Ladbrokes Tip: The Hill Stakes is a gun lead-up to The Metropolitan.
The Hill Stakes is a Group 2 race run on George Main Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse in September each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) for the milers and the Hill Stakes is one of three Group 2 support acts on the card along with The Shorts (1100m) and the Tea Rose Stakes (1400m).
Offering $200,000 in total prize money, the Hill Stakes is contested over 2000m under weight-for-age conditions. The race is a good lead-up for stayers heading towards the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) back at the track over a mile and a half the next month.
The last horse to complete the Hill Stakes – The Metropolitan double was Junoob (2014), but he was later stripped of the Group 1 victory due to a failed drug test.
The latest edition of the Hill Stakes is due to run in Saturday 17th September, 2016.
Hill Stakes Field
The Hill Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of the season’s top staying types, many heading towards The Metropolitan over more distance next start.
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.
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.
The last horse to complete the Chelmsford Stakes – Hill Stakes double was Trusting (2011). Hill Stakes graduates have a top record backing-up in The Metropolitan. Magic Hurricane ran second in the Hill Stakes in 2015 before winning The Metropolitan next start. The year before (2014) Junoob completed the double.
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 the most recent upset by a double-figure chances in betting was Preferment ($31 in 2015).
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.
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.
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).
2016 Hill Stakes Results
Hill Stakes Winners
|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|