Classy mare Appearance has returned to her best form with an impressive victory in the 2014 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
Appearance showed an exceptional turn-of-foot when asked for an extra effort by Blake Shinn and raced well clear from the rest of the field to record a strong victory from outsider River Lad and Chris Waller-trained Sizzling, who worked home strongly in the final stages of the race.
The 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign of Appearance was plagued by injuries and she was restricted to just two race starts, but trainer Guy Walter was adamant in the lead-up to the Expressway Stakes that she was back to her best form ahead of her autumn campaign.
“She is a fantastic mare and her record shows that,” Walter said after the race.
“She has beaten a top class field today and has beaten them well.
“She had her problems last spring, but she went out and had a good spell and she has been flying this time.
“I am so pleased for her.”
Appearance was the star mare of the 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, winning the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m), and Walter is confident that she will perform well at the highest level of racing again this campaign.
Walter revealed that the daughter of Commands will be entered for all the major races in Sydney and said that she remained a chance of heading to Melbourne for the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 8.
“She will be nominated for the Doncaster and she may run now in the Apollo or the Chipping Norton,” Walter said.
“She is also in the Newmarket; we might not run her for a month and run her in the Newmarket.
“There are some nice races here and the way that she has won today why can’t she win the Apollo or the Chipping Norton.”
Jockey Blake Shinn was riding Appearance for the first time since she won the Coolmore Classic last year and he was clearly delighted to have recorded another big race win on the triple Group 1 winner.
“It is very special for everyone,” Shinn said.
“She is one of our favourite mares in the stable, alongside Streama, and it is just fantastic to have her back.
“Guy has done a fantastic job, he has played with her little issues, and she has come up really well this preparation.
“We knew that we had her close to the mark today and it is really good to see her best away a field like that in such dominant fasion.”
Boban was well-backed in the lead-up to the Expressway Stakes, but he did not show his usual turn-of-foot and only worked home fairly to finish midfield, while Rain Affair led early but faded to finish at the tail of the field.
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2014 Expressway Stakes Finishing Order
|1||10||APPEARANCE||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||–||4||56.5kg||$16|
|2||9||RIVER LAD||Natalie Mccall||Joshua Parr||1.3L||8||58.5kg||$41|
|3||8||SIZZLING||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||2.6L||11||58.5kg||$12|
|4||6||PINWHEEL||Peter Snowden||Christian Reith||2.7L||10||58.5kg||$16|
|5||1||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||3L||1||58.5kg||$2.40F|
|6||7||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||James McDonald||3.1L||7||58.5kg||$6|
|7||11||ANY DAY WILL DO||Guy Walter||Sam Clipperton (a)||3.2L||5||56.5kg||$101|
|8||3||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Adam Hyeronimus||4.2L||2||58.5kg||$101|
|9||4||CARLTON HOUSE (USA)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||5.3L||3||58.5kg||$21|
|10||5||HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME||Jim Litt||Jay Ford||5.7L||6||58.5kg||$15|
|11||2||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Tim Clark||8.2L||9||58.5kg||$5|