2013 Villiers Stakes Field Released

The headline Sydney Summer Racing Carnival event is set to light up track this Saturday with a 14-horse field announced to contest the Villiers Stakes 2013.

Alma's Fury

Last year's runner-up Alma's Fury is back for a second shot at the Villiers Stakes 2013 on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

A major target for many end-of-season stayers, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1550m) is set to run as Race 6 at 4:30pm (AEST).

The venue change from the course proper at Randwick, which failed to hold up after a major renovation, has also seen the Villiers Stakes field capped at 14 runners and held over 50 meters shorter than the traditional mile.

Heading the then capacity field with 59kg are the Chris Waller-trained Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner Coup Ay Tee and Gai Waterhouse’s resuming High Chaparral seven-year-old Western Symbol.

It’s been over a year since Western Symbol raced, their last start being a third to Crafty Irna in the Tattersalls Cup at Randwick in October 2013.

Waller has also nominated for Said Com who jumps from a nice barrier two draw with Hugh Bowman aboard.

The next heaviest weighted is last year’s runner-up Alma’s Fury (58kg) who was beaten a nose 12 months ago carrying only 53kg followed on 56kg by Winter Cup winner Destiny’s Kiss out to improve on two failed runs this time in.

Coming off better form meanwhile are the likes of the Tony Gollan-trained Queenslander Listen Son drawn ideally in gate three with Kathy O’Hara returning to the saddle, and the Tony McEvoy-trained Sysmo.

Symso missed out on a run in the ATC Cup on November 30 due to a hoof problem but is ready to step up in class for the Villiers Stakes with James McDonald to ride from barrier nine.

The only last start winner is then the lucky last in the field, Sam Kavanagh’s Mossman five-year-old Absalon (barrier 12) coming off a big win over Fillydelphia in the Listed Recognition Stakes (1600m) in the wet and after their third on the trot.

See below for the full Villiers Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2013 Villiers Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Kensington Race 6 – 4:30pm (AEST) – 14/12/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br Wgt Hcp. Rating
1 1203151246 COUP AY TEE (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 5 59kg 103
2 11124x023x WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 13 59kg 103
3 420×068653 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray Blake Shinn 4 58kg 101
4 6442115×77 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Christian Reith 7 56kg 97
5 305313×625 SAID COM (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 55.5kg 96
6 2305x077x8 MONTON Ron Quinton 1 55kg 95
7 70503×1389 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings Glyn Schofield 6 55kg 95
8 12205×5210 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Peter Robl 11 54.5kg 94
9 6519×03974 SCREAM MACHINE Jason Coyle Adam Hyeronimus 14 54.5kg 94
10 4386013812 LISTEN SON Tony Gollan Ms Kathy O’Hara 3 54kg 93
11 3x2163x313 SYSMO (FR) Tony McEvoy James McDonald 9 54kg 93
12 53731×4032 TAXMEIFYOUCAN Gregory Hickman Tim Clark 8 53kg 90
13 x39316x056 LIMES Peter Snowden 10 53kg 87
14 332731×511 ABSALON Sam Kavanagh Brenton Avdulla 12 53kg 86

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