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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.

2017 Hill Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Classic Uniform
  • 2nd: #8 Embley
  • 3rd: #4 Mackintosh

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 on the same Saturday as Melbourne’s AFL Grand Final 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.

Contested over 1800m, 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 $3 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 2017 ran on September 30th, 2017, 2017.

2017 Hill Stakes
Date: September 30th, 2017, 2017
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000

2017 Hill Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Classic Uniform
  • 2nd: #8 Embley
  • 3rd: #4 Mackintosh

Check out the official Hill Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order below, clicking on the link to ready more about the gutsy all-the-way win by Classic Uniform who was too tough for his rivals holding out Embley and the beaten race favourite Mackintosh for the win.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 7 CLASSIC UNIFORM Gary Moore Michael Walker 5 59kg $7.50
2 8 EMBLEY Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 0.2L 3 59kg $10
3 4 MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 2.7L 6 59kg $2.80F
4 5 MAURUS (GB) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 3L 9 59kg $19
5 6 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 3.1L 2 59kg $6
6 9 SHALMANESER Richard Litt Tye Angland 3.2L 7 59kg $101
7 10 PERFECT RHYME Ron Leemon Tim Clark 4.1L 8 56kg $6
8 1 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 5.5L 4 59kg $7.50
9 3 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 10.1L 1 59kg $31
2 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 0

2017 Hill Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #4 Mackintosh
  • 2nd: #8 Embley
  • 3rd: #10 Perfect Rhyme

Mackintosh is the clear favourite ($2.90) and is definitely the one to beat. Chris Waller’s Pins five-year-old is down in class after the fifth to superstar stablemate Winx in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and will find this easier. Has winning form up to 2200m so will also enjoy the extra distance going up to 1800m. At this meeting last spring he ran third in the Epsom Handicap just a quarter-length off the winner and he looks tough to get past here with Joao Moreira in the saddle. Embley misses the Epsom Handicap in favour of this and the Bjorn Baker-trained six-year-old comes off back-to-back mile wins at Randwick. Has won over this distance (and further), is proven at weight-for-age but does need to make a notable class rise. Prefect Rhyme ($7.50) is also at single-figures after her eye-catching second to Zanbagh in the Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) at Newcastle on September 15 and has claims.

2017 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 2017 odds and betting links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as released.

2017 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 2017 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 2017 Final Field features just 9 hopefuls after Red Excitement, who has form around Winx, scratched out in favour of a run over the mile in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap field at the same meeting. The Bjorn Baker-trained Embley was also a dual acceptor for the Hill Stakes and Epsom Handicap, the in-form six-year-old coming off back-to-back wins over the Randwick mile and has scratched out of the Group 1 in favour of the easier Hill Stakes assignment.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x12x3361x8 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 4 59kg 112
2 311255×427 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 6 59kg 106
3 3x1333x0x7 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 1 59kg 103
4 13540x0x65 MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 7 59kg 103
5 028x337x76 MAURUS (GB) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 10 59kg 100
6 33x1106x73 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2 59kg 100
7 144×802225 CLASSIC UNIFORM Gary Moore TBA 5 59kg 98
8 2210×67911 EMBLEY Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 3 59kg 91
9 53324658×8 SHALMANESER Richard Litt TBA 8 59kg 78
10 x931422x62 PERFECT RHYME Ron Leemon Tim Clark 9 56kg 86

2017 Hill Stakes Nominations

The 2017 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.

In 2017 the Hill Stakes attracted 17 nominations led by the Chris Waller-trained mare Foxplay, the Group 1 winning daughter of Foxwedge coming off a third to her star stablemate Winx in the George Main Stakes a fortnight ago. Foxplay also holds an entry for the day’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) where she will get in on 54kg compared to 56kg in the Hill Stakes.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x12x3361x8 SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 1= 59kg 112
2 4x24141x23 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 1= 56kg 112
3 55x3642x94 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller 3 59kg 108
4 480×350112 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 4= 59kg 107
5 670x910x56 HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin 4= 57kg 107
6 10x8747x46 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 6= 59kg 106
7 311255×427 RED EXCITEMENT G 8 Gerald Ryan 6= 59kg 106
8 x156495x84 MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 8 59kg 105
9 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 9 59kg 104
10 3x1333x0x7 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) G 8 James Cummings 10= 59kg 103
11 13540x0x65 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 10= 59kg 103
12 028x337x76 MAURUS (GB) G 7 John P Thompson 12= 59kg 100
13 33x1106x73 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 5 James Cummings 12= 59kg 100
14 144×802225 CLASSIC UNIFORM G 5 Gary Moore 14 59kg 98
15 2210×67911 EMBLEY G 6 Bjorn Baker 15 59kg 91
16 x931422x62 PERFECT RHYME M 4 Ron Leemon 16 56kg 86
17 53324658×8 SHALMANESER G 7 Richard Litt 17 59kg 78

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
Hill Stakes
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Hill Stakes
1st Classic Uniform 1 minute 49.98 seconds
2nd Embley
3rd Mackintosh
Hill Stakes
1st Hartnell 2 minutes 4.11 seconds
2nd Who Shot Thebarman
3rd Storm The Stars
Hill Stakes
1st Preferment 2 minutes 6.81 seconds
2nd Magic Hurricane
3rd Complacent
Hill Stakes
1st Junoob 2 minutes 6.12 seconds
2nd Criterion
3rd Bagman
Hill Stakes
1st Moriarty 2 minutes 3.62 seconds
2nd Glencadam Gold
3rd Masked Marvel
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1st Lamasery 2 minutes 6.25 seconds
2nd Mourayan
3rd Lights Of Heaven
Hill Stakes
1st Trusting 2 minutes 2.93 seconds
2nd Hawk Island
3rd Tullamore
Hill Stakes
1st Descarado 1 minute 56.48 seconds
2nd Triple Honour
3rd Purple
Hill Stakes
1st Miss Marielle 1 minute 56.13 seconds
2nd Pacino
3rd Roman Emperor
Hill Stakes
1st Fiumicino 1 minute 57.38 seconds
2nd Dealer Principal
3rd Hurrah
Hill Stakes
Race Not Held  
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1st Desert War 1 minute 56.28 seconds
2nd Eremein
3rd Grand Zulu
Hill Stakes
1st Desert War 1 minute 56.67 seconds
2nd Portland Singa
3rd Dizelle
Hill Stakes
1st Natural Blitz 1 minute 56.62 seconds
2nd Vouvray
3rd Just Polite
Hill Stakes
1st Excellerator 1 minute 56.84 seconds
2nd Platinum Scissors
3rd Carnegie Express
Hill Stakes
1st Dress Circle 1 minute 56.63 seconds
2nd Bedouin
3rd Republic Lass
Hill Stakes
1st Mulan Princess 1 minute 47.02 seconds
2nd Altiero
3rd Dottoressa
Hill Stakes
1st Pasta Express 1 minute 57.83 seconds
2nd Pravda
3rd Padfoot Charlie

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