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 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|