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Preview: Apollo Stakes Day and Best Bet

Thu, Feb 15, 1:40pm by Staff Writer

Sydney racing is at Royal Randwick this Saturday where the rail is in the true and the track will be in the good range.

The Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) is the feature race of the day with a field of nine to line up. Winx was originally pencilled in to begin her campaign in the Apollo Stakes – which she’s won the last two years – but with Hugh Bowman suspended, connections decided to postpone her return to the races although she will feature in an exhibition-style gallop on Saturday.

Three-year-old Addictive Nature ($3.70) has opened favourite for the race and he’s second-up after a second to Trapeze Artist in the G2 Expressway (1200m) when fresh.

Prized Icon ($5.50) made an eye-catching return to the races when runner-up to Lanciato ($8.50) in the Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m) in what was his first run under new trainer Kris Lees. Lanciato is an acceptor for the race – and has won his last two – although trainer Mark Newnham is undecided whether he’ll run the five-year-old, and will decide closer to race day

Chris Waller saddles up two runners, Endless Drama ($5.50) and Comin’ Through ($5). Endless Drama was impressive when third to Lanciato and Prized Icon when fresh and he looks like he’s set for his best Australian prep yet while stable mate Comin’ Through is first-up where he has won two from three when fresh, and he did win his first two runs last campaign.

Global Glamour ($7) has been slightly disappointing in her two runs this campaign with a sixth of 16 in the Magic Millions for fillies and mares, followed by a fourth – beaten 1.9L – in the Expressway. She’s joined by stable mate Stampede ($10) who resumes from a spell and was given a good push by the Waterhouse/Bott camp for his upcoming campaign, with the G1 Australia Cup (2000m) at Flemington his aim.

Alizee ($1.85) has opened a short-price favourite in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) for three-year-old fillies and she comes into this off an ultra-impressive trial to Redzel which also featured the likes of Winx and Deploy amongst a host of other autumn stars. A winner of three from nine, she was a G1 Flight Stakes (1600m) winner in the spring before ending her campaign when third to Aloisia in the G1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

Sasso Corbaro ($11) has been good in lower grade and steps up to black-type for the first time here. Melody Belle ($5) has won five from ten and is a G1 Sires winner back in NZ plus she also won the G2 Sires Produce in QLD on Eagle Farm’s infamous heavy-8 while Charlayne ($9.50) has won two from two for Chris Waller.

A field of 11 two-year-olds will contest the Piero Plate (1100m) with six resuming from a break and four making their race debut. Irish Bet ($8.50), Legend of Condor ($3.40) and Perfect Pitch ($19) are the only runners to have won a race and they all resume while Stunts ($6.50) – who was third to Legend of Condor back in October – has been backed in early markets, as has Tchaikovsky ($7) for Peter and Paul Snowden who opened at double figure odds.

SUGGESTED BET: Raiment ($4.40, race 7, number 5) tackles the G3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) first-up. She was a convincing winner last campaign when fresh – on a heavy-10 – with two wins from four first-up starts overall. She’s only a half kilo above the limit and even though there are a few handy mares in the race, there’s a bit of a tail and she should look the winner at some stage.


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