Expressway Stakes 2018

Saturday February 3, 2018

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.

The latest edition of the Expressway Stakes ran on Saturday February 3, 2018 and saw the returning Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist salute first-up.

2018 Expressway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Trapeze Artist
  • 2nd: #7 Showtime
  • 3rd: #8 Addictive Nature

Expressway Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 3, 2018
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1947

2018 Expressway Stakes Results

The full Expressway Stakes results 2018 and finishing order will be known on Saturday February 3, 2018 and published below.

The 2018 Expressway Stakes results saw the Gerald Ryan-trained Golden Rose winner from the spring Trapeze Artist fly first-up and salute by one and a quarter-lengths over Showtime. In third rounding out the trifecta was the beaten Bjorn Baker-trained favourite Addictive Nature.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 5 TRAPEZE ARTIST Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 6 55.5kg $3.60
2 7 SHOWTIME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 1.25L 5 55.5kg $9.50
3 8 ADDICTIVE NATURE Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 1.45L 2 55.5kg $2.50F
4 2 GLOBAL GLAMOUR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Kerrin McEvoy 1.9L 3 56.5kg $4.20
5 4 ACE HIGH David Payne Tye Angland 2.3L 1 55.5kg $15
6 3 MEMES Jason Coyle Ms Rachel King (a) 7.3L 4 56.5kg $16
1 TOP STRIKER Gregory Hickman Corey Brown 0
6 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker Blake Shinn 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 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).

2018 Expressway Stakes Betting

The Expressway Stakes 2018 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) 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.

2018 Expressway Stakes Field

The official Expressway Stakes 2018 field of final acceptors and barriers will be published right here once released so stay tuned.

Just eight horses make up the final 2018 Expressway Stakes Field this autumn, but there is still plenty of depth including acceptances for dual Group 1 winner Global Glamour and the spring’s VRC Derby winner Ace High who gets the rails run first-up from barrier one.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 124x6905x0 TOP STRIKER Gregory Hickman Corey Brown 8 58.5kg 81
2 21302x19x6 GLOBAL GLAMOUR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Kerrin McEvoy 3 56.5kg 108
3 11311216×1 MEMES Jason Coyle Ms Rachel King (a) 4 56.5kg 95
4 64x155111x ACE HIGH David Payne Tye Angland 1 55.5kg 108
5 4163x6410x TRAPEZE ARTIST Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 6 55.5kg 102
6 24×8110832 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker Blake Shinn 7 55.5kg 86
7 342x21510x SHOWTIME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 5 55.5kg 84
8 1213x ADDICTIVE NATURE Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 2 55.5kg 77

2018 Expressway Stakes Nominations

The early Expressway Stakes 2018 Nominations are taken on the Monday of race week with the full list of pre-field entries to be made available below once announced.

The official 2018 Expressway Stakes Nominations drew just nine early entries with the top-class line-up headed by the likes of returning Victoria Derby champion Ace High, upset Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist and the early pre-field favourite Global Glamour.

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).

2018 Expressway Stakes Tips

Our insider Expressway Stakes tips 2018 will be published below once the field is confirmed and betting markets released on the Group 2 sprint.

  • 1st: #8 ADDICTIVE NATURE
  • 2nd: #5 TRAPEZE ARTIST
  • 3rd: # MEMES

Tipping the untapped three-year-old ADDICTIVE NATURE ($3.20) to kick-off his autumn with a win. Two-time winner from four starts and while only a 77-rated horse, is a Group 3 winner at the Rosehill track. WFA suits and with the gun run from the gate (2) in a small field, is a huge winning hope for trainer Bjorn Baker. Think fellow three-year-old TRAPEZE ARTIST ($3.90) can also make an impression first-up and atone for the Coolmore Stud Stakes flop. The Flemington straight didn’t suit and before that he was ultra-impressive scoring the blow-out 4 length Golden Rose victory. MEMES ($7) won over 1000m at Randwick last time out and will be fit up front.

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.

2018 Expressway Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Expressway Stakes 2018 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 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
2019 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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