Tramway Stakes

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

2020 Tramway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Dreamforce
  • 2nd: #2 Kolding
  • 3rd: #9 Reloaded



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.

It can also serve as a nice lead-up into the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) with the 2019 Tramway Stakes winner Dreamforce finishing second in that elite level feature next start. Sincero (2011) was the last horse to win the Tramway Stakes – George Main double.

The Tramway Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday September 5, 2020 and was won by the defending champion Dreamforce.

2020 Tramway Stakes
Date: Saturday September 5, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Tramway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Dreamforce
  • 2nd: #2 Kolding
  • 3rd: #9 Reloaded

Dreamforce ($3.30) saluted in the Tramway Stakes 2020 results for the second year on the trot saluting for the punters again when successfully defending his title with a narrow win over the Chris Waller-trained stablemates Kolding (2nd) and Reloaded (3rd).

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 7 58kg $3.30F
2 2 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 0.3L 4 58kg $8.50
3 9 RELOADED Chris Waller James McDonald 0.6L 3 55kg $5.50
4 11 GREYSFUL GLAMOUR Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 1.1L 5 54kg $12
5 5 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1.5L 10 56kg $12
6 6 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a) 1.6L 6 55kg $19
7 7 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin Kerrin McEvoy 1.8L 9 55kg $15
8 3 DRAGON LEAP Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Glen Boss 2L 8 57.5kg $20
9 8 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Jason Collett 2.1L 11 55kg $10
10 4 COLETTE James Cummings Joshua Parr 2.2L 1 56kg $12
11 10 OPACITY (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 3.5L 2 55kg $26

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Tramway Stakes Odds

The latest Tramway Stakes 2020 odds and betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

Dreamforce ($3.30 in 2019 and 2020) was the last favourite in Tramway Stakes betting to win.

2020 Tramway Stakes Field

The official Tramway Stakes 2020 Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday of race week and will be available in full below.

Reigning champion Dreamforce heads an 11-horse Tramway Stakes 2020 field chasing back-to-back wins with the dangers including resuming The Roses winner Vanna Girl and ATC Oaks champ Colette also running first-up.

Click here to read about the top fancies in the 2020 Tramway Stakes field and betting markets.

VIEW THE OFFICIAL 2020 CHELMSFORD STAKES DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 205x2810x0 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 7 58kg 115
2 11x45778x0 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 4 58kg 109
3 12114x DRAGON LEAP Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Glen Boss 8 57.5kg 96
4 8221111x COLETTE James Cummings Joshua Parr 1 56kg 106
5 8x11150x3x ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 10 56kg 100
6 0123250×34 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a) 6 55kg 100
7 16832022×0 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin Kerrin McEvoy 9 55kg 97
8 141121111x VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Jason Collett 11 55kg 96
9 123x82435x RELOADED Chris Waller James McDonald 3 55kg 94
10 2111x511x OPACITY (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 2 55kg 84
11 514x10320x GREYSFUL GLAMOUR Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 5 54kg 99

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Tramway Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Tramway Stakes in 2020 are taken the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once released.

The 2020 Tramway Stakes nominations attracted 19 early entries including ATC Oaks winner Colette who is more likely to resume in the Chelmsford on the same day, John Thompson’s Group 1 winner Dreamforce who won the race last year as the favourite and returning Group 2 The Roses winner Vanna Girl for Toby & Trent Edmonds.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 22x13437x0 BRANDENBURG (NZ) H 4 John Sargent 106
2 8221111x COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 106
3 12114x DRAGON LEAP G 4 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 96
4 205x2810x0 DREAMFORCE G 8 John Thompson 115
5 0123250×34 GLENALL G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
6 514x10320x GREYSFUL GLAMOUR M 5 Mark Newnham 99
7 11x45778x0 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 109
8 x30x30x4x7 LE ROMAIN G 8 Kris Lees 109
9 16832022×0 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS G 6 Jarrod Austin 97
10 771826249x MISS FABULASS M 5 Kris Lees 102
11 x70504150x MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 100
12 8822x1180x MISS SISKA M 7 Matthew Smith 106
13 6101x300x5 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 110
14 2111x511x OPACITY (NZ) G 4 John O’Shea 84
15 123x82435x RELOADED H 4 Chris Waller 94
16 8x11150x3x ROCK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
17 393x1720x2 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 110
18 x9358x12x7 THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) G 6 Tony Pike 116
19 141121111x VANNA GIRL M 4 Toby & Trent Edmonds 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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), Rangirangdoo (2009), Sincero (2011) and Happy Clapper (2017).

In 2020 Dreamforce became the first back-to-back Tramway winner since Grenoble (1959-60) but at set weights plus penalties (not handicap).

Tramway Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Tramway Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Tramway Handicap
1st Dreamforce 1 minute 21.84 seconds
2nd Kolding
3rd Reloaded
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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