Expressway Stakes 2017

Saturday 28th January, 2017

Ladbrokes Tip: The Expressway Stakes – Apollo Stakes is a popular early season double that punters can follow.

The Expressway Stakes is the first Group 2 race run in Sydney each January and takes place at Rosehill Gardens on a Saturday at the end of the month. One of the features 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.

The latest edition of the Expressway Stakes ran on Saturday 28th January, 2017.

2017 Expressway Stakes Results

  • 1st: Music Magnate
  • 2nd: Kuro
  • 3rd: Ball Of Muscle

Expressway Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday 28th January, 2017
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1947

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) is the latest Expressway Stakes winning mare to beat home the boys in the Group 2 event. 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.

2017 Expressway Stakes Field

The official Expressway Stakes 2017 field of final acceptors and barriers will be published right here once released so stay tuned.

Racing NSW received only six final acceptors for the Expressway Stakes field 2017 including Group 1 winner Music Magnate who is the hot favourite to win first-up this weekend in Sydney.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 2311x1210x MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ) Bjorn Baker Kerrin McEvoy 2 58.5kg 109
2 x360x22171 KURO (NZ) Joseph Pride Joshua Parr 1 58.5kg 105
3 x68x265x63 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Tim Clark 4 58.5kg 104
4 10x6025x75 BIG MONEY Rodney Northam Hugh Bowman 5 58.5kg 104
5 11414x345x HANDFAST John O’Shea James Doyle 3 58.5kg 86
6 2x710210x ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 6 55kg 85

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 sith 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 ($10 in 2014).

The Expressway Stakes 2017 odds will be published below as soon as markets on the Group 2 early autumn feature are released.

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).

2017 Expressway Stakes Tips

Our insider Expressway Stakes tips 2017 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.

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 Appearance (2014), Happy Galaxy (2013), Rain Affair (2012), Rangirangdoo (2010) and dual champion Court’s In Session (2005-06).

2017 Expressway Stakes Results

The full Expressway Stakes results 2017 and finishing order will be known on Saturday 28th January, 2017.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ) Bjorn Baker Kerrin McEvoy 2 58.5kg $1.95F
2 2 KURO (NZ) Joseph Pride Joshua Parr 1.3L 1 58.5kg $4.40
3 3 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Tim Clark 2.1L 4 58.5kg $6.50
4 4 BIG MONEY Rodney Northam Hugh Bowman 2.3L 5 58.5kg $13
5 6 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 3.2L 6 55kg $16
6 5 HANDFAST John O’Shea James Doyle 4.1L 3 58.5kg $13

Expressway Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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