Apollo Stakes 2011 Nominations

February 14th, 2011

Nominations for the 2011 Apollo Stakes have been released with 12 weight-for-age gallopers entered for the Sydney Autumn Carnival feature taking place at Rosehill this Saturday, February 12.

Many runners heading towards the $250,000 Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) are second-up for the season after taking place in the Expressway Stakes at the Gardens on February 5 including the top three Expressway Stakes placegetters.

Winner Centennial Park is out for back-to-back success at Rosehill for trainer David Payne after posting nearly a one length victory over improving Mossman four-year-old Love Conquers All here in the Expressway last start.

Jockey Corey Brown is again set to ride Centennial Park, who despite pulling up slightly sore after their first-up win has since progressed well according to Payne, while Jim Cassidy will take the mount on Love Conquers All or Vision And Power.

But it is Expressway Stakes third placegetter Hot Danish who is likely to start the favourite in the Apollo Stakes odds when betting on the showdown opens at Luxbet.

Star seven-year-old mare Hot Danish will again be ridden by regular hoop Tim Clark as she looks to return to the same winning form that saw her post back-to-back Group victories in the Premiere Stakes and The Shorts during the spring.

The other big name nominee in the 2011 Apollo Stakes entries is Gerald Ryan’s Redoute’s Choice mare Melito.

Melito will be running first-up on Saturday after bypassing a clash with the brilliant More Joyous in the Group 2 Breeders Classic at Randwick last weekend.

The 2011 Apollo Stakes final field and barrier draw will be announced on Wednesday, February 16, and published here along with our insider betting tips so bookmark this site.

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2011 Apollo Stakes Early Entries

No. Horse Trainer Hcp. Rtg.
1 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne 108
2 DANLEIGH Chris Waller 116
3 DRUMBEATS Peter Snowden 105
4 HOT DANISH Les Bridge 117
5 LORNE DANCER Gai Waterhouse 105
6 LOVE CONQUERS ALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 107
7 MELITO Gerald Ryan 114
8 METAL BENDER (NZ) Chris Waller
9 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse
10 RUN FOR NAARA John P Thompson 100
11 TRADER Anthony Cummings 95
12 VISION AND POWER (NZ) Joseph Pride 107