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The 2017 Expressway Stakes is a Group 2 contest raced annually at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney. As the name suggests it’s all about being quick with a short trip of just 1200m.

It is a weight for age contest meaning only the best horses need apply. The race itself is worth $200,000 and is held in February.

The Expressway Stakes is the very first Group with weight for age conditions to be run in Sydney every calendar year. As a result horses that may not yet be at full fitness can be found out and recent form counts for plenty.

Many horses will use this as a first up race leading into the Autumn with a few still kicking on from over the summer.

Following on from the Expressway Stakes it’s likely many of the top runners will continue on to the Group 2 Apollo Stakes in two weeks time.

There have been a heap of champions to win the Expressway Stakes and all future winners should be watched closely as they progress through their careers.

Immortals such as  Tie The Knot won this race in 2001 and Lonhro in 2003.

Court’s in Session claimed a rare double when he won in 2005 and 2006.

More recently multiple Group 1 champion Rangirangdoo won in 2010 and Centennial Park upstaged hot favourites Love Conquers All and Hot Danish in 2011.

2017 Expressway Stakes Field

The Expressway Stakes field usually features a pretty decent selection of sprinters from leading stables around Sydney. It’s a fairly important stepping stone for decent sprinters, so the Expressway Stakes field tends to be noticeably comprised of horses who are working their way up to feature events in the Autumn Racing Carnival.

The 2017 Expressway Stakes field will be provided below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2311x1210x MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ) Bjorn Baker Kerrin McEvoy 2 58.5kg 109
2 x360x22171 KURO (NZ) Joseph Pride Joshua Parr 1 58.5kg 105
3 x68x265x63 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Tim Clark 4 58.5kg 104
4 10x6025x75 BIG MONEY Rodney Northam Hugh Bowman 5 58.5kg 104
5 11414x345x HANDFAST John O’Shea James Doyle 3 58.5kg 86
6 2x710210x ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 6 55kg 85

2017 Expressway Stakes Nominations

The Expressway Stakes nominations are usually filled out with decent quality horses from a range of different preparations. Quite a few sprinters with their eyes set on major sprinting events later in the Autumn Racing Carnival enter the Expressway Stakes nominations.

The 2017 Expressway Stakes nominations will be published here.

Expressway Stakes Winners & Results

Winners and placers in the Expressway Stakes since 2000 with winning times.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Music Magnate 2 Kuro 3 Ball Of Muscle 1:09.48
2016 1 Our Boy Malachi 2 Solicit 3 Big Money 1:11.6
2015 1 Weary 2 Driefontein 3 Territory 1:10.7
2014 1 Appearance 2 River Lad 3 Sizzling 1:9.1
2013 1 Happy Galaxy 2 Skytrain 3 Centennial Park 1:9.8
2012 1 Rain Affair 2 Centennial Park 3 Shoot Out 1:10.7
2011 1 Centennial Park 2 Love Conquers All 3 Hot Danish 1:10.2
2010 1 Rangirangdoo 2 Dao Dao 3 McClintock 1:12.6
2009 1 Burdekin Blues 2 Gold Trail 3 Hurried Choice 1:09.7
2008 1 Paratroopers 2 He’s Canny 3 Sniper’s Bullet 1:09.6
2007 1 Mentality 2 Fashions Afield 3 More Than Lucky 1:10.0
2006 1 Court’s In Session 2 Shania Dane 3 Primus 1:09.1
2005 1 Court’s In Session 2 Our Egyptian Raine 3 Grand Armee 1:09.5
2004 1 Sportsman 2 Thorn Park 3 Excellerator 1:08.4
2003 1 Lonhro 2 Belle Du Jour 3 Carael Boy 1:10.7
2002 1 Ateates 2 Viscount 3 Caissa 1:11.2
2001 1 Tie The Knot 2 Referral 3 Landsighting 1:10.0
2000 1 Mr Innocent 2 Adam 3 Commands 1:09.3

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