Apollo Stakes

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

2024 Apollo Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Fangirl
  • 2nd: #10 Militarize
  • 3rd: #1 Think It Over



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 $300,000 in prize money as of 2024.

The Apollo Stakes is held on the same Randwick race card as three other Group status races in 2024 with the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), and the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) all for sprinters.

Previously, many Apollo Stakes champions came via the Expressway Stakes which was held a fortnight earlier at Rosehill Gardens before being moved to the Apollo Stakes Day card in 2024.

The Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) in a few weeks is a nice next-up target for the best Apollo Stakes graduating horses, which has been renamed the Verry Elleegant Stakes in 2024.

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.

More recently in 2021 Verry Elleegant ran third in the Apollo Stakes trifecta before winning the Chipping Norton Stakes next-up, while the Apollo winner Colette finished runner-up in the Chipping Norton that autumn. Both mares would go on to further frank the Apollo Stakes form with Colette winning that spring’s Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) in Melbourne on Derby Day. Verry Elleegant meanwhile recorded subsequent elite level wins in races including the Ranvet Stakes, George Main Stakes and of course the Melbourne Cup throughout the remainder of 2021.

Anamoe (2023) was the last horse to complete the Apollo Stakes – Chipping Norton Stakes race double before the latter was renamed the Verry Elleegant Stakes the next year.

The 2022 Apollo Stakes form was franked with the winner Think It Over running well in a host of subsequent Group 1 races including his Australian Cup second at Flemington and win in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in the wet over ‘The Championships’.

Anamoe firmly franked the 2023 Apollo Stakes form winning the Group 1 Chipping Norton and Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at his next two starts before a Queen Elizabeth Stakes third.

The 2023 Apollo Stakes third place-getter Fangirl meanwhile ran second in both the Chipping Norton and George Ryder Stakes before returning in the spring for a massive campaign that included victories in the Group 1 Winx Stakes and Group 1 King Charles III Stakes.

Fangirl returned in the 2024 Apollo Stakes to dominate for favourite backers first-up and hand Chris Waller his sixth win in the race.

The Apollo Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday February 17, 2024 at Royal Randwick as a lead-up to the autumn Group 1 races and was won in a powerhouse first-up performance by Chris Waller’s outstanding mare Fangirl ($2.10F).

2024 Apollo Stakes
Date: Saturday February 17, 2024
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2024 Apollo Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Fangirl ($2.10F)
  • 2nd: #10 Militarize
  • 3rd: #1 Think It Over

Fangirl, the crowd’s $2.10 favourite, delivered a monumental performance in the Apollo Stakes 2024 results, soaring to victory first-up and pushing her career earnings past $7.4 million. It was the sixth Apollo Stakes win for renowned trainer Chris Waller and an improved performance by Fangirl who was third in the race last year.

Click here to read more on the big first-up Apollo win by champion mare Fangirl.

2024 Apollo Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 FANGIRL Chris Waller James McDonald 7 57kg $2.10F
2 10 MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2.39L 4 55.5kg $6.50
3 1 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 2.8L 6 59kg $7.50
4 6 NAVAJO PEAK David Payne Jason Collett 3.03L 9 59kg $41
5 4 BUCKAROO (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 3.23L 5 59kg $17
6 7 LINDERMANN Chris Waller Tim Clark 3.44L 3 59kg $7
7 3 ARAPAHO (FR) Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 3.75L 2 59kg $101
8 5 ATTRACTABLE Sara Ryan Regan Bayliss 3.91L 1 59kg $9
9 2 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 5.58L 8 59kg $16
9 SEMANA Ciaron Maher Dylan Gibbons (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 Apollo Stakes Betting Odds

The Apollo Stakes 2024 betting odds and market links will be published the week of the race so stay tuned.

Anamoe ($1.60 in 2023) and Fangirl ($2.10 in 2024) are the latest favourites in Apollo Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 APOLLO STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Apollo Stakes Form

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 APOLLO STAKES FORM GUIDE

2024 Apollo Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Apollo Stakes 2024 Tips on the early Sydney autumn event this season.

  • To Win: #8 Fangirl ($2.35 at time of publish) – BET NOW

This edition of the race promises to unveil some exciting names for the upcoming autumn, and our pick rests on the deserving favorite, Fangirl, trained by the master, Chris Waller. Coming off a stellar spring season, the five-year-old daughter of Sebring has built upon her 2022 third-place finish behind Anamoe in this very race. Notably, she claimed a dominant Group 1 Winx Stakes victory fresh at this track and distance last August, followed by a remarkable 2.5 length triumph over Mr Brightside in the Group 1 King Charles III Stakes (1600m) in October. Fangirl’s consistent first-up performances, coupled with her expertise and familiarity with the track, make Fangirl a formidable contender. This opening race presents an ideal opportunity for her to launch her autumn campaign with another impressive win.

2024 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 Verry Elleegant Stakes (formerly the Chipping Norton Stakes) or the George Ryder Stakes.

The 2024 Apollo Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday February 14, 2024 and will be published below.

The Apollo Stakes 2024 final field features a quality line-up of WFA stars including Chris Waller’s multiple Group 1 winning mare Fangirl looking to improve on her third in the same race last year.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2024 Apollo Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4241x6316x THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 7 59kg 120
2 54x5213x7x CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 9 59kg 114
3 0x77114x0x ARAPAHO (FR) Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 3 59kg 112
4 6x143x275x BUCKAROO (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 6 59kg 107
5 61141x412x ATTRACTABLE Sara Ryan Regan Bayliss 1 59kg 105
6 1222x0180x NAVAJO PEAK David Payne Jason Collett 10 59kg 103
7 1210x0488x LINDERMANN Chris Waller Tim Clark 4 59kg 102
8 227x13174x FANGIRL Chris Waller James McDonald 8 57kg 117
9 5121215×21 SEMANA Ciaron Maher Dylan Gibbons (a) 2 57kg 101
10 3011x5158x MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 55.5kg 107

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Apollo Stakes Nominations

The 2024 Apollo Stakes nominations will be published below as soon as released by Racing NSW on February 12, 2024.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4241x6316x THINK IT OVER G 8 Kerry Parker 1 59kg 120
2 227x13174x FANGIRL M 5 Chris Waller 2 57kg 117
3 54x5213x7x CASCADIAN (GB) G 9 James Cummings 3 59kg 114
4 0x77114x0x ARAPAHO (FR) G 7 Bjorn Baker 4 59kg 112
5 6x143x275x BUCKAROO (GB) H 5 Chris Waller 5= 59kg 107
6 3011x5158x MILITARIZE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 5= 55.5kg 107
7 61141x412x ATTRACTABLE G 5 Sara Ryan 7 59kg 105
8 1222x0180x NAVAJO PEAK G 5 David Payne 8 59kg 103
9 1210x0488x LINDERMANN G 4 Chris Waller 9= 59kg 102
10 10x726177x PALMETTO (NZ) G 5 John Sargent 9= 59kg 102
11 5121215×21 SEMANA M 4 Ciaron Maher 11 57kg 101
12 5x1576x363 MALKOVICH G 6 Bjorn Baker 12 59kg 100
13 21626×4111 VAGRANT M 4 Mitchell Freedman 13 57kg 95

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.

In 2023 the Apollo Stakes was won by Godolphin’s returning Cox Plate champion Anamoe who started as the short-priced favourite at $1.60 in betting.

Waller won the Apollo Stakes for the sixth time in 2024 with Fangirl’s huge first-up victory.

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

Recent Apollo Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Apollo Stakes
1st Fangirl 1 minute 21.63 seconds
2nd Militarize
3rd Think It Over
2023
Apollo Stakes
1st Anamoe 1 minute 22.71 seconds
2nd Hinged
3rd Fangirl
2022
Apollo Stakes
1st Think It Over 1 minute 22.34 seconds
2nd Colette
3rd Special Rewards
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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