Apollo Stakes

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

2022 Apollo Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Think It Over
  • 2nd: #10 Colette
  • 3rd: #5 Special Rewards



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.

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.

The Apollo Stakes 2022 ran on Saturday February 12, 2022 and was won in a powerhouse performance first-up by the Kerry Parker-trained Think It Over ($6). 

2022 Apollo Stakes
Date: Saturday February 12, 2022
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000

2022 Apollo Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Think It Over ($6)
  • 2nd: #10 Colette
  • 3rd: #5 Special Reward

Click here to read more on the brilliant first-up win by Think It Over in the Apollo Stakes 2022 results.

2022 Apollo Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 10 59kg $6
2 10 COLETTE James Cummings Tim Clark 2.74L 4 57kg $8
3 5 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 3.14L 3 59kg $17
4 4 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 3.91L 13 59kg $8
4 12 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller Chad Schofield 3.91L 6 57kg $26
6 11 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 4.28L 12 57kg $9.50
7 9 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 4.46L 1 57kg $4.40F
8 7 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) Sam Kavanagh Reece Jones (a) 4.53L 11 59kg $201
9 14 DUAIS Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 5.69L 8 57kg $61
10 6 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 5.74L 9 59kg $8.50
11 2 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 6.64L 5 59kg $19
12 13 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 9.24L 7 57kg $41
13 8 MAXIMAL (GB) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 9.55L 2 58.5kg $10
3 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Regan Bayliss 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Apollo Stakes Betting Odds

The Apollo Stakes 2022 betting odds and market links will be published the week of the race so stay tuned.

2022 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 2022 Apollo Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday February 9, 2022 and will be published below.

The Apollo Stakes 2022 final field features a star-studded line-up of autumn hopefuls including returning Melbourne Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant drawn the rails.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2022 Apollo Stakes field and betting markets.

  • Scratched: #3 Cascadian (11) is out in favour of a run in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes on the same day at Caulfield.
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 14x613111x THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 10 59kg 116
2 22501x599x KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 5 59kg 115
3 13x545432x CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Regan Bayliss 11 59kg 112
4 x4100x582x I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 14 59kg 106
5 009×988121 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 3 59kg 106
6 0x8752208x RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 9 59kg 104
7 00x877247x SIKANDARABAD (IRE) Sam Kavanagh 12 59kg 92
8 18x2242x6x MAXIMAL (GB) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 2 58.5kg 96
9 112x21431x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 1 57kg 122
10 454x65118x COLETTE James Cummings Tim Clark 4 57kg 112
11 42x354912x ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 13 57kg 108
12 111x84837x HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller Chad Schofield 6 57kg 107
13 24x371970x SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 7 57kg 105
14 1121x3610x DUAIS Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 8 57kg 104

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Apollo Stakes Nominations

The 2022 Apollo Stakes nominations will be published below as soon as released by Racing NSW on February 7, 2022.

The Apollo Stakes 2022 nominations feature a star-studded list of 16 hopefuls including last year’s trifecta of Colette (1st), Kolding (2nd) and subsequent Melbourne Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant (3rd) all resuming for the season.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 13x545432x CASCADIAN (GB) G 7 James Cummings 112
2 454x65118x COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 112
3 1121x3610x DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 104
4 111x84837x HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 107
5 x4100x582x I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 106
6 42x354912x ICEBATH (NZ) M 5 Brad Widdup 108
7 22501x599x KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 115
8 3x54518x5x LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) H 4 Annabel Neasham 106
9 18x2242x6x MAXIMAL (GB) H 4 John O’Shea 96
10 1140x846x1 OVERPASS C 3 Bjorn Baker 103
11 0x8752208x RIODINI (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 104
12 24x371970x SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 105
13 00x877247x SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 9 Sam Kavanagh 92
14 009×988121 SPECIAL REWARD G 6 Kris Lees 106
15 14x613111x THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker 116
16 112x21431x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 122

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
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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