Centennial Park Wins 2011 Expressway Stakes

February 7th, 2011

David Payne’s five-year-old galloper Centennial Park claimed an upset win at Rosehill on Saturday, beating home a field of more fancied rivals in the 2011 Expressway Stakes.

The first Group race of the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the $200,000 Expressway Stakes (1200m) was tipped to be won by glamour mare Hot Danish who started the $2 favourite.

However, despite Les Bridge’s seven-year-old taking the lead early and setting the pace, it was Centennial Park ($11) and in-form hoop Corey Brown who produced the run of the day.

Storming home through the middle, Centennial Park won the Expressway Stakes just under a length ahead of promising four-year-old Love Conquers All ($3.20) who was able to hold off eventual third placegetter Hot Danish in a photo-finish for second.

The victory was long overdue for Thorn Park gelding Centennial Park, who before Saturday had not won a race since their success in the Group 3 AAMI Business Insurance Stakes (1400m) at Flemington back in October 2009.

Centennial Park has now won seven of their 24 race starts for $664,350 in prize money, and despite having pulled up slightly sore from their Expressway Stakes victory, is on track to run in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) next at Rosehill on February 19.

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2011 Expressway Stakes Results

Place Horse Jockey Trainer Margin SP
1 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) Corey Brown David Payne $11.00
2 LOVE CONQUERS ALL Jim Cassidy Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 0.8 $3.20
3 HOT DANISH Tim Clark Les Bridge 0.9 $2.00F
4 DANLEIGH Hugh Bowman Chris Waller 2.1 $14.00
5 LORNE DANCER Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse 3.5 $16.00
6 BORDER REBEL Timothy Bell Sue Grills 3.8 $9.50
7 VISION AND POWER (NZ) Tommy Berry Joseph Pride
8 COUNT ENCOSTA Brenton Avdulla John P Thompson