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TRAMWAY QUALITY HANDICAP QUICK FACTS


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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TRAMWAY QUALITY HANDICAP RACE GUIDE
Date: Saturday 2nd September 2017
Race Time: 16:30
Race Code: SR8
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1,400 metres
Race Type: Set Weights Plus Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
2016 Winner: Hauraki
2017 Tramway Quality Handicap Odds

RACE RESULTS

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TRAMWAY GRAVEYARD
No favourite has been successful in the past 6 editions of the race.


TRAMWAY STAKES FORM


  • VERDICT: ECUADOR-now a veteran 8YO, he resumed in fine style when beaten a half-length behind Winx in the Warwick Stakes. He nearly pinched it last start, is a three-time winner second-up and gets in well at the penalties with 55kg

  • THREAT: TOM MELBOURNE- he may be a thorn in many punters pockets, but the 7YO gelding was unlucky when finishing 3rd on debut for the Waller stable. That was in the Spring Preview when beaten a long neck after never seeing daylight. The 1400m may be the biggest concern.

  • MARKET MOVER: HAPPY CLAPPER-it seems everyone saw how well the Pat Webster trained gelding trialed to prepare for his return. He went so close to taking the Doncaster despite being unsuited on heavy going. Opening at $5 in the final field market he has firmed to $4.80, with $1,000 at $5 included in the money trail.

TEMPO


  • Ecuador and Invincible Gem can look to contest the early speed.

  • Mackintosh draws wide, but can press forward here, while Tom Melbourne might find it hard to find a spot early.

  • Happy Clapper should get a lovely smother from gate 2 and be tucked in behind the speed.

  • Heavens Above and Zanbagh likely to drop back and come with late runs,

CONSIDER


  • 5 of the 10 runners will be first-up in their campaigns.

  • 4 of the remaining 5 runners are second-up.

  • Ecuador contested this race in 2015 when a half-length 2nd to Hooked.

  • Mackintosh is first-up and has won 2 from 3 when resuming, one of those being the G2 Theo Marks at 1300m.

  • Ecuador is yet to miss a place in 4 attempts at the Randwick 1400m trip- 4:1-2-1

FACTORS


  • The starting favourite has been defeated in each of the past 6 editions of the race.

  • There have been some handy winners take this that have tasted Group success later in the carnival including Lucia Valentina, Sincero and Rangirangdoo in the past 8 years.

  • Since 1998, every winner with the exception of Tagus in 2012 has been either a 4YO or 5YO.

  • Invincible Gem is 2 from 3 at Randwick and 2 from 2 at 1400m.

EARLY BIRD


  • Tom Melbourne has firmed half a point after opening at $7 to sit at $6.50.

  • Happy Clapper tightened to $4.80 after opening at $5. Biggest early go has been $1,000 at the $5.

  • Ecuador is $4 in to $3.60 with bets of $500 at the $4 and $1,000 at the $3.60.

  • Mackintosh, Zanbagh and Maurus have been friendless in early markets.


TRAMWAY QUALITY HANDICAP INFORMATION

TRAMWAY QUALITY HANDICAP INFORMATION

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).



PREVIOUS TRAMWAY QUALITY HANDICAP WINNERS

PREVIOUS TRAMWAY QUALITY HANDICAP WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
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