Nine for the Apollo Stakes

A field on nine have been accepted for the $250,000, Group 2 WFA The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday, Race 6 on the nine race programme at 4.25pm, which concludes at 6.20pm due to the addition of the Winx trial between races.

The Chris Waller trained Comin’ Through, the half-brother to Criterion (NZ), is resuming after a spring campaign that yielded a win in  the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Stakes over 1400m at Randwick on September 16th, but unplaced runs in the Group 1 duo of Epsom Handicap and Toorak Handicap, both over 1600m.

Bjorn Baker’s three-year-old Savabeel colt Addictive Nature was third to Trapeze Artist in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill on February 3rd in his opening race for the autumn.

They have barriers eight and five respectively for Jason Collett and Adam Hyeronimus

The Waterhouse and Bott stable have accepted with their multiple black type winner Global Glamour. She was fourth to Trapeze Artist in the Expressway Stakes. The stable have also accepted with Group 3 winner Stampede. They have barriers four and nine respectively.

Mark Newnham has Lanciato (NZ), the winner of the listed Carrington Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill on January 27th with the progressive five-year-old Per Incanto gelding going for three wins in succession. Apprentice Rachel King rides with barrier six.

Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon and Endless Drama (IRE) who were second and third respectively to Lanciato in the Carrington Stakes and both are accepted by the Lees and Waller stables. Glyn Schofield rides the former as usual, with barrier one, and Tye Angland the latter, with barrier three.

Classic Uniform, Tim Clark and barrier two, and Inference, Brenton Avdulla and barrier seven, complete the field.

Addictive Nature is the $3.80 opening favourite with with $4.80 for Prized Icon and Comin’ Through, $5.50 Endless Drama, $6.50 Global Glamour, $8.50 Lanciato and $13 and over for the rest of the field.

Fourteen three-year-old fillies run in the $200,000, Group 2 TAB Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) including Godolphin’s Group 1 Flight Stakes winner Alizee.

The Sepoy filly was second to Redzel in a 1000m trial at Rosehill on February 5th as the stable prepares her to return after her spring campaign. Schofield rides with barrier four and the filly is the $1.80 favourite.

The Light Fingers Stakes is Race 8 at 5.45pm.

The $150,000, Group 3 ACJC Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) has a field of nine with the Kris Lees trained Clearly Innocent the top-weight with 60.5kg under Jason Collett and barrier four.  The Gerald Ryan trained Group 2 winner Deploy has 59.5kg under Tye Angland with barrier three.

The Southern Cross Stakes is Race 4 at 3.10pm.

The $150,000, Group 2 Robrick Lodge Triscay Stakes (1200m), with a field of 14, is Race 7 at 5.05pm.

The rail will be in the true position for the return to Randwick and the first of three meetings at the track before the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival at Rosehill from March 17th to 31st and the return to Randwick for Australian Derby Day on April 7th.

The track is rated a Good 4 after 5mm of irrigation for the last 24 hours, 22mm for the last seven days and 4.2mm of rain for the last seven days.

Sydney’s weather heading to the weekend will be partly cloudy with 28c on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday there is a medium (40%) chance of showers with 0mm-1mm and a partly cloudy day and 21c – 27c.

Randwick fields

Rail in the true position for the entire circuit for Apollo Stakes Day, picture ThoroughbredNEWS