Apollo Stakes

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

2021 Apollo Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Colette
  • 2nd: #1 Kolding
  • 3rd: #6 Verry Elleegant



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 2021 ran on Saturday February 13, 2021 and was won in an upset by Colette for last year’s winning trainer James Cummings.  

2021 Apollo Stakes
Date: Saturday February 13, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000

2021 Apollo Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Colette
  • 2nd: #1 Kolding
  • 3rd: #6 Verry Elleegant

Trainer James Cummings celebrated back-to-back wins in the 2021 Apollo Stakes results with his returning Golden Eagle winning mare Colette saluting 12 months on from the win by Alizee (2020). Colette ($12) was excellent fresh putting two lengths on the Chris Waller-trained Kolding ($4) and beaten favourite, Caulfield Cup champion Verry Elleegant ($2.50).

Click here to read more on the runaway 2021 Apollo Stakes winner Colette.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 COLETTE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2 57kg $12
2 1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2L 6 59kg $4
3 6 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2.2L 3 57kg $2.50F
4 8 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 3.2L 4 57kg $5.50
5 4 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 3.6L 8 59kg $8
6 9 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5.7L 5 57kg $31
7 3 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jason Collett 8.4L 7 59kg $17
8 5 PRINCE FAWAZ Anthony Cummings Tim Clark 10.3L 1 59kg $91
10 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Jason Collett 0
2 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Apollo Stakes Odds & Betting

The Apollo Stakes 2021 betting odds and market links will be published the week of the race so stay tuned.

2021 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 2021 Apollo Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday February 10, 2021 and will be published below.

The 2021 Apollo Stakes final field features a quality line-up of 10 gallopers led in betting by Chris Waller’s champion mare Verry Elleegant.

Click here to read more on the Waller-dominated Apollo Stakes 2021 field & betting markets.

  • Scratched: #10 Mo’unga (9)
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.

2021 Apollo Stakes Nominations

The 2021 Apollo Stakes nominations will be published below as soon as released by Racing NSW on February 8, 2021.

The Apollo Stakes 2021 nominations drew just nine early entries and have been extended until Tuesday morning. Trainer Chris Waller dominates the potential line-up with four nominees led in betting by Funstar.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 212x14117x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 1 57kg 121
2 78x02110x2 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 2 59kg 116
3 x2810x017x DREAMFORCE G 8 John Thompson 3 59kg 113
4 x411x8352x FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 4 59kg 112
5 126x11124x MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 5 59kg 111
6 1111x0561x COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 6 57kg 110
7 2142x6220x FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 7 57kg 108
8 221x58203x TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 8 57kg 104
9 1x68x0720x PRINCE FAWAZ H 4 Anthony Cummings 9 59kg 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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- 2021 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
2021
Apollo Stakes
1st Colette 1 minute 24.50 seconds
2nd Kolding
3rd Verry Elleegant
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
Winning Edge Presentations Classic
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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