This Saturday, December 18th, Randwick Racecourse is set to host the latest Group race of the summer season and the nominations for the $175,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) have been taken.
Twenty-one gallopers make up the 2010 Villiers Stakes nominations with the top-rated entries including Chris Waller’s stablemates Snow Alert and Altered Boy, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Stratofortress, and the Peter Snowden-trained duo of Dysphonia and Spinney.
Four-year-old Lonhro mare Dysphonia is sure to start one of the favourites on Saturday following her classy win in the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on December 4 ahead of Stratofortress and Southern Skye, the trio to possibly face off again on Saturday.
Canberra Cup winner Mackunckle is also set to back up with a run in the Villiers Stakes, as is Anthony Cumming’s super-consistent Encosta De Lago four-year-old Rhythm Of Dance who would be seeking their fourth straight win.
Other notable entries heading towards a spot in the maximum 20-horse Villiers Stakes field include Peter Snowden’s improving Lonhro gelding Parthian, in-form Galileo mare Foxstar stepping up in class after three straight wins against her own company and the brilliant Gerald Ryan-trained Anabaa mare Dances On Waves.
The 2010 Villiers Stakes is one of two black-type features on the Randwick race-card for Saturday, the $100,000 Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) also set to run.
Final fields will be released on Wednesday and published here at Races.com.au so bookmark this page.
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2010 Villiers Stakes Nominations
|2||ALTERED BOY||Chris Waller||99|
|3||BACI AMORE||Jason Coyle||74|
|4||CULLEN CASTLE||Garry White||81|
|5||DANCES ON WAVES||Gerald Ryan||81|
|6||DELAGO STAR||Kim Waugh||88|
|9||EMPEROR BONAPARTE (NZ)||David Payne||92|
|11||JIMMY FORTUNES||Michael Clout||80|
|12||LANG (NZ)||Gwenda Markwell||82|
|14||MENTALITY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||95|
|17||RHYTHM OF DANCE||Anthony Cummings||80|
|18||SNOW ALERT||Chris Waller||100|
|19||SOUTHERN SKYE||Paul Perry||85|
|21||STRATOFORTRESS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||99|