Villiers Stakes 2021

Saturday December 11, 2021

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 now offers $750,000 in prize money after a huge boost in 2021, 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 ran on Saturday December 11, 2021 and was won by the Joe Pride-trained Brutality ($5).

2021 Villiers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #17 Brutality
  • 2nd: #6 Ellsberg
  • 3rd: #14 Criaderas

Brutality ($5) was too good for his rivals late, the fit horse in the race letting down out wide on the straight to dominate the Villiers Stakes 2021 results having his third start in as many Saturdays. The Joe Pride-trained five-year-old is now exempt from ballot in next year’s $3 million Doncaster Mile.

Villiers Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday December 11, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YO&Up – Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1892

Villiers Stakes Betting

Horses under $10 in Villiers 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) 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.

2021 Villiers Stakes Betting

The latest Villiers Stakes 2021 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.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Villiers Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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 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 Villiers Stakes betting tip until the successive wins by Sky Boy (2018) and Quackerjack (2019) for the punters.

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 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).

2021 Villiers Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Villiers Stakes 2021 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: #6 Ellsberg ($4.60 at time of publish) 

It’s an open edition of the Villiers and Ellsberg is narrow favourite after a lead-up Group 3 Festival Stakes victory. The Spill The Beans entire was very good on a Heavy (9) at Rosehill to win that with 53kg and will need to be good again in a Group 2 field going up to 56kg. He gets conditions to suit with another wet track and Randwick and is rock-hard fit. Nice draw, should run out the mile without issue, hard to beat favourite with past form at the course.

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 -

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.

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.

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.

2021 Villiers Stakes Field

The official Villiers Stakes 2021 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.

A full line-up of potential 2022 Doncaster Mile hopefuls do battle in the 2021 Villiers Stakes field on Saturday with markets led by the Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou-trained stablemates Ellsberg and Steely both coming off last-start wins.

2021 Villiers Stakes Nominations

The official Villiers Stakes 2021 nominations close the Monday of race week and will be provided in full below once released.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x1422x1271 ELLSBERG H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 1 56kg 56kg 100
2 21x6411x63 BANDERSNATCH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 2= 59kg 59kg 106
3 240x415x77 GEM SONG G 6 Kris Lees 2= 59kg 59kg 106
4 7x4100x582 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 2= 59kg 59kg 106
5 6100×44636 SO SI BON G 8 Ben & JD Hayes 5 58kg 58kg 104
6 80x2915x57 RANIER G 6 James Cummings 6 57kg 57kg 102
7 6x323179x8 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 7= 56kg 56kg 100
8 7642311×02 STOCKMAN (NZ) G 5 Joseph Pride 7= 56kg 56kg 100
9 41441×0608 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 9 55.5kg 55.5kg 99
10 2119×54300 RELOADED G 5 Chris Waller 10 55kg 55kg 98
11 100×667309 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 11= 54.5kg 54.5kg 97
12 51220×9273 YAMAZAKI M 6 Matthew Dunn 11= 54kg 53kg 97
13 9x60x33306 PRIME CANDIDATE G 7 Bjorn Baker 13 54kg 54kg 96
14 337x4657x9 COUNTOFMONTECRISTO (NZ) G 8 Kris Lees 14 54kg 53.5kg 95
15 1283x27x58 CRIADERAS G 5 James Cummings 15= 54kg 53kg 94
16 1154411×21 STEELY G 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 15= 54kg 53kg 94
17 2130×89105 EXOBOOM G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 17 54kg 53kg 92
18 x2127x3017 LIGHTNING JACK (NZ) G 5 Annabel Neasham 18 54kg 53kg 90
19 33441×0343 BRUTALITY G 5 Joseph Pride 19= 54kg 53kg 89
20 2x1813x763 GROVE FERRY (IRE) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 19= 54kg 53kg 89
21 x8322233x0 PARRY SOUND G 6 Bjorn Baker 19= 54kg 53kg 89
22 47×3932511 KUBRICK G 5 Chris Waller 22= 54kg 53kg 88
23 x3112383x5 MUBARIZ (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 22= 54kg 53kg 88
24 553×602319 AL MAH HAHA G 7 Tash Burleigh 24= 54kg 53kg 87
25 16x41377x6 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 24= 54kg 53kg 87
26 144509×727 WHEELHOUSE G 4 Chris Waller 26 54kg 53kg 86
27 x16233x050 LUVOIR G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 27 54kg 53kg 84
28 x111x96642 EQUATION H 4 Annabel Neasham 28 54kg 53kg 81
29 556636×164 BLACK DUKE G 4 Richard Litt 29 54kg 53kg 74
30 0x81423242 LEASE C 3 Anthony Cummings 30 54kg 53kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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.

2021 Villiers Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Villiers Stakes 2021 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.

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

Villiers Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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