2013 Apollo Stakes Field Features Six For Waller

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.

Shoot Out

Shoot Out is one of six 2013 Apollo Stakes acceptors for Chris Waller. Photo: Steve Hart.

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