2017 Apollo Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

February 8th, 2017

A talented and capacity field of fourteen runners has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured 2017 Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the first appearance of champion mare Winx this year.

Winx leads a capacity 2017 Apollo Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Winx leads a capacity 2017 Apollo Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Winx will be seeking her fourteenth-consecutive win when she lines up for the Apollo Stakes 2017; an incredible run of form which has been highlighted by a total of nine wins at the highest level of racing.

Resuming in spring for a comfortable win in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m), the Street Cry mare recorded comfortable wins in each of the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m) before claiming a career-best win when taking out the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) by more than eight lengths.

Hugh Bowman takes the ride on the champion mare, from the ideal barrier 3 and with only 57kgs in tow.

Trainer Chris Waller has dominated the 2017 Apollo Stakes field after also confirming Preferment, Libran, Endless Drama and Sacred Master for starts.

A showdown between arguably the country’s two best gallopers has been confirmed after trainer John O’Shea accepted a position in the Apollo Stakes field for Hartnell.

Hartnell has been a strong and consistent performer throughout his entire racing career so far, but undoubtedly found his best condition to date through the recent Spring Carnival.

Running second to Winx in the Warwick Stakes first-up, the Authorized gelding delivered a smart field a commanding eight length defeat in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) before repeating the dose in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) on September 17th.

Posting his second career Group 1 victory in the Turnbull Stakes (2000m), Hartnell placed second in the Cox Plate and was last seen running a pleasing third in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), on the first Tuesday of November.

Hartnell should receive a good run in transit from barrier 7, but gives two kilograms to Winx with a weighting of 59kgs.

Godolphin will also represented by several runners after O’Shea also confirmed both Magic Hurricane and Ambience in the Apollo Stakes field.

Arguably the most well-equipped runner confirmed in the 2017 Apollo Stakes field to worry Winx and Hartnell is consistent Lindsay Park gelding Dibayani.

Unlucky to have yet broken through for a maiden win at the highest level, Dibayani finished in the minors in each of the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) and Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) before being pipped on the line in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

Unable to handle a step back in distance when ninth in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m), the son of Sharmadal gelding stormed home to finish a close second in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) last time out on December 17th and has reportedly relished his time away from.

Dibayani should receive a good tow into the Apollo Stakes field from barrier 6 and will be partnered by in-form hoop Corey Brown.

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2017 Apollo Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x5x211123x HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James Doyle 7 59kg 118
2 4110x4540x PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 8 59kg 115
3 36x561019x LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 11 59kg 110
4 x6x341112x LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 13 59kg 108
5 4249×23292 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Corey Brown 6 59kg 107
6 7966x5340x MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) John O’Shea Christian Reith 12 59kg 105
7 22x3915x0x ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 14 59kg 103
8 13x882140x SACRED MASTER (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 59kg 103
9 20x70x0592 SHIRAZ Kim Waugh Joshua Parr 9 59kg 101
10 463877031x SAVVY NATURE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 59kg 90
11 1111x1111x WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 57kg 132
12 13x850202x AMBIENCE John O’Shea Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 57kg 100
13 1x3611x92 GLOBAL GLAMOUR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 53.5kg 106
14 3x6538241x LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 10 53.5kg 100