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Apollo Stakes 2022 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

Last updated: 10 Feb 2022
Alex Marsh 10 Feb 2022
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  • The Apollo Stakes headlines the Royal Randwick meeting this Saturday
  • This Group Two is run over 1400m under WFA conditions
  • The track is rated a Soft 5 and rain is predicted on Friday
  • Preview & selections are included below
Apollo Stakes Tips
Can Colette defend her Apollo Stakes crown? (Getty)
The Apollo Stakes is a Group Two 1400m event run at Royal Randwick and a strong field has been assembled for the 2022 edition.
  • Apollo Stakes 2022 Field & Odds
  • 2022 Apollo Stakes Tips
  • Apollo Stakes 2022 FAQs

Worth $250,000, this feature is a key WFA autumn lead-up and there's a strong honor roll, with Winx, Lonhro and Sunline champions to have won the Apollo Stakes this century.

In a competitve early market, Think It Over heads the betting at $4.20 via bookmaker.com.au

Apollo Stakes 2022 Field & Odds

1Think It OverKerry ParkerNash Rawiller1059kg$5
2Kolding (NZ)Chris WallerSam Clipperton559kg$26
3Cascadian (GB)James CummingsRegan Bayliss1159kg$18
4I Am Superman (IRE)Peter & Paul SnowdenTommy Berry1459kg$11
5Special RewardKris LeesGlyn Schofield359kg$16
6Riodini (NZ)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Rachel King959kg$8.50
7Sikandarabad (IRE)Sam Kavanagh1259kg$201
8Maximal (GB)John O'SheaHugh Bowman258.5kg$9.50
9Verry Elleegant (NZ)Chris Waller James McDonald157kg$5
10ColetteJames Cummings Tim Clark457kg$7.50
11Icebath (NZ)Brad WiddupKerrin McEvoy1357kg$13
12Hungry HeartChris Waller Chad Schofield657kg$19
13She's IdeelBjorn BakerJason Collett757kg$31
14DuaisEdward CummingsJoshua Parr857kg$61
Odds courtesy of bookmaker.com.au & correct at 1am on 10/02/2022.

2022 Apollo Stakes Tips

2022 Apollo Stakes Best Bet - Colette

The 2021 Apollo Stakes winner bolted in with last year's edition, cashing in off the perfect run in transit, with Verry Elleegant left with far too much to do over 1400m.

Interestingly enough, Colette hasn't ventured past 2000m since winning the Australian Oaks two years ago, but has proven to be every bit as effective over shorter trips.

The Godolphin mare showed her true class last spring, where after a small setback derailed a Caulfield Cup tilt, she won two in a row, including the Group One Empire Rose.

While she never sets the world on fire at the trials, her work through the line on January 24 was strong and from gate four, there isn't much to fault at an each-way price.

Colette - $7.50Apollo Stakes Best Betbet now
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2022 Apollo Stakes Next Best Bet - Verry Elleegant

With bigger fish to fry this year, including the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, it's understandable that the champion won't be fully wound up on Saturday.

Even with projected peaks much down the track, you can't dismiss the 10-time Group One winner, who has won the Group One Winx Stakes first-up over this track/trip.

Much has been said about Verry Elleegant being vulnerable off a Melbourne Cup prep, which is being well overplayed, as she did the same last autumn.

Gate one over seven furlongs, there's queries on the map and how the inside will be playing, but in an event lacking a standout, should we be ignoring the best horse at $5?

Verry Elleegant - $5.00Apollo Stakes Next Best Betbet now
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2022 Apollo Stakes Value Bet - She's Ideel

After a stretch of rotten luck over a few campaigns, there was no more deserving group winner last spring when She's Ideel took out the Kingston Town Stakes.

Following her first black-type win, She's Ideel was honest in The Metropolitan, Caulfield/Melbourne Cups, but lacked the necessary class when the guns peaked.

While she looked a stayer and did win a 2400m (BM78), I just wonder whether this mare is better suited at 1600m-2000m, where she can let rip with one sprint.

The six-year-old has produced two cracking first-up efforts via her last two preps, which included a slashing third in the Winx Stakes, so is capable of a big run here.

She's Ideel - $31.00Apollo Stakes Value Betbet now
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Apollo Stakes 2022 FAQs

When is the 2022 Apollo Stakes?

The 2022 Apollo Stakes will be run on Saturday, February 12 at 4.45pm (AEST).

It will run as Race 8 on the Randwick program.

Who won the 2021 Apollo Stakes?

Colette won the 2021 Apollo Stakes.

What is the Apollo Stakes worth?

The Apollo Stakes is worth $250,000.

$140,250 of that goes to the winner.

What distance is the Apollo Stakes?

The Apollo Stakes is run over a distance of 1400 metres.

How can I live stream the Apollo Stakes?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Apollo Stakes and all other Australian horse races.



In a very competitive Apollo Stakes, we'll aim to get a result with small plays on Colette, Verry Elleegant and She's Ideel (each-way).

Best Bet: Colette To Win @13/2 at Justbet - 1 Unit
Next Best Bet: Verry Elleegant To Win @4/1 at Puntnow - 1 Unit
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