Villiers Stakes 2017

Saturday 17th December

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

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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