The headline feature of today’s Apollo Stakes Day featured some of today’s most exciting horses in racing.
In an exhilarating race, Gerald Ryan‘s Melito moved aggressively from her outside barrier of nine and quickly settled behind the leader Hot Danish, who also jumped well from the gates.
Hot Danish proceeded to slow the tempo of the race from the front and she and Melito led the field throughout the entire run.
Second favourite to win the 2011 Apollo Stakes at Luxbet, Love Conquers All, had a tough run that saw her caught out wide for most of the race and was unable to recover enough to finish in the placings.
Hot Danish and Melito battled it out for the lead down the home straight until Melito made her move near the line and ended up with a convincing win.
Centennial Park, who won the Expressway Stakes against both Hot Danish and Melito, came flying down the outside to almost snare second away from Hot Danish, but was forced to settle for third.
Melito has never before won a race first-up before, yet alone the Group 2 Apollo Stakes, and has now set the scene for some stellar racing from the four-year-old mare this season.
The Redoute’s Choice mare has now won five of her 21 careers starts and has earned more than $1.75 million in prize money.
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2011 Apollo Stakes Results – Rosehill Race 6
|01||8.MELITO||–||$8.50||9||114.00||57||Brenton Avdulla||Gerald Ryan|
|02||7.HOT DANISH||1.8||$3.00F||5||117.00||57||Tim Clark||Les Bridge|
|03||3.CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||1.9||$7.00||6||108.00||59||Corey Brown||David Payne|
|04||9.ONCE WERE WILD||2.8||$9.00||1||108.00||57||Nash Rawiller||Gai Waterhouse|
|05||4.LOVE CONQUERS ALL||3.1||$3.70||8||107.00||59||Jim Cassidy||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|06||1.DANLEIGH||3.3||$11.00||10||116.00||59||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller|
|07||2.METAL BENDER (NZ)||3.4||$16.00||7||116.00||59||Kerrin McEvoy||Chris Waller|
|08||10.RUN FOR NAARA||6.5||$201.00||2||100.00||57||Christian Reith||John P Thompson|
|09||6.LORNE DANCER||7||$41.00||3||105.00||59||Tommy Berry (a)||Gai Waterhouse|
|10||5.VISION AND POWER (NZ)||7.7||$151.00||4||107.00||59||Josh Adams (a2)||Joseph Pride|
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