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Melito Wins Apollo Stakes

Monday, 21st February 2011

Flagship Arrowfield Stud stallion & current Australian Champion Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a group success when 4YO mare Melito (Redoute's Choice-Cloister, by Marauding) returned from a 15-weeks spell to score a 1.75-lengths victory in the $250,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney. Melito (ridden by Brenton Avdulla for trainer Gerald Ryan) defeated favoured 7YO mare Hot Danish (Nothin' Leica Dane-Hot N Breezy, by Zephyr Zip) & 5YO gelding Centennial Park (Thorn Park-Trephina, by Last Tycoon). Melito (a $600,000 yearling consigned by Reavill Farm at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale) now has 5 wins (also including both 2010's Gr1 Winter Stakes over 1400m at Eagle Farm & Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes over 1200m at Randwick, plus both 2009's Gr2 Furious Stakes over 1400m at Randwick & Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) & 11 placings (including 2010's Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap over 1400m at Eagle Farm, Gr1 Doomben 10,000 over 1350m at Doomben, Gr1 BTC Cup 1200m at Doomben, Gr1 All Aged Stakes over 1400m at Randwick & Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill, plus 2009's Gr1 Thousand Guineas over 1600m at Caulfield, Gr2 Wakeful Stakes over 2000m at Flemington, Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill, Gr2 Perfect Vision Ilasik Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill, Gr3 Silver Shadow Stakes over 1200m at Randwick & Listed Widden Stakes over 1100m at Randwick) from 21 starts for $1,767,950 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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