Classy filly Appearance has continued her perfect start to 2014, racing away from the pack in the final straight to claim the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick today.
Having claimed the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks ago, Appearance settled just behind the leaders in the Apollo Stakes, rounding the bend with a good passage and sprinting clear of her rivals to finish a length ahead of Speediness and outsider Moriarty.
Trainer Guy Walter has been impressed with the form of the talented Commands mare this preparation, and revealed a run in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on March 8th is now the target.
“She’s such a great little mare, she’s just getting better and better I think” Walter said following the triumph.
“I thought maybe second-up she was going to be vulnerable and it would be today because she was so very, very good first-up but she’s done it again.
“Here were are with all these great performances behind her; she’s only had eighteen starts for 8 wins, it’s such a phenomenal record.
“She’s such a good mare. Hopefully we’re onto the Chipping Norton.”
Jockey Blake Shinn laid all the praise on Appearance following their second Group 2 win together in as many starts this preparation.
“We had it pretty right again today and she’s a dominant winner again” Shinn told the media immediately after the Apollo Stakes.
“It was sort of a messy run race which it was always going to be; I elected to come up three wide to follow jimmy (Cassidy, jockey on Speediness) and that sort of flashed Nash (Rawiller, jockey on Boban) out four wide and I was in a tricky situation, but I knew I was on the best horse.
“I put her into clear running, and when you’ve got horses like these they do it all for you.
“She’s a champion mare.”
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2014 Apollo Stakes Results
|1||10||APPEARANCE||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||–||2||57kg||$2.60F|
|2||4||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||Jim Cassidy||1.5L||4||59kg||$7.50|
|3||2||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||1.7L||7||59kg||$31|
|4||1||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||2L||6||59kg||$2.80|
|5||5||HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME||Jim Litt||Jason Collett||2.1L||5||59kg||$12|
|6||7||RAIN DRUM||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||2.2L||3||59kg||$8|
|7||8||ALMA’S FURY||Paul Murray||Tim Clark||3.2L||8||59kg||$41|
|8||9||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||Nathan Berry||7.1L||1||59kg||$201|