Saturday February 19, 2011, is Apollo Stakes Day at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney.
This year’s program is as exciting as ever, with eight races being run on the day, each full of some of Australia’s best racing talent.
Racing begins in Race 1 at 1.10pm (AEDST) with the Australian Brewery Handicap for two-year-olds.
The feature events of the 2011 Apollo Stakes Day are the Listed Parramatta Cup in Race 6, the Group 2 Apollo Stakes in Race 7 and the Listed Triscay Stakes in Race 8.
The 2011 Apollo Stakes features Centennial Park looking for another win after winning the Expressway Stakes on February 5.
Below you can find the complete Apollo Stakes Day program.
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Rosehill Race 1 – The Australian Brewery Handicap (1200m)
Race 1 kicks off at 1.10pm (AEDST) and features some of Australia’s best up and coming two-year-olds.
Run over a distance of 1,200 metres, the race is worth $70,000 and will be run under handicap conditions.
Gerald Ryan’s Chew The Fat will be looking to prove himself after the two-year-old Snitzel colt placed third in his first run on February 9.
Also in the field is Peter Snowden’s commanding colt Helmet, who won his last start by two lengths at Rosehill Gardens on February 5.
Helmet will be running from barrier 7 in Race 1 and will carry 58.5 kilograms, which is three kilograms more than any other horse.
Rosehill Race 2 – North Ryde RSL Club Handicap (1100m)
Race 2 on Apollo Stakes Day will jump at 1.50pm (AEDST) and is open to three-year-olds only.
The race is worth $70,000 and will be run over 1,100 metres under handicap conditions.
Rosehill Race 3 – The Greenwood Hotel Handicap (1200m)
Race 3 at Rosehill is a handicap race for horses three-years-old and over.
Run over a distance of 1,200 metres, the Greenwood Hotel Handicap is worth $70,000 and will jump as 2.30pm (AEDST).
Rosehill Race 4 – Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grill Handicap (1800m)
Rosehill Race 4 is set to jump at 3.10pm (AEDST) and is worth $70,000.
The race is open to all horses aged three-years-old and over and will be run over 1,800 metres.
Rosehill Race 5 – P J Gallagher’s Irish Pubs Parramatta Cup (2000m)
The first of three Black Type races on Apollo Stakes Day, the Parramatta Cup, is a Listed race that is worth $100,000 in prize money.
This quality handicap race is run over 2,000 metres and is open to horses aged three-years-old and above.
The field includes Jim Conlan’s Larry’s Never Late who was a late scratching in the Carlyon Cup last Saturday.
Larry’s Never Late has drawn barrier eight for the 2011 Parramatta Cup and will carry 58.5 kilograms.
The 2011 Parramatta Cup will jump at 3.50pm (AEDST).
Rosehill Race 6 – Apollo Stakes (1400m)
Race 6 features the main event for the day at Rosehill; the 2011 Apollo Stakes.
Worth $250,000, the Group 2 Apollo Stakes will be run over a distance of 1,400 metres and will feature some of Australia’s best horse racing talent.
Some of the big names in the 2011 Apollo Stakes include David Payne’s Centennial Park, who won the 2011 Expressway Stakes two weeks ago, Les Bridge’s Hot Danish, Gerald Ryan’s Melito, Chris Waller’s Danleigh and Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes‘ Love Conquers All.
Centennial Park will be eagerly watched to see if he can win once again and will be jumping from barrier six.
The 2011 Apollo Stakes is due to jump at 4.30pm (AEDST).
Rosehill Race 7 – Triscay Stakes (1200m)
The final feature race of Apollo Stakes Day is the Listed Triscay Stakes worth $100,000.
Run over a distance of 1,200 metres, the Triscay Stakes is a quality handicap open to fillies and mares aged three-years-old and over.
This year’s Triscay Stakes will jump at 5.10pm (AEDST).
The 2011 Triscay Stake’s field includes some top-class sprinters, including Gai Waterhouse’s More Strawberries, who had to be scratched from last weekend’s Light Fingers Stakes.
More Strawberries will be carrying 57 kilograms in the 2011 Triscay Stakes and will be jumping from barrier 11.
Also part of the impressive line-up is Clarry Conner’s Dorf Command, Matthew Smith’s Hurtle Myrtle and Peter Snowden’s Trim.
Rosehill Race 8 – Vab’s Mediterranean Grill Handicap (1500m)
The last race at Rosehill on Apollo Stakes Day will jump at 5.50pm (AEDST) and is run over 1,500 metres.
Worth $70,000, Race 8 is run under handicap conditions and is open to all horses aged three-years-old and upwards.
Betting odds for all eight races on Apollo Stakes Day will be made available at Luxbet shortly.