Villiers Stakes

  • Date: December 12, 2015
  • Racecourse: Royal Randwick
  • Race Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $250,000

2016 Villiers Stakes News

Rageese will improve with Festival Stakes run

Rageese will improve with Festival Stakes run

Trainer Darren Weir is expecting the widely travelled Rageese to take great improvement from his run in the Group 3 $150,000 The Steel Builders Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Rageese, above, has drawn barrier 12 in the Festival Stakes at Rosehill. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Weir sent Rageese to Perth to run in …

The 2015 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.

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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.

2015 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 2015 Villiers Stakes field will be provided below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 50x19x87x2 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea James McDonald 14 59kg 104
2 03336×9838 I’M IMPOSING (GB) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 17 58.5kg 103
3 02×3646046 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Blake Shinn 13 58kg 102
4 8040×00082 PUCCINI (NZ) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 16 58kg 102
5 11x1180x05 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 20 57.5kg 101
6 504×970911 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) Michael Moroney Christian Reith 8 57kg 100
7 1320x107x0 PHEIDON Gai Waterhouse Adam Hyeronimus 11 56.5kg 99
8 x231167x70 TINTO Rex Lipp Tim Clark 5 56kg 102
9 677×027425 MALICE John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 7 56kg 98
10 4217×42127 FRESPANOL Gai Waterhouse Thomas Huet 1 55.5kg 97
11 5225051331 CASINO DANCER Mike Van Gestel Glyn Schofield 3 55kg 100
12 236264×431 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Nathan Thomas 9 55kg 96
13 14304×3211 TELEPATHIC (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 18 54kg 98
14 9x00549x14 ZANBAGH John P Thompson Ms Kathy O’Hara 19 53kg 94
15 313x11x124 GOD’S IN HIM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4 53kg 90
16 2x111x5x11 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Brenton Avdulla 6 53kg 89
17 1002×84703 TIMELESS PRINCE Tony Newing Luke Currie (late alt) 12 53kg 87
18 192231×700 KEEPIT TO YOURSELF (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee Grant Buckley 15 53kg 86
19 x9338x3152 MORAL VICTORY Tim Martin Blake Spriggs 10 53kg 81
20 2636534525 DREAM FOLK Gregory Hickman Ms Winona Costin (a) 2 53kg 78

2015 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 2015 Villiers Stakes nominations will be published below.

Villiers Stakes Results

Villiers Stakes winners and place getters since 2000 with winning times are listed below.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD  TBD
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