The $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) is recognised as Perth’s biggest race and is open to all horses three-years and older.
The feature event was first run in 1894 and was won by Wandering Willie when the race was run over 2400m.
In 1926 the Railway Stakes became a 1600m event and was shortened to 1500m in 1974 before being changed back to its current distance of 1600m in 1984.
Since its inception, only two horses have managed to win the race more than once with Tudor Mak going back-to-back in 1968-69 and Miss Muffet completing the double in 1987-88.
More recently, Sniper’s Bullet went close to capturing the rare feat when he ran second to Gilded Venom in 2008, only to return the following year and go one place better when winning in 2009.
Old Comrade (2001-02) and Hadrada (2002-03) also finished second in the Group 1 feature before proving victorious the following year.
The Railway Stakes has been won by some illustrious names, with the mighty Carbine winning the race in 1898 and Man O’ War in 1911.
In recent times, the two most popular winners of the Stakes would be Better Loosen Up and Northerly.
In 1990, the Colin Hayes-trained Better Loosen Up completed a Group 1 winning treble when winning the Honda Stakes (now Emirates 1600m), Winfield Stakes (now Kingston Town Classic 1800m) and then the Railway Stakes in consecutive races.
In 2000, Perth trainer Fred Kersley gave Perth a champion; after winning a string of minor races in his home state, Northerly burst on the scene with his dominant victory in the 2000 Railway Stakes where he accounted for the state's best milers by nearly three lengths.
Runners in the Railway Stakes, which is joined on Super Saturday by the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), may come via the Melbourne Spring Carnival or may have contested the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) earlier in the Perth Summer Carnival.