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.
|Date:||February 11, 2017|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
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
|1st||Winx||1 minute 22.03 seconds|
|1st||Contributer||1 minute 22 seconds|
|1st||Appearance||1 minutes 21.97 seconds|
|1st||Alma’s Fury||1 minutes 27.32 seconds|
|2nd||Tougher Than Ever|
|1st||Rain Affair||1 minutes 22.3 seconds|
|1st||Melito||1 minutes 22.2 seconds|
Winning Edge Presentations Classic
|1st||Danleigh||1 minute 22.91 seconds|
|3rd||Palacio De Cristal|
|1st||Tuesday Joy||1 minute 25.78 seconds|
|1st||Racing To Win||1 minute 24.33 seconds|
|1st||Desert War||1 minute 22.23 seconds|
|1st||Ike’s Dream||1 minute 22.15 seconds|
|1st||Grand Armee||1 minute 21.06 seconds|
|2nd||Court’s In Session|
|1st||Private Steer||1 minute 23.54 seconds|
|1st||Lonhro||1 minute 22.49 seconds|
|1st||Ha Ha||1 minute 23.10 seconds|
|3rd||Tie The Knot|
|1st||Sunline||1 minute 25.45 seconds|
|1st||Sunline||1 minute 27.69 seconds|