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.
The latest edition of the Villiers Stakes ran on Saturday December 17, 2016.
2016 Villiers Stakes Results
- 1st: Sense Of Occasion
- 2nd: Dibayani
- 3rd: Sarrasin
Villiers Stakes Race Facts
- Date: Saturday 17th December
- Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 1600m
- Conditions: 3YO&Up – Quality Handicap
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $250,000
- First Run: 1892
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.
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 Listed 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.
2016 Villiers Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x4249x2329||DIBAYANI (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||8||59kg||107|
|2||512832×644||AMOVATIO||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||1||58kg||105|
|3||16415×4062||HOPFGARTEN||Robert Heathcote||Tye Angland||17||57.5kg||104|
|4||05052×6133||RED EXCITEMENT||Gerald Ryan||Joshua Parr||13||57kg||103|
|5||533434×351||MALICE||John O’Shea||James Doyle||5||56.5kg||102|
|6||6395140×54||RUDY||Helen Page||Glyn Schofield||12||56.5kg||102|
|7||116×141011||FABRIZIO||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||11||55.5kg||100|
|8||x501223x46||PAJARO (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||10||55.5kg||100|
|9||6013863×09||CENTRE PIVOT||Peter Robl||Jay Ford||2||55kg||99|
|10||x8222x302x||BIG MEMORY (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Tommy Berry||9||54.5kg||98|
|11||50x400x912||HAZZABEEL (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Michael Dee (a)||6||54.5kg||98|
|12||401342×052||KENJORWOOD||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||16||54.5kg||98|
|13||3x1412x||SARRASIN (GB)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Kerrin McEvoy||3||54kg||97|
|14||567641454x||SENSE OF OCCASION||Kris Lees||Ben Melham||4||54kg||97|
|15||65x1176x51||HIGH MIDNIGHT||James Cummings||James Innes Jnr (a)||7||53kg||92|
|16||x08522x558||BERRY DELICIOUS||Jason Coyle||Ms Kathy O’Hara||14||53kg||91|
|17||31131×7041||LOYALTY MAN||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||18||53kg||85|
|18||5x1241x524||DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE)||John O’Shea||Brenton Avdulla||15||53kg||84|
Villiers Stakes Odds & Betting
Villiers Stakes odds are released the Wednesday before the race runs that Saturday following the release of the field and barriers. Graduates out of the Festival Stakes that ran top three in the Sydney lead-up, runners with previous winning form at Randwick and past mile winners sit high up the Villiers Stakes betting markets each summer.
There has been a number of upsets in the race in recent times however and the last winner to salute at double-figures in the odds was All Legal ($17 in 2012) before the upset Villiers Stakes result of Sense Of Occasion ($31 in 2016).
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.
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 including in 2015 when the third placegetter It’s Somewhat won the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) the following March.
In 2012 the Villiers Stakes runner-up Alma’s Fury won the Bernborough Handicap next-start at Doomben in late December and the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) first-up the following February.
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.
2016 Villiers Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||14||SENSE OF OCCASION||Kris Lees||Ben Melham||–||4||54kg||$31|
|2||1||DIBAYANI (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||0.2L||7||59kg||$9.50|
|3||13||SARRASIN (GB)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Kerrin McEvoy||1.2L||3||54kg||$21|
|4||9||CENTRE PIVOT||Peter Robl||Jay Ford||1.9L||2||55kg||$101|
|5||3||HOPFGARTEN||Robert Heathcote||Tye Angland||2L||14||57.5kg||$11|
|6||2||AMOVATIO||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||2.8L||1||58kg||$16|
|7||6||RUDY||Helen Page||Glyn Schofield||3.5L||11||56.5kg||$10|
|8||11||HAZZABEEL (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Michael Dee (a)||3.7L||5||54.5kg||$14|
|9||18||DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE)||John O’Shea||Brenton Avdulla||3.8L||13||53kg||$14|
|10||16||BERRY DELICIOUS||Jason Coyle||Ms Kathy O’Hara||3.9L||12||53kg||$26|
|11||15||HIGH MIDNIGHT||James Cummings||James Innes Jnr (a)||5.9L||6||53kg||$10|
|12||8||PAJARO (NZ)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||7.1L||9||55.5kg||$10|
|13||10||BIG MEMORY (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Tommy Berry||8.5L||8||54.5kg||$26|
|14||7||FABRIZIO||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||9.9L||10||55.5kg||$2.60F|
|–||17||LOYALTY MAN||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||–||0||–||–|
|–||5||MALICE||John O’Shea||James Doyle||–||0||–||–|
|–||12||KENJORWOOD||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||–||0||–||–|
|–||4||RED EXCITEMENT||Gerald Ryan||Joshua Parr||–||0||–||–|
Villiers Stakes Winners
|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|