Apollo Stakes 2017

Monday February 13

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 and Contributer (2015) was the last winner of the Apollo Stakes – Chipping Norton Stakes double.

The next edition of the Apollo Stakes is set to take place on Monday February 13, 2017.

2017 Apollo Stakes Results

  • 1st: Winx
  • 2nd: Hartnell
  • 3rd: Endless Drama

Apollo Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Monday February 13
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1977

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) 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.

2017 Apollo Stakes Field

The official Apollo Sakes field 2017 and barriers will be published here once it’s finalised on the Wednesday before the race.

On Wednesday February 8 Racing NSW announced the 2017 Apollo Stakes field and the reigning champion Winx will face 13 rivals in a full 14-starter field as she shoots for a 14th win on the trot. Her trainer Chris Waller has a total of five Apollo Stakes final acceptors with a number of his stayers kicking off their autumn campaigns.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x5x211123x HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James Doyle 7 59kg 118
2 4110x4540x PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 8 59kg 115
3 36x561019x LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 11 59kg 110
4 x6x341112x LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 13 59kg 108
5 4249×23292 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Corey Brown 6 59kg 107
6 7966x5340x MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) John O’Shea Christian Reith 12 59kg 105
7 22x3915x0x ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 14 59kg 103
8 13x882140x SACRED MASTER (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 59kg 103
9 20x70x0592 SHIRAZ Kim Waugh Joshua Parr 9 59kg 101
10 463877031x SAVVY NATURE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 59kg 90
11 1111x1111x WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 57kg 132
12 13x850202x AMBIENCE John O’Shea Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 57kg 100
13 1x3611x92 GLOBAL GLAMOUR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 53.5kg 106
14 3x6538241x LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 10 53.5kg 100

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.

2017 Apollo Stakes Betting

The latest Apollo Stakes odds for 2017 will be found below as soon as markets on the Group 2 autumn feature are released.

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.

2017 Apollo Stakes Tips

Our exclusive Ladbrokes Apollo Stakes 2017 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 Appearance (2014), Alma’s Fury (2013), Melito (2011) and Tuesday Joy (2009) all beating home the boys.

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

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 Contributer (2015), Appearance (2014), Danleigh (2010) and Racing To Win (2008).

2017 Apollo Stakes Results

The Apollo Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be known on Monday February 13.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 11 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 57kg $1.14F
2 1 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James Doyle 2.8L 5 59kg $12
3 7 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 6.8L 12 59kg $26
4 5 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Corey Brown 9L 4 59kg $16
5 6 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) John O’Shea Christian Reith 9.4L 10 59kg $201
6 2 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 9.7L 6 59kg $201
7 3 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 10L 9 59kg $151
8 4 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 10.1L 11 59kg $151
9 9 SHIRAZ Kim Waugh Joshua Parr 10.2L 7 59kg $26
10 14 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 10.6L 8 53.5kg $201
11 12 AMBIENCE John O’Shea Ms Kathy O’Hara 11.8L 1 57kg $201
12 8 SACRED MASTER (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 19.7L 3 59kg $101
10 SAVVY NATURE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0
13 GLOBAL GLAMOUR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0

Apollo Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2017 Winx Hartnell Endless Drama 1:22.57
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