Hill Stakes

The Hill Stakes is a Group 2 staying event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day and has proved a nice recent guide to the Ladbrokes Cox Plate in Melbourne.

2019 Hill Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #1 Samadoubt
  • 3rd: #3 Life Less Ordinary



The Hill Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse in late September or early October as part of the bumper Epsom Handicap Day line-up. Epsom Handicap Day takes place the day before the NRL’s Grand Final of Football and is headlined by three Group 1 races: the Epsom Handicap (1600m), The Metropolitan (2400m) and the Flight Stakes (1600m) for three-year-old fillies.

Now contested over 2000m (having previously been an 1800m event), the $500,000 Hill Stakes is a nice race for spring staying types starting to warm-up towards a possible Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival bid and a target race like the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley at the end of October.

Horses may come into the Hill Stakes field via a lead-up run in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick three weeks earlier, a double recently completed by Trusting (2011) and Hartnell (2016). Hartnell went on to run second to superstar mare Winx in the Cox Plate results of 2016 and third in that year’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

This year the Hill Stakes 2019 ran on Saturday October 5, 2019 and was won by Chris Waller’s ATC Oaks winner Verry Elleegant. 

2019 Hill Stakes
Date: Saturday October 5, 2019
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000

2019 Hill Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #1 Samadoubt
  • 3rd: #3 Life Less Ordinary

ATC Oaks winner Verry Elleegant returned to winning form with a narrow photo-finish win in the Hill Stakes 2019 Results on Epsom Day. The Chris Waller-trained mare saluted for the punters after holding out Samadoubt for the win ahead of a potential run in either the Caulfield Cup (2400m) or Cox Plate (2040m) later in the month.

Read more on the 2019 Hill Stakes win by the Waller mare Verry Elleegant. 

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 8 56kg $2.40F
2 1 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 0.1L 3 59kg $5.50
3 3 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0.9L 1 59kg $7.50
4 5 TALLY James Cummings Joshua Parr 1.9L 5 59kg $26
5 7 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3L 2 58kg $51
6 4 OUR CENTURY (IRE) Kim Waugh Jason Collett 3.1L 4 59kg $51
7 8 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 3.3L 7 57kg $10
8 6 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Nash Rawiller 4.8L 6 58kg $4.20
2 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 0

2019 Hill Stakes Betting

Hill Stakes betting is traditionally led by gallopers coming off an earlier Sydney run in a race like the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes or Group 1 George Main Stakes, both run over the Randwick mile.

The latest Hill Stakes 2019 odds and betting links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as released.

2019 Hill Stakes Field

The Hill Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of gallopers each spring, many of which head south later during the carnival to contest the Melbourne majors like the Cox Plate.

The official 2019 Hill Stakes field of final acceptances and barrier draw will be released on the Wednesday leading-up to Epsom Handicap Day and will be published in full below.

The Hill Stakes 2019 Final Field features nine weight-for-age hopefuls including the two top staying three-year-olds in Sydney last season: ATC Oaks champ Verry Elleegant and the ATC Derby winenr Angel Of Truth drawn in barriers nine & seven respectively, both third-up this spring.

Update: #2 Best Of Days (3) has been scratched from the Hill Stakes 2019 field in favour of a Group 1 run in the Epsom Handicap over the mile on the same day.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 241915×116 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 4 59kg 112
2 211x5Nx738 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 3 59kg 109
3 233x8124x0 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 108
4 013x121x07 OUR CENTURY (IRE) Kim Waugh Jason Collett 5 59kg 105
5 514x6770x6 TALLY James Cummings Joshua Parr 6 59kg 102
6 1x16511x65 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Nash Rawiller 7 58kg 106
7 147225×501 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2 58kg 73
8 76x059x878 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 8 57kg 106
9 57x2111x94 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 9 56kg 106

2019 Hill Stakes Nominations

The 2019 Hill Stakes nominations are taken by Racing NSW on the Monday of race week and the full list of early Hill Stakes entries will be available here once announced.

There are 19 early Hill Stakes 2019 nominations led by trainer Chris Waller with six hopefuls including the ATC Oaks winner Verry Elleegant who leads early betting on the race.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1x16511x65 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell 106
2 211x5Nx738 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 6 James Cummings 109
3 22008326×7 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 103
4 147225×501 CARIF H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 73
5 55x1x34x51 FINCHE (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 110
6 01x6112x94 GREY LION (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith 105
7 41x5496x04 KAONIC (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 97
8 233x8124x0 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 108
9 x812511x88 MANTASTIC (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 100
10 0x58158x83 NETTOYER M 6 Wendy Roche 98
11 013x121x07 OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 9 Kim Waugh 105
12 241915×116 SAMADOUBT G 6 Bjorn Baker 112
13 1x23727x27 SCARLET DREAM M 4 Mark Newnham 91
14 444740×705 SIR CHARLES ROAD G 6 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 101
15 2x00x048x0 SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney 104
16 3013215×60 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 8 Matthew Smith 100
17 514x6770x6 TALLY G 7 James Cummings 102
18 57x2111x94 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 106
19 76x059x878 YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller 106

Hill Stakes History

First held in 1921 and won by Beauford, the Hill Stakes was originally a 10 furlong race which was then changed to 1750m up until 1990 and again in 2001. In 2011, the race began to be run over 2000m. The race was not held in 2007 however there have been plenty of double winners in this event including Phar Lap.

Hill Stakes double winners: Desert War (2005-06), Toi Port (1963-64), Redcraze (1956-57), Hydrogen (1952-53), Yaralla (1942-43), Gold Rod (1938-39), Chatham (1933-34), Peter Pan III (1932, 35), Phar Lap (1930-31), Limerick (1927-28) and The Hawk (1923,25).

Recent Hill Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Hill Stakes
1st Verry Elleegant 2 minutes 5.03 seconds
2nd Samadoubt
3rd Life Less Ordinary
2018
Hill Stakes
1st Ace High 2 minute 2.57 seconds
2nd It’s Somewhat
3rd Egg Tart
2017
Hill Stakes
1st Classic Uniform 1 minute 49.98 seconds (over 1800m)
2nd Embley
3rd Mackintosh
2016
Hill Stakes
1st Hartnell 2 minutes 4.11 seconds
2nd Who Shot Thebarman
3rd Storm The Stars
2015
Hill Stakes
1st Preferment 2 minutes 6.81 seconds
2nd Magic Hurricane
3rd Complacent
2014
Hill Stakes
1st Junoob 2 minutes 6.12 seconds
2nd Criterion
3rd Bagman
2013
Hill Stakes
1st Moriarty 2 minutes 3.62 seconds
2nd Glencadam Gold
3rd Masked Marvel
2012
Hill Stakes
1st Lamasery 2 minutes 6.25 seconds
2nd Mourayan
3rd Lights Of Heaven
2011
Hill Stakes
1st Trusting 2 minutes 2.93 seconds
2nd Hawk Island
3rd Tullamore
2010
Hill Stakes
1st Descarado 1 minute 56.48 seconds
2nd Triple Honour
3rd Purple
2009
Hill Stakes
1st Miss Marielle 1 minute 56.13 seconds
2nd Pacino
3rd Roman Emperor
2008
Hill Stakes
1st Fiumicino 1 minute 57.38 seconds
2nd Dealer Principal
3rd Hurrah
2007
Hill Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
Hill Stakes
1st Desert War 1 minute 56.28 seconds
2nd Eremein
3rd Grand Zulu
2005
Hill Stakes
1st Desert War 1 minute 56.67 seconds
2nd Portland Singa
3rd Dizelle
2004
Hill Stakes
1st Natural Blitz 1 minute 56.62 seconds
2nd Vouvray
3rd Just Polite
2003
Hill Stakes
1st Excellerator 1 minute 56.84 seconds
2nd Platinum Scissors
3rd Carnegie Express
2002
Hill Stakes
1st Dress Circle 1 minute 56.63 seconds
2nd Bedouin
3rd Republic Lass
2001
Hill Stakes
1st Mulan Princess 1 minute 47.02 seconds
2nd Altiero
3rd Dottoressa
2000
Hill Stakes
1st Pasta Express 1 minute 57.83 seconds
2nd Pravda
3rd Padfoot Charlie

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