Tramway Stakes

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

2023 Tramway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Pericles
  • 2nd: #13 Skyman
  • 3rd: #12 Hope In Your Heart



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) – now run on The Everest Day as the King Charles III Stakes – with the 2019 Tramway Stakes winner Dreamforce finishing second in that elite level feature next start. Dreamforce successfully defended his Tramway Stakes title in 2020 and ran third in that year’s George Main Stakes behind the Tramway runner-up Kolding who went one better in the Group 1 rematch.

Sincero (2011) was the last horse to win the Tramway Stakes – George Main double before the latter was renamed ahead of the 2023 edition.

The 2021 Tramway Stakes form was franked with the winner Zaaki winning Melbourne’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) next start. Zaaki also ran third in that spring’s Caulfield Stakes and won the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) after being scratched from the Cox Plate field as the favourite on race day morning. He returned in 2022 to further frank the form with a strong autumn campaign headlined by success in the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m).

Zaaki returned to successfully defend his Tramway Stakes title in 2022 before also going back-to-back in the Mackinnon Stakes (run as the VRC Champions Stakes).

The 2022 Tramway form was further franked with the second placed mare Icebath also running second in that year’s George Main Stakes before her Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes win at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Tramway Stakes 2023 ran on Saturday September 2, 2023 and saw the Godolphin-raced Pericles ($4.40) lead all-the-way to post his second win from as many starts this spring. 

2023 Tramway Stakes
Date: Saturday September 2, 2023
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2023 Tramway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Pericles ($4.40)
  • 2nd: #13 Skyman
  • 3rd: #12 Hope In Your Heart

The in-form James Cummings-trained Street Boss four-year-old Pericles ($4.40), second in the autumn’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas, was excellent second-up leading from barrier to box and giving a lovely late kick to dominate the 2023 Tramway Stakes results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 PERICLES James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 6 57kg $4.40
2 13 SKYMAN (GB) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 0.95L 11 55kg $101
3 12 HOPE IN YOUR HEART Kerry Parker Tyler Schiller 1.61L 7 55kg $6.50
4 9 ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins 1.67L 2 56kg $18
5 16 OLENTIA Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1.69L 8 54kg $2.60F
6 2 MY OBERON (IRE) Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 2.03L 9 57kg $13
7 17e PALMETTO (NZ) John Sargent Ms Rachel King 2.08L 4 55kg $21
8 6 FIREBURN Gary Portelli Jason Collett 2.32L 1 57kg $31
9 8 GOING GLOBAL (IRE) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 2.67L 5 56kg $19
10 15 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST Chris Waller Jay Ford 3.29L 10 55kg $26
11 1 COMMUNIST Michael Freedman Dylan Gibbons (a) 3.53L 12 58kg $17
12 14 SKY LAB Paul Perry Ms Kathy O’Hara 4.78L 13 55kg $31
13 11 NEW MANDATE (IRE) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 4.95L 3 56kg $81
14 7 DIAMIL (IRE) John O’Shea Tom Sherry 5.1L 14 56.5kg $91
18e WILLIAMSBURG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Ryan Maloney 0
19e HOO YA MAL (GB) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 0
3 OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller 0
5 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 0
10 MADAME POMMERY Chris Waller 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Tramway Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Tramway Stakes 2023 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) followed by Zaaki ($2.30 in 2021 and $1.90 in 2022) are the latest favourites in Tramway Stakes betting to win.

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2023 Tramway Stakes Form

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2023 Tramway Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Tramway Stakes 2023 Tips on the important spring lead-up this Chelmsford Stakes Day.

2023 Tramway Stakes Field

The official Tramway Stakes 2023 Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday of race week and will be available in full below.

2023 Tramway Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Tramway Stakes in 2023 are taken the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once released.

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), Happy Clapper (2017), and Zaaki (2021 & 2022).

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

Zaaki (2021-22) is the latest dual Tramway Stakes champion.

Tramway Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Tramway Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Tramway Handicap
1st Pericles 1 minute 22.85 seconds
2nd Skyman
3rd Hope In Your Heart
2022
Tramway Handicap
1st Zaaki 1 minute 28.17 seconds
2nd Icebath
3rd Nimalee
2021
Tramway Handicap
1st Zaaki 1 minute 22.33 seconds
2nd Aramayo
3rd Star Of The Seas
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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