The Ingham (Villiers Stakes) 2023

The Villiers Stakes was renamed The Ingham with prize money boosted to $2 million ahead of the 2022 edition 

The Villiers Stakes – now known as The Ingham Stakes or simply The Ingham – is an end-of-year Group 2 Sydney showdown run in early-mid December at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

The Summer Racing Carnival in Sydney features a number of top stakes races including the newly revamped The Ingham Stakes, which is the headline event at the meeting that also features the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m), Listed ATC Cup (2000m) for staying types, and the Restricted Listed $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m).

2021 Villiers Stakes Winner Brutality

Brutality (2021) was the last Villiers Stakes winner before the event was renamed The Ingham in 2022. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Ingham Stakes now offers now $2 million in prize money after a huge boost in 2022 from $750,000, is contested over 1600m and is an open handicap clash.

Winners of the race often go on to perform well in the next year’s Sydney and Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival features and The Ingham Stakes winner earns a ballot exemption for the next year’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at the same track and distance.

The last Villiers Stakes winner to finish in the money in the following year’s Doncaster Mile was upset champ Sense Of Occasion (2016) who took out the Group 2 at $31 odds before a third to It’s Somewhat in the 2017 Doncaster two runs later at an even bigger price.

The latest edition of the Villiers Stakes ran on Saturday December 9, 2023 as The Ingham Stakes offering $2 million in prize money and was won in a thrilling finish by the Kris Lees-trained The Gong runner-up Loch Eagle ($18). 

2023 The Ingham Results

  • 1st: #23e Loch Eagle

    2023 The Ingham winner Loch Eagle

    2023 The Ingham winner Loch Eagle was too good late from a wide gate. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 2nd: #10 Attractable
  • 3rd: #19 Lion’s Roar

Apprentice Dylan Gibbons gave the widely-drawn Kris Lees-trained third emergency Loch Eagle ($18), last seen running second in The Gong, a perfect run three-wide with cover from an outside barrier (18) to post a narrow victory in The Ingham 2023 results at Randwick.

2023 The Ingham Stakes Odds

The latest The Ingham Stakes 2023 betting odds and Sydney summer racing carnival market links will be available below as soon as released so stay tuned for the best prices on your Ingham Stakes selections.

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The Ingham Race Facts

  • Former Race Name: Villiers Stakes
  • Date: Saturday December 9, 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YO&Up – Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $2 million
  • First Run: 1892

The Ingham Betting

Horses under $10 The Ingham Stakes betting have a strong recent record including the back-to-back wins by the favourites Sky Boy ($3.20 in 2018) and Quackerjack ($3.80 in 2019) in the mile showdown.

There have been a number of upsets however with the latest winners to salute at double-figures odds being All Legal ($17 in 2012), Sense Of Occasion ($31 in 2016), Kirwan’s Lane ($21) who defeated his even longer-priced stablemate Lion’s Roar ($51) in The Ingham 2022 quinella, and Loch Eagle ($18) who just made the field as the third emergency. 

The Ingham Stakes odds favour the in-form end-of-spring types getting in on the lower weights.

The Ingham Tips

Top The Ingham Stakes tips include backing the season’s Festival Stakes graduates that are backing-up in the Group 3, proven performers over the Randwick mile and the better weighted runners in the handicap clash.

Favourites didn’t have the best strike rate in the race over the past decade, so looking at in-form runners further down the markets was a good Ingham Stakes betting tip until the successive wins by Sky Boy (2018) and Quackerjack (2019) for the punters.

When doing The Ingham tips it is also crucial to back the boys over the girls with Dances On Waves (2010) was the last mare to salute before the 2020 success of Greysful Glamour a decade later, while Monton (58kg) is the only horse to have carried more than 54.5kg to victory since Utzon (57.5kg in 2006).

2023 The Ingham Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider The Ingham Stakes 2023 betting tips and Sydney summer racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the runners to back in the $2 million clash this December.

  • To Win: #10 Attractable ($13 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Great edition of The Ingham and going for a bit of value with the in-form Sara Ryan-trained Attractable who is in great form. Drawn to get a dream run from barrier three with Regan Bayliss continuing associations. The I Am Invincible five-year-old has a great mile record (7:3-1-0) and was last seen winning the $3 million The Big Dance at this track and trip on Melbourne Cup Day. Won that at double-figures, has been kept fit with a subsequent Sydney trial, and ticks plenty of boxes against a crack field.

The Ingham Field

The Ingham Stakes race field – formerly the Villiers Stakes field – is made up of promising end-of-season milers that have had a freshen-up off a spring campaign or that missed the spring majors in favour of a later summer – autumn campaign.

One of the premier Sydney Summer Racing Carnival clashes, the field features a host of gallopers coming off a lead-up run in the Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill a fortnight earlier with the winner of that race exempt from ballot for The Ingham.

In 2015 It’s Somewhat placed in both the Festival Stakes (2nd) and Villiers Stakes (3rd). The previous year the Festival Stakes winner I’m Imposing finished second to Rudy in the 2014 Villiers Stakes. Also in 2014 Strawberry Boy ran third in both the Festival Stakes and Villiers Stakes.

More recently, in 2021 Brutality ran second to Ellsberg in the Festival Stakes before winning the Villiers Stakes two starts later with Ellsberg finishing second in the Randwick mile feature that was subsequently renamed The Ingham Stakes the following year.

Upset 2022 The Ingham winner Kirwan’s Lane improved on a lead-up third in the Festival Stakes that summer to win the $2 million feature.

Runners in The Ingham field may also be on the quick back-up off a lead-up run the Saturday prior in Brisbane’s Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m).

Graduates often back-up in either the Sydney or Gold Coast Boxing Day races on December 26 like the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) at Randwick won in 2014 by the runner-up I’m Imposing. The Villiers Stakes – Summer Cup double however hasn’t been completed since Aqua D’Amore (2005).

The Ingham Stakes nominations close the Monday of race week with the final field of acceptances and barrier draw out on the Wednesday.

2023 The Ingham Stakes Field

The official The Ingham Stakes 2023 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be available below as soon as announced by Racing NSW so stay tuned to see what summer milers make the starting line-up in the lucrative Group 2 showdown.

The Ingham 2023 final field features a capacity line-up of gallopers including Big Dance champion Attractable, runner-up in the same lead-up Cepheus carrying the 60kg top-weight on Saturday, and The Gong winner Detonator Jack from the Maher/Eustace stable. 

2023 The Ingham Stakes Nominations

The official The Ingham Stakes 2023 Nominations will be provided below once early entries for the $2 million summer showdown are taken the Monday of race week.

The Ingham 2023 nominations attracted 34 summer hopefuls led in all-in betting by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained The Gong champion Detonator Jack, Chris Waller’s Pierro four-year-old Osipenko coming off a third in that same key million-dollar lead-up, and Big Dance winner from Melbourne Cup Day Attractable.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 10212×0231 PHEARSON G 6 Brad Widdup 1 54kg 54kg 99
2 0234215112 CEPHEUS (GB) G 7 Matthew Dunn 2 60kg 60kg 111
3 123×437231 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3= 58kg 58kg 107
4 6x51183x81 KING MAGNUS G 8 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 3= 58kg 58kg 107
5 x1760x5683 VILANA H 5 James Cummings 3= 58kg 58kg 107
6 9187×07714 NEW MANDATE (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 6= 57.5kg 57.5kg 106
7 1761×57303 OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 6= 57.5kg 57.5kg 106
8 20480×4555 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 8= 57kg 57kg 105
9 26844×4078 HINGED M 5 Chris Waller 8= 55kg 55kg 105
10 44496×2431 JUST FOLK G 7 Gavin Bedggood 10= 56.5kg 56.5kg 104
11 x88610x753 RUSTIC STEEL G 6 Kris Lees 10= 56.5kg 56.5kg 104
12 460x010x80 SURF DANCER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 10= 56.5kg 56.5kg 104
13 2761141×41 ATTRACTABLE G 5 Sara Ryan 13= 56kg 56kg 103
14 69x04x7604 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) G 7 John O’Shea 13= 56kg 56kg 103
15 14x1x060x9 DARK DESTROYER (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 15 55.5kg 55.5kg 102
16 316x32x601 CHARTERHOUSE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16= 55kg 55kg 101
17 5958709×60 EXCELLENT PROPOSAL G 7 Michael Freedman 16= 55kg 55kg 101
18 7160×00089 COMMUNIST G 4 Michael Freedman 18 54.5kg 54.5kg 100
19 80020×5062 LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 6 John O’Shea 19 54kg 53.5kg 98
20 520×339355 WATERFORD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 20 54kg 53kg 97
21 21743x01x0 AGE OF KINGS (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller 21= 54kg 53kg 96
22 13106×0134 ASCENSION (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21= 54kg 53kg 96
23 x0x10x7x07 DAJRAAN (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 21= 54kg 53kg 96
24 303×429602 WILLIAMSBURG H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 21= 54kg 53kg 96
25 1250×99312 LOCH EAGLE G 5 Kris Lees 25= 54kg 53kg 94
26 370x036x68 MILITARY EXPERT G 5 Annabel Neasham 25= 54kg 53kg 94
27 3127×22 FOXY CLEOPATRA M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 27 54kg 53kg 93
28 8910×51731 SUPER HELPFUL G 5 Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones 28 54kg 53kg 92
29 7322×81441 KING OF THE CASTLE (NZ) G 7 Joseph Pride 29 54kg 53kg 91
30 4191280746 OUTLANDOS G 7 John Sargent 30 54kg 53kg 88
31 630x1126x5 TAZARAL (IRE) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 31 54kg 53kg 87
32 713164×515 I’VE BEAN TRYIN’ G 5 Matthew Kelley 32 54kg 53kg 83
33 43501458×6 ITA M 6 Bjorn Baker 33 54kg 53kg 81
34 7317x7x132 JAMBEROO G 4 Diane Poidevin Laine 34 54kg 53kg 69

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Ingham Stakes (Villiers Stakes) Form Guide

The Villiers Stakes form guide – now known as The Ingham Stakes form guide – lists all the need-to-know information like the jockeys, trainers, barriers, track / distance records and lead-up runs of the milers in the Group 2 race field. In recent seasons the form has stacked-up the following autumn in the Group 1 features.

In 2016 the upset Villiers Stakes winner Sense Of Occasion went on to run third in both the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick the following April during Sydney’s The Championships.

The year before Happy Clapper (2015) won the Villiers Stakes before a second in the following season’s Doncaster Mile and third to super mare Winx in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Happy Clapper also ran second in the 2017 Doncaster Mile and that September’s George Main Stakes before a win in the Epsom Handicap over the Randwick mile and subsequent Group 1 second during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The 2021 Villiers Stakes form was franked with the runner-up Ellsberg returning in 2022 for a stellar season that included a Group 1 dead-heat win in the Epsom Handicap before his Five Diamonds Prelude – $2 million Five Diamonds double.

The 2022 Villiers Stakes third place-getter Atishu franked the form winning two Group 1s the following year taking out the Queen Of The Turf Stakes in the autumn of 2023 and the Champions Stakes over 2000m at Flemington during the 2023 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

2023 The Ingham Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Ingham Stakes 2023 Form Guide will be available right here the week of the race.

Villiers Stakes / The Ingham Stakes Results

The Villiers Stakes / The Ingham Stakes race results have been dominated in the past decade by Sydney gallopers coming off a lead-up run in the Festival Stakes.

Notable recent winners include Happy Clapper (2015), Ninth Legion (2013), Monton (2011), and Dances On Waves (2010).

In 2016 Sense Of Occasion ($31) became the longest-priced Villiers Stakes winner in the past decade.

In 2020 the Villiers Stakes winner Greysful Glamour won in a race record time of 1 minute 33.47 seconds.

From 2022 the successful horses in the former Villiers Stakes race are known as The Ingham Stakes winners.

Past Villiers Stakes / The Ingham Stakes Winners

Recent Villiers Stakes / The Ingham Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Loch Eagle Attractable Lion’s Roar 1:34.80
2022 Kirwan’s Lane Lion’s Roar Atishu 1:33.5
2021 Brutality Ellsberg Criaderas 1:37.2
2020 Greysful Glamour Best Of Days Criaderas 1:33.4
2019 Quackerjack Invincible Gem Sambro 1:34.2
2018 Sky Boy Aloisia My Nordic Hero 1:36.3
2017 Crack Me Up Cabeza De Vaca Interlocuter 1:34.9
2016 Sense Of Occasion Dibayani Sarrasin 1:37.4
2015 Happy Clapper Tinto It’s Somewhat 1:33.9
2014 Rudy I’m Imposing Strawberry Boy 1:36.2
2013 Ninth Legion Limes Alma’s Fury 1:31.4
2012 All Legal Alma’s Fury Darci Be Good 1:35.8
2011 Monton Kontiki Park King Lionheart 1:36.3
2010 Dances On Waves Mentality Snow Alert 1:35.0
2009 Palacio De Cristal Parfumier Spinney 1:34.7
2008 (Jan) Honor In War Takeover Target Alverta 1.21.5
2008 Something Anything Hey Elvis Rags To Riches 1:36.3
2007 Race not run
2006 Utzon Anwaar Spirit of Tara 1.35.2
2005 Aqua D’Amore Malcolm Fiery Venture 1.35.4
2004 Ike’s Dream Dante’s Paradiso Sir Dex 1.33.1
2003 On a High Mufti Jeremiad 1.35.8
2002 Boreale This Manshood Silver Birch 1.34.8
2001 Carael Boy Space Age Osca Warrior 1.36.5
2000 Grey And Gold Taberann Forbill 1.36.1