In February of every year, the group 2 weight-for-age race, The Expressway Stakes comes to Randwick racecourse in Sidney, New south Wales. A 1200 metres distance is covered in the race and the price money to be worn is a total of $200, 000. In this year’s event, Appearance was the proud winner of The Expressway Stakes with River Lad and Sizzling taking second and third respectively.
The race made a return to Randwick this year after it was held in Warwick Farm in 2013. The race is the one thing a lot of people look forward to in the New Year. The Expressway Stakes is the first Group 2 race in the Sydney Autumn. The event is always a perfect platform for sprinters or returning stars of the turf.
Some examples of notable horses who have won the race the over years are The Rain Affair in 2012, Lonhro in 2003, saintly in 1996, Joanne in 1992 and At Sea in 1988. The distance of the race is ideal for good mares who might want to use the event as a level step for potential feature races during the Sidney Autumn Racing Carnival. The carnival is a major event worth to advise anyone to attend for the overall horse racing entertainment.
The Expressway Stakes gives contesting horses in the race a great opportunity to gauge their abilities should they continue on to the Gr2 Apollo stakes which comes later in the month. The two races have some similar characteristics and the only difference is that Gr2 Apollo Stakes is longer in distance compared to The Expressway Stakes. This year has been remarkable for some horses like Appearance (2014) who returned from a breathtaking spring spell to claim the spoils in this race. Recent Expressway Stakes winners include the Happy Galaxy in 2013 and Rain Affair a year earlier.
Expressway Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2013||Happy Galaxy||Skytrain||Centennial Park||1:22.8|
|2012||Rain Affair||Centennial Park||Shoot Out||1:10.7|
|2011||Centennial Park||Love Conquers All||Hot Danish||1:10.2|
|2009||Burdekin Blues||Gold Trail||Hurried Choice||1:09.7|
|2008||Paratroopers||He’s Canny||Sniper’s Bullet||1:09.6|
|2007||Mentality||Fashions Afield||More Than Lucky||1:10.0|
|2006||Court’s In Session||Shania Dane||Primus||1:09.1|
|2005||Court’s In Session||Our Egyptian Raine||Grand Armee||1:09.5|
|2003||Lonhro||Belle Du Jour||Carael Boy||1:10.7|
|2001||Tie The Knot||Referral||Landsighting||1:10.0|
|1999||Kidman’s Cove||General Nediym||Tie The Knot||1:10.1|
|1998||Hockney||Masked Party||Irish Air||1:15.9|
|1995||Moss Rocket||Big Dreams||Pharaoh||1:10.9|
|1994||Soho Square||Big Dreams||All Our Mob||1:10.2|
|1992||Joanne||All Archie||Burrendah Boy||1:14.1|
|1991||Potrero||Livistona Lane||Magic Gleam||1:11.2|
|1990||Race Not Run|
|1989||Groucho||At Sea||Campaign King||1:09.3|
|1988||At Sea||Prince Anton||Omnicorp||1:09.1|