Winx Vs Hartnell in the Apollo Stakes
Winx and Hartnell have met a few times over similar a distance and Winx is by far the superior 1400m horse.
Starting in May 2015, she has won thirteen consecutive races including the Cox Plate and Doncaster Mile. She was named the 2015-6 Australian Horse of the Year, then successfully defended her 2015 Cox Plate win with a commanding 8 length victory in the 2016 renewal over rival Hartnell. In the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, she was the second-ranked mare in 2015, improving in 2016 to become the world’s top-ranked turf horse.
In fact this is a bit of a no contest, the most likely result is a repeat of the Warwick Stakes
Dibayani should be there at the finish, he is a pretty handy horse, but no match for Winx
The best roughy is Libran, likes a much longer trip but fresh up he should be able to make a race of the minors.
The 2017 Apollo Stakes is a Group 2 contest hosted by Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney annually during the Sydney autumn carnival.
The Apollo Stakes is run over a course of 1400m and on offer is a very healthy quarter of a million dollars.
Being a weight for age race the Apollo Stakes attracts a good field of well performed runners and has proved to be quite a difficult race to win.
The 1400m is also an interesting distance pushing the short sprinters to their limits and just nudging into the territory of the genuine milers.
|1||HARTNELL (GB)||John O’Shea||James Doyle||7||59kg|
|2||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||8||59kg|
|3||LEEBAZ (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||11||59kg|
|4||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||13||59kg|
|5||DIBAYANI (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Corey Brown||6||59kg|
|6||MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE)||John O’Shea||Christian Reith||12||59kg|
|7||ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE)||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||14||59kg|
|8||SACRED MASTER (NZ)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||5||59kg|
|9||SHIRAZ||Kim Waugh||Joshua Parr||9||59kg|
|10||SAVVY NATURE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||4||59kg|
|11||WINX||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||57kg|
|12||AMBIENCE||John O’Shea||Ms Kathy O’Hara||2||57kg|
|13||GLOBAL GLAMOUR||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||1||53.5kg|
|14||LASQUETI SPIRIT||Lee Curtis||Jay Ford||10||53.5kg|