The Expressway Stakes is a Group 2 Weight-for-age race held in late january or early February at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and is worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2019 Expressway Stakes was won by Alizee from Le Romain with Dothraki third.
|Date:||Saturday 2nd February 2019|
|Track:||Rosehill racecourse, Sydney|
The Expressway Stakes is the first weight-for-age group race of the new year in Sydney and suits fit, in-form sprinters or returning stars of the turf. The race has been won by some of our finest gallopers over the years including the likes of Rain Affair (2012), Lonhro (2003), Saintly (1996), Joanne (1992) and At Sea (1988).
The 1200 distance of the Expressway Stakes lends itself to sprinters who may have raced well over the Xmas period in Sydney and might want to tackle a harder event to see if they are up to the task, while better class gallopers might use this race as a springboard to the upcoming feature races during the Sydney autumn racing carnival.
A race like the Gr2 Apollo Stakes is a good option for horses contesting this event as it's raced under the same weight-for-age conditions but steps up in distance to 1400 metres. Big Money (3rd in 2016) managed to win the Apollo Stakes at his next start after running third in the Expressway Stakes beforehand.
Alizee (2019) took out the Listed Christmas Classic over 1200m at Randwick before storming home from last to win this event in impressive style for trainer James Cummings.
Recent Expressway Stakes winners include Trapeze Artist (2018) and Music Magnate (2017).
1. $3.00 Alizee 56.5 Blake Shinn
2. $4.40 Le Romain 58.5 James McDonald
3. $21.00 Dothraki 58.5 Joshua Parr
4. $2.30 Trapeze Artist 58.5 Tim Clark
5. $10.00 Hartnell 58.5 Kerrin McEvoy
Margins: 2 len, 0.4 len
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|2018||Trapeze Artist||Showtime||Addictive Nature||1:10.4|
|2017||Music Magnate||Kuro||Ball Of Muscle||1:09.4|
|2016||Our Boy Malachi||Solicit||Big Money||1:11.6|
|2013||Happy Galaxy||Skytrain||Centennial Park||1:22.8|
|2012||Rain Affair||Centennial Park||Shoot Out||1:10.7|
|2011||Centennial Park||Love Conquers All||Hot Danish||1:10.2|
|2009||Burdekin Blues||Gold Trail||Hurried Choice||1:09.7|
|2008||Paratroopers||He's Canny||Sniper's Bullet||1:09.6|
|2007||Mentality||Fashions Afield||More Than Lucky||1:10.0|
|2006||Court's In Session||Shania Dane||Primus||1:09.1|
|2005||Court's In Session||Our Egyptian Raine||Grand Armee||1:09.5|
|2003||Lonhro||Belle Du Jour||Carael Boy||1:10.7|
|2001||Tie The Knot||Referral||Landsighting||1:10.0|
|1999||Kidman's Cove||General Nediym||Tie The Knot||1:10.1|
|1998||Hockney||Masked Party||Irish Air||1:15.9|
|1995||Moss Rocket||Big Dreams||Pharaoh||1:10.9|
|1994||Soho Square||Big Dreams||All Our Mob||1:10.2|
|1992||Joanne||All Archie||Burrendah Boy||1:14.1|
|1991||Potrero||Livistona Lane||Magic Gleam||1:11.2|
|1990||Race Not Run||-||-|
|1989||Groucho||At Sea||Campaign King||1:09.3|
|1988||At Sea||Prince Anton||Omnicorp||1:09.1|