The Apollo Stakes is a Group 2 thoroughbred horse race run at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse forming a part of the Autumn Racing Carnival. The headline race on Apollo Stakes Day, the event is open to horses of all sexes and ages and is run over the 1400m distance at weight-for-age. The event tends to attract some of the classiest sprinters in Australia and is usually won by gallopers who possess a good balance of speed and endurance. It is often a career defining contest for sprinter/milers or a great launching pad for stayers looking to open their campaigns. Trainers can also gauge whether their charges should stick to shorter distances or progress to longer journeys, or whether they are genuine WFA contenders or progressive handicappers.
In 2017 Winx will be looking to become just the third horse to win the race in successive years and the second mare to achieve the feat. Jockey Hugh Bowman has won this race on four previous occasions and will take the ride on the wonder mare Winx. Great horses that have claimed the event include; Gai Waterhouse’s iron-horses Desert War (2007), Grand Armee (2005) and Juggler (1997/98), Lonhro (2003), Sunline (2000/01) and champion stayer Beau Zam (1989). In 2014, Appearance followed her victory in the Expressway with a dominant performance in the Apollo. Rain Affair also completed the Expressway/Apollo double in 2012.
|2016||WINX||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:22.0|
|2015||CONTRIBUTOR||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O'SHEA||01:22.0|
|2014||APPEARANCE||BLAKE SHINN||GUY WALTER||01:21.9|
|2013||ALMA'S FURY||BLAKE SHINN||TONY GOLLAN||01:27.3|
|2012||RAIN AFFAIR||COREY BROWN||JOE PRIDE||01:22.3|
|2011||MELITO||BRENTON AVDULLA||GERALD RYAN||01:22.2|
|2010||DANLEIGH||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:22.9|
|2009||TUESDAY JOY||BLAKE SHINN||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:25.7|
|2008||RACING TO WIN||HUGH BOWMAN||JOHN O’SHEA||01:24.3|
|2007||DESERT WAR||HUGH BOWMAN||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:22.2|
|2006||IKE'S DREAM||DARREN BEADMAN||JOHN HAWKES||01:22.2|