The Apollo Stakes is one of the major events in the horse racing calendar. The Group 2 race is a weight-for-age event that is run over 1400M and is held annually every February. The Race has been a major highlight in the Sydney Autumn for a number of years now with a prize money of $250,000. In 2014, the Race was won by the breathtaking Appearance while Speediness and Moriarty had to settle for second and third respectively. The Apollo Stakes was held at the Warwick Farm Racecourse last year and even in 2014, there will be no change in venue.
The race features along the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes in the Sydney Autumn Carnival. The history of the Apollo Stakes is decorated with some of the best horses to ever grace the Australian horse racing turf. Horses that have won the Apollo Stakes have gone on to make it big in other races across the country. Some of the notable names include Melito in 2011, Juggler in 1997, Lonhro in 2003 as well as the Sunline in 2003. The 1400M distance is perfect for classy sprinters.
The perfect lead up race for the Apollo Stakes is the group 2 Expressway Stakes that is held sometime before at the Rosehill Racecourse. The last mare to claim the Apollo Stakes and the Expressway Stakes double was the Appearance in February this year. The best progression race for the Apollo Stakes is the Chipping Norton Stakes but no horse has managed to claim the Apollo Stakes and Chipping Norton Stakes double in the same year.
The Shoot Out in 2012 was the closest to the double after claiming the Chipping Norton Stakes and runners-up in the Apollo Stakes. The Apollo Stakes has for quite some time now ranked as an ideal race for emerging mares looking to start their racing careers on the high. The excitement and the thrill in the race is definitely a plus for fans, Trainers and Jockeys in Australia.
Apollo Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2013||Alma’s Fury||Tougher Than Ever||Daneigh||1:27.3|
|2012||Rain Affair||Shoot Out||Danleigh||1:22.3|
|2011||Melito||Hot Danish||Centennial Park||1:22.2|
|2010||Danleigh||Rangirangdoo||Palacio De Cristal||1:22.9|
|2009||Tuesday Joy||Hurried Choice||Gallant Tess||1:25.7|
|2008||Racing to Win||Tuesday Joy||Falaise||1:24.3|
|2006||Ike’s Dream||Shania Dane||Desert War||1:22.2|
|2005||Grand Armee||Court’s In Session||Desert War||1:21.1|
|2002||Ha Ha||El Mirada||Tie The Knot||1:23.1|
|1999||Kidman’s Cove||General Nediym||Tie The Knot||1:21.3|
|1998||Quick Flick||Future King||Masked Party||1:23.4|
|1997||Juggler||Octagonal||Circles Of Gold||1:23.8|
|1994||Burst||Telesto||Double Your Bet||1:23.7|
|1992||Quick Score||Super Impose||Not Related||1:23.0|
|1991||Triscay||Magic Gleam||A Little Kiss||1:21.7|
|1989||Beau Zam||Eye Of The Sky||Never Quit||1:22.3|
|1988||At Sea||High Regard||Periscope||1:22.3|