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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.
2020 Expressway Stakes Results
- 1st: #9 Standout
- 2nd: #5 Alizee
- 3rd: #6 White Moss
Expressway Stakes News
The 2020 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.
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).
The Expressway Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday February 1, 2020 at Royal Randwick with Rosehill experiencing extreme heat and was won by gun young three-year-old Standout.
|2020 Expressway Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday February 1, 2020|
|Track:||Rosehill Racecourse (Randwick in 2020)|
2020 Expressway Results
- 1st: #9 Standout
- 2nd: #5 Alizee
- 3rd: #6 White Moss
Gerald Ryan’s smart young three-year-old Standout ran the ideal lead-up towards the Group 1 features over the autumn with an upset win over the odds-on favourite Alizee in the Expressway Stakes 2020 results.
Click here to read more on the runaway Expressway Stakes 2020 winner Standout.
|1||9||STANDOUT||Gerald Ryan||Tommy Berry||–||5||55.5kg||$7.50|
|2||5||ALIZEE||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||1.5L||6||56.5kg||$1.90F|
|3||6||WHITE MOSS||Jason Coyle||Ms Kathy O’Hara||2L||1||56.5kg||$14|
|4||1||KOLDING (NZ)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||2.2L||7||58.5kg||$4.20|
|5||2||GLENALL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Kerrin McEvoy||2.5L||3||58.5kg||$21|
|6||4||VEGADAZE||Anthony Cummings||Tim Clark||2.7L||2||58.5kg||$17|
|7||7||IRITHEA||Bjorn Baker||Joshua Parr||2.8L||4||56.5kg||$13|
|–||10||KIAMICHI||James Cummings||Ms Rachel King||–||0||–||–|
|–||3||SPECIAL REWARD||Kris Lees||Nash Rawiller||–||0||–||–|
|–||8||KUBRICK||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||–||0||–||–|
2020 Expressway Stakes Odds & Betting
The Expressway Stakes 2020 odds will be published below as soon as betting on the Group 2 at Rosehill is released.
2020 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 2020 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 2020 field features 10 runners with the odds-on favourite Alizee in barrier eight chasing back-to-back wins in the race first-up.
Read more on the 2020 Expressway Stakes field featuring Group 1 winners including Kolding, Alizee and Golden Slipper winning filly Kiamichi.
Update: The Expressway Stakes field is down to seven runners after the scratchings of the Kris Lees-trained Special Reward (2), Chris Waller’s Bondi Stakes winner Kubrick (4) and the Godolphin-raced Golden Slipper winning filly Kiamichi (10).
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1111x5111x||KOLDING (NZ)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||9||58.5kg||114|
|2||044×601232||GLENALL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Kerrin McEvoy||5||58.5kg||100|
|3||x1111x56x2||SPECIAL REWARD||Kris Lees||Nash Rawiller||2||58.5kg||90|
|4||11125x5x||VEGADAZE||Anthony Cummings||Tim Clark||3||58.5kg||89|
|5||1306x1374x||ALIZEE||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||8||56.5kg||115|
|6||90x610190x||WHITE MOSS||Jason Coyle||Ms Kathy O’Hara||1||56.5kg||108|
|7||4x21490x62||IRITHEA||Bjorn Baker||Joshua Parr||6||56.5kg||103|
|8||112x4501x||KUBRICK||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||4||55.5kg||90|
|9||1112x||STANDOUT||Gerald Ryan||Tommy Berry||7||55.5kg||90|
|10||x41130x05x||KIAMICHI||James Cummings||Ms Rachel King||10||53.5kg||100|
2020 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 2020 Expressway Stakes nominations attracted a small but class line-up of potential runners led by the defending champion, three-time Group 1 winning mare Alizee who is odds-on favourite to win again on way to the $5 million All-Star Mile.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|2||044×601232||GLENALL||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||100|
|5||1111x5111x||KOLDING (NZ)||G||4||Chris Waller||114|
|7||91800x700x||SIR BACCHUS||G||7||Joseph Pride||89|
|8||x1111x56x2||SPECIAL REWARD||G||4||Kris Lees||90|
|11||90x610190x||WHITE MOSS||M||6||Jason Coyle||108|
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
(Run at Randwick)
|1st||Standout||1 minute 9.56 seconds|
|1st||Alizee||1 minute 11.32 seconds|
|1st||Trapeze Artist||1 minute 10.41 seconds|
|1st||Music Magnate||1 minute 9.48 seconds|
|3rd||Ball Of Muscle|
|1st||Our Boy Malachi||1 minute 11.65 seconds|
|1st||Weary||1 minute 10.66 seconds|
|1st||Appearance||1 minute 9.06 seconds|
|1st||Happy Galaxy||1 minute 9.82 seconds|
|1st||Rain Affair||1 minute 10.7 seconds|
|1st||Centennial Park||1 minute 10.2 seconds|
|2nd||Love Conquers All|
|1st||Rangirangdoo||1 minute 12.66 seconds|
|1st||Burdekin Blues||1 minute 9.76 seconds|
|1st||Paratroopers||1 minute 9.6 seconds|
|1st||Mentality||1 minute 9.96 seconds|
|3rd||More Than Lucky|
|1st||Court’s In Session||1 minute 9.15 seconds|
|1st||Court’s In Session||1 minute 9.51 seconds|
|2nd||Our Egyptian Raine|
|1st||Sportsman||1 minute 8.37 seconds|
|1st||Lonhro||1 minute 10.66 seconds|
|2nd||Belle Du Jour|
|1st||Ateates||1 minute 11.23 seconds|
|1st||Tie The Knot||1 minute 9.98 seconds|
|1st||Mr. Innocent||1 minute 9.25 seconds|