Villiers Stakes

  • Date: December 17, 2016
  • Racecourse: Royal Randwick
  • Race Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $250,000

2016 Villiers Stakes News

Sarrasin being set for The BMW

Sarrasin being set for The BMW

French import Sarrasin will be aimed towards the Sydney Autumn Carnival with the Group 1 $1.5m The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on March 25 as his main mission.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy, above, rode Sarrasin into third place in the Villiers Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The lightly raced Sarrasin has had …

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.

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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.

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.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 512832×644 AMOVATIO G 6 Chris Waller
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
12 16415×4062 HOPFGARTEN G 6 Robert Heathcote
13 401342×052 KENJORWOOD G 7 Darren Weir
14 31131×7041 LOYALTY MAN G 4 Michael Moroney
15 533434×351 MALICE G 6 John O’Shea
16 x544154521 MAN OF HIS WORD G 4 Bruce W Hill
17 1631×82114 MOHER G 4 John O’Shea
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
21 6395140×54 RUDY G 6 Helen Page
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.

Year Results Winning Time
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