The 2016 Villiers Stakes is one of the final black types event held at Royal Randwick in the calendar year and is in fact one of the very last stakes events anywhere in the country.
In a period where the horse racing spotlight is focussed on Perth the Villiers Stakes keeps Sydney racing ticking over ahead of the holiday period.
The race itself is a Group 2 event run under quality handicap conditions. It is locked in for the Saturday either directly before or two before Christmas day. The Villiers Stakes is a 1600m assignment which suits horses capable of running out a strong mile.
The Villiers Stakes is traditionally held at Randwick Racecourse but the 2011 event was moved due to renovation works being conducted at that circuit. Today, it is conducted on the inner-track of Randwick, known as Kensington.
The race always attracts an interesting field of horses which are usually still kicking on from a spring campaign. It would be unusual for a horse to be first up into a race like this given the spring has just finished and it’s somewhat of a standalone feature.
What that has created is a tough event for a the true battlers which can still plug along at a good rate even deep into their preparations.
Having said that if the mile is on the shorter end of a horses capabilities then the Group 3 Summer Cup over 2400m could be an option on Boxing Day.
Takeover Target ran in this race back in 2008 alongside fellow Group 1 champion Alverta.
They were both overshadowed though, the unfancied Honour Of War beating them both to the line.
Other notable winners of the Villiers Stakes include Spot The Rock in 1989, Touch Of Force in 1996, Referral in 1998 and On A High in 2003.
2016 Villiers Stakes Field
It’s worth noting that there have been some very handy horses in the Villiers Stakes field, in fact even the odd superstar. Because it’s held right at the end of the racing season, most of the horses who contest the Villiers Stakes field will likely head to the paddock for a spell following this race.
The 2016 Villiers Stakes field will be provided below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||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||–||10||55.5kg||100|
|9||6013863×09||CENTRE PIVOT||Peter Robl||–||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||–||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|
2016 Villiers Stakes Nominations
The Villiers Stakes nominations will be released on the Monday prior to the race. You can almost always find some Group 1 winners in the Villiers Stakes nominations, largely because it’s a popular target at the end of many horses’ campaigns.
The 2016 Villiers Stakes nominations will be published below.
|2||x08522x558||BERRY DELICIOUS||M||5||Jason Coyle|
|3||x8222x302x||BIG MEMORY (FR)||G||7||Tony McEvoy|
|4||6013863×09||CENTRE PIVOT||G||6||Peter Robl|
|5||x31x1290x1||CYLINDER BEACH (NZ)||G||4||Desleigh Forster|
|6||x4249x2329||DIBAYANI (IRE)||G||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|7||5x1241x524||DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE)||G||5||John O’Shea|
|8||116×141011||FABRIZIO||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|9||x981137x90||FOREIGN PRINCE (NZ)||G||6||David Payne|
|10||50x400x912||HAZZABEEL (NZ)||G||6||Ciaron Maher|
|11||65x1176x51||HIGH MIDNIGHT||G||5||James Cummings|
|14||31131×7041||LOYALTY MAN||G||4||Michael Moroney|
|16||x544154521||MAN OF HIS WORD||G||4||Bruce W Hill|
|18||x501223x46||PAJARO (NZ)||G||6||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|19||05052×6133||RED EXCITEMENT||G||7||Gerald Ryan|
|20||1770×22318||REIBY THE RED||G||5||Jason Attard|
|22||3x1412x||SARRASIN (GB)||H||5||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|23||567641454x||SENSE OF OCCASION||G||6||Kris Lees|
Villiers Stakes Results
Villiers Stakes winners and place getters since 2000 with winning times are listed below.
|2017||1 TBD||2 TBD||3 TBD||TBD|
|2016||1 Sense of Occasion||2 Dibayani||3 Sarrasin||1:37.4|
|2015||1 Happy Clapper||2 Tinto||3 It’s Somewhat||1:33.9|
|2014||1 Rudy||2 I’m Imposing||3 Strawberry Boy||TBD|
|2013||1 Ninth Legion||2 Limes||3 Alma’s Fury||1:31.4|
|2012||1 All Legal||2 Alma’s Fury||3 Darci Be Good||1:35.8|
|2011||1 Monton||2 Kontiki Park||3 King Lionheart||1:36.3|
|2010||1 Dances On Waves||2 Mentality||3 Snow Alert||1:35.0|
|2009||1 Palacio De Cristal||2 Parfumier||3 Spinney||1:34.7|
|2008||1 (Jan) Honor In War||2 Takeover Target||3 Alverta||1.21.5|
|2008||1 Something Anything||2 Hey Elvis||3 Rags To Riches||1:36.3|
|2007||1 Race not run||2||3|
|2006||1 Utzon||2 Anwaar||3 Spirit of Tara||1.35.2|
|2005||1 Aqua D’Amore||2 Malcolm||3 Fiery Venture||1.35.4|
|2004||1 Ike’s Dream||2 Dante’s Paradiso||3 Sir Dex||1.33.1|
|2003||1 On a High||2 Mufti||3 Jeremiad||1.35.8|
|2002||1 Boreale||2 This Manshood||3 Silver Birch||1.34.8|
|2001||1 Carael Boy||2 Space Age||3 Osca Warrior||1.36.5|
|2000||1 Grey And Gold||2 Taberann||3 Forbill||1.36.1|