Tramway Stakes

The 2019 Tramway Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Royal Randwick Racecourse in early September as a lead-up to the Epsom Handicap.

2019 Tramway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Dreamforce
  • 2nd: #2 Te Akau Shark
  • 3rd: #14 Eckstein



The Tramway Stakes is a 1400m Group 2 event held during late August or early September each year at Royal Randwick Racecourse. Open to horses aged three years old and over, the Tramway was formerly a handicap race but is now run under set weights plus penalties.

The Tramway Stakes, previously called the Tramway Handicap, is held on Chelmsford Stakes Day and shares the race card with three other Group status races. These are the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m).

Chelmsford Stakes Day really kicks off the action of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and results across the program serve as a good guide for upcoming Group 1 features of the festival.

Quite a few of horses in the Tramway Stakes field may have come via the Show County Quality two weeks earlier. Those horses that perform well in the Tramway Stakes might choose to target later races such as Randwick’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) a month later.

Happy Clapper (2017) was the last galloper to complete the Tramway Stakes – Epsom Handicap double.

The Tramway Stakes 2019 ran on Saturday September 7, 2019 and saw the race favourite Dreamforce win by three lengths.

2019 Tramway Stakes
Date: Saturday September 7, 2019
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2019 Tramway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Dreamforce
  • 2nd: #2 Te Akau Shark
  • 3rd: #14 Eckstein

The official Tramway Stakes 2019 Results saw the trifecta finish in order of the odds with the race favourite Dreamforce – first-up since a Doncaster Mile second in the autumn – enjoy a runaway three length win over second favourite Te Akau Shark. Third in betting then rounded out the trifcta with the Chris Waller-trained Eckstein just off the beaten Epsom top favourite from NZ.

Read more on the big Tramway Stakes 2019 victory by the resuming Dreamforce.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 4 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 9 56.5kg $3.30F
2 2 TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards James McDonald 3L 10 57kg $3.80
3 14 ECKSTEIN Chris Waller Tommy Berry 3.1L 3 54kg $6
4 12 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3.4L 11 55kg $26
5 3 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3.5L 5 57kg $10
6 5 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 4.3L 7 56kg $51
7 8 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 4.5L 13 55.5kg $12
8 10 MANTASTIC (IRE) Chris Waller Glen Boss 5.6L 8 55kg $151
9 13 PENSKE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 6L 1 55kg $9
10 1 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 6.2L 12 57kg $81
11 11 KAONIC (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 6.4L 6 55kg $61
12 7 ARCHEDEMUS Gwenda Markwell Luke Currie 7.2L 2 56kg $26
13 6 LE JUGE (IRE) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 11.6L 4 56kg $101
9 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 0

2019 Tramway Stakes Odds

The latest Tramway Stakes 2019 odds and betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

2019 Tramway Stakes Field

The official Tramway Stakes 2019 Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday of race week and will be available in full below.

The 2019 Tramway Stakes Final Field attracted 14 class gallopers including a bumper nine runners for Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller. The favourite though is sure to be Jamie Richards’ Kiwi raider Te Akau Shark who makes his Australian race debut ahead of the Epsom Handicap.

Update: The Tramway Stakes 2019 Field is down to 13 runners following the early scratching of perennial placegetter, the Chris Waller-trained Tom Melbourne (13).

Read more on the Tramway Stakes Field for 2019 featuring the Epsom favourite Te Akau Shark.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 5233x8124x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 12 57kg 109
2 114x111x2 TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards James McDonald 10 57kg 106
3 x12331111x KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 57kg 96
4 x621x8132x DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 9 56.5kg 110
5 8050x1200x MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 7 56kg 107
6 311311113x LE JUGE (IRE) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 4 56kg 101
7 1x1118118x ARCHEDEMUS Gwenda Markwell Luke Currie 2 56kg 100
8 5x73810x23 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 14 55.5kg 109
9 x16932225x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 13 55kg 104
10 35x812511x MANTASTIC (IRE) Chris Waller Glen Boss 8 55kg 103
11 1441x5496x KAONIC (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 55kg 97
12 x22113211x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 11 55kg 97
13 4141x1417x PENSKE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 55kg 90
14 x150003613 ECKSTEIN Chris Waller Tommy Berry 3 54kg 107

Tramway Stakes History

The inaugural edition of the Tramway Handicap – now the Tramway Stakes – was in 1886, with Burrilda becoming the first ever Tramway Handicap winner. The race location has varied between Royal Randwick and Warwick Farm over the years, with Rosehill hosting for one year in 2000 and the other two tracks changing variously (the location has changed seven times since 1984).

Initially a Principal Race, in 1978 the Tramway Stakes became a Listed race. It held this status until 1984, when it was upgraded to Group 3. Following the 2013 edition, the Tramway received a further upgrade to Group 2.

For the first 85 years of its existence, the Tramway Handicap was run over 7 furlongs. In 1972, this was rounded down slightly to 1400m to bring it in line with the Metric system. The race stayed at 1400m until the year 2000, when it was ran over 1350m. The next year it ran over 1300m. From 2002 onwards, the Tramway Stakes has returned to its 1400m race distance.

Notable Tramway Stakes winners include Pompous (1906), Amounis (1928), Rogilla (dead heat with Chatham in 1932’s first edition of the race), Shaftesbury Avenue (1990) and Rangirangdoo (2009). Tramway Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Tramway Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Tramway Handicap
1st Dreamforce 1 minute 21.69 seconds
2nd Te Akau Shark
3rd Eckstein
2018
Tramway Handicap
1st Comin’ Through 1 minute 22.17 seconds
2nd Tom Melbourne
3rd Dixie Blossoms
2017
Tramway Handicap
1st Happy Clapper 1 minute 21.9 seconds
2nd Tom Melbourne
3rd Invincible Gem
2016
Tramway Handicap
1st Hauraki 1 minute 25.9 seconds
2nd Le Romain
3rd Dibayani
2015
Tramway Handicap
1st Hooked 1 minute 24.4 seconds
2nd Ecuador
3rd Rudy
2014
Tramway Handicap
1st Lucia Valentina 1 minute 26.6 seconds
2nd Tiger Tees
3rd Toydini
2013
Tramway Handicap
1st Malavio 1 minute 21.3 seconds
2nd Bello
3rd Royal Descent
2012
Tramway Handicap
1st Tagus 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd Kontiki Park
3rd Moment Of Time
2011
Tramway Handicap
1st Sincero 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Secret Admirer
3rd Thankgodyou’rehere
2010
Tramway Handicap
1st Neeson 1 minute 26.1 seconds
2nd Cannonball
3rd Herculian Prince
2009
Tramway Handicap
1st Rangirangdoo 1 minute 21.9 seconds
2nd Strat’s Flyer
3rd Murray’s Sun
2008
Tramway Handicap
1st Bank Robber 1 minute 25.7 seconds
2nd Kick ‘N’ Chase
3rd Vecchia Roma
2007
Tramway Handicap
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2006
Tramway Handicap
1st Primus 1 minute 25.6 seconds
2nd Stormhill
3rd Flaming
2005
Tramway Handicap
1st Shania Dane 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Lotteria
3rd Utzon
2004
Tramway Handicap
1st Nips 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd West Country
3rd Desert War
2003
Tramway Handicap
1st Sportsman 1 minute 21.8 seconds
2nd Britt’s Best
3rd Boreale
2002
Tramway Handicap
1st Gordo 1 minute 24.0 seconds
2nd Shot Of Thunder
3rd Universal Prince
2001
Tramway Handicap
1st Diamond Dane 1 minute 18.3 seconds
2nd Maitland Gold
3rd Kootoomootoo
2000
Tramway Handicap
1st Mr Innocent 1 minute 20.6 seconds
2nd Eau D’Scay
3rd Freemason

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