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.

2020 Expressway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Standout
  • 2nd: #5 Alizee
  • 3rd: #6 White Moss



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)
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

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.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
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.

Read more on the Alizee-led Expressway Stakes 2020 nominations. 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1306x1374x ALIZEE M 5 James Cummings 115
2 044×601232 GLENALL G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
3 4x21490x62 IRITHEA M 6 Bjorn Baker 103
4 x41130x05x KIAMICHI F 3 James Cummings 100
5 1111x5111x KOLDING (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 114
6 112x4501x KUBRICK C 3 Chris Waller 90
7 91800x700x SIR BACCHUS G 7 Joseph Pride 89
8 x1111x56x2 SPECIAL REWARD G 4 Kris Lees 90
9 1112x STANDOUT C 3 Gerald Ryan 90
10 11125x5x VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings 89
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

Year Place Horse Time
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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