The Railway Stakes is a Group Two race run at the Curragh over six furlongs for two-year-old horses and often throws up a potential 2000 Guineas colt for the following season.
Run on Irish Derby day, this contest has unearthed some of Irish racing's leading stars over the last few decades with the roll of honour amassing a plethora of top notch two-year-olds who have progressed to become flat racing royalty.
Vincent O'Brien dominated the Railway Stakes throughout his stellar career and the legendary trainer bagged no less that 14 titles as a trainer with his first coming 1962 with Turbo Jet and his last in 1991 with El Prado.
In that time, O'Brien saddled the incomparable Nijinsky to the title in 1969 before that colt went on to become a phenomenon the following season recording the Triple Crown with wins in the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and the St Leger, as well as the Irish Derby in a superb campaign.
El Gran Senor was another notable victor for the Irish legend in 1990 and he managed to go on to Newmarket the following season and secure 2000 Guineas glory before returning to the Curragh to bag the Irish Derby.
However, since the 1990s the race has been domianted by another O'Brien, but Aidan on this occasion and the Ballydoyle supremo is fast-approaching his namesake's record and has stormed into double figures in the event.
King Of Kings, Rock Of Gibraltar and George Washington are just a triumvirate of Aidan O'Brien's stars that have secured victory in the Railway Stakes and no doubt the master handler will continue to farm this event with some top class juveniles.
We will provide you with the latest odds for the 2013 Railway Stakes as soon as they are available.