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Trainer Bjorn Baker is happy for his three year old colt Addictive Nature to take on the older horses at weight for age in the Group 2 $250,000 The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Addictive Nature, above in green, black and white colours, will take on the older horses in the Apollo Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Addictive Nature, above in green, black and white colours, will take on the older horses in the Apollo Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Addictive Nature has drawn barrier five in the nine horse Apollo Stakes field and will be ridden by Adam Hyeronimus who replaces Jason Collett who will be aboard the Chris Waller trained Comin’ Through (barrier 8).

Collett was aboard the Savabeel colt when he finished a first up third behind Trapeze Artist and Showtime in the Group 2 $200,000 Sydney Markets Limited Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on February 3 and Baker said back on top of the ground would be to his advantage.

“We threw him in the deep end and if he can run in the money again we will be thrilled,’’ Baker told the RacingNSW News Desk.

“We are yet to see the best of him and hopefully that will be Saturday. I’m very confident he is better on top of the ground.

“As long as he runs a good race we are on target and we have options going forward.’’

“It was a good run, I don’t think the track helped him and he got blocked a little bit but I thought fitness wise he has come on a lot. We’ll be more positive with him on Saturday up in trip.’’

The Kris Lees trained Prized Icon has drawn the inside gate with Glyn Schofield sticking with the 2016 Victoria Derby winner after partnering him first up when second to Lanciato in the Listed $150,000 Carrington Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on January 27.

The Mark Newnham trained Lanciato is racing in outstanding form with wins at his last two starts and will jump from barrier six.

Final Field for the 2018 Apollo Stakes (1400m)

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x80222511x CLASSIC UNIFORM Gary Moore Tim Clark 2 59kg 109
2 x6202720x2 PRIZED ICON Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 1 59kg 107
3 15x0x360x3 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 3 59kg 104
4 212411x13x STAMPEDE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 9 59kg 103
5 126x69650x INFERENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 7 59kg 102
6 5338x1160x COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Jason Collett 8 59kg 101
7 5x31x1x311 LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham 6 59kg 96
8 1302x19x64 GLOBAL GLAMOUR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King (a) 4 57kg 107
9 1213×3 ADDICTIVE NATURE Bjorn Baker Adam Hyeronimus 5 55.5kg 88

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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