The Villiers Stakes is a Group 2 quality handicap event that takes place in December each year at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $250,000 in prize money. The 2019 Villiers Stakes was won by Quackerjack from Invincible Gem with Sambro third.
Held a couple of weeks prior to Xmas, the Villiers Stakes is one of the stronger group races taking place during the festive period.
|Date:||Saturday 12th December 2020|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
The Villiers Stakes is a good quality mile race that typically assembles a capacity field of above average gallopers, especially considering the time of the year, and the Villiers is a well regarded event on the racing calendar each December.
The race suits good milers or strong 2000m horses and while not as strong as Randwick's other big mile races, the Epsom Hcp and Doncaster Mile, it's usually a more than handy field that lines up in the Villiers.
A race such as the Gr3 Festival Stakes is a good lead up race to the Villiers Stakes as it provides the ideal progression in distance. Monton (2011) was the last galloper to claim the Festival Stakes & Villiers Stakes double.
Staying types contesting the Villiers Stakes might head on to the Gr3 Summer Cup over 2000m on Boxing Day at Randwick and Aqua D'Amore (2005) was the last galloper to win both the Villiers Stakes & Summer Cup in the same year. I'm Imposing (2nd in 2014) managed to win the Summer Cup at his next start after finishing runner-up in the Villiers Stakes.
Sky Boy (2018) took out a BM88 race over 1800m at Rosehill before graduating to group winner in classy fashion for the Anthony Cummings stable.
Recent Villiers Stakes winners include Crack Me Up (2017) and Sense Of Occasion (2016).
1. $3.80 Quackerjack 56.0 Ms Rachel King
2. $12.00 Invincible Gem 59.0 Hugh Bowman
3. $19.00 Sambro 56.5 James McDonald
4. $16.00 Goodfella 54.5 Jason Collett
5. $21.00 Mushaireb 53.5 Glyn Schofield
6. $31.00 Siren's Fury 54.5 Tim Clark
7. $7.00 Bobbing 53.0 Robbie Dolan
8. $21.00 Gold Fields 58.5 Nash Rawiller
9. $61.00 Aqua D'ivina 53.0 Jean Van Overmeire
10. $8.00 El Dorado Dreaming 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
11. $9.00 Ranier 55.5 Kerrin McEvoy
12. $7.50 Live And Free 55.0 Glen Boss
13. $13.00 Noble Boy 55.0 Tommy Berry
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.2 len
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|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|
|1999||Final Fantasy||So Precise||Huge Demand||1.35.4|
|1997||Arletty||Quick Flick||Banner Headline||1.35.1|
|1996||Touch Of Force||Nick's Joy||Persian Flyer||1.34.0|
|1995||Here's The Prince||Zouslan Pragmatism||Pragmatism||1.34.5|
|1994||Aunty Mary||Nick's Joy||Cohort||1.34.3|
|1993||Cobbora||Square The Circle||Pharaoh||1.33.8|
|1992||Soho Square||Pharaoh||Manly Star||1.35.1|
|1991||Shining Wind||Mighty Rimu||Pontormo||1.35.0|
|1990||Post Elect||Don't Play||Our Dawn Star||1.34.4|
|1989||Spot The Rock||Merimbula Bay||Mighty Grey||1.34.7|
|1988||Tumble On||Mystical Prince||Tierra Rist||1.33.3|
Note: The 2013 Villiers Stakes was held at the Kensington circuit over 1550 metres.