Conducted by the Tattersalls Club, the Tramway Stakes is officially registered as the Tramway Handicap although the race is now held under the conditions of set weights plus penalties. First held in 1886 when taken out by Burrilda, the race has always been held close to the old scale of 7 furlongs. Since 2002 the race has been held at 1400m.
The race was a principal race from its inception up until 1978. In 1979 it was lifted to Listed status, in 1984 it was elevated to Group 3 and in 2014 was again elevated to the current Group 2 status. Currently run at Randwick, the race has previously been held at both Rosehill and Warwick Farm.
Total prize money on offer in 2017 is $125,000. The winner of the Tramway will also receive ballot exemption for the Epsom Handicap. The 2016 winner was the John O'Shea trained Hauraki, ridden by James McDonald. Other winners throughout the history of the event include Hook, Lucia Valentina, Rangirangdoo, Shaftesbury Avenue and Cole Diesel.
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|Date:||Saturday 2nd September 2017|
|Race Type:||Set Weights Plus Penalties|
|2016 Tramway Quality Handicap Results|
|1||LE ROMAIN||2ND||$1.80 (pl)|
The Pat Webster trained 6YO resumes here in the Tramway with a first-up record that has produced two wins and two placings from six attempts. Trained on the track at Randwick he has developed a good record at the track of 7: 3-1-1. His Autumn campaign saw the gelding start four times, each run at the elite level. First-up in the Canterbury Stakes over 1300m he was making solid ground late to finish 4th and then finished 5th in the George Ryder over 1500m. Allotted 50.5kg in the Doncaster Mile he would have won the race were it not for Winx, as he had the others covered and it was only the great mare he could not surpass. Stepping out to 2000m for the first time in his career his season was rounded out in the Queen Elizabeth when finishing 3 lengths from Lucia Valentina.
The Randwick Guineas winner resumed as a 4YO in the G3 Show County Quality over 1200m when carrying 57.5kg. Starting as the race favourite he raced in the first half of the field after being steady to start from the inside barrier. Sticking to the rails he hit the front at the 300m only for the Missile Stakes winner Tycoon Tara to make the most of his 3kg pull in the weights to loom up at the 150m and forge clear for a one length victory. If the predicted rain eventuates, it should be no issue for the Kris Lees trained gelding as he has won on the heavy and has placed twice from two attempts on slow tracks. From nine career starts Le Romain has missed a place on just one occasion, that run was in the Rosehill Guineas, his only run at 2000m.
When the UBET market opened, Dibayani was at an $8.50 quote. Meeting with solid support in the first few hours of the market being open and with 75% of the money in the hold for the Hayes/Dabernig runner, the price was wound in to $6 to see him sit as an equal 2nd favourite. Still yet to taste success in Australia the 7YO will second-up this campaign following his return in the G3 Aurie’s Star back on August 6 where. He hit the line well at the end of the 1200m as the top-weight and at his first look at the Flemington straight-six. His Autumn campaign consisted of four starts where his best return was a 2nd in the G1 Chipping Norton Stakes over 1600m behind Winx, beaten 1.5 lengths. From 5 attempts he is yet to miss a cheque when second-up, can handle a softer surface and at 1400m... read more When the UBET market opened, Dibayani was at an $8.50 quote. Meeting with solid support in the first few hours of the market being open and with 75% of the money in the hold for the Hayes/Dabernig runner, the price was wound in to $6 to see him sit as an equal 2nd favourite. Still yet to taste success in Australia the 7YO will second-up this campaign following his return in the G3 Aurie’s Star back on August 6 where. He hit the line well at the end of the 1200m as the top-weight and at his first look at the Flemington straight-six. His Autumn campaign consisted of four starts where his best return was a 2nd in the G1 Chipping Norton Stakes over 1600m behind Winx, beaten 1.5 lengths. From 5 attempts he is yet to miss a cheque when second-up, can handle a softer surface and at 1400m has a record of 6:1-1-2. read less
Cosmic Cube will be second-up this preparation following his return to racing in the Spring Preview where he carried 60kg under the handicap conditions. Starting from a wide gate Rory Hutchings sent the gelding forward and after being able to get into the one-wide line for a period was squeezed three wide and as they ran down the home straight, he didn’t have the same sprint under the weight and plugged away to the line. From a two start Autumn campaign he was a first up winner over 1400m in the Listed National Sprint after starting from the extreme outside gate and was then a head 2nd in the G3 Doncaster Prelude. This campaign he is being trained by Chris Waller after being transferred form the David Vandyke barn and boasts a second-up record of 6:2-2-0 and is two time winner at 1400m.
The Tramway Quality Handicap is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds and up and is raced under set weights plus penalties conditions. Held at the famous Royal Randwick Racecourse, it covers a distance of over 1400m and offers $175,000 in prize money. Held during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, it takes place on Chelmsford Stakes Day alongside other prestigious Group 2 races such as the Chelmsford Stakes and the Furious Stakes.
Starting off as a Principal Race in 1886, it became a Group 3 in 1984, before finally reaching Group 2 status in 2014. The Tramway Handicap has become a good lead up race to the Group 2 Crystal Mile and the Group 1 Epsom Handicap. The honour roll for the Tramway includes; Sincero (2011), Rangirandoo (2009), Shania Dane (2005), Shaftesbury Avenue (1990), Charlton Boy (1972), Wenona Girl (1961) and Lough Neagh (1935/37).
|2016||HAURAKI||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O'SHEA||01:25.9|
|2015||HOOKED||TYE ANGLAND||JOHN THOMPSON||01:24.4|
|2014||LUCIA VALENTINA||KERRIN MCEVOY||KRIS LEES||01:26.6|
|2013||MALVIO||NATHAN BERRY||STEVE ENGLEBRECHT||01:21.3|
|2012||TAGUS||JIM CASSIDY||JOHN THOMPSON||01:22.5|
|2011||SINCERO||CHRIS O'BRIEN||STEPHEN FARLEY||01:22.2|
|2010||NEESON||PETER ROBL||JOSEPH PRIDE||01:26.1|
|2009||RANGIRANGDOO||COREY BROWN||CHRIS WALLER||01:21.9|
|2008||BANK ROBBER||BLAKE SHINN||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:25.7|
|2006||PRIMUS||HUGH BOWMAN||JOHN O'SHEA||01:25.6|
* Race was not held in 2007 due to outbreak of equine influenza