Chris Waller is preparing to launch a six-pronged assault on the Apollo Stakes 2013 at Warwick Farm Racecourse this weekend, his contingent spearheaded by Shoot Out.
To wear the No. 1 saddlecloth in the 13 horse field for this Saturday’s $250,000 Group 2 Schweppes Apollo Stakes (1400m), set to run as Warwick Farm Race 6 at 3:40pm (AEST), High Chaparral six-year-old Shoot Out resumes racing here from barrier seven with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Last seen running a credible fifth to weight-for-age star Ocean Park in the Cox Plate last October, Shoot Out kicks off their Melbourne Festival of Racing campaign in the Apollo Stakes as they head towards a title defense in the $350,000 Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) back at the track on March 9.
The next highest-rated hopeful in the race is then Waller’s 2011 Apollo Stakes winner Danleigh who has come up trumps with barrier three, Jim Cassidy to ride.
A rising 10-year-old, old warhorse Danleigh resumed on February 9 when fifth in the Expressway Stakes and looks set for a big run second-up having run third to Rain Affair in this 12 months ago two runs in.
2011 Emirates Stakes winner Albert The Fat then follows for Waller out to improve on their first-up seventh in the Expressway, the Magic Albert eight-year-old out for their first win since the Emirates.
Waller’s three other chances are then young General Nediym colt Tougher Than Ever out wide in 13, and Kelinni and Gatewood drawn nicely in gates two and five respectively.
Former Kiwi galloper Tougher Than Ever, third to Sacred Falls in the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas (1600m) last November, debuted for Waller in the Expressway Stakes and was just one and a half lengths off the winner Happy Galaxy which they are tipped to improve on when they step out again this Saturday.
The improving Kelinni is a genuine stayer that had a stellar spring which included a second to Glencadam Gold in The Metropolitan, a win in the Lexus Stakes on Derby Day and an eye-catching fourth to Green Moon in the iconic Melbourne Cup last time out.
Former European galloper Gatewood meanwhile also resumes in this having run sixth to Kelinni in the Lexus at their last start on the back of a Geelong Cup victory.
Emphatic The Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold will look to steal the show from Waller’s crew when they run first-up from barrier six with Tommy Berry aboard for Gai Waterhouse.
The Refuse To Bend five-year-old last ran sixth in the Melbourne Cup and has been impressing Berry in their trials since as they head towards the $2.25 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on April 6 for which they are the $7 early pick for at bookmaker.com.au.
Waterhouse has also accepted for her returning Rosehill Guineas winner Laser Hawk who has drawn wide in gate 11 with Nash Rawiller to ride as she vies for her extraordinary eighth Apollo Stakes win adding to those achieved with Pharaoh (1994), Juggler (1995-96), Ha Ha (2002), Grand Armee (2005), Desert War (2007) and Tuesday Joy (2009).
Also with multiple Apollo Stakes entries is trainer Guy Walter who will saddle up Dehere seven-year-old Willy Jimmy on the rails with Nathan Berry booked for the race and 2011 Spring Champion Stakes winner Doctor Doom.
Rounding out the Apollo Stakes field are then the Ron Quinton-trained Monton in gate four and Paul Murray’s last start Bernborough Handicap winner in Brisbane Alma’s Fury.
See below for the full 2013 Apollo Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2013 Apollo Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Warwick Farm Race 6 – 3:40pm (AEST) – 23/02/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||32132x175x||SHOOT OUT||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||7||59kg||116|
|2||3200x316x5||DANLEIGH||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||3||59kg||113|
|3||21x08974x7||ALBERT THE FAT||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||8||59kg||111|
|4||x0x111106x||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||6||59kg||108|
|5||11x1313x||LASER HAWK||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||11||59kg||108|
|6||221141214x||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||2||59kg||106|
|7||x11132716x||GATEWOOD (GB)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||5||59kg||103|
|8||0x6896x295||MONTON||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton (a)||4||59kg||101|
|9||06x25740x3||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||Glyn Schofield||10||59kg||100|
|10||214x542x40||WILLY JIMMY||Guy Walter||Nathan Berry||1||59kg||99|
|11||36×6873621||ALMA’S FURY||Paul Murray||Blake Shinn||12||59kg||97|
|12||121x5700x9||DOCTOR DOOM||Guy Walter||Rod Quinn||9||59kg||92|
|13||313x4163x4||TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ)||Chris Waller||–||13||55.5kg||92|