Boban Headlines 2014 Apollo Stakes Final Field

The final field for the 2014 Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) has been released, with talented gelding Boban confirmed for his second run of 2014 following a less-than-ideal start when fifth behind Appearance in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago.

Boban will be aiming to claim his first victory in 2014 in the 2014 Apollo Stakes

Boban will be aiming to claim his first victory of 2014 in the 2014 Apollo Stakes. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Boban claimed five wins from as many starts in what was undoubtedly the best campaign of any Australian runner through the 2013 spring, which included both the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).

Having claimed resounding favouritism ahead of his first-up run at Randwick two weeks ago, the classy Bernardini gelding was blocked for a run in the final 200 metres, finishing well off the pace in fifth position.

Trainer Chris Waller, who will also saddle Irish import Moriarty and Sizzling in the 2014 Apollo Stakes, only allocated a pass mark to his star miler following the Expressway Stakes, but is confident of a much more comprehensive run on Saturday, despite drawing barrier 7.

Also making his 2014 debut in the Expressway Stakes two weeks ago, Moriarty (barrier 8) was unable to match the late pace of the majority of his competitors and finished a disappointing eighth.

A busy calendar is well and truly on the cards for the Clodovil gelding, with runs in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) likely targets in March alone.

Despite entering the Expressway Stakes as the most un-favoured Waller runner amongst punters, Sizzling managed a strong late run to finish a close third, only one and a half lengths behind Appearance.

Previously trained by Queensland-based veteran Kelso Wood, the Snitzel entire performed well in both the 2012 and 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnivals; claiming the T.J Smith Stakes (1600m) in 2012 and the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1400m) during his last preparation.

Despite having not scored a win outside of Queensland, Sizzling has returned to the track in 2014 in good form and is in with a chance for Apollo Stakes glory after drawing barrier 6.

Trainer Guy Walter is confident of a second-straight victory for Appearance in the 2014 Apollo Stakes, having drawn the ideal barrier two against a field that is largely similar to the Expressway Stakes two weeks ago.

Jockey Blake Shinn delivered a sensational ride on the Commands mare in that event and will retain the ride in the Apollo Stakes this weekend.

Having claimed twelve wins from a total of 42 starts to date, Pinwheel (barrier 9) is one of the most well-trialled runners currently appearing on Sydney’s race tracks, and has been confirmed to line up once more in the 2014 Apollo Stakes.

Similarly to the majority of his rivals this weekend, the Lonhro gelding opened his 2014 account in the Expressway Stakes two weeks ago, and proved he is still a keen competitor at eight-years-old, unlucky to finish fourth.

Colin Scott-trained Speediness (barrier 4) has also been included in the final field for the 2014 Apollo Stakes, while Howmuchdoyouloveme (barrier 5), Rain Drum (barrier 3), Alma’s Fury (barrier 10) and New Zealand-import Tremec (barrier 1) round out the final field for this weekend’s Group 2 feature at Royal Randwick. is currently offering the best odds on all events this weekend, including the Group 2 Apollo Stakes.

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2014 Apollo Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 29x11111x5 BOBAN Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 7 59kg 116
2 1x041503x8 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller Corey Brown 8 59kg 109
3 4x29x455x4 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden 9 59kg 108
4 31x14423x6 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott Jim Cassidy 4 59kg 108
5 x307115x20 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Jim Litt Jason Collett 5 59kg 107
6 617x7547x3 SIZZLING Chris Waller 6 59kg 103
7 3131x1442x RAIN DRUM Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 3 59kg 101
8 x068653376 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray Tim Clark 10 59kg 99
9 1211x0000x TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson Nathan Berry 1 59kg 98
10 24117x94x1 APPEARANCE Guy Walter Blake Shinn 2 57kg 115


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