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Expressway Stakes

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.

The Group 3 Widden Stakes and Group 3 Canonbury Stakes are also held on the same day as the Expressway Stakes and pave the way for some exciting group racing action ahead.

Expressway Stakes info

Date: Saturday 2nd February 2019
Track: Rosehill racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000
2019 Winner: Alizee

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).

2019 Expressway Stakes result

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

then followed
4. $2.30 Trapeze Artist 58.5 Tim Clark
5. $10.00 Hartnell 58.5 Kerrin McEvoy

Margins: 2 len, 0.4 len
Time: 1:11.3

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Expressway Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Alizee Le Romain Dothraki 1:11.3
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
2015 Weary Driefontein Territory 1:10.6
2014 Appearance River Lad Sizzling 1:09.0
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
2010 Rangirangdoo Dao Dao McClintock 1:12.6
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
2004 Sportsman Thorn Park Excellerator 1:08.4
2003 Lonhro Belle Du Jour Carael Boy 1:10.7
2002 Ateates Viscount Caissa 1:11.2
2001 Tie The Knot Referral Landsighting 1:10.0
2000 Mr Innocent Adam Commands 1:09.3
1999 Kidman's Cove General Nediym Tie The Knot 1:10.1
1998 Hockney Masked Party Irish Air 1:15.9
1997 Cangronde Juggler Alsolaire 1:04.9
1996 Saintly Juggler Star Dancer 1:09.9
1995 Moss Rocket Big Dreams Pharaoh 1:10.9
1994 Soho Square Big Dreams All Our Mob 1:10.2
1993 Let's Hurry Kinjite Office 1:09.7
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