Melito Makes Magical Comeback To Win The 2011 Apollo Stakes


Melito is the 2011 Apollo Stakes winner

Melito has made a magical comeback to racing this autumn with a wonderful win in the 2011 Apollo Stakes at Rosehill today.

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

Finish Horse Margin Price Barrier Benchmark Weight Jockey Trainer
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

Photo courtesy (c) Steve Hart Photographics