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 prize money. The 2020 Apollo Stakes was won by Alizee from Dreamforce with Happy Clapper third.
Taking place on the same day as the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes, the Apollo Stakes is the first 1400m group race of the Sydney autumn run under weight-for-age conditions.
|Date:||Saturday 13th February 2021|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
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 Group 2 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 Group 1 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.
Alizee (2020) finished runner-up to Standout in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes over 1200m at Randwick before proving too classy for her rivals in this event for the James Cummings stable.
Recent Apollo Stakes winners include Winx (2019) and Endless Drama (2018).
1. $3.60 Alizee 57.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $2.50 Dreamforce 59.0 Nash Rawiller
3. $5.50 Happy Clapper 59.0 Tommy Berry
4. $9.00 Verry Elleegant 57.0 Tim Clark
5. $16.00 Danzdanzdance 57.0 Tom Marquand
6. $61.00 Life Less Ordinary (Ire) 59.0 Jason Collett
7. $31.00 Hush Writer 59.0 Ms Rachel King
8. $61.00 Angel Of Truth 59.0 Glen Boss
9. $51.00 Come Play With Me 59.0 Brenton Avdulla
10. $21.00 Glenall 59.0 Jamie Spencer
Margins: 0.2 len, 1.3 len
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|2019||Winx||Happy Clapper||Egg Tart||1:20.8|
|2018||Endless Drama||Global Glamour||Comin' Through||1:22.4|
|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|