Villiers Stakes

The Villiers Stakes (1600m) is a Group 2 race held at Royal Randwick Racecourse offering the winner a ballot exemption to the following year's Doncaster Mile.

2017 Villiers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Crack Me Up
  • 2nd: #5 Cabeza De Vaca
  • 3rd: #8 Interlocuter



The 2017 Villiers Stakes is a Group 2 event that takes place at the Royal Randwick Racecourse during the end-of-year Sydney Summer Racing Carnival. Conducted in mid to late December, it is an open handicap event run over the middle distance of 1600m and is worth $250,000 in total prize money.

Held just before Christmas each year, the Villiers Stakes is a strong race and a quality black type event on the New South Wales racing calendar. It attracts a good field of fine gallopers and suits horses with experience and proven ability in the mile events.

Although not held in as high regard as the famous Randwick milers, the Epsom Handicap and Doncaster Mile, which occur earlier in the year, it is still a great race for punters to get in on some late betting action in the year at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Villiers Stakes winner also earns a ballot exemption into the following autumn’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at the track and distance making for a highly-competitive summer miler showdown.

The above average types contesting the Villiers Stakes may have previously contested the Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens a fortnight earlier and often back-up in the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) on Boxing Day back at Randwick Racecourse.

The 2017 Villiers Stakes ran on Saturday December 16, 2017 .

Villiers Stakes 2017
Date: Saturday December 16, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: 3YO & Upwards – Quality
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000
Inauguration: 1892

2017 Villiers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Crack Me Up
  • 2nd: #5 Cabeza De Vaca
  • 3rd: #8 Interlocuter

See below for the full Villiers Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the gutsy late win by the Liam Birchely-trained Queenslander Crack Me Up who ran down the tearaway leader Cabeza De Vaca to earn a Doncaster Mile 2018 ballot exemption and a shot at the Magic Millions races at the Gold Coast next month. The Godolphin-raced favourite Interlocuter was far from disgraced running third, just over a half-length beaten.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 7 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Jason Collett 2 54.5kg $6
2 5 CABEZA DE VACA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 0.4L 11 55kg $5
3 8 INTERLOCUTER (USA) James Cummings Tye Angland 0.6L 4 54.5kg $4F
4 6 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Chris O’Brien 0.7L 7 55kg $16
5 11 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Cory Parish 0.9L 12 54kg $7.50
6 4 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Ben Melham 1.6L 8 57kg $31
7 2 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 2.4L 5 58kg $17
8 15 SALSONIC Jason Coyle Peter Wells 2.6L 9 53kg $26
9 3 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Christian Reith 3.1L 13 57kg $21
10 12 FEDERAL James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 3.4L 6 53kg $20
11 9 DARK EYES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 4.3L 14 54kg $18
12 13 GOD’S IN HIM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins (a) 5.1L 3 53kg $26
13 10 EMBLEY Bjorn Baker Josh Adams 6L 1 54kg $26
14 1 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Jay Ford 6.8L 10 59kg $101
14 SOMEDAY Desleigh Forster 0

2017 Villiers Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #5 Cabeza De Vaca
  • 2nd: #7 Crack Me Up
  • 3rd: #3 Hopfgarten

Follow the link to our insider Villiers Stakes 2017 Tips, the Races.com.au team tipping the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Cabeza De Vaca ($8) at odds to return to winning form after a forgivable flop in the Festival Stakes last time out. Crack Me Up ($6.50) on the quick back-up out of Brisbane is the market mover with genuine claims at the title, while the Robert Heathcote-trained fellow Queenslander Hopfgarten ($17) is a super honest roughie not to discount despite the horror barrier draw.

2017 Villiers Stakes Betting Odds

Below the latest Villiers Stakes 2017 odds by Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided, once released complete with links for you to back your  Villiers Stakes Tips at the right price this summer.

2017 Villiers Stakes Field

The Villiers Stakes field usually attracts a few decent handicappers. Because it’s raced over 1600m, quite a few specialist milers target the Villiers Stakes field. As a Group 2 event held in December, there are a variety of different horses in the Villiers Stakes field, including Group 1 types and a few that are probably pushing it by stepping up to Group 2 level.

The 2017 Villiers Stakes field will be provided here once released by Racing NSW the week of the race.

The official Villiers Stakes 2017 Final Field originally drew 15 hopefuls but the early withdrawal of Someday (10) leaves 14 in the mix. Interlocuter chasing a fourth win on the trot for Godolphin is the early favourite in betting drawn well in barrier four, while market mover Crack Me Up from Brisbane is also in a favourable gate two draw.

Read more on the 2017 Villiers Stakes Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 9763415041 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Jay Ford 11 59kg 108
2 55×4278053 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 5 58kg 106
3 x2908x1632 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Christian Reith 14 57kg 104
4 1633030×71 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Ben Melham 8 57kg 104
5 2x2111x118 CABEZA DE VACA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 12 55kg 100
6 864×722744 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Chris O’Brien 7 55kg 100
7 x40211x214 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Jason Collett 2 54.5kg 99
8 4x211x2111 INTERLOCUTER (USA) James Cummings Tye Angland 4 54.5kg 99
9 1105×75361 DARK EYES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 15 54kg 98
10 6791127434 EMBLEY Bjorn Baker Josh Adams 1 54kg 98
11 10x3x128x2 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 13 54kg 98
12 x63773x536 FEDERAL James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 53kg 96
13 73x6276x42 GOD’S IN HIM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins (a) 3 53kg 93
14 7×05148497 SOMEDAY Desleigh Forster TBA 10 53kg 91
15 6x3941x065 SALSONIC Jason Coyle Peter Wells 9 53kg 89

2017 Villiers Stakes Nominations

The Villiers Stakes nominations are usually released on the Monday before the race. Because it’s a fairly major feature event for Sydney during the Summer, the Villiers Stakes nominations draw some pretty decent horses, including some that may have previously contested some big events in Western Australia over the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.

The 2017 Villiers Stakes nominations will be published below the week of the race.

The Villiers Stakes 2017 Nominations attracted 18 summer milers including the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Goulburn Cup winner Dark Eyes, veteran nine-year-old Destiny’s Kiss who saluted over 2400m at Randwick last start on October 21 and Gary Portelli’s six-year-old Testashadow coming off a lead-up victory in the Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill a fortnight back.

View the full 2017 Villiers Stakes Nominations.

Villiers Stakes History

First run in 1892 when Two Up claimed victory, the event was originally a principal race run over six furlongs. The race length was increased in 1902 to eight furlongs and remained the same until 1972 when the distance was converted to 1600 metres. Not long after in 1979 the event was elevated to Group 3 status before finally becoming a Group 2 race in 1986. In the rich and extensive history of the Villiers Stakes, there has only been one year when the race was not held, 2007 due to the equine flu.

Notable recent Villiers Stakes winners include Monton (2011), Rudy (2014) and Happy Clapper (2015).

Villiers Stakes Records (since 1930)
Time Record (at current length): 1:33.13 set by Ike’s Dream in 2004
Lightest Weight Carried to Victory (since 1970): 48kg carried by Torumba (1972) & Hot Diggity (1977)
Heaviest Weight Carried to Victory (since 1970): 57.5kg carried by Utzon (2006)
Most Successful Jockey: Two jockeys have won four Villiers Stakes.
D. Beadman with Card Shark (1987), Touch Of Force (1996), Boreale (2002) and Ike’s Dream.
E. Bartle with Pavilion (1930), Closing Time (1933), King’s Head (1936) and Rimveil (1940).

Recent Villiers Stakes Winners

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2018
Villiers Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Villiers Stakes
1st Crack Me Up 1 minute 34.98 seconds
2nd Cabeza De Vaca
3rd Interlocuter
2016
Villiers Stakes
1st Sense Of Occasion 1 minute 37.40 seconds
2nd Dibayani
3rd Sarrasin
2015
Villiers Stakes
1st Happy Clapper 1 minute 33.98 seconds
2nd Tinto
3rd It’s Somewhat
2014
Villiers Stakes
1st Rudy 1 minute 36.27 seconds
2nd I’m Imposing
3rd Strawberry Boy
2013
Villiers Stakes
1st Ninth Legion 1 minute 31.41 seconds
2nd Limes
3rd Alma’s Fury
2012
Villiers Stakes
1st All Legal 1 minute 35.81 seconds
2nd Alma’s Fury
3rd Darci Be Good
2011
Villiers Stakes
1st Monton 1 minute 36.33 seconds
2nd Kontiki Park
3rd King Lionheart
2010
Villiers Stakes
1st Dances On Waves 1 minute 35.03 seconds
2nd Mentality
3rd Snow Alert
2009
Villiers Stakes
1st Palacio De Cristal 1 minute 34.72 seconds
2nd Parfumier
3rd Spinney
2008
Villiers Stakes
1st Honor In War 1 minute 21.54 seconds
2nd Takeover Target
3rd Alverta
Run in January 08 over 1400m
2008
Villiers Stakes
1st Something Anything 1 minute 36.39 seconds
2nd Hey Elvis
3rd Rags To Riches
2007
Villiers Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
Villiers Stakes
1st Utzon 1 minute 35.26 seconds
2nd Anwaar
3rd Spirit Of Tara
2005
Villiers Stakes
1st Aqua D’Amore 1 minute 35.47 seconds
2nd Malcolm
3rd Fiery Venture
2004
Villiers Stakes
1st Ike’s Dream 1 minute 33.13 seconds
2nd Dante’s Paradiso
3rd Sir Dex
2003
Villiers Stakes
1st On A High 1 minute 35.86 seconds
2nd Mufti
3rd Jeremiad
2002
Villiers Stakes
1st Boreale 1 minute 34.89 seconds
2nd This Manshood
3rd Silver Birch
2001
Villiers Stakes
1st Carael Boy 1 minute 36.54 seconds
2nd Space Age
3rd Osca Warrior
2000
Villiers Stakes
1st Grey And Gold 1 minute 36.19 seconds
2nd Taberann
3rd Forbill

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