Protectionist Tops 2015 Tramway Stakes Field

German expat and reigning Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist is the highest-rated acceptor for this Saturday’s Tramway Stakes 2015 at Randwick, the now Kris Lees-trained champ kicking off his spring on Chelmsford Stakes Day.


Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist kicks off his spring this weekend in the 2015 Tramway Stakes at Randwick Racecourse. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

A capacity field of gallopers is engaged to face off in the $175,000 Group 2 Tattersalls Club Tramway Stakes (1400m) this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the set weights plus penalties clash jumping as Randwick Race 7 at 4:25pm (AEST).

There are 14 confirmed starters plus four emergencies in the mix, Lees’ Monsun stallion shooting for his first win since taking out the world’s richest handicap when still prepared by Germany’s Andreas Wohler in November last year.

Protectionist raced down under throughout the autumn but his post-Melbourne Cup win campaign only produced four unplaced runs, form he’ll look to improve on this time in starting in the Tramway on the back of his nice winning Newcastle trial from August 24.

Lees has also accepted for Lucia Valentina, the star mare first-up and heading towards a run in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17 in Melbourne.

She ran third in last year’s Caulfield Cup on the back of a Group 1 Turnbull Stakes win over the 2000m at Flemington and was last seen crossing sixth in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) behind Criterion in Sydney during The Championships.

A host of exciting stayers are set to resume in the Tramway this spring with Lees’ duo joined by the likes of the Chris Waller-trained import Flamingo Star, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Ecuador who has a crack record at the distance (3-2-1-0) and John O’Shea’s now four-year-old Lonhro stallion Sweynesse.

Sweynesse ran second in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) back in March but hasn’t raced since a failed 19th of 20 runners in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile at the same track and distance in early April.

O’Shea and the Godolphin stable also have It’s Somewhat accepted for the Tramway, the galloper also the first emergency for the $250,000 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at the meeting.

Fellow stablemates Hauraki and Malice meanwhile are second and third emergencies in the Tramway Stakes.

For those coming off lead-up form this campaign some of the most notable include the Team Hawkes-trained Messene last seen running third to Royal Descent in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) a fortnight back, Queensland raider Rudy who ran fourth in the Doncaster this autumn and John Sargent’s 2015 Crown Oaks winner Kirramosa.

Check out the full Tramway Stakes 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights below.

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2015 Tramway Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 7 (4:25pm) – 05/09/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1141x6857x PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees Christian Reith 8 58kg 114
2 3136x5979x FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith TBA 16 58kg 107
3 130x49376x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 11 57kg 109
4 117x299x53 MESSENE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 10 57kg 108
5 1315x4700x HOOKED John P Thompson Tye Angland 17 57kg 103
6 11x28840x3 RUDY Helen Page Kerrin McEvoy 14 57kg 102
7 241411x82x FLAMINGO STAR (GER) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 56.5kg 105
8 1138x2240x SWEYNESSE John O’Shea James McDonald 12 56.5kg 101
9 112x21226x FIRST SEAL John P Thompson Tommy Berry 18 56kg 107
10 1332x5611x STRAWBERRY BOY Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 13 56kg 106
11 73350x19x8 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea Glen Boss 9 56kg 104
12 211x6650x5 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent Rory Hutchings (a) 7 56kg 102
13 x10x86690x ARABIAN GOLD Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 15 55kg 103
14 x114x2614x ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse TBA 5 55kg 102
15e 0x3439138x GYPSY DIAMOND Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 4 55kg 100
16e 11x60212x HAURAKI John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 6 57kg 96
17e 5211x2677x MALICE John O’Shea Thomas Huet 2 55kg 96
18e 036x12212x SENSE OF OCCASION Joseph Pride Tim Clark 1 55kg 95


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