2015 Tramway Handicap Final Field and Barrier Draw

September 2nd, 2015

A talented and capacity field of 16 plus emergencies has been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of racing.

Lucia Valentina has been confirmed in the 2015 Tramway Handicap final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lucia Valentina has been confirmed in the 2015 Tramway Handicap final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lucia Valentina stormed home to win the 2014 edition of the Tramway Stakes first-up, but will need some luck in transit if to repeat history on Saturday after drawing the somewhat awkward barrier 11.

Stamping her claims as one to watch when winning the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and finishing third in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Lucia Valentina was unable to figure in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) following her Tramway Stakes success but responded well in taking out the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) a fortnight later.

Returning to the paddock after a close run for third in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and 13th in the Melbourne Cup (3200m), the Savabeel mare was unable to make much of an impact through five autumn starts this year but will reportedly return on Saturday a picture of health.

Trainer Kris Lees is set to launch a two-pronged attack on the 2015 Tramway Stakes after also confirming Melbourne Cup hero Protectionist in the final field.

Stunning the Australian racing community with a four length win in the Melbourne Cup in only his second start in the country, Protectionist was also unable to return to the same racing highs through autumn and returned to the paddock after suffering an injury in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).

The Monsun entire has drawn barrier 8, but Lees is expecting nothing more than the horse to hit the line well on Saturday.

Leading trainer Chris Waller is also offered two good chances of success after confirming Strawberry Boy and Flamingo Star in the Tramway Stakes field.

Posting nine wins and eight minors through 24 career starts so far, Strawberry Boy returned to exceptional condition through the recent Brisbane Winter Carnival, in which he won each of the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) and Listed Wayne Wilson (1600m).

German import Flamingo Star arguably figures as Waller’s best chance of success in the 2015 Tramway Handicap after drawing the ideal barrier 3 and confirmation Hugh Bowman will take the ride.

Having beaten talented fields home in major black type races in Germany, the Areion entire debuted for eighth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) before running second to Strawberry Boy in the Wayne Wilson.

Fourth emergency Sense Of Occasion has been allocated the rails draw, while quality mare First Seal has been charged with overcoming the outside barrier in the Tramway Handicap.

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2015 Tramway Handicap Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1141x6857x PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees Christian Reith 8 58kg 114
2 3136x5979x FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Glyn Schofield 16 58kg 107
3 130x49376x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 11 57kg 109
4 117x299x53 MESSENE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 10 57kg 108
5 1315x4700x HOOKED John P Thompson Tye Angland 17 57kg 103
6 11x28840x3 RUDY Helen Page Kerrin McEvoy 14 57kg 102
7 241411x82x FLAMINGO STAR (GER) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 56.5kg 105
8 1138x2240x SWEYNESSE John O’Shea James McDonald 12 56.5kg 101
9 112x21226x FIRST SEAL John P Thompson Tommy Berry 18 56kg 107
10 1332x5611x STRAWBERRY BOY Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 13 56kg 106
11 73350x19x8 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea Glen Boss 9 56kg 104
12 211x6650x5 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent Rory Hutchings (a) 7 56kg 102
13 x10x86690x ARABIAN GOLD Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 15 55kg 103
14 x114x2614x ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Jason Collett 5 55kg 102
15e 0x3439138x GYPSY DIAMOND Peter & Paul Snowden 4 55kg 100
16e 11x60212x HAURAKI John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 6 57kg 96
17e 5211x2677x MALICE John O’Shea Thomas Huet 2 55kg 96
18e 036x12212x SENSE OF OCCASION Joseph Pride Tim Clark 1 55kg 95