Railway Stakes Ellerslie
Opie Bosson riding Ryan Mark celebrates after winning the Railway Stakes

Railway Stakes New Zealand Betting Tips

We will have Railway Stakes betting tips when markets are released.

The $200,000 Railway Stakes is the first Group 1 of the year in New Zealand. Run on New Year’s Day, the famous sprint has been won by some of Australasia’s best sprinters. 

It might not have a big stake on offer, but the Railway Stakes NZ is the most anticipated sprint race of the season and with a bumper crowd on track at Ellerslie on January 1, punters love getting stuck in.

Railway Stakes New Zealand Odds

All-in odds for the Railway Stakes NZ are released months in advance but the final field is confirmed three days before the race. 

Railway Stakes NZ odds are usually very even due to the nature of the race. There is rarely a runner that is clearly better than the rest.

Railway Stakes New Zealand Bookmaker Offers

Bookmakers will have bookie offers for the Railway Stakes NZ closer to the race time. Typically, bookmakers will offer bonus bets for running second or third in the major races.

Railway Stakes History

Diamond Lover holds the record for the quickest time in the Railway Stakes NZ. The quality mare won in a time of 1:07.79 in 1987 and it stood the test of time. 

The great Mr Tiz won the Railway Stakes NZ on three consecutive occasions, which included a dead-heat win in 1989 with Westminster. 

Other champion winners to have won the Railway Stakes NZ are Coberger, Loader, Coogee Walk and Egyptian Raine. 

Upset winners have been the theme in recent history with three long-shot winners scoring. Jacowils has the record when scoring at odds of 105.00 in 2009. 
Second-rate Australian sprinters have been sent over for the $200,000 feature and they have had good success. A Gold Trail and Atomic Force were only fair sprinters in Australia but they were simply too good for the Kiwi sprinters at Ellerslie. 

Railway Stakes New Zealand Field

The field is limited to 14 of the best sprinters from New Zealand and Australia. 

We will have the confirmed field when it’s released by the NZTR.

Railway Stakes New Zealand Form Guide

The Railway Stakes NZ can throw in the odd upset winner, like Miss Raggedy Ann (87.00) winning in 2011, Santa Monica (77.00) winning in 2019 and Jacowils (105.00) scoring the biggest upset in the history of the Railway Stakes in 2009. 

There have been quality winners, however, including Volpe Veloce and Bounding. The Australian runners have also had success with Atomic Force and A Gold Trail winning in 2012 and 2010 respectively. 

The 1200m sprint can come down to luck during the run and although it has been a difficult race for punters in recent times, it’s one of the biggest betting races of the season.

Railway Stakes New Zealand Previous Winners

2019Santa Monica
2018Volpe Veloce
2017Start Wondering
2016Ryan Mark
2015In Style
2013Fleur de Lune
2012Atomic Force
2011Miss Raggedy Ann
2010A Gold Trail
2007Donna Rosita
2003Egyptian Raine
2002Sound The Alarm

Railway Stakes New Zealand Live Streaming

Punters can watch the Railway Stakes NZ at Beteasy, which has two channels to live stream every race in Australia and the feature races in New Zealand. 

Railway Stakes New Zealand Race Schedule

The Railway Stakes is the ninth race on the 10-race card at Ellerslie on January 1. It is typically run around 5:30pm local time. 

Race 1: Stella Artois Special Conditions 
Race 2: Mainstream Plumbing Special Conditions 
Race 3: Eclipse Stakes 
Race 4: Auckland Guineas 
Race 5: Royal Stakes 
Race 6: Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship 
Race 7: Rich Hill Mile 
Race 8: City of Auckland Cup 
Race 9: Railway Stakes NZ 
Race 10: Barfoot & Thompson R72