Eleven runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting prospects.
Le Romain returned to racing in typically-smart form a fortnight ago and has been confirmed in the 2016 Tramway Stakes field.
Producing a number of smart efforts through his debut preparation last spring, Le Romain returned in January for success in the Schweppes Quality (1000m) at Randwick before boxing on for third in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m).
Again finishing second in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on February 20th, the Hard Spun gelding produced a career-best effort to win the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 12th, but had clearly had enough when seventh in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) a fortnight later.
Having run on for second in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) two weeks ago, Le Romain is drawn on the rails in the Tramway Stakes but has been charged with carrying a race-high 58kgs.
Happy Clapper is the stable star for veteran trainer Pat Webster, and has drawn into the Tramway Stakes field in barrier 2.
Gaining ballot-free entry into this year’s Doncaster Mile with a gutsy win in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) in December, Happy Clapper resumed this year for fourth in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on March 5th.
Progressing to fifth in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m), the Teofilo gelding ran second to Winx in the Doncaster Mile before ending his campaign third in the major Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
Brenton Avdulla retains the ride on the six-year-old, who should prove extremely tough to beat with 57kgs in tow.
The Randwick track is set to be wet on Saturday and drawing wide may prove key, and subsequently into the strengths of a runner like Sons Of John, who will leave from the outside gate.
Posting six wins and as many minors through twenty-one career starts, Sons Of John capped a strong 2015 autumn preparation with a maiden black type win in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup (1600m).
Returning to racing for a close second behind Winx in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m), the Oratorio gelding charged home for third in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) but failed to make an impact in two subsequent spring starts.
Trainer Jason Attard has been thrilled with Sons Of John leading into his racing return, but believes the horse will improve from the run.
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2016 Tramway Handicap Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||12x12217x2||LE ROMAIN||Kris Lees||Kerrin McEvoy||1||58kg||105|
|2||x111x4523x||HAPPY CLAPPER||Patrick Webster||Brenton Avdulla||2||57kg||109|
|3||28x332722x||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||James McDonald||7||57kg||108|
|4||23x611653x||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||John O’Shea||Tim Clark||6||57kg||108|
|5||1947x400x2||SADLER’S LAKE||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||9||56.5kg||101|
|6||98046x000x||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||John Sargent||Joshua Parr||5||56kg||106|
|7||1x2380x05x||SONS OF JOHN||Jason Attard||Jeff Penza||11||56kg||100|
|8||x0822018x4||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||10||55kg||106|
|9||399x4249x2||DIBAYANI (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Blake Shinn||8||55kg||105|
|10||657x3x12x6||COSMIC CUBE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||4||55kg||100|
|11||x2231122x4||HEAVENS ABOVE||Tim Martin||Jason Collett||3||54kg||101|