2016 Tramway Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

August 31st, 2016

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 has been confirmed in the 2016 Tramway Handicap field. Photo: Steve Hart

Le Romain has been confirmed in the 2016 Tramway Handicap field. Photo: Steve Hart

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