If you're looking for Group-class racing in Western Australia, Perth Racing's two tracks are the only places you'll find it.
Either Ascot Racecourse or Belmont Park hosts every one of WA's 24 Group races - the breakdown is three Group Ones, six Group Twos and 15 Group Threes - with the headline acts being the top-level James Boag's Premium-Railway Stakes, Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes and Peters Investments-Kingston Town Classic during the three Saturdays of The TABtouch Masters.
The Railway Stakes over 1,600 metres is Perth's oldest Group One race, its history dating back to 1887 when Nimrod won 60 sovereigns for upsetting hot favourite Hermit. Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductees Better Loosen Up (1989) and Northerly (2000) each won the Railway Stakes in the year prior to celebrating WS Cox Plate glory. Only Tudor Mak (1966 and 1967) and Luckygray (2011 and 2013) have won multiple editions of the Railway Stakes. And last year's Railway Stakes winner, Good Project, springboarded from successfully conceding lumps of weight to all bar subsequent BTC Cup victor Malaguerra at Flemington to lead all the way at Ascot Racecourse.
The Winterbottom Stakes over 1,200m is Australia's last Group One sprint of the year, the domestic denouement for the magnificent speed machines that scorch the turf. Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee Takeover Target won the most memorable Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot Racecourse, holding off the fast-finishing Apache Cat in 2008 to win the greatest of their three duels by a nose. Six horses have won two editions of the Winterbottom Stakes, with the half a dozen multiple victors being Asteroid (1953 and 1955), La Trice (1970 and 1971), Belinda's Star (1975 and 1976), Hardrada (2002 and 2003), Ortensia (2009 and 2011) and Buffering (2013 and 2015).
The Kingston Town Classic is the southern hemisphere's richest Group One 1,800m event, a race worthy of bearing the name of the legendary three-time WS Cox Plate winner. Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee Kingston Town won Australasia's unofficial weight-for-age championship in 1980, 1981 and 1982. Tommy Smith brought Kingston Town to Ascot Racecourse one month after his third WS Cox Plate triumph and the champion did not disappoint the bumper crowd that packed the grandstand, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat after travelling wide throughout what was his last race. Perfect Reflection pipped Delicacy to win last year's Kingston Town Classic.