Patrick Webster’s returning galloper Happy Clapper has opened favourite in a tight Tramway Stakes 2016 betting market to kick his spring off with a Royal Randwick win on the weekend.
Running as Randwick Race 8 at 4:30pm (AEST) on a bumper Chelmsford Stakes Day program, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) features a field of 11 with seven under double-figures in the current markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
At $4.60 the early favourite in Tramway Stakes betting is Happy Clapper drawn a treat in barrier two with Brenton Avdulla booked for the first-up ride on the Teofilo six-year-old.
Back in December last year the galloper won the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) and chases his first win since on the weekend.
He enjoyed a stellar autumn that included a second to Winx in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and third to Lucia Valentina in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) last time out on April 9.
Occupying the second line of the latest Tramway Stakes odds at $5.50 is Dibayani in barrier eight with Blake Shinn riding the Lindsay Park-raced son of Shamardal.
Seven-year-old Dibayani raced first-up at Flemington in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) when second to Sooboog on August 6.
He’s had the four week break between runs and will relish the drop back from 59kg to 55kg this weekend returning to Sydney for the first time since his Queen Elizabeth ninth.
The early market mover backed in early from $10 to $6 is Tim Martin’s classy mare Heavens Above who Jason Collett rides on 54kg from barrier three.
A super-consistent daughter of Street Cry, the five-year-old was runner-up to Azkadellia in her last run of the autumn in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) before her resuming run a fortnight back.
She finished fourth first-up to Pearls in the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1600m) with 59kg on her back, the drop back five kilos for the weekend a big advantage.
The next best in betting following closely at $6.50 is the value punt in the line-up, Le Romain who jumps from the inside alley with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
Kris Lees’ Hard Spun four-year-old is best known for his Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) win as a three-year-old back in March.
He returned two weeks ago at the track with a second to Tycoon Tara in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) and will eat-up the extra metres this weekend despite giving the kilos away carrying 58kg in the set weights plus penalties clash.
Le Romain has finished in the money in all but one of his eight latest starts and the first-up run was strong with improvement tipped for the weekend.
The other single-figure fancies are the Chris Waller-trained Sadler’s Lake ($7.50) who will be fitter second-up off a strong finishing second at Rosehill on August 13, the returning John O’Shea-trained Doomben Cup third placegetter form the winter It’s Somewhat ($8) and stablemate Hauraki ($8.50).
Reset five-year-old Hauraki is also first-up in the race on the back of a placing in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 21 when second past the post behind the winner Our Ivanhowe.
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