Expressway Stakes 2020

Saturday February 1, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Expressway Stakes – Apollo Stakes is a popular early autumn betting double

The Expressway Stakes is the first Group 2 race run in Sydney each autumn and takes place at Rosehill Gardens on a Saturday at the end of January or in early February. One of the early feature meetings of the Sydney Summer Racing Carnival, Expressway Stakes Day is host to three Group races with the Expressway Stakes supported by the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) and the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m).

Offering $200,000 in total prize money and open to sprinters aged three-years-old and over, the Expressway Stakes is a weight-for-age feature and makes a good lead-up to future Group races held during the Sydney and Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnivals including the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later at Randwick. Appearance (2014) was the last galloper to complete the Expressway Stakes – Apollo Stakes double.

The latest edition of the Expressway Stakes ran on Saturday February 1, 2020 at Randwick Racecourse having been moved from Rosehill due to extreme heat and was won by smart three-year-old Standout. 

Expressway Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 1, 2020
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse (Randwick for 2020)
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1947

2020 Expressway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Standout
  • 2nd: #5 Alizee
  • 3rd: #6 White Moss

The full Expressway Stakes 2020 results and finishing order of the Rosehill Group 2 sprint will be detailed below once the race takes place as a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival lead-up.

The 2020 Expressway Stakes results saw the Gerald Ryan-trained three-year-old Standout charge home ahead of the beaten odds-on favourite Alizee who was unable to successfully defend her title in the WFA feature against the flying up-and-coming youngster.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 9 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan Tommy Berry 5 55.5kg $7.50
2 5 ALIZEE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1.5L 6 56.5kg $1.90F
3 6 WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 2L 1 56.5kg $14
4 1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 2.2L 7 58.5kg $4.20
5 2 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 2.5L 3 58.5kg $21
6 4 VEGADAZE Anthony Cummings Tim Clark 2.7L 2 58.5kg $17
7 7 IRITHEA Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 2.8L 4 56.5kg $13
10 KIAMICHI James Cummings Ms Rachel King 0
3 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 0
8 KUBRICK Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 0

Expressway Stakes Odds & Betting

Expressway Stakes betting opens at bookies around the country after the field of final acceptors and barriers are out the Wednesday of race week.

Horses that are resuming and run well fresh, proven Rosehill performers, sprinters with good form over the 1200m distance and runners coming off an earlier Black-Type Sydney win sit high up the Expressway Stakes odds.

Favourites have a good recent record in the race, but the last winner to salute at double figures in betting was Appearance ($16 in 2014).

Alizee ($3 in 2019) was the last favourite in Expressway Stakes betting to salute for the punters. She jumped odds-on when defending her title in 2020 but could only manage to finish second behind the winner Standout ($7.50).

2020 Expressway Stakes Betting

The Expressway Stakes 2020 odds will be published below as soon as markets on the Group 2 early autumn feature are released so stay tuned for the top early autumn racing odds online this season.

Expressway Stakes Field

The Expressway Stakes field features a line-up of smart sprinters either coming off a summer run in Sydney or kicking off their new season campaigns.

Expressway Stakes odds of $10 were on offer for the 2014 winner Apperance

Appearance (2014) backed-up from her Expressway Stakes win over the boys to also take out the Group 2 Apollo Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

The majority of the horses are locally Sydney-trained hopefuls looking to back-up in a race like the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick a fortnight later. In 2016 Solicit ran second in both races before a win in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) in late February and a third in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill in March.

The previous year the Expressway Stakes winner Weary (2015) ran third in the Apollo Stakes next start. The last horse to complete the Expressway Stakes – Apollo Stakes double was Appearance (2014) who also won that year’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) third-up in March. Rain Affair also won the Expressway and Apollo Stakes in 2012.

Expressway Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field and barrier draw out on the Wednesday.

2020 Expressway Stakes Field

The official Expressway Stakes 2020 field of final acceptors and barriers will be published right here once released so stay tuned.

Defending champion Alizee will face nine rivals in the 2020 Expressway Stakes field, which faces off at Randwick instead of Rosehill due to extreme heat conditions in Sydney’s west. Alizee jumps from gate eight, while her Golden Slipper winning stablemate Kiamichi has drawn the outside alley.

  • Scratchings: #3 Special Reward (2), #8 Kubrick (4), #10 Kiamichi (10) 
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1111x5111x KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 9 58.5kg 114
2 044×601232 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 5 58.5kg 100
3 x1111x56x2 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 2 58.5kg 90
4 11125x5x VEGADAZE Anthony Cummings Tim Clark 3 58.5kg 89
5 1306x1374x ALIZEE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 8 56.5kg 115
6 90x610190x WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 56.5kg 108
7 4x21490x62 IRITHEA Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 6 56.5kg 103
8 112x4501x KUBRICK Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4 55.5kg 90
9 1112x STANDOUT Gerald Ryan Tommy Berry 7 55.5kg 90
10 x41130x05x KIAMICHI James Cummings Ms Rachel King 10 53.5kg 100

2020 Expressway Stakes Nominations

The early Expressway Stakes 2020 Nominations are taken on the Monday of race week with the full list of pre-field entries to be made available below once announced.

Defending champion Alizee is odds-on favourite of the 11 Expressway Stakes 2020 nominees to go back-to-back in the race for the first time since Court’s In Session (2005-06).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1306x1374x ALIZEE M 5 James Cummings 115
2 044×601232 GLENALL G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
3 4x21490x62 IRITHEA M 6 Bjorn Baker 103
4 x41130x05x KIAMICHI F 3 James Cummings 100
5 1111x5111x KOLDING (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 114
6 112x4501x KUBRICK C 3 Chris Waller 90
7 91800x700x SIR BACCHUS G 7 Joseph Pride 89
8 x1111x56x2 SPECIAL REWARD G 4 Kris Lees 90
9 1112x STANDOUT C 3 Gerald Ryan 90
10 11125x5x VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings 89
11 90x610190x WHITE MOSS M 6 Jason Coyle 108

Expressway Stakes Tips

Good Expressway Stakes tips include looking for in-form Sydney sprinters that have previous Group form, ran well last time out, are drawn well in the Rosehill race and have winning form over the distance.

Another top Expressway Stakes betting tip is to take the winner to finish in the money next start in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m).

2020 Expressway Stakes Tips

Our insider Expressway Stakes tips 2020 will be published below once the field is confirmed and betting markets released on the Group 2 sprint.

Expressway Stakes Form Guide

The Expressway Stakes form guide details essential facts and stats like the lead-up runs of the horses in the field, their jockeys / trainers and records at the track / distance.

In recent seasons the Expressway Stakes form has held-up in future autumn Group races including in 2016 when the third placed Big Money won the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) next start at Randwick. In 2015 Driefontein ran second in both the this race and Southern Cross Stakes and Territory ran third in both races.

More recently, the 2019 Expressway Stakes winner Alizee won the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) in Melbourne next start. The year before in 2018 the Expressway Stakes champ Trapeze Artist finished third in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) two runs later before completing the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) – Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) double.

2020 Expressway Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Expressway Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided below following final acceptances.

Expressway Stakes Results

The Expressway Stakes results have been dominated by first-up summer – autumn hopefuls from Sydney stables jumping under $10 in the markets.

Notable recent winners of the race include Alizee (2019), Trapeze Artist (2018), Appearance (2014), Happy Galaxy (2013), Rain Affair (2012), Rangirangdoo (2010) and dual champion Court’s In Session (2005-06).

Expressway Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Standout Alizee White Moss 1:09.56
2019 Alizee Le Romain Dothraki 1:11.32
2018 Trapeze Artist Showtime Addictive Nature 1:10.41
2017 Music Magnate Kuro Ball Of Muscle 1:09.48
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