Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap Race Information

The Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap is a 1400 metre quality handicap race for three-year-olds run by the Australian Turf Club in late August or early September. It is held at Randwick as part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Group 3
  • Distance: 1400 metres
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap, three-year-olds
  • Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $160,000
  • Date: Saturday 29 August 2020

Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap Race History

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.

Who Was Ming Dynasty?

Ming Dynasty who won the Caulfield Cup and Australian Cup twice as well as the Chelmsford Stakes

Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap Facts

Last mare to win; Lucia Valentina (2014)

Fastest time (1400m): Diamond Dane (2001) 1:18:28

Tramway Stakes & George Main Stakes: Sincero (2011); Shaftesbury Avenue (1990); Tullmax (1980); Imposing (1979); Landy (1957)

Leading jockeys: Darby Munro  with 6 wins (Shannon 1945; Dewar 1943; Mohican 1938; The Marne 1936; Sir Duninald 1932; Rogilla 1932). Peter Cook rode 4 winners.

Leading trainers: John P Thompson with 3 wins (Dreamforce 2019; Hooked 2015; Tagus 2012)

Interesting trivia: The Tramway Stakes was held twice in 1932, Rogilla (1932) dead -heated with Chatham, In 2000 Mr Innocent survived a protest from Eau D’Scaay. The race is run under the banner of the Sydney Tatt’s Club. Fastnet Rock sired 2019 winner Dreamforce and 2018 winner Comin’ Through.

Past winners of the Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap

Winners of past Ming Dynasty Quality Handicaps include horses that go on to win major spring races. Most winners are four and five year olds and it is not won by a mare very often. Notable winners include Happy Clapper, Hauraki, Lucia Valentina, Shaftesbury Avenue, Imposing, Wenona Girl and Amounis.

Year Winner Second Third
2020 Holyfield Bazooka Overlord
2019 Quick Thinker Aspect Ratio Reformist
2018 Danawi Mizzy Dealmaker
2017 Addictive Nature Assimilate Astoria
2016 Swear High Mist Skylight Glow