2015 Apollo Stakes Late Mail

February 14th, 2015

Fourteen talented runners remain in contention for this afternoon’s featured Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick Racecourse, experiencing huge attention from punters over the last 24 hours as a result.

Contributer has experienced huge attention from punters in 2015 Apollo Stakes betting markets. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Contributer has experienced huge attention from punters in 2015 Apollo Stakes betting markets. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Classy import Contributer opened at a quote of $6.50 for success in 2015 Apollo Stakes betting markets, and has since cut in to odds of $5.50 to register as tied second-favourite alongside Weary and clear market mover at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Contributer was a standout performer in Britain over his final northern hemisphere preparation, highlighted by close second place finishes in each of the Group 3 Dee Stakes (2068m) and Listed Cocked Hat Stakes (2200m) and victory in the Listed Magnolia Stakes (2000m).

Debuting to Australia for an impressive win in the Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) before a luckless run for eighth in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), the talented Godolphin hopeful will leave from the ideal barrier 6 in the 2015 Apollo Stakes.

Weary and current favourite Lucia Valentina interestingly register as the only other two runners to firm in 2015 Apollo Stakes betting markets over the last 24 hours.

Weary was a standout performer over his maiden Australian campaign last autumn and returned to racing for an exceptional victory in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) a fortnight ago.

Following up a credible third in a minor over 1400m, the Astronomer Royal gelding placed second in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) before progressing to victory in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) and minor place finishes in each of the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

Having opened at even $6 odds for success, punters have reacted favourably to Weary’s first-up win and have seen the French import in to a quote of $5.50 despite drawing the awkward barrier 13.

A proven first-up performer, Lucia Valentina won the Group 2 Tramway Stakes over track and distance upon resuming in spring and is therefore a great chance of success this afternoon.

A two-time Group 1 winner, the Savabeel mare will leave from barrier 9 with leading jockey Hugh Bowman confirmed to take the ride.

Notable Group 1 winners Boban, Hawkspur and Silent Achiever have all interestingly drifted in 2015 Apollo Stakes betting markets, while the like of Diamond Drille, and He’s Your Man have each stayed relatively sturdy for success.

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