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 $200,000. 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 Lucia Valentina, Rangirangdoo, Shaftesbury Avenue and Cole Diesel.
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|Date:||Saturday 2nd September 2017|
|Race Type:||Set Weights Plus Penalties|
|2017 Tramway Quality Handicap Odds|
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