Villiers Stakes 2019

Saturday December 14, 2019

Ladbrokes Tip: The Villiers Stakes form often stacks-up in the summer Boxing Day races

The Villiers Stakes 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 Villiers Stakes, which is the headline event at the meeting that also features the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) for sprinters and the Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) for staying types.

The Villiers Stakes offers $250,000 in prize money, 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 Villiers 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 runs on Saturday December 14, 2019 .

2019 Villiers Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

The official Villiers Stakes 2019 Results & Finishing Order on the quarter-of-a-million-dollar summer showdown will be announced below once the race takes place on Saturday December 14, 2019 .

Villiers Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday December 14, 2019
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YO&Up – Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1892

Villiers Stakes Betting

Horses under $10 in Villiers Stakes betting have a strong recent record with Sky Boy ($3.20 in 2018) the latest favourite to salute for the punters 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) and  Sense Of Occasion ($31 in 2016).

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

2019 Villiers Stakes Betting

The latest Villiers Stakes 2019 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 Villiers Stakes selections.

Villiers Stakes Tips

Top Villiers Stakes tips include backing the season’s Festival Stakes graduates that are backing-up in the Group 2, proven performers over the Randwick mile and the better weighted runners in the handicap clash.

Favourites also don’t have the best strike rate in the race over the past decade, so looking at in-form runners further down the markets is another good Villiers Stakes betting tip.

When doing the Villiers Stakes tips it is also crucial to back the boys over the girls with Dances On Waves (2010) was the last mare to salute, while Monton (58) is the only horse to have carried more than 54.5kg to victory since Utzon (57.5kg in 2006).

2019 Villiers Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Villiers Stakes 2019 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 $250,000 clash this December.

  • To Win: #5 Quackerjack ($3)

Really hard to tip against the firming favourite who has had a really solid spring prep that included the Goulburn Cup win and last start second in The Gong from a similarly wide alley. Two-from-three at the Randwick track / distance and is the proven miler here. History shows the heavy weights have a poor record, so even going up to 56kg here he shapes up as a better chance than those above him kilo-wise.

Villiers Stakes Field

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.

Villiers Stakes betting form & odds - Ladbrokes.com.au

Happy Clapper (2015) is one of the standout Villiers Stakes winners in recent history. Photo By: Steve Hart.

One of the premier Sydney Summer Racing Carnival clashes, the Villiers Stakes field features a host of gallopers coming off a lead-up run in the Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill a fortnight earlier.

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.

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

2019 Villiers Stakes Field

The official Villiers Stakes 2019 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 2019 Villiers Stakes field is down to 14 after the early scratching of Strome with the hard-to-beat favourite, Quackerjack, coming into barrier 10 as the last start The Gong runner-up looks to return to his recent Goulburn Cup winning form.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 810x237x04 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 2 59kg 106
2 x645421311 GOLD FIELDS Logan McGill Nash Rawiller 4 58.5kg 101
3 33x432x735 EL DORADO DREAMING Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 5 57kg 102
4 11x37242x0 SAMBRO Chris Waller James McDonald 1 56.5kg 97
5 x13216x312 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 11 56kg 96
6 64×0310421 RANIER James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 9 55.5kg 95
7 1x93328x92 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) John O’Shea Glen Boss 13 55kg 94
8 41116×4430 NOBLE BOY Todd Blowes Tommy Berry 15 55kg 94
9 9100990×75 SIREN’S FURY Jason Coyle Tim Clark 12 54.5kg 97
10 82x728x390 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 6 54.5kg 93
11 13×0006848 LE JUGE (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 14 54.5kg 93
12 110x60x981 AQUA D’IVINA Matthew Smith Jean Van Overmeire (a) 10 53kg 89
13 x1213x9412 STROME Gary Portelli 8 53kg 89
14 21x216x346 BOBBING Bernie Kelly Robbie Dolan (a) 3 53kg 88
15 x2x1430x22 MUSHAIREB (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Glyn Schofield 7 53kg 78

2019 Villiers Stakes Nominations

The official Villiers Stakes 2019 nominations close the Monday of race week and will be provided in full below once released.

Seventeen milers make-up the 2019 Villiers Stakes nominations including pre-field favourite Quackerjack for Mark Newnham and the James Cummings-trained Festival Stakes winner Ranier.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 64×0310421 RANIER G 4 James Cummings 1 55.5kg 95
2 810x237x04 INVINCIBLE GEM M 6 Kris Lees 2 59kg 106
3 33x432x735 EL DORADO DREAMING M 4 Kris Lees 3 57kg 102
4 x645421311 GOLD FIELDS G 7 Logan McGill 4 58.5kg 101
5 11x37242x0 SAMBRO G 5 Chris Waller 5= 56.5kg 97
6 9100990×75 SIREN’S FURY M 6 Jason Coyle 5= 54.5kg 97
7 x13216x312 QUACKERJACK G 4 Mark Newnham 7 56kg 96
8 1x93328x92 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 8= 55kg 94
9 41116×4430 NOBLE BOY G 5 Todd Blowes 8= 55kg 94
10 82x728x390 GOODFELLA H 5 Bjorn Baker 10= 54.5kg 93
11 13×0006848 LE JUGE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 10= 54.5kg 93
12 11100×1842 CUTADEEL G 4 Bjorn Baker 12 53kg 90
13 110x60x981 AQUA D’IVINA M 5 Matthew Smith 13= 53kg 89
14 x1213x9412 STROME M 5 Gary Portelli 13= 53kg 89
15 21x216x346 BOBBING G 6 Bernie Kelly 15 53kg 88
16 x2x1430x22 MUSHAIREB (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 16 53kg 78
17 378701×713 ALL BUT GONE G 8 Damien Lane 17 53kg 69

Villiers Stakes Form Guide

The Villiers 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 Villiers Stakes 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 Emirates Stakes second during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

2019 Villiers Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Villiers Stakes 2019 Form Guide will be available right here the week of the race.

Villiers Stakes Results

The Villiers Stakes 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.

Villiers Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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 1:37.40
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