Hill Stakes 2019

Saturday October 5, 2019

Ladbrokes Tip: The Hill Stakes is good lead-up to Melbourne’s Ladbrokes Cox Plate

The Hill Stakes is a Group 2 race run on Epsom Handicap Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse in late September or early October each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The meeting is headlined by a trio of Group 1 spring races: the Epsom Handicap (1600m) for milers, The Metropolitan (2400m) for stayers and the Flight Stakes (1600m) for the three-year-old fillies.

Offering a lucrative $500,000 in total prize money, the Hill Stakes is contested over 2000m under weight-for-age conditions making it a nice lead-up into the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) run at Moonee Valley at the end of October. In 2016 the Hill Stakes winner Hartnell finished runner-up to the defending champion Winx in the Cox Plate quinella and also finished in the money when third in the Melbourne Cup over two miles on the first Tuesday of November.

The latest edition of the Hill Stakes ran on Saturday October 5, 2019 and was won in a photo-finish by the Chris Waller-trained mare Verry Elleegant. 

2019 Hill Stakes Results

The official 2019 Hill Stakes Results & Finishing Order will be published below once the race takes place on Saturday October 5, 2019 .

  • 1st: #9 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #1 Samadoubt
  • 3rd: #3 Life Less Ordinary

The Hill Stakes 2019 Results saw a photo-finish go to the race favourite, Chris Waller’s ATC Oaks winner Verry Elleegant, who defeated Samadoubt by the bob of the head. Waller also prepared third placed Life Less Ordinary.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 8 56kg $2.40F
2 1 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 0.1L 3 59kg $5.50
3 3 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0.9L 1 59kg $7.50
4 5 TALLY James Cummings Joshua Parr 1.9L 5 59kg $26
5 7 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3L 2 58kg $51
6 4 OUR CENTURY (IRE) Kim Waugh Jason Collett 3.1L 4 59kg $51
7 8 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 3.3L 7 57kg $10
8 6 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Nash Rawiller 4.8L 6 58kg $4.20
2 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 0

Hill Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 5, 2019
  • Track: Royal Randwick
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1921

Hill Stakes Betting & Odds

Hill Stakes betting markets are led each year by in-form staying types with proven form at the distance and good records at Randwick.

Runners that come off a good run in a lead-up like the Chelmsford Stakes over the same track also sit high up the Hill Stakes odds. The short-priced favourites have a top record in the Hill Stakes in the past 10 years, but there has been upsets recorded by double-figure chances in betting including Preferment ($31 in 2015).

2019 Hill Stakes Odds

The updated Hill Stakes 2019 betting odds for this Epsom Handicap Day will be available right here leading up to the race so stay tuned for links to our top Hill Stakes markets.

Hill Stakes Tips

Good Hill Stakes tips to take are to look for local Sydney-trained runners with form at the track and distance. The Chelmsford Stakes runners from earlier in the month also have a good Hill Stakes record as do the single-figure favourites. Checking the early markets for upcoming races like the Cox Plate for runners in the Hill Stakes can also be a good betting tip for the Group 2, with many Hill Stakes graduates going onto the weight-for-age classic in Melbourne a few weeks later.

2019 Hill Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Hill Stakes 2019 betting tips and Randwick betting selections on the $500,000 Group 2 this spring will be detailed in full below the week of the race so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack.

Hill Stakes Field

The Hill Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of the season’s top staying types, many heading towards the riches of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and a target like the Cox Plate.

Gallopers in the Hill Stakes field may have come off an earlier spring run in a race like the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) a fortnight before. In 2015 Preferment improved on a 12th in the Chelmsford to win the Hill Stakes. Complacent meanwhile won the Chelmsford Stakes in 2015 before his second in the Hill Stakes. In 2016 Hartnell completed the Chelmsford Stakes – Hill Stakes double.

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Hill Stakes winner Hartnell (2016) went on to place in that year’s Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup down in Melbourne. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Chelmsford Stakes also produced the 2014 Hill Stakes winner Junoob (6th), while Bagman ran third in both races. The year before (2013) Moriarty improved on a Chelmsford Stakes fourth to win the Hill Stakes, while in 2012 Lamasery won the Hill Stakes on the back of a Chelmsford Stakes third.

2019 Hill Stakes Field

The official Hill Stakes 2019 Final Field & Barrier draw will be released on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below so bookmark this page to see the spring stayers that are accepted into the half-a-million-dollar feature.

There are nine horses in the 2019 Hill Stakes field including Winx Stakes – Chelmsford Stakes double winner Samadoubt looking to atone for a last start sixth in the George Main Stakes.

Scratchings: #2 Best Of Days (3) is out of the Hill Stakes field and instead represents Godolphin in the Group 1 $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) at the same meeting.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 241915×116 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 4 59kg 112
2 211x5Nx738 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 3 59kg 109
3 233x8124x0 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 108
4 013x121x07 OUR CENTURY (IRE) Kim Waugh Jason Collett 5 59kg 105
5 514x6770x6 TALLY James Cummings Joshua Parr 6 59kg 102
6 1x16511x65 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Nash Rawiller 7 58kg 106
7 147225×501 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2 58kg 73
8 76x059x878 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 8 57kg 106
9 57x2111x94 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 9 56kg 106

2019 Hill Stakes Nominations

The Hill Stakes 2019 nominations close on the Monday leading-up to Epsom Handicap Day and will be provided for punters right here once announced.

The 2019 Hill Stakes nominations drew 19 hopefuls including Chris Waller’s ATC Oaks winner Verry Elleegant, the autumn’s ATC Derby champ Angel Of Truth and doubtful final acceptor Finche on the Melbourne Cup path once again.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1x16511x65 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell 106
2 211x5Nx738 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 6 James Cummings 109
3 22008326×7 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 103
4 147225×501 CARIF H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 73
5 55x1x34x51 FINCHE (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 110
6 01x6112x94 GREY LION (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith 105
7 41x5496x04 KAONIC (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 97
8 233x8124x0 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 108
9 x812511x88 MANTASTIC (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 100
10 0x58158x83 NETTOYER M 6 Wendy Roche 98
11 013x121x07 OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 9 Kim Waugh 105
12 241915×116 SAMADOUBT G 6 Bjorn Baker 112
13 1x23727x27 SCARLET DREAM M 4 Mark Newnham 91
14 444740×705 SIR CHARLES ROAD G 6 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 101
15 2x00x048x0 SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney 104
16 3013215×60 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 8 Matthew Smith 100
17 514x6770x6 TALLY G 7 James Cummings 102
18 57x2111x94 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 106
19 76x059x878 YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller 106

Hill Stakes Form Guide

The Hill Stakes form guide features all the must know information like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field. The Hill Stakes form has stacked up in better races many times in recent years, especially The Metropolitan, but now runs on the same day as that feature race.

The form has also held in Melbourne races later in the spring including in 2015 when Hill Stakes winner Preferment travelled to Flemington and won the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) next start over the same distance. In 2014 Hill Stakes runner-up Criterion also went to Melbourne next-up and crossed second in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

2019 Hill Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Hill Stakes 2019 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Hill Stakes Results

Quality stayers have dominated the Hill Stakes results in the past decade. Notable recent Hill Stakes winners include Preferment (2015), Junoob (2014), Moriarty (2013), Descarado (2010) and Desert War (2005-06).

Hill Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Verry Elleegant Samadoubt Life Less Ordinary 2:05.03
2018 Ace High It’s Somewhat Egg Tart 2.02.57
2017 Classic Uniform Embley Mackintosh 1:49.9
2016 Hartnell Who Shot Thebarman Storm The Stars 2:04.11
2015 Preferment Magic Hurricane Complacent 2:06.8
2014 Junoob Criterion Bagman 2:06.1
2013 Moriarty Glencadam Gold Masked Marvel 2:03.6
2012 Lamasery Mourayan Lights Of Heaven 2:06.2
2011 Trusting Hawk Island Tullamore 2:02.9
2010 Descarado Triple Honour Purple 1:56.4
2009 Miss Marielle Pacino Roman Emperor 1:56.1
2008 Fiumicino Dealer Principal Hurrah 1:57.3
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Desert War Eremein Grand Zulu 1:56.3
2005 Desert War Portland Singa Dizelle 1:56.7
2004 Natural Blitz Vouvray Just Polite 1:56.6
2003 Excellerator Platinum Scissors Carnegie Express 1:56.8
2002 Dress Circle Bedouin Republic Lass 1:56.6
2001 Mulan Princess Altiero Dottoressa 1:47.0
2000 Pasta Express Pravda Padfoot Charlie 1:57.8