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.

2021 Expressway Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Savatiano
  • 2nd: #1 Kolding
  • 3rd: #8 Emeralds



The 2021 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).

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

The Expressway Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday January 30, 2021 at Rosehill Gardens and was won in style by the Godolphin-raced mare Savatiano. 

2021 Expressway Stakes
Date: Saturday January 30, 2021
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Expressway Results

  • 1st:  #5 Savatiano
  • 2nd: #1 Kolding
  • 3rd: #8 Emeralds

The classy James Cummings-trained mare Savatiano ($2.10F) was far too good for her rivals first-up in the 2021 Expressway Stakes results, the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes-bound six-year-old celebrating her fifth Group 2 success with a big two length victory over Kolding.

Click here to read more on the all-the-way Expressway Stakes 2021 win by Savatiano.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 SAVATIANO James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2 56.5kg $2.10F
2 1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2L 3 58.5kg $8.50
3 8 EMERALDS John Sargent Jason Collett 3.5L 6 56.5kg $26
4 2 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 3.9L 9 58.5kg $6
5 6 FLIT James Cummings Ms Rachel King 4.2L 8 56.5kg $4.40
6 7 MIZZY Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 6.3L 7 56.5kg $10
9 OLE KIRK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 0
4 SOUTHERN LAD John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 0
3 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Expressway Stakes Odds & Betting

The Expressway Stakes 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 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 2021 final field is down to eight with the early scratching of Southern Lad. Godolphin saddle-up two mares in Flit and the early favourite, returning Group 2 Hot Danish winner Savatiano, while dual Group 1 winning three-year-old Ole Kirk is the danger first-up in barrier one.

Click here to read more on the Expressway Stakes 2020 field and favourites.

  • Scratchins Update: #3 Standout (5), #4 Southern Lad (4), #9 Ole Kirk (1)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 778x02110x KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 3 58.5kg 116
2 720x22095x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 9 58.5kg 107
3 x160x5528x STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 5 58.5kg 104
4 x232355x25 SOUTHERN LAD John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 4 58.5kg 92
5 2766x1801x SAVATIANO James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2 56.5kg 111
6 602x29010x FLIT James Cummings Ms Rachel King 8 56.5kg 108
7 6x11133x0x MIZZY Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 7 56.5kg 107
8 57x415219x EMERALDS John Sargent Jason Collett 6 56.5kg 97
9 1343x2211x OLE KIRK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1 55kg 108

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 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 2021 Expressway Stakes nominations have been extended after drawing just nine early entries led in betting by returning Golden Rose – Caulfield Guineas winning three-year-old Ole Kirk.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 57x415219x EMERALDS M 4 John Sargent 97
2 602x29010x FLIT M 4 James Cummings 108
3 778x02110x KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 116
4 6x11133x0x MIZZY M 5 Anthony Cummings 107
5 1343x2211x OLE KIRK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
6 2766x1801x SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings 111
7 x232355x25 SOUTHERN LAD G 6 John O’Shea 92
8 x160x5528x STANDOUT H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 104
9 720x22095x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 107

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
2021
Expressway Stakes
(Run at Randwick)
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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