The 2011 Expressway Stakes, the first Group race of this season’s Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, will take place at Rosehill Racecourse this Saturday February 5 with 13 gallopers nominated for the Group 2 feature.
Kicking off the autumn season in Sydney, the $200,000 Expressway Stakes (1200m) entries are high-quality this year making for a top betting opportunity online through Luxbet.
Even though Hay List may miss the race and resume in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes in a fortnight instead after the five-year-old jarred up following a gallop two weeks ago, the 2011 Expressway Stakes field will still feature plenty of talent.
Hot Danish is the early favourite in the Expressway Stakes betting, Les Bridge’s seven-year-old Nothin’ Leica Dane mare resuming after an impressive spring.
The dual Group 1 winner enjoyed a number of Group victories at the end of last year and showed she had lost none of her form over the break winning a barrier trial at Warwick Farm by a comprehensive two lengths on January 24.
Bridge has named the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 9 and the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 23 as potential autumn targets for Hot Danish later in the season.
Rosehill-based trainer David Payne has nominated his improving five-year-old Centennial Park and in-form four-year-old Winter King for Saturday’s Expressway Stakes, while John Thompson also has multiple entries with Count Encosta and Run For Naara both nominated.
Other top fancies for the Expressway Stakes include Chris Waller’s Group 1 George Ryder Stakes winner Danleigh also resuming for the season, Tamworth galloper Border Rebel, Canny Lad mare Graceful Anna, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Lorne Dancer and Love Conquers All who claimed their maiden Group victory in the Missile Stakes last August.
The 2011 Expressway Stakes final field will be out later in the week and published here so bookmark this site.
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Nominations for 2011 Expressway Stakes
|1||BORDER REBEL||Sue Grills|
|2||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne|
|3||COUNT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson|
|5||GRACEFUL ANNA||David Pfieffer|
|6||HAY LIST||John McNair|
|7||HOT DANISH||Les Bridge|
|8||LORNE DANCER||Gai Waterhouse|
|9||LOVE CONQUERS ALL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|10||RUN FOR NAARA||John P Thompson|
|11||SISTER MADLY||Anthony Cummings|
|12||VISION AND POWER (NZ)||Joseph Pride|
|13||WINTER KING (NZ)||David Payne|