Expressway Stakes

The Expressway Stakes is an early Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Group 2 held at the start of the year as a lead-up to the Group 1 autumn races.

2022 Expressway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Overpass
  • 2nd: #4 Forbidden Love
  • 3rd: #6 Anamoe



The Expressway Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age event raced over 1200m, open to sprinters aged three and over. Held at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse, the Expressway Stakes is the city’s first weight-for-age race of the New Year and suits horses that are in good form and ready for a new season of racing.

The $200,000 Expressway Stakes is also known as a good lead-up to the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) held in two weeks time at Royal Randwick. Horses may come into the Expressway Stakes first-up in early February and continue onto tougher autumn feature races such as the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick the following month.

Savatiano (2021) was the last runner to complete the Expressway Stakes – Canterbury Stakes double.

The Expressway Stakes also serves as a good lead-up into the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) held in mid-March. Mentality (2007) was the last horse to do the Expressway Stakes – Randwick Guineas double. More recently, Trapeze Artist won the 2018 Expressway Stakes before a third in the Randwick Guineas. He also went on to win the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes – All Aged Stakes double in Randwick that April as well as the following year’s Canterbury Stakes.

In 2019 class mare Alizee won the Expressway Stakes first-up before winning Caulfield’s Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) in Melbourne and running third in the inaugural $5 million All-Star Mile (1600m).

Alizee returned for the 2020 Expressway Stakes and ran second to Standout.

The Expressway Stakes 2022 ran on Saturday January 29, 2022 at Rosehill Gardens and was won in an upset by the Bjorn Baker-trained Overpass. 

2022 Expressway Stakes
Date: Saturday January 29, 2022
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2022 Expressway Results

  • 1st: #8 Overpass ($9.50)
  • 2nd: #4 Forbidden Love
  • 3rd: #6 Anamoe

Australia’s premier front-running hoop Tim Clark produced a masterful on-speed ride to go all-the-way in the 2022 Australia Stakes results aboard the upset Bjorn Baker-trained winner Overpass ($9.50). The colt had a half-length to spare on the line over the fast-finishing mare Forbidden Love ($5.50) who held out the beaten favourite Anamoe ($2.30F).

Click here to read more on the surprise Australia Stakes 2022 result.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 OVERPASS Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 7 55kg $9.50
2 4 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Hugh Bowman 0.52L 6 56.5kg $5.50
3 6 ANAMOE James Cummings James McDonald 0.96L 3 55kg $2.30F
4 5 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 2.54L 5 56.5kg $12
5 2 SUPERIUM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Chad Schofield 4.21L 4 58.5kg $41
6 1 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 4.52L 1 58.5kg $6.50
7 7 TIGER OF MALAY Richard & Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 6.43L 2 55kg $7
3 WISDOM OF WATER Annabel Neasham Ms Rachel King 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Expressway Stakes Odds & Betting

The Expressway Stakes 2022 odds will be published below as soon as betting on the Group 2 at Rosehill is released.

Savatiano ($2.10 in 2021) was the last favourite in Expressway Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2022 Expressway Stakes Field

The Expressway Stakes field attracts a top class line-up of early autumn sprint types, many eyeing Group 1 autumn races later in the season.

The 2022 Expressway Stakes field is set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to the race and will be made available in full below.

The Expressway Stakes 2022 field is down to just seven runners after the withdrawal of Wisdom Of Water (8) and updated markets are led by Godolphin’s returning Cox Plate runner-up Anamoe.

  • Scratched: #3 Wisdom Of Water (8)

Click here to read more on the key chances in Saturday’s 2022 Expressway Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x00x62230x STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 1 58.5kg 103
2 49x32331x5 SUPERIUM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Chad Schofield 4 58.5kg 92
3 53×5693511 WISDOM OF WATER Annabel Neasham Ms Rachel King 8 58.5kg 91
4 107x47830x FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Hugh Bowman 6 56.5kg 104
5 1333x138x2 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 5 56.5kg 89
6 3121x1212x ANAMOE James Cummings James McDonald 3 55kg 114
7 7513x1258x TIGER OF MALAY Richard & Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 2 55kg 90
8 11140x846x OVERPASS Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 7 55kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Expressway Stakes Nominations

The Expressway Stakes nominations are usually announced on the Monday prior to the race. Because of it’s a major lead up race to later feature events, the Expressway Stakes nominations usually include a high number of horses who are intent on an extended Autumn Racing Carnival campaign in both Sydney and Melbourne.

The original 2022 Expressway Stakes nominations (extended until Tuesday) feature a dozen sprinters led in all-in betting by Godolphin’s star colt Anamoe returning for the season after his last start photo second in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3121x1212x ANAMOE C 3 James Cummings 1 55kg 114
2 x81910x20x WILD PLANET G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 2 58.5kg 106
3 107x47830x FORBIDDEN LOVE M 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 3 56.5kg 104
4 x00x62230x STANDOUT H 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 4= 58.5kg 103
5 x312286x23 AWAY GAME M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4= 56.5kg 103
6 5x11339x21 SNAPDANCER M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 56.5kg 98
7 49x32331x5 SUPERIUM G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 7 58.5kg 92
8 05206×8312 HOLYFIELD G 4 Annabel Neasham 8= 58.5kg 91
9 53×5693511 WISDOM OF WATER H 4 Annabel Neasham 8= 58.5kg 91
10 7513x1258x TIGER OF MALAY C 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 10 55kg 90
11 1333x138x2 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker 11 56.5kg 89
12 11140x846x OVERPASS C 3 Bjorn Baker 12 55kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Expressway Stakes History

First held in 1974 as a principal race, the Expressway Stakes was won by I’m Scarlet and remained that status until 1979 when it became a Group 2 race.

Between 1975 and 1980, the Expressway Stakes was run over a distance of 1100m before being moved out to 1200m. Plenty of top class gallopers have taken out the race and notable Expressway Stakes winners include Saintly (1996), Tie The Knot (2001), Lonhro (2003) and more recently Rangirangdoo (2010) and Appearance (2014).

The Expressway Stakes winners and results going back to 2000 are listed below.

Recent Expressway Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Expressway Stakes
1st Overpass 1 minute 8.96 seconds
2nd Forbidden Love
3rd Anamoe
2021
Expressway Stakes
1st Savatiano 1 minute 11.22 seconds
2nd Kolding
3rd Emeralds
2020
Expressway Stakes
(Run at Randwick)
1st Standout 1 minute 9.56 seconds
2nd Alizee
3rd White Moss
2019
Expressway Stakes
1st Alizee 1 minute 11.32 seconds
2nd Le Romain
3rd Dothraki
2018
Expressway Stakes
1st Trapeze Artist 1 minute 10.41 seconds
2nd Showtime
3rd Addictive Nature
2017
Expressway Stakes
1st Music Magnate 1 minute 9.48 seconds
2nd Kuro
3rd Ball Of Muscle
2016
Expressway Stakes
1st Our Boy Malachi 1 minute 11.65 seconds
2nd Solicit
3rd Big Money
2015
Expressway Stakes
1st Weary 1 minute 10.66 seconds
2nd Driefontein
3rd Territory
2014
Expressway Stakes
1st Appearance 1 minute 9.06 seconds
2nd River Lad
3rd Sizzling
2013
Expressway Stakes
1st Happy Galaxy 1 minute 9.82 seconds
2nd Skytrain
3rd Centennial Park
2012
Expressway Stakes
1st Rain Affair 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Centennial Park
3rd Shoot Out
2011
Expressway Stakes
1st Centennial Park 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Love Conquers All
3rd Hot Danish
2010
Expressway Stakes
1st Rangirangdoo 1 minute 12.66 seconds
2nd Dao Dao
3rd McClintock
2009
Expressway Stakes
1st Burdekin Blues 1 minute 9.76 seconds
2nd Gold Trail
3rd Hurried Choice
2008
Expressway Stakes
1st Paratroopers 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd He’s Canny
3rd Sniper’s Bullet
2007
Expressway Stakes
1st Mentality 1 minute 9.96 seconds
2nd Fashions Afield
3rd More Than Lucky
2006
Expressway Stakes
1st Court’s In Session 1 minute 9.15 seconds
2nd Shania Dane
3rd Primus
2005
Expressway Stakes
1st Court’s In Session 1 minute 9.51 seconds
2nd Our Egyptian Raine
3rd Grand Armee
2004
Expressway Stakes
1st Sportsman 1 minute 8.37 seconds
2nd Thorn Park
3rd Excellerator
2003
Expressway Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 10.66 seconds
2nd Belle Du Jour
3rd Carael Boy
2002
Expressway Stakes
1st Ateates 1 minute 11.23 seconds
2nd Viscount
3rd Caissa
2001
Expressway Stakes
1st Tie The Knot 1 minute 9.98 seconds
2nd Referral
3rd Landsighting
2000
Expressway Stakes
1st Mr. Innocent 1 minute 9.25 seconds
2nd Adam
3rd Commands

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