Apollo Stakes 2020

Saturday February 15, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Apollo Stakes is a good lead-up to the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes each autumn

The Apollo Stakes is a top Group 2 race held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on a Saturday in mid-February each year during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Run under weight-for-age conditions over 1400m and open to horses aged three-years-old and over, the Apollo Stakes is the headline event on the Sydney race card for the meeting and is supported by the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) for fillies.

The Apollo Stakes offers a total of $250,000 in prize money including $150,000 for the winning connections. The Apollo Stakes is also a nice lead-up race for horses heading towards the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) back at the track a fortnight later, a double recently completed by Contributer (2015) and Winx (2016, 2017 & 2019).

The latest edition of the Apollo Stakes took place on Saturday February 15, 2020 and was won by Godolphin’s class mare Alizee. 

Apollo Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 15, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1977

2020 Apollo Stakes Results

The Apollo Stakes 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be known on Saturday February 15, 2020 and published in full below.

  • 1st: #8 Alizee
  • 2nd: #2 Dreamforce
  • 3rd: #1 Happy Clapper

She may have eased pre-race into second favouritism but the James Cummings-trained multiple Group 1 winning mare Alizee was the one to be on in the 2020 Apollo Stakes results. She was gutsy late to defeat the market mover Dreamforce by a neck, with veteran galloper Happy Clapper in another feature race placing for third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 8 ALIZEE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 57kg $3.60
2 2 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 0.2L 6 59kg $2.50F
3 1 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Tommy Berry 1.5L 4 59kg $5.50
4 9 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 1.9L 3 57kg $9
5 10 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Waller Tom Marquand 2.4L 10 57kg $16
6 4 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 3.2L 7 59kg $61
7 5 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 3.3L 2 59kg $31
8 6 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Glen Boss 3.4L 8 59kg $61
9 3 COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 3.5L 5 59kg $51
10 7 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jamie Spencer 3.6L 9 59kg $21

Apollo Stakes Odds & Betting

Apollo Stakes odds are usually led by a previous Group 1 winner with top form the previous spring in either Melbourne or Sydney. At Randwick over the 1400m barrier draw isn’t the most important thing and wider-drawn runners can feature highly up the Apollo Stakes betting markets.

Proven weight-for-age performers and those with winning form over the distance are often popular bets. The conditions of the race favour the classier horses, but with many milers resuming those suited to the shorter distance can make a good value punt.

2020 Apollo Stakes Betting

The latest Apollo Stakes odds for 2020 will be found below as soon as markets on the Group 2 autumn feature are released.

Apollo Stakes Field

The Apollo Stakes field attracts a field of the season’s most promising weight-for-age runners that are looking to step out over more distance up to a mile over the autumn carnival. The field limit is 16 starters and many horses run first-up for the season in the Apollo Stakes.

Many top performers from the previous year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival are included in the line-up each season and Group 1 winners often feature in the field.

Apollo Stakes odds were short on the 2016 winner Winx

Winx (2016 & 2017) is the best Apollo Stakes winner in recent autumn racing history. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

If not racing first-up, horses may come via a run in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) run over 200m shorter at Rosehill a fortnight before. Appearance (2014) was the last Expressway Stakes – Apollo Stakes double winner. She also went on to win the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at her next start.

The Apollo Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race followed by the release of the final field of acceptances and barrier draw on the Wednesday.

2020 Apollo Stakes Field

The official Apollo Sakes field 2020 and barriers will be published here once it’s finalised on the Wednesday before the race.

The 2020 Apollo Stakes final field features 10 gallopers led in betting by the rails-drawn Alizee. Dreamforce, runner-up in the Doncaster Mile last year, is a first-up specialist following closely in betting. Happy Clapper in gate four is the cult horse in the mix, the popular veteran boasting an outstanding Randwick record.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x2284x231x HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Tommy Berry 4 59kg 118
2 8132x1205x DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 6 59kg 113
3 211112617x COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 59kg 109
4 124x03374x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 7 59kg 108
5 x16621816x HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 2 59kg 105
6 511x65800x ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Glen Boss 8 59kg 101
7 44×6012325 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jamie Spencer 9 59kg 100
8 306x1374x2 ALIZEE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 57kg 115
9 2111x9410x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 3 57kg 111
10 5237x5955x DANZDANZDANCE Chris Waller Tom Marquand 10 57kg 107

2020 Apollo Stakes Nominations

The early Apollo Stakes 2020 nominations are taken on the Monday of race week and the full list of entries will be available below.

The 2020 Apollo Stakes nominations feature 14 potential runners led in betting by the James Cummings-trained mare Alizee. Trainer Chris Waller will attempt a fifth consecutive win with four nominees for the stable led by Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x2284x231x HAPPY CLAPPER G 9 Patrick Webster 1 59kg 118
2 306x1374x2 ALIZEE M 5 James Cummings 2 57kg 115
3 8132x1205x DREAMFORCE G 7 John Thompson 3 59kg 113
4 2111x9410x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 4 57kg 111
5 211112617x COME PLAY WITH ME G 5 Chris Waller 5 59kg 109
6 124x03374x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 6 59kg 108
7 5237x5955x DANZDANZDANCE M 5 Chris Waller 7 57kg 107
8 x16621816x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 8 59kg 105
9 511x65800x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell 9 59kg 101
10 44×6012325 GLENALL G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10 59kg 100
11 2x85403x71 CRADLE MOUNTAIN G 6 Clare Cunningham 11 59kg 98
12 x322x2311x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12 59kg 96
13 11125x5x6 VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings 13 59kg 89
14 23x22122x BRANDENBURG (NZ) C 3 John Sargent 14 55.5kg 81

Apollo Stakes Tips

Apollo Stakes tips usually feature proven Group 1 horses and those running first-up off good trial form in Sydney.

Horses proven in weight-for-age company and those with a good record at the track / distance also make good Apollo Stakes tips. Both male and female gallopers have strong records in the race, so Apollo Stakes tipping doesn’t favour one or the other.

The Expressway Stakes has provided a good lead-up to the Apollo Stakes in recent years with both Appearance (2014) and Rain Affair (2012) completing the double.

2020 Apollo Stakes Tips

Our exclusive Ladbrokes Apollo Stakes 2020 betting tips will be updated below the week of the race so stay tuned.

Apollo Stakes Form Guide

The Apollo Stakes form guide lists all of the important information punters need to consider before placing a bet including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form of the runners.

Mares have an excellent recent record in the race over the past decade with Alizee (2020), Appearance (2014), Alma’s Fury (2013), Melito (2011) and Tuesday Joy (2009) all beating home the boys ahead along with the three Apollo Stakes wins by the world’s best mare Winx (2016-17, 2019).

First-up runners also have a good Apollo Stakes strike-rate so looking at those with good fresh form is important.

2020 Apollo Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Apollo Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Apollo Stakes Results

Mares have dominated the Apollo Stakes results in the past 10 years. The last double-figure upset was scored in 2013 when Alma’s Fury saluted at 40/1 odds.

Notable recent Apollo Stakes winners include Alizee (2020), Winx (2016-17, 2019), Contributer (2015), Appearance (2014), Danleigh (2010) and Racing To Win (2008).

Apollo Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Alizee Dreamforce Happy Clapper 1:24.1
2019 Winx Happy Clapper Egg Tart 1:20.8
2018 Endless Drama Global Glamour Comin’ Through 1:22.4
2017 Winx Hartnell Endless Drama 1:22.5
2016 Winx Solicit Hauraki 1:22.0
2015 Contributer Ninth Legion Weary 1:22.0
2014 Appearance Speediness Moriarty 1:21.9
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
2007 Desert War Mentality Eremein 1:22.2
2006 Ike’s Dream Shania Dane Desert War 1:22.2
2005 Grand Armee Court’s In Session Desert War 1:21.1
2004 Private Steer Excellerator Zanna 1:23.5
2003 Lonhro Hoeberg Carael Boy 1:22.5
2002 Ha Ha El Mirada Tie The Knot 1:23.1
2001 Sunline Celestial Choir Referral 1:25.5
2000 Sunline Adam Hire 1:27.7