The 2016 Villiers Stakes is a Group 2 event that takes place at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, just outside of the prominent Sydney Spring 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 above average types contesting the Villiers Stakes may have previously contested the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m), another open handicap event held in November or some of the Sydney Spring Carnival races of around the same status.
The 2016 Villiers Stakes is the feature race at Royal Randwick on Saturday December 17.
|Villiers Stakes 2016|
|Date:||December 17 2016|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
|Conditions:||3YO & Upwards – Quality|
2016 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 2016 Villiers Stakes field will be provided here once released by Racing NSW on December 14.
2016 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 2016 Villiers Stakes nominations will be published below as soon as available on December 12.
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.
|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
|1st||Happy Clapper||1 minute 33.98 seconds|
|1st||Rudy||1 minute 36.27 seconds|
|1st||Ninth Legion||1 minute 31.41 seconds|
|1st||All Legal||1 minute 35.81 seconds|
|3rd||Darci Be Good|
|1st||Monton||1 minute 36.33 seconds|
|1st||Dances On Waves||1 minute 35.03 seconds|
|1st||Palacio De Cristal||1 minute 34.72 seconds|
|1st||Honor In War||1 minute 21.54 seconds|
|Run in January 08 over 1400m|
|1st||Something Anything||1 minute 36.39 seconds|
|3rd||Rags To Riches|
|Race Not Held|
|1st||Utzon||1 minute 35.26 seconds|
|3rd||Spirit Of Tara|
|1st||Aqua D’Amore||1 minute 35.47 seconds|
|1st||Ike’s Dream||1 minute 33.13 seconds|
|1st||On A High||1 minute 35.86 seconds|
|1st||Boreale||1 minute 34.89 seconds|
|1st||Carael Boy||1 minute 36.54 seconds|
|1st||Grey And Gold||1 minute 36.19 seconds|