Ladbrokes Tip: The Tramway Stakes is a key Epsom Handicap lead-up in the spring.
The Tramway Stakes, formerly the Tramway Handicap, is a Group 2 race held on Chelmsford Stakes Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse in early September during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The meeting is host to a trio of Group 2 races with the Tramway Stakes running on the same card as the Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) and the Furious Stakes (1200m). There is also an early $15 million The Everest lead-up race held on Chelmsford Stakes Day in the form of the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m).
Previously run under handicap conditions and known as the Tramway Handicap, the race is now a set weights plus penalties clash contested over 1400m and offers a total of $200,000 in prize money. The Tramway Stakes is a key early spring lead-up for gallopers heading to bigger and better races over the carnival including the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) a fortnight later.
The last horse to complete the Tramway Stakes – George Main Stakes double was Sincero (2011). The Tramway winner is also exempt from ballot for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) back at the track in early October.
In 2020, the Chris Waller-trained Kolding improved on his lead-up second in the Tramway behind dual champion Dreamforce to win the George Main Stakes next start.
Hauraki (2016) was the latest galloper to win the Tramway Stakes – Epsom Handicap double, the galloper finishing runner-up in the George Main between those two spring wins.
The latest edition of the Tramway Stakes ran on Saturday September 4, 2021 and was won by the returning favourite Zaaki.
2021 Tramway Stakes Results
The official Tramway Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be published in full below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 4, 2021.
- 1st: #1 Zaaki
- 2nd: #9 Aramayo
- 3rd: #5 Star Of The Seas
The Annabel Neasham-trained Cox Plate favourite Zaaki ($2.30F) was excellent first-up dominating the 2021 Tramway Stakes results ahead of the Chris Waller backmarkers Aramayo (2nd) and Star Of The Seas (3rd).
Tramway Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday September 4, 2021
- Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 1400m
- Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1886
Tramway Stakes Betting
The Tramway Stakes odds are led each year by horses with previous good Sydney form from past campaigns, but the favourites had a poor recent record in the race up until the back-to-back wins by Dreamforce who started top of the odds ($3.30) in both 2019 and 2020 followed by Zaaki ($2.30 in 2021) who also saluted for the punters.
Runners that came off a nice earlier run at the track in the Winx Stakes also often feature high up the Tramway Stakes betting markets.
Any horses that are dominating early Epsom Handicap betting that spring often also tend to be at shorter Tramway Stakes odds for a lead-up run into the mile feature.
2021 Tramway Stakes Odds
The latest Tramway Stakes 2021 betting odds & market links will be available right here the week of the race, so bookmark this page to back your favourites in the Epsom lead-up.
Early market betting odds on the 2022 Tramway Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.
Tramway Stakes Field
Dual Tramway Stakes winner Dreamforce. Photo: Steve Hart.
The Tramway Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of strong middle-distance gallopers and milers looking to head into races like the George Main and Epsom Handicap also run at Randwick in the spring.
Many horses contest the Tramway Stakes first-up in their spring preparation or come off an earlier spring run in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at the same track and distance in August.
2021 Tramway Stakes Field
The official Tramway Stakes 2021 Field & Barriers are announced by Racing NSW the Wednesday leading-up to Chelmsford Stakes Day, with the full line-up of Group 1-bound gallopers to be published right here.
Ten horses make-up the 2021 Tramway Stakes final field including nine-year-old Dreamforce chasing a record third win in the race and the resuming Doomben Cup winner by seven lengths in the winter Zaaki.
2021 Tramway Stakes Nominations
The early Tramway Stakes 2021 Nominations close the Monday ahead of the race.
Tramway Stakes Tips
Good Tramway Stakes tips to take include looking for horses with a good Randwick record, runners that have winning form over 1400m – 1600m, gallopers that have previous Group 1 race experience from past campaigns and those at double-figures with the favourites failing to have a strong recent record.
Another Tramway Stakes betting tip is to look at the mares in the mix with a number of female gallopers finishing in the money over the years.
2021 Tramway Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Tramway Stakes 2021 best bet will be published below the week of the race so stay tuned!
- To Win: #1 Zaaki ($2.35 at time of publish)
Really hard to see the resuming Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki beaten here after that outstanding winter campaign in Brisbane headlined by the seven-length Doomben Cup win. Yet to win at this track or over the distance so will be better over further later on, so there are definitely still some questions, but he’s the class horse and will take some beating.
Tramway Stakes Form Guide
The Tramway Stakes form guide features all the must-know information including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field. The Tramway Stakes form has also stacked up in the upcoming Group 1 races of the spring in recent years. In 2015 the Tramway Stakes runner-up Ecuador went on to finish second to Winx in the Epsom Handicap two runs later.
The previous year (2014) Lucia Valentina won the Tramway Stakes first-up before heading to Melbourne where two runs later she took out the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington and placed third in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
In 2013 Royal Descent ran third to Malavio in the Tramway Stakes before a second to Streama in the George Main Stakes next start.
More recently, dual Tramway Stakes winner Dreamforce went on to run third and second respectively in the George Main Stakes results of 2019 and 2020.
2021 Tramway Stakes Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Tramway Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be available for punters below the week of the race.
Tramway Stakes Results
The Tramway Stakes results have been dominated by local Sydney-trained runners in the past 10 years. Plenty of upsets have occurred over the last decade including Hooked ($18 in 2015), Lucia Valentina ($10 in 2014), Malavio ($21 in 2013) and Tagus ($26 in 2012).
Dreamforce ($3.30 in 2019) broke the hoodoo of favourites in the race however saluting for the punters. He successfully defended his title at the same price ($3.30) in 2020 becoming the first back-to-back winner since Grenoble (1959-60) who did so when the race was a handicap.
Zaaki also won as the favourite first-up in the 2021 Tramway Stakes results with the dual defending champion Dreamforce overracing and running seventh that year.
Other notable recent Tramway Stakes winners include Rangirangdoo (2009), Sincero (2011) and Happy Clapper (2017).
Tramway Stakes Winners
||Star Of The Seas
||Te Akau Shark
||Moment Of Time
||Kick ‘N Chase
||Race Not Run
||Shot Of Thunder