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 $20 million The Everest lead-up race held on Chelmsford Stakes Day in the form of the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m).
2022 Tramway Stakes winner Zaaki successfully defended his title in the event as the odds-on favourite. Photo: Steve Hart.
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 $300,000 in prize money as of 2023.
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 King Charles III Stakes (1600m) previously run as the George Main Stakes before being renamed and moved ahead of the 2023 edition.
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.
Zaaki is one of the more famous Tramway Stakes winnings going back-to-back in 2021 and 2022.
The latest edition of the Tramway Stakes ran on Saturday September 2, 2023 at Royal Randwick Racecourse and was won in style by the front-running Pericles ($4.40) for the powerhouse Godolphin stable.
2023 Tramway Stakes Results
The official Tramway Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be published in full below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 2, 2023.
2023 Tramway Stakes winner Pericles lead all-the-way to win the Group 2 second-up this prep. Photo: Steve Hart.
- 1st: #4 Pericles
- 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.
Tramway Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday September 2, 2023
- Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 1400m
- Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $300,000
- First Run: 1886
Tramway Stakes Betting
The Tramway Stakes odds are led each year by horses with previous good Sydney form from past campaigns. Until recently the favourites had a poor recent record in the race up before 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 and $1.90 in 2022) who also dually 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.
2023 Tramway Stakes Odds
The latest Tramway Stakes 2023 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.
Tramway Stakes Field
Dual Tramway Stakes winner Dreamforce. Photo: Steve Hart.
The Tramway Stakes race field attracts a quality line-up of strong middle-distance gallopers and milers looking to head into races like the George Main (now King Charles III Stakes) 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.
Following a run in the Tramway Stakes field horses may return to Randwick a fortnight later for a shot at the $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) held on The Shorts Day for the first time in 2023 in place of the George Main Stakes.
2023 Tramway Stakes Field
The official Tramway Stakes 2023 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.
2023 Tramway Stakes Nominations
The early Tramway Stakes 2023 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.
2023 Tramway Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Tramway Stakes 2023 best bet will be published below the week of the race so stay tuned!
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.
In 2021 the Tramway Stakes winner Zaaki went on to win the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) next-up in Melbourne before a Caulfield Stakes third. He was scratched from the Cox Plate field as the favourite on race day morning before atoning during the Melbourne Cup Carnival with a consolation win in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m). Zaaki also returned for a strong 2022 autumn campaign that included a win in the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m).
Zaaki went back-to-back in both the Tramway Stakes and Mackinnon Stakes (run as the VRC Champions Stakes) in 2022.
2023 Tramway Stakes Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Tramway Stakes 2023 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 over-racing and running seventh that year.
Zaaki went back-to-back saluting as the odds-on favourite in the 2022 Tramway Stakes.
Other notable recent Tramway Stakes winners include Rangirangdoo (2009), Sincero (2011), and Happy Clapper (2017).
Lucia Valentina (2014) was the last Tramway Stakes winning mare.
Diamond Dane holds the current Tramway Stakes race record winning in 2001 in a time of 1 minute 18:28 seconds.
No three-year-old has won the Tramway Stakes since Farnworth (1964).
Past Tramway Stakes Winners
Recent Tramway Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.
|Hope In Your Heart
|Star Of The Seas
|Te Akau Shark
|Moment Of Time
|Kick ‘N Chase
|Race Not Run
|Shot Of Thunder