Apollo Stakes

The 2017 Apollo Stakes is a 1400m sprint held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival at Royal Randwick.

Apollo Stakes News

2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes: Winx vs Hartnell

2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes: Winx vs Hartnell

Godolphin and head trainer John O’Shea have confirmed autumn plans with stable star Hartnell who is set to follow a similar campaign into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2017 as champion mare Winx.

Hartnell could be facing plenty more autumn racing heartbreak facing the country’s best Winx over the season in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

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The 2017 Apollo Stakes is a 1400m sprint event held at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse in February each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The Group 2 Apollo Stakes is a weight-for-age event worth $250,000 in prize money.

The Apollo Stakes is held on the same Randwick race card as three other Group status races: the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) all for sprinters.

Many of the Apollo Stakes champions have come via the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) held a fortnight earlier at Rosehill Gardens and will advance on to the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) in a few weeks. Recent winners of the Apollo Stakes – Chipping Norton Stakes double include Contributer (2015) and the mighty mare Winx (2016).

The Apollo Stakes 2017 will run on Saturday February 11.

Apollo Stakes
Date: February 11, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000

2017 Apollo Stakes Field

The Apollo Stakes field usually features a talented range of sprinters from an assortment of preparations, with many trainers choosing to contest it first up. You can usually view the Apollo Stakes field from about midday onwards on the Wednesday prior to the race.

The 2017 Apollo Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday February 8, 2017 and will be published below.

2017 Apollo Stakes Nominations

The Apollo Stakes nominations usually feature a fairly decent range of runners, with some genuinely top sprinters choosing to contest the race as part of their ongoing campaign. Traditionally announced on the Monday prior to the race, the Apollo Stakes nominations are always worth listening out for.

The 2017 Apollo Stakes nominations will be published below as soon as released by Racing NSW on February 6, 2017.

Apollo Stakes History

The first recorded win of the Apollo Stakes was in 1977 by Visit. Originally held at Royal Randwick Racecourse, the event was moved to Rosehill in 2005.

Over the past three decades, the most successful jockey was L. Dittman with four wins in 1979, 1985, 1991 and 1993. Double winners of the Apollo Stakes are Juggler in 1996-97 and Sunline in 2000-01.

2005 winner Grand Armee holds the record for the fastest race time with 1 minute 21.06 seconds. The slowest winning race time was recorded by Red Nose in 1981 with 1 minute 28.70 seconds.

The most notable recent Apollo Stakes winner was Winx (2016) who went on to make history with her eight length win in that year’s Cox Plate when defending her title in the weight-for-age classic.

See below for the Apollo Stakes results dating back to 2000.

Recent Apollo Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
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2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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1st Winx 1 minute 22.03 seconds
2nd Solicit
3rd Hauraki
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1st Contributer 1 minute 22 seconds
2nd Ninth Legion
3rd Weary
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1st Appearance 1 minutes 21.97 seconds
2nd Speediness
3rd Moriarty
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1st Alma’s Fury 1 minutes 27.32 seconds
2nd Tougher Than Ever
3rd Danleigh
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1st Rain Affair 1 minutes 22.3 seconds
2nd Shoot Out
3rd Danleigh
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1st Melito 1 minutes 22.2 seconds
2nd Hot Danish
3rd Centennial Park
Winning Edge Presentations Classic
1st Danleigh 1 minute 22.91 seconds
2nd Rangirangdoo
3rd Palacio De Cristal
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1st Tuesday Joy 1 minute 25.78 seconds
2nd Hurried Choice
3rd Gallant Tess
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1st Racing To Win 1 minute 24.33 seconds
2nd Tuesday Joy
3rd Falaise
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1st Desert War 1 minute 22.23 seconds
2nd Mentality
3rd Eremein
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1st Ike’s Dream 1 minute 22.15 seconds
2nd Shania Dane
3rd Desert War
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1st Grand Armee 1 minute 21.06 seconds
2nd Court’s In Session
3rd Desert War
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1st Private Steer 1 minute 23.54 seconds
2nd Excellerator
3rd Zanna
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1st Lonhro 1 minute 22.49 seconds
2nd Hoeberg
3rd Carael Boy
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1st Ha Ha 1 minute 23.10 seconds
2nd El Mirada
3rd Tie The Knot
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1st Sunline 1 minute 25.45 seconds
2nd Celestial Choir
3rd Referral
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1st Sunline 1 minute 27.69 seconds
2nd Adam
3rd Hire