Group 1 Ascot Stakes Historical Facts and Figures

The Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600 m) at Ascot was first run in 1887. Since it is an open handicap race, we had a look at the history of Perth’s premier mile event and found some interesting trivia associated with the race.

Despite there being no age restriction on the race, we found only two multiple winners in the 129-year history.

Those were Tudor Mak in 1966 and 1967, and Luckygray in 2011 and 2013, meaning that Tudor Mak was the only horse to win two consecutive Railway Stakes.

Tudor Mak was exclusively a Western Australia performer, as best as we could determine. Records from the 60s were not extensive. One source that we have found accurate in the past lists him as an unraced breeder. That source also shows him as alive at the age of 56, which is rather doubtful. Another shows him as a 12-time winner. Pass the grains of salt, please.

Luckygray was a stellar performer, another Western Australia product. He won almost $2.7 million, with 33 jumps for 14 wins and four placings. He also won the Kingston Town Classic in 2012, but his venture to the east left him nothing to show for runs at Flemington, Moonee Valley and Caulfield.

So far as notable winners are concerned, the names of Northerly and Better Loosen Up topped the list.

Six jockeys won the Railway Stakes twice.

Shaun O’Donnell in 2013 and 2011, Craig Williams in 2015 and 2010, Paul Harvey in 2001 and January of 1998, Patrick Carbery in 2008 and December of 1998 (Railway Stakes run twice in 1998), Simon Marshall in 1994 (race run twice in 1994) and 1988, a D. Miller, who we believe to be Daniel, in 2000 and 1987 and finally, Michael Clarke in 1989 (Better Loosen Up) and 1991.

The only trainer we could find with two Railway Stakes wins, going back as far as 1983, was Ross Price in 1990 and 1992. Notable trainers include David Hayes in 1989 (Better Loosen Up) and Chris Waller in 2015 (Good Project).

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