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.

2020 Hill Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Kolding
  • 2nd: #3 Avilius
  • 3rd: #1 Fierce Impact



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 traditionally takes place the day before the NRL’s Grand Final of Football  – although not in 2020 due to COVID-19 – 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. Saintly (1996), however, was the last horse to do the Hill Stakes – Cox Plate double.

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 2020 ran on Saturday October 3, 2020 and was dominated by the Cox Plate-bound Kolding.

2020 Hill Stakes
Date: Saturday October 3, 2020
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000

2020 Hill Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Kolding
  • 2nd: #3 Avilius
  • 3rd: #1 Fierce Impact

Last year’s Epsom Handicap winner Kolding returned 12 months on to salute at the meeting again, this time dominating the 2020 Hill Stakes results with a big two length win over Avilius ($6.50) with the top elect Fierce Impact ($2.30F) running third.

Click here to read more on the barnstorming Hill Stakes 2020 win by Cox Plate-bound Kolding.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 59kg $3.60
2 3 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2L 5 59kg $6.50
3 1 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Nash Rawiller 2.2L 6 59kg $2.30F
4 8 DADOOZDART (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 5.9L 1 59kg $14
5 9 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Glen Boss 7.2L 7 59kg $26
6 6 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 7.7L 3 59kg $26
7 10 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9L 4 58kg $9
8 5 DANCETERIA (FR) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 9.8L 8 59kg $51
11 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller 0
7 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Sam Clipperton 0
4 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 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 2020 odds and betting links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as released.

2020 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 2020 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 2020 final field is down to nine after two scratchings from last year’s winning stable with the Chris Waller-trained duo of Verry Elleegant and Finche instead running in Flemington’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on the same day.

Update: Just eight remain in the Hill Stakes with a third scratchings – Sir Charles Road – and odds firming on the well-backed favourite Fierce Impact.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11x2348x31 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Nash Rawiller 6 59kg 114
2 x45778x021 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 59kg 114
3 7x54533x46 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 5 59kg 113
4 34x51257x3 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller 11 59kg 110
5 41x0x0680x DANCETERIA (FR) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 9 59kg 106
6 4x66461x00 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 3 59kg 105
7 533499×000 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Sam Clipperton 7 59kg 96
8 11x1x00x04 DADOOZDART (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1 59kg 86
9 241448×232 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Glen Boss 8 59kg 86
10 x11445x612 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 58kg 93
11 0x42212x14 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller 10 57kg 117

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
2020
Hill Stakes
1st Kolding 2 minutes 1.26 seconds
2nd Avilius
3rd Fierce Impact
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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