After two unplaced runs this time in the bookies are taking no chances with Chris Waller’s Group 1 performed French import Weary who has opened top of the Tramway Stakes 2014 odds for Randwick this Saturday.
There are 16 hopefuls lining up in this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Tattersalls Club Tramway Stakes (1400m) including Weary in barrier two with Hugh Bowman booked for the ride.
Paying $3.80 to win through Ladbrokes.com.au the Astronomer Royal grey is after his first win since the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) back on April 5.
Third to stablemates Sacred Falls and Royal Descent in an all-Waller Doncaster Mile top four next run, the five-year-old gelding is third-up for the season on Saturday.
Weary was fifth first-up to Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) and then sixth to Tiger Tees on August 23 in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) but gets another chance over the track and distance here.
With the bulk of the Tramway Stakes field gearing up for longer distanced races later during the spring there is then just one other single figure hope for this year with the Joe Pride-trained Tiger Tees at $5.
Jumping from barrier 11 with Corey Brown in the saddle the Dubawi seven-year-old is out to retain an undefeated status for this season.
Brown rides the galloper for the first time since a fourth in the Moir Stakes two years ago with Pride having convinced the now Singapore-based hoop to make the trip over early.
“I prompted him to come a week early because we’ve got the need,” Pride told AAP this week.
“You look at the line up there on Saturday, we’ve got less senior jockeys than what you’d normally see at one of these meetings.
“Nash (Rawiller) is away, Chris (Reith) is away. Tommy (Berry) is down in Melbourne, Glyn (Schofield) is suspended. You take four or five out and it’s a big hole and no-one takes their place.” .
Winner of the Group 1 The Galaxy last campaign, Tiger Tees has gone back-to-back this time in with wins in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) on a firm Flemington track and over Royal Descent in the Warwick Stakes on a Heavy (9) Randwick track last start.
He comes down from 59kg in the Warwick Stakes to 58kg here and is a noted performer on Slow – Heavy tracks so will appreciate the give out of the ground again here.
There are then a host of other runners in a log jam for next best in betting under $20 including the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Group 3 winner Gypsy Diamond ($12), ATC Derby third placegetter Hooked ($13), Vinery Stud Stakes winning Savabeel mare Lucia Valentina ($14) and reigning Crown Oaks champ Kirramosa ($14) for John Sargent.
Just of those are then ATC Oaks winner Rising Romance ($15) who is in danger of being balloted out of the 2014 Caulfield Cup this year, My Sabeel ($15) coming off a Group 3 Toy Show Quality win here in the mud from August 23, Show Country Quality fourth past the post Monton ($15) and the resuming Toydini ($16) making the task of picking the placings a tough one this Tramway.
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