Verry Elleegant Favourite in Open 2021 Apollo Stakes Field & Betting Market

February 12, 2021

Verry Elleegant Favourite in Open 2021 Apollo Stakes Field & Betting Market

Chris Waller’s brilliant mare Verry Elleegant has opened clear favourite to take out Sydney’s Apollo Stakes 2021 first-up this weekend at Royal Randwick.

Verry Elleegant Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Verry Elleegant returns as favourite in Saturday’s 2021 Apollo Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

Nine runners remain in the mix for Saturday’s Group 2 $250,000 Yulong Apollo Stakes (1400m) after the early scratching off Mo’unga and premier Sydney horseman Waller saddles-up nearly half the field with four hopefuls.

Waller chases an incredible sixth victory in the weight-for-age clash and his fifth in six years following the success of Danleigh (2010) and his four straight wins from 2016-19 with Endless Drama (2018) and the Winx three-peat (2016, 2017, 2019).

Heading the Waller contingent in 2021 is five-year-old Zed mare Verry Elleegant, the $7 million earner boasting an excellent Randwick record (9:3-2-0) and plenty of 1400m form (6:3-1-0).

Her latest run at the track and distance produced a narrow victory in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) last August and she subsequently won Melbourne’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Last time out she finished seventh, far from disgraced in the iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles and she’s been brought-on fitness-wise for her return with two Rosehill trials last month.

Verry Elleegant dominates the Apollo Stakes odds at $3.50 and firming through Ladbrokes.com.au with James Mcdonald back in the saddle from a favourable barrier four draw.

The danger occupying the second line of Apollo Stakes betting at $4.80 is stablemate Kolding in gate seven with Hugh Bowman to ride.

Ocean Park five-year-old Kolding has put together his own impressive record with career earnings just shy of $6 million and also loves the Randwick track (11:5-1-0).

He took out the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) over the mile here in the spring and presents fit second-up having run second fresh to Savatiano at Rosehill in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) on January 30.

Better for that run and sure to relish a return to Randwick and the step-up to 1400m, Kolding is a genuine chance for Waller in the Apollo.

The other contenders from the stable are class mares Funstar ($4.60) and roughie hope Toffee Tongue ($41) drawn in barriers five and six respectively.

Adelaide four-year-old Funstar chases her first win since March last year, but she’s been competitive in plenty since including a Vinery Stud Stakes fourth, Queen Of The Turf Stakes second and the Epsom Handicap second all at Group 1 level.

Fellow four-year-old mare Toffee Tongue is best known for her Group 1 Schweppes Oaks win in Adelaide last May that followed her ATC Oaks second in Sydney, and has form around the top runners here including her Turnbull second to Verry Elleegant at Flemington.

In an open market, a further three horses are also under $10 to win with the John Thompson-trained Dreamforce ($6) returning in barrier two, Mugatoo ($7) for Kris Lees first-up in the outside alley and Godolphin’s resuming Golden Eagle winner Colette ($9.50) looking to go back-to-back for the Royal Blue brigade after their success with Alizee (2020).

Click here for the latest Apollo Stakes 2021 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Apollo Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 78x02110x2 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 7 59kg 116
2 x2810x017x DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 2 59kg 113
3 x411x8352x FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Blaike McDougall 8 59kg 112
4 126x11124x MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 10 59kg 111
5 1x68x0720x PRINCE FAWAZ Anthony Cummings Tim Clark 1 59kg 100
6 212x14117x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 4 57kg 121
7 1111x0561x COLETTE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 3 57kg 110
8 2142x6220x FUNSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 5 57kg 108
9 221x58203x TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 6 57kg 104
10 1x117x MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Jason Collett 9 55.5kg 79

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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