See the 2020 Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap Preview and Results
Kiwi raider Quick Thinker goes one better than his dad So You Think did 10 years ago, and takes out the Ming Dynasty
For colts and geldings until after 2011 but in 2012 was for 3Yo’s allowing fillies to run.
The Tramway Stakes has a long history. It was first held as the Tramway Handicap over 7 furlongs in 1886 and was won by a horse called Burrilda. In 1972 the distance was changed down slightly to 1400m when the metric system was introduced, and it has always been run over that distance except for 2000 when it was 1350m and 2001 when it was 1300m. It was a listed race from 1979 to 1983, a Group 3 from 1984 to 2013 and in 2013 it became a set weights and penalties race. It achieved Group 2 status in 2014.
The race was named after the trams that used to bring massive crowds to the races.It has occasionally been run at Rosehill or Warwick Farm but Randwick is its normal home. It is held on the same day as the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes, the Group 2 Furious Stakes and the Group 3 Concorde Stakes. It attracts strong middle-distance gallopers that are suited under quality handicap conditions. The Tramway Stakes is an eligible lead-up race to the Epsom Handicap where the winner gets automatic entry and doesn’t have to go in the ballot to get into the Epsom.
Horses often come into the Tramway via the Group 3 Show County Quality run 2 weeks before or even through the Group 1 Winx Stakes. Some runners start first-up here. After the Tramway, horses often go on to the George Main Stakes 2 weeks later or the Epsom Handicap a month later, while other may go to Melbourne for the spring. Over a dozen horses have won both the Tramway Stakes and the Epsom Handicap.