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 1800m 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 September 30, 2017 .
2017 Hill Stakes Results
- 1st: #7 Classic Uniform
- 2nd: #8 Embley
- 3rd: #4 Mackintosh
Hill Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday September 30, 2017
- Track: Royal Randwick
- Distance: 1800m
- 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).
2017 Hill Stakes Odds
The updated Hill Stakes 2017 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.
2017 Hill Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Hill Stakes 2017 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.
- 1st: #4 Mackintosh ($2.90) – Hard to see much in this field getting past the deserving Chris Waller-trained favourite who was narrowly beaten running third in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at this meeting 12 months ago. He is drawn well mid-field with options for the ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira, has done plenty of Group 1 racing including the lead-up fifth in the George Main Stakes and without Winx over more metres he’s the one to beat.
- 2nd: #8 Embley ($12) – Double-figures on offer for Bjorn Baker’s in-form six-year-old coming off back-to-back wins over the Randwick mile. Extra distance here is a non-issue, he’s proven over it and up to 2000m, but needs to show his class. This is a big step-up, but still easier than the Epsom field from which he’s been scratched. Likely to go forward so if jockey Jason Collett can get him to settle up front, definite place chance.
- 3rd: #10 Perfect Rhyme ($7.50) – Strong 60% Place Rate for this four-year-old daughter of Poet’s Voice. She comes off a second in the mares’ Group 3 at Newcastle a fortnight ago and has three placings from four Randwick runs to date. She was only two lengths back sixth in the Toy Show Quality first-up at the track and the 1800m this weekend suits as she finished runner-up in the ATC Oaks in the autumn at big odds.
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.
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.
2017 Hill Stakes Field
The official Hill Stakes 2017 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.
The 2017 Hill Stakes Field features 10 runners including Red Excitement who is also still officially in the Epsom Handicap field over the mile. In-form Randwick miler Embley has scratched out of the Group 1 Epsom race and instead shoots for a third straight win at the track stepping up in distance for the Hill Stakes field.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x12x3361x8||SENSE OF OCCASION||Kris Lees||Corey Brown||4||59kg||112|
|2||311255×427||RED EXCITEMENT||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||6||59kg||106|
|3||3x1333x0x7||HAVANA COOLER (IRE)||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||1||59kg||103|
|4||13540x0x65||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||7||59kg||103|
|5||028x337x76||MAURUS (GB)||John P Thompson||Blake Spriggs||10||59kg||100|
|6||33x1106x73||SPECTROSCOPE (USA)||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||2||59kg||100|
|7||144×802225||CLASSIC UNIFORM||Gary Moore||TBA||5||59kg||98|
|8||2210×67911||EMBLEY||Bjorn Baker||Jason Collett||3||59kg||91|
|10||x931422x62||PERFECT RHYME||Ron Leemon||Tim Clark||9||56kg||86|
2017 Hill Stakes Nominations
The Hill Stakes 2017 nominations close on the Monday leading-up to Epsom Handicap Day and will be provided for punters right here once announced.
In 2017 the Hill Stakes entries drew 17 hopefuls including a number of horses that have accepted into the meeting’s Group 1 races. Foxplay and McCreery for Chris Waller will run in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), while their stablemate Who Shot Thebarman is in the mix for the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) over the mile and a half.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||0x0D71x000||AMRALAH (IRE)||H||8||Robert Hickmott||104|
|2||144×802225||CLASSIC UNIFORM||G||5||Gary Moore||98|
|5||3x1333x0x7||HAVANA COOLER (IRE)||G||8||James Cummings||103|
|6||670x910x56||HEAVENS ABOVE||M||6||Tim Martin||107|
|7||10x8747x46||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||106|
|8||13540x0x65||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||G||5||Chris Waller||103|
|9||028x337x76||MAURUS (GB)||G||7||John P Thompson||100|
|10||x156495x84||MCCREERY (GB)||G||6||Chris Waller||105|
|11||x931422x62||PERFECT RHYME||M||4||Ron Leemon||86|
|12||311255×427||RED EXCITEMENT||G||8||Gerald Ryan||106|
|13||x12x3361x8||SENSE OF OCCASION||G||7||Kris Lees||112|
|15||480×350112||SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ)||G||6||Kris Lees||107|
|16||33x1106x73||SPECTROSCOPE (USA)||H||5||James Cummings||100|
|17||55x3642x94||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||9||Chris Waller||108|
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).
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).
2017 Hill Stakes Results
The official 2017 Hill Stakes Results & Finishing Order will be published below once the race takes place on Saturday September 30, 2017 , the same day Melbourne hosts the AFL Grand Final of football.
|1||7||CLASSIC UNIFORM||Gary Moore||Michael Walker||–||5||59kg||$7.50|
|2||8||EMBLEY||Bjorn Baker||Jason Collett||0.2L||3||59kg||$10|
|3||4||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||2.7L||6||59kg||$2.80F|
|4||5||MAURUS (GB)||John P Thompson||Blake Spriggs||3L||9||59kg||$19|
|5||6||SPECTROSCOPE (USA)||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||3.1L||2||59kg||$6|
|6||9||SHALMANESER||Richard Litt||Tye Angland||3.2L||7||59kg||$101|
|7||10||PERFECT RHYME||Ron Leemon||Tim Clark||4.1L||8||56kg||$6|
|8||1||SENSE OF OCCASION||Kris Lees||Corey Brown||5.5L||4||59kg||$7.50|
|9||3||HAVANA COOLER (IRE)||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||10.1L||1||59kg||$31|
|–||2||RED EXCITEMENT||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||–||0||–||–|
Hill Stakes Winners
|2016||Hartnell||Who Shot Thebarman||Storm The Stars||2:04.11|
|2013||Moriarty||Glencadam Gold||Masked Marvel||2:03.6|
|2012||Lamasery||Mourayan||Lights Of Heaven||2:06.2|
|2009||Miss Marielle||Pacino||Roman Emperor||1:56.1|
|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|
|2000||Pasta Express||Pravda||Padfoot Charlie||1:57.8|