2015 Tramway Stakes Nominations Feature Protectionist

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winning German galloper Protectionist is a dual nominee on the Randwick race card this Saturday including holding an entry in the Tramway Stakes 2015.


Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist is the top-rated 2015 Tramway Stakes nomination for Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Now prepared down under by Kris Lees, the Monsun six-year-old had an unremarkable autumn that finished with a Sydney Cup seventh from which he resumes this weekend.

The Newcastl-based Lees and connections have the stallion nominated for both the meeting’s feature race in the $250,000 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) under weight-for-age conditions as well as the $175,000 Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m).

As a Melbourne Cup winner and the top rated of the 25 nominations Protectionist is sure to be heavily weighted in the Tramway Stakes, a set weights plus penalties feature.

The other highest-rated of the Tramway Stakes nominations this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival are Lees’ other nominee Lucia Valentina and the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Leebaz who own the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast in late April before a 14th in the Doomben Cup last start.

Lucia Valentina will defend her Tramway Stakes title if accepted into the field, the Savabeel mare having won the race first-up last spring before winning the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) in Melbourne two runs later.

She hasn’t won again since the Turnbull but was competitive in her autumn prep including a third in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) behind Contributer at Rosehill.

Another top mare set to return in the Tramway Stakes is the Bjorn Baker-trained Candelara, a four-year-old daughter of Real Saga last seen running third to Gust Of Wind in the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) back in April.

She has since had two trials including a victory over Celtic Prince at Warwick Farm (1200m) last Friday.

Other mares in the mix include the John Thompson-trained Flight Stakes winner First Seal set to make her four-year-old debut having last been seen running sixth to Amanpour in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) in April and 2013 Crown Oaks winner Kirramosa for John Sargent.

Horses that boast a fitness edge with a lead-up run this season into the Tramway include last start Group 2 Warwick Stakes third placed Lonhro seven-year-old Messene, Helen Page’s Doncaster Mile fourth placed Queensland raider Rudy and last start Doomben winner Worthy Cause.

Other notable entries include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Ecuador, O’Shea’s Australian Derby runner-up Hauraki, Brisbane Cup runner-up Sense Of Occasion and the Chris Waller-trained veteran sprinter-miler Strawberry Boy.

See below for the full Tramway Stakes 2015 nominations, a race that could lead the winner into the $500,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) back at the track on September 19.

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2015 Tramway Stakes Nominations

Randwick Racecourse – 05/09/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x10x86690x ARABIAN GOLD M 5 Gai Waterhouse 103
2 383x8431x7 BEST CASE (NZ) G 5 Anthony Cummings 91
3 237x88713x CANDELARA M 4 Bjorn Baker 86
4 122x96834x CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) G 6 Bjorn Baker 93
5 x114x2614x ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 102
6 3136x5979x FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) G 7 Noel Mayfield-Smith 107
7 112x21226x FIRST SEAL M 4 John P Thompson 107
8 241411x82x FLAMINGO STAR (GER) H 6 Chris Waller 105
9 0x3439138x GYPSY DIAMOND M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 100
10 11x60212x HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 96
11 1315x4700x HOOKED H 5 John P Thompson 103
12 73350x19x8 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea 104
13 211x6650x5 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 102
14 84x630210x LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
15 130x49376x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees 109
16 5211x2677x MALICE G 5 John O’Shea 96
17 117x299x53 MESSENE G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
18 0365236333 NEVER BACK DOWN G 5 Jim & Greg Lee 61
19 1141x6857x PROTECTIONIST (GER) H 6 Kris Lees 114
20 11x28840x3 RUDY G 5 Helen Page 102
21 036x12212x SENSE OF OCCASION G 5 Joseph Pride 95
22 1332x5611x STRAWBERRY BOY G 7 Chris Waller 106
23 1138x2240x SWEYNESSE H 4 John O’Shea 101
24 211111x0x3 VASHKA G 5 John O’Shea 94
25 36211375×1 WORTHY CAUSE H 4 John Zielke 87


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