The Apollo Stakes is a Group 2 Weight-for-age race held each February at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and is worth $250,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Apollo Stakes was won by Winx from Hartnell with Endless Drama third.
Taking place on the same day as the Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes, the Apollo Stakes is the first 1400m group race of the Sydney autumn run under weight-for-age conditions.
|Date:||Saturday 17th February 2018|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|2018 Apollo Stakes odds|
The Apollo Stakes is a weight-for-age race that tends to attract quality horses and has been won by some good types over the years. Top gallopers such as Melito (2011), Lonhro (2003), Sunline (2000-01), Juggler (1996-7), Naturalism (1993) and At Sea (1988) have all won the Apollo.
The 1400m distance suits good, in form sprinters or classy types returning from a spell and the Gr2 Expressway Stakes held earlier in the carnival at Rosehill is the ideal lead up race for horses contesting this event. Smart mare Appearance (2014) was the last galloper to claim the Expressway Stakes & Apollo Stakes double.
The 2012 Expressway Stakes provided the first three placegetters of the Apollo Stakes with Rain Affair (2012) claiming the Expressway Stakes & Apollo Stakes double, while Shoot Out (2nd in 2012) ran third in the Expressway and Danleigh (3rd in 2012) finished sixth.
The Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes may be next on the agenda for horses contesting this event and classy gallopers Boban (4th in 2014) and Shoot Out (2nd in 2012) went on to win the Chipping Norton Stakes after running in the Apollo Stakes. Winx (2016) was the last galloper to claim the Apollo Stakes & Chipping Norton Stakes double.
Winx (2017-2016) resumed from a spring spell to win this race in effortless fashion for the second year in a row and recent Apollo Stakes winners include Contributer (2015) and Appearance (2014) .
1. $1.14 Winx 57.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $12.00 Hartnell 59.0 James Doyle
3. $26.00 Endless Drama 59.0 Tye Angland
4. $16.00 Dibayani 59.0 Corey Brown
5. $201.00 Magic Hurricane 59.0 Christian Reith
6. $201.00 Preferment 59.0 Jason Collett
7. $151.00 Leebaz 59.0 Tommy Berry
8. $151.00 Libran 59.0 Brenton Avdulla
9. $26.00 Shiraz 59.0 Joshua Parr
10. $201.00 Lasqueti Spirit 53.5 Jay Ford
11. $201.00 Ambience 57.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
12. $101.00 Sacred Master 59.0 Glyn Schofield
Margins: 2.8 len, 4 len
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|2013||Alma's Fury||Tougher Than Ever||Daneigh||1:27.3|
|2012||Rain Affair||Shoot Out||Danleigh||1:22.3|
|2011||Melito||Hot Danish||Centennial Park||1:22.2|
|2010||Danleigh||Rangirangdoo||Palacio De Cristal||1:22.9|
|2009||Tuesday Joy||Hurried Choice||Gallant Tess||1:25.7|
|2008||Racing To Win||Tuesday Joy||Falaise||1:24.3|
|2006||Ike's Dream||Shania Dane||Desert War||1:22.2|
|2005||Grand Armee||Court's In Session||Desert War||1:21.1|
|2002||Ha Ha||El Mirada||Tie The Knot||1:23.1|
|1999||Kidman's Cove||General Nediym||Tie The Knot||1:21.3|
|1998||Quick Flick||Future King||Masked Party||1:23.4|
|1997||Juggler||Octagonal||Circles Of Gold||1:23.8|
|1994||Burst||Telesto||Double Your Bet||1:23.7|
|1992||Quick Score||Super Impose||Not Related||1:23.0|
|1991||Triscay||Magic Gleam||A Little Kiss||1:21.7|
|1989||Beau Zam||Eye Of The Sky||Never Quit||1:22.3|
|1988||At Sea||High Regard||Periscope||1:22.3|