Sky Boy draws barrier 9 in 2018 Villiers Stakes

December 12, 2018

Sky Boy draws barrier 9 in 2018 Villiers Stakes

In-form galloper Sky Boy has been installed the favourite despite drawing barrier nine in the Group 2 $250,000 Fugen Construction Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Sky Boy, above, has drawn barrier nine in the 2018 Villiers Stakes at Randwick. Photo by  Steve Hart.

Sky Boy, above, has drawn barrier nine in the 2018 Villiers Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sky Boy will be facing open company for the first time in fifteen horse Villiers Stakes field as he chases his fifth win on trot after working his way up through the grades.

Christian Reith has been aboard the Pendragon four year old for his last three wins and gets the ride again in the Villiers Stakes over the famous Randwick Mile.

Co-trainer Anthony Cummings is hoping the winning streak continues as a win by Sky Boy in the Villiers Stakes will guarantee a spot in the 2019 Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 6, Day One of The Championships.

“The plan is to win the Villiers which gets him into the Doncaster Mile,” Cummings told AAP.

Sky Boy has been installed as the $4 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Villiers Stakes ahead of the Chris Waller trained My Nordic Hero at $7 and James Cummings’ Gaulois at $9.50.

Hugh Bowman takes the ride on My Nordic Hero who drew barrier ten and Waller will also saddle up Satono Rasen from the inside gate with Jason Collett in the saddle and Sambro from barrier seven for Jay Ford.

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott will saddle up the top weight Fabrizio who has drawn barrier eleven with Josh Parr to ride.

Final field for the 2018 Villiers Stakes (1600m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 19x957x432 FABRIZIO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 11 59kg 104
2 240×920143 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Tommy Berry 14 58.5kg 103
3 21×0407376 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 5 57.5kg 101
4 x761x76457 GRANDE ROSSO Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 57.5kg 101
5 4221572×21 MY NORDIC HERO (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 57.5kg 101
6 03768×8300 ALOISIA (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tim Clark 12 56.5kg 103
7 68457×4041 INTERLOCUTER (USA) James Cummings James McDonald 4 56.5kg 99
8 8x947x009x SATONO RASEN (JPN) Chris Waller Jason Collett 1 56kg 98
9 591115×116 DOUBT DEFYING Steven O’Dea Michael Walker 3 55.5kg 97
10 6x2811x372 SAMBRO Chris Waller Jay Ford 7 55kg 96
11 x003132032 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker Adam Hyeronimus 13 53.5kg 93
12 525x080x23 ARTICUS (FR) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 2 53kg 91
13 413×331111 SKY BOY Anthony & Edward Cummings Christian Reith 9 53kg 91
14 x531331x32 GAULOIS James Cummings Corey Brown 6 53kg 87
15 34x31x2832 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Andrew Adkins 15 53kg 80

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