The 2016 Tramway Stakes is a 1400m Group 2 sprint 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 forming 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 four other Group status races. These are the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m), the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) and the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m). 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.
The Tramway Stakes 2016 will be run on Saturday September 3rd.
|2016 Tramway Stakes|
|Date:||September 3rd, 2016|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
|Race Type:||Set Weights with Penalties|
2016 Tramway Stakes Field
The 2016 Tramway Stakes field was announced by Racing NSW on Wednesday August 31 and is headlined by Kris Lees’ Randwick Guineas winner Le Romain who is sure to be high up the Tramway Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2016 Tramway Stakes Nominations
The 2016 Tramway Stakes nominations were released on Monday August 29 and featured the likes of Randwick Guineas winner Le Romain and the returning John O’Shea-trained Hauraki.
Check out the full 2016 Tramway Stakes nominations now.
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
|1st||Hauraki||1 minute 25.9 seconds|
|1st||Hooked||1 minute 24.4 seconds|
|1st||Lucia Valentina||1 minute 26.6 seconds|
|1st||Malavio||1 minute 21.3 seconds|
|1st||Tagus||1 minute 22.5 seconds|
|3rd||Moment Of Time|
|1st||Sincero||1 minute 22.2 seconds|
|1st||Neeson||1 minute 26.1 seconds|
|1st||Rangirangdoo||1 minute 21.9 seconds|
|1st||Bank Robber||1 minute 25.7 seconds|
|2nd||Kick ‘N’ Chase|
|1st||Race Not Held||–|
|1st||Primus||1 minute 25.6 seconds|
|1st||Shania Dane||1 minute 22.7 seconds|
|1st||Nips||1 minute 22.9 seconds|
|1st||Sportsman||1 minute 21.8 seconds|
|1st||Gordo||1 minute 24.0 seconds|
|2nd||Shot Of Thunder|
|1st||Diamond Dane||1 minute 18.3 seconds|
|1st||Mr Innocent||1 minute 20.6 seconds|