Winx wins 14 straight in Apollo Stakes

February 13th, 2017

Super mare Winx continued on her winning way clocking up her fourteenth straight victory in the Group 2 $250,000 The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick today.

Winx, above, wins the Apollo Stakes in a canter. Photo by Steve Hart.

Winx, above, wins the Apollo Stakes in a canter. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Chris Waller trained Winx ($1.14 favourite) was having her first run back since winning her second Group 1 $3m Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley during the 2016 Melbourne Spring Carnival and cruised to the line to score an effortless two and three quarter lengths win.

The John O’Shea trained Hartnell ($12) proved to be the best of the rest again doing his best work at the finish but the result was the same as the Cox Plate when he was runner up, eight lengths behind the glamour mare on that occasion.

Winx’s stablemate European import Endless Drama ($26) raced on the pace and battled on in the straight o fill third place, four lengths behind Hartnell.

The Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 8, the second day of ‘The Championships’ is Winx’s major 2017 Autumn Carnival goal and Waller has selected the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on February 25 as her next outing.

A another faultless ride by Hugh Bowman saw Winx travel just worse than midfield before he eased her to the middle of the track on top of the rise and the champion mare just coasted to the line for another brilliant win.

“Hugh does a fantastic job. He just makes it look easy. It is not that easy,” Waller said.

“He has to manoeuvre her and get her out at the right time and he just does an amazing job.”

2017 Apollo Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 11 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 57kg $1.14F
2 1 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James Doyle 2.8L 5 59kg $12
3 7 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 6.8L 12 59kg $26
4 5 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Corey Brown 9L 4 59kg $16
5 6 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) John O’Shea Christian Reith 9.4L 10 59kg $201
6 2 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 9.7L 6 59kg $201
7 3 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 10L 9 59kg $151
8 4 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 10.1L 11 59kg $151
9 9 SHIRAZ Kim Waugh Joshua Parr 10.2L 7 59kg $26
10 14 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 10.6L 8 53.5kg $201
11 12 AMBIENCE John O’Shea Ms Kathy O’Hara 11.8L 1 57kg $201
12 8 SACRED MASTER (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 19.7L 3 59kg $101