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2017 Apollo Stakes Day runs at Royal Randwick Racecourse today, Monday February 13, after the heat-wave delay and real time Sydney race results for the ten autumn events will be updated all afternoon right here.
Winx is the headliner on the program running first-up since her second Cox Plate triumph in the $250,000 Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) – seemingly hers for the taking to make it 14 straight wins.
The Apollo Stakes field jumps at 5:40pm (AEDT), the later time set to give fans a chance to get down to the track post-work, and there are a further four other Group status races to enjoy.
It is a massive day of Monday racing in Sydney including the Inglis Classic (Race 4) for Golden Slipper Stakes hopes and the gun three-year-old fillies on show in the Light Fingers Stakes (Race 7).
Stay tuned all afternoon for the live Apollo Stakes Day results and head to Ladbrokes.com.au for the best betting markets on all the races including Winx to win the Apollo Stakes 2017.
Race 10 (6:50pm) – $100,000 Schweppes Handicap (1200m)
Your Way savaged the line in the final 100 metres to take out the Schweppes Handicap at Royal Randwick this afternoon. Your Way went into the Schweppes Handicap with five wins from seven race starts, but punters were happy to ignore the mare as the money came for Hanwritten. There was a host of winning chances at the 150 metres mark, but jockey Tim Clark timed his run to perfection on Thewayyouare mare to come away with the victory.
- 1st: #14 Your Way
- 2nd: #8 Untamed Diamond
- 3rd: #12 Knit ‘N’ Purl
Race 9 (6:15pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Robrick Lodge Triscay Stakes (1200m)
- 1st: #10 Zestful
- 2nd: #3 Nancy
- 3rd: #1 Dixie Blossoms
Trainer Kris Lees enjoyed his third Group 3 win on Apollo Stakes Day with the rails-drawn Zestful off a 42 day turnaround showed plenty of upside, enjoying the gap between runs and a ride up the inside to push forward and defeat Nancy who missed the kick but moved up quickly to put herself in the race. Dixie Blossoms finished third, the race marred by the fall of the James Doyle-ridden Pearls.
Race 8 (5:40pm) – $250,000 Group 2 The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: #11 Winx
- 2nd: #1 Hartnell
- 3rd: #7 Endless Drama
Winx is back! The mighty Chris Waller-trained mare posted her 14th straight win with a cruisy first-up victory in the Apollo Stakes. She wasn’t brilliant away from the gates, but it mattered little with Hugh Bowman keeping her calm in the second half of the race throughout the run. The nine-time Group 1 winner improved throughout and once on the straight she was there on the outside ready to reel them in. Getting daylight she was always going to win, charging forward with her sharp speed with a 2.5 length win over the brave Hartnell who had to settle for second best again. Waller also prepared the eye-catching third placed import Endless Drama who looks one to watch heading into the Doncaster Mile in April.
Race 7 (5:05pm) – $200,000 Group 2 TAB Light Fingers Stakes (1200m)
- 1st: #1 Global Glamour
- 2nd: #3 Foxplay
- 3rd: #2 Spright
The best filly in the race got the job done in the Light Fingers Stakes with the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained dual Group 1 winner Global Glamour back in the winners’ stall at Randwick. The well-supported favourite worked hard around the outside to take up the lead and was absolutely bolting, setting a frantic pace third-up. She was well clear of her competition and had a healthy margin to spare on the straight, before a charging late run home by the returning dual Group winner at the track Foxplay. In a photo Global Glamour held on for the win, while the Chris Waller-trained Foxplay out wide snared an eye-catching second. Third went to Spright who also put in a lovely first-up run with Corey Brown in the saddle.
Race 6 (4:25pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Trainer Connections Spring Stakes (1600m)
- 1st: #13 Invincible Gem
- 2nd: #12 Faraway Town
- 3rd: #10 Salsonic
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees made it a back-to-back Group race double on Apollo Stakes Day thanks to a smart win by his progressive filly Invincible Gem in the Spring Stakes. One of the only fillies in recent history, certainly since the race moved from Newcastle, to win she was too good with the race fitness over her rivals and powered home to defeat Faraway Town who was out of the Magic Millions Guineas. Gauguin snared third just off the quinella, before being relegated to fourth after a successful protest from Salsonic.
Race 5 (3:50pm) – $150,000 Group 3 The Chi-X Southern Cross Stakes (1200m)
- 1st: #1 Le Romain
- 2nd: #5 Big Money
- 3rd: #4 Snippets Land
Kris Lees’ last start Cantala Stakes winning four-year-old Le Romain set himself up for a massive autumn campaign digging deep to give the weight away first-up and win the Southern Cross Stakes. He came with a fighting effort in the closing stages under the hefty 61kg allocation, but had too much class and power for the brave runner-up Big Money. Snippets Land finished off the Southern Cross Stakes trifecta in third, while the Doncaster Mile could be on the agenda for Le Romain during The Championships.
Race 4 (3:10pm) – $250,000 Listed Inglis Classic (1200m)
- 1st: #1 Frolic
- 2nd: #8 Sweet Deal
- 3rd: #9 Lets Get Nauti Gal
Michael Freedman’s smart Husson filly enjoyed her maiden win at start number three in the lucrative Restricted Inglis Classic coming from dead last to power home with Tommy Berry aboard. Switched off beautifully and minding her own business at the back, Frolic showed off her blistering turn of foot to power home late and run down the brave leader Sweet Deal who held for second. The top two had a big margin over the third-placed Lets Get Nauti Gal and a 2017 Golden Slipper Stakes bid plus further races over The Championships in April could now be on the cards for the Inglis Classic winner.
Race 3 (2:35pm) – $100,000 Open Markets & BMYG Handicap (2400m)
- 1st: #6 Vassal
- 2nd: #4 Regal Monarch
- 3rd: #8 El Novio
Trainer Chris Waller continued to gear up for the return of Winx, running the trifecta in Race 3 with Vassal flying over the top of the field late to run away for a 2.5 length win over stablemate Regal Monarch with El Novio crossing for third. Burning Energy led the field around in the third uncontested up front, while eventual third-placegetter El Novio settled third on the rails with cover. Vassal was off the pace until the straight when he came flying down the outside, hitting the lead with 100 to go and running down Regal Monarch who looked the winner after travelling up to join the front-runners at the top of the straight.
Race 2 (1:55pm) – $60,000 TAB Highway Handicap (1800m)
- 1st: #8 Bills A Goodie
- 2nd: #6 Medieval
- 3rd: #2 Allzin
A perfectly timed ride on a notoriously hard stayer to ride by apprentice Andrew Adkins saw Bills A Goodie score an upset win over the favourite Medieval in the second on Apollo Stakes Day giving Fairhall Park trainer Darryl Roberts his first city winner. From the wide draw Bills A Goodie crossed and headed off Maestro Tom and Kiss In The Dark to take up front running. The tempo of the race suited the winner with the steady sectionals who lead all-the-way to hold off a late charge by Medieval and win by the bob of the head despite looking gone a number of times on the straight. Allzin flashed home late for third.
Race 1 (1:20) – $100,000 Ranvet Stakes (1600m)
- 1st: #8 Liapari
- 2nd: #7 Hogmanay
- 3rd: #5 Cauthen’s Power
The card opener went the way of the punters thanks to a classy late win by the in-form Chris Waller-trained Liapari. Coming off a win at the track and distance just nine days earlier carrying more weight, the fit horse in the race was too good holding off stablemate Hogmanay for a three-quarter length win. Liapari was settled back off the speed racing second last throughout before coming down the far outside on the straight, hitting the front with 100m to go and powering away. Cauthen’s Power got up for third just over fourth-placed Astronomos first-up.
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