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.
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|