaseyJordan Turner1254kg $17
5RootsChris WallerTommy Berry1554kg $4.80
6Trix Of The Trade Colin WebsterTroy Turner154kg$26
7AlsephinaGrant & Alana WilliamsWilliam Pike 753kg$4.60
8BustlerNeville ParnhamSteve Parnham253kg$10
9Forgot You (NZ)Trent Busuttin & Natalie YoungDaniel Moor1953kg$14
10Karli's KarmaSummer DicksonMichael Poy853kg $12
11Last Of The LineStephen MillerBrad Parnham1353kg $81
12MassimoChris & Michael Gangemi Clint Johnston-Porter1753kg $51
13Mojo RhythmMitchell PatemanHolly Watson653kg $41
14Searchin' Roc'sJim TaylorJason Brown553kg $41
15StartradeDaniel Morton Chris Nicoll1053kg $71
16The Velvet QueenDarren McAuliffePatrick Carbery1653kg $23
17eCasino SeventeenGrant & Alana Williams Shaun McGruddy353kg $23
18eLet's GalahvantDaniel & Ben Pearce953kg $81
19eRiver RubiconSteve WolfeJoseph Azzopardi1153kg $126
Odds courtesy of PlayUp & correct on 23/11/2023.


Our tips for the 2023 Railway Stakes are:

Best Bet1: Alsephina To Win @18/5 at PlayUP - 3 Units
Best Bet2: The Velvet Queen Each Way @22/1 at PlayUP - 2 Units
Best Bet3: Karli's Karma To Win @11/1 at PlayUP - 1 Unit
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