Apollo Stakes

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

2020 Apollo Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Alizee
  • 2nd: #2 Dreamforce
  • 3rd: #1 Happy Clapper



The 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 who did the double in both 2016 and 2017. After missing the Apollo Stakes in 2018, Winx returned to also win both the Apollo and Chipping Norton in 2019 during her final year of racing.

The Apollo Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday February 15, 2020 and was won by class Godolphin-raced mare Alizee. 

2020 Apollo Stakes
Date: Saturday February 15, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000

2020 Apollo Stakes Results

    • 1st: #8 Alizee
    • 2nd: #2 Dreamforce
    • 3rd: #1 Happy Clapper

Alizee proved the gun mare to beat in the Apollo Stakes 2020 results with her gutsy win over the John Thompson-trained Dreamforce, who had firmed into favouritism before the race, ahead of her shot in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Apollo Stakes winner Alizee.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 8 ALIZEE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 57kg $3.60
2 2 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 0.2L 6 59kg $2.50F
3 1 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Tommy Berry 1.5L 4 59kg $5.50
4 9 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 1.9L 3 57kg $9
5 10 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Waller Tom Marquand 2.4L 10 57kg $16
6 4 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 3.2L 7 59kg $61
7 5 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 3.3L 2 59kg $31
8 6 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Glen Boss 3.4L 8 59kg $61
9 3 COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 3.5L 5 59kg $51
10 7 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jamie Spencer 3.6L 9 59kg $21

2020 Apollo Stakes Odds & Betting

The Apollo Stakes 2020 betting odds and market links will be published the week of the race so stay tuned.

2020 Apollo Stakes Field

The Apollo Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of autumn horses, many of which are kicking off their campaigns with an eye on bigger races including the Chipping Norton Stakes or the George Ryder Stakes.

The 2020 Apollo Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday February 12, 2020 and will be published below.

Ten horses face off in Saturday’s Apollo Stakes 2020 final field with the Godolphin-raced favourite Alizee drawn the rails. John Thompson’s Doncaster Mile runner-up Dreamforce in six is the close second elect, the first-up specialist boasting great form at both the track and 1400m distance.

Click here to read more on the latest 2020 Apollo Stakes field and betting markets featuring gun mares Alizee and Verry Elleegant.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x2284x231x HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Tommy Berry 4 59kg 118
2 8132x1205x DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 6 59kg 113
3 211112617x COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 59kg 109
4 124x03374x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 7 59kg 108
5 x16621816x HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 2 59kg 105
6 511x65800x ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Glen Boss 8 59kg 101
7 44×6012325 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jamie Spencer 9 59kg 100
8 306x1374x2 ALIZEE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 57kg 115
9 2111x9410x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 3 57kg 111
10 5237x5955x DANZDANZDANCE Chris Waller Tom Marquand 10 57kg 107

2020 Apollo Stakes Nominations

The 2020 Apollo Stakes nominations will be published below as soon as released by Racing NSW on February 10, 2020.

The Apollo Stakes 2020 nominations attracted 14 autumn hopefuls and have been extended until 11am (AEDT) on Tuesday 11/02. Heading the current entries is Godolphin’s star mare Alizee along with last year’s runner-up Happy Clapper.

Read more on the star-studded 2020 Apollo Stakes nominations.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x2284x231x HAPPY CLAPPER G 9 Patrick Webster 1 59kg 118
2 306x1374x2 ALIZEE M 5 James Cummings 2 57kg 115
3 8132x1205x DREAMFORCE G 7 John Thompson 3 59kg 113
4 2111x9410x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 4 57kg 111
5 211112617x COME PLAY WITH ME G 5 Chris Waller 5 59kg 109
6 124x03374x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 6 59kg 108
7 5237x5955x DANZDANZDANCE M 5 Chris Waller 7 57kg 107
8 x16621816x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 8 59kg 105
9 511x65800x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell 9 59kg 101
10 44×6012325 GLENALL G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10 59kg 100
11 2x85403x71 CRADLE MOUNTAIN G 6 Clare Cunningham 11 59kg 98
12 x322x2311x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12 59kg 96
13 11125x5x6 VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings 13 59kg 89
14 23x22122x BRANDENBURG (NZ) C 3 John Sargent 14 55.5kg 81

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.

From 2007- 2020 jockey Hugh Bowman rode seven Apollo Stakes winners: Desert War (2007), Racing To Win (2008), Danleigh (2010), three-time champion Winx (2016, 2017, 2019) and Alizee (2020).

The most notable recent Apollo Stakes winner was Winx (2016, 2017, 2019) who went on to make history winning the Cox Plate a record four times. Trainer Chris Waller also took out the race in 2018 when Endless Drama enjoyed a Winx-free event to salute for the stable.

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

Recent Apollo Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Apollo Stakes
1st Alizee 1 minute 24.10 seconds
2nd Dreamforce
3rd Happy Clapper
2019
Apollo Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 20.88 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd Egg Tart
2018
Apollo Stakes
1st Endless Drama 1 minute 22.46 seconds
2nd Global Glamour
3rd Comin’ Through
2017
Apollo Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 22.57 seconds
2nd Hartnell
3rd Endless Drama
2016
Apollo Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 22.03 seconds
2nd Solicit
3rd Hauraki
2015
Apollo Stakes
1st Contributer 1 minute 22 seconds
2nd Ninth Legion
3rd Weary
2014
Apollo Stakes
1st Appearance 1 minutes 21.97 seconds
2nd Speediness
3rd Moriarty
2013
Apollo Stakes
1st Alma’s Fury 1 minutes 27.32 seconds
2nd Tougher Than Ever
3rd Danleigh
2012
Apollo Stakes
1st Rain Affair 1 minutes 22.3 seconds
2nd Shoot Out
3rd Danleigh
2011
Apollo Stakes
1st Melito 1 minutes 22.2 seconds
2nd Hot Danish
3rd Centennial Park
2010
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1st Danleigh 1 minute 22.91 seconds
2nd Rangirangdoo
3rd Palacio De Cristal
2009
Apollo Stakes
1st Tuesday Joy 1 minute 25.78 seconds
2nd Hurried Choice
3rd Gallant Tess
2008
Apollo Stakes
1st Racing To Win 1 minute 24.33 seconds
2nd Tuesday Joy
3rd Falaise
2007
Apollo Stakes
1st Desert War 1 minute 22.23 seconds
2nd Mentality
3rd Eremein
2006
Apollo Stakes
1st Ike’s Dream 1 minute 22.15 seconds
2nd Shania Dane
3rd Desert War
2005
Apollo Stakes
1st Grand Armee 1 minute 21.06 seconds
2nd Court’s In Session
3rd Desert War
2004
Apollo Stakes
1st Private Steer 1 minute 23.54 seconds
2nd Excellerator
3rd Zanna
2003
Apollo Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 22.49 seconds
2nd Hoeberg
3rd Carael Boy
2002
Apollo Stakes
1st Ha Ha 1 minute 23.10 seconds
2nd El Mirada
3rd Tie The Knot
2001
Apollo Stakes
1st Sunline 1 minute 25.45 seconds
2nd Celestial Choir
3rd Referral
2000
Apollo Stakes
1st Sunline 1 minute 27.69 seconds
2nd Adam
3rd Hire

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