Villiers Stakes

The 2015 Villiers Stakes (1600m) is a Group 2 race held at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

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Happy Clapper wins 2015 Villiers Stakes

Happy Clapper wins 2015 Villiers Stakes

An inspired ride from Brenton Avdulla saw Happy Clapper sneak up along the inside rail to claim victory in the Group 2 $250,000 Inglis Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick last Saturday.

Happy Clapper, above, will run in the Summer Cup after winning the Villiers Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Avdulla had the choice of rides between Happy Clapper ...

The 2015 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 December, it is an open handicap event run over the middle distance of 1600m and is worth $250,000.

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 Handicap, 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.

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 including the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) at Randwick on George Main Stakes Day, or the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1600m) at Rosehill in September.

The 2015 Villiers Stakes is the feature race at Royal Randwick on Saturday December 12, 2015.

Villiers Stakes 2015
Date: December 12, 2015
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: 3YO & Upwards – Quality
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000
Inauguration: 1892

2015 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 2015 Villiers Stakes field will be provided here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 50x19x87x2 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea James McDonald 14 59kg 104
2 03336×9838 I’M IMPOSING (GB) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 17 58.5kg 103
3 02×3646046 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Blake Shinn 13 58kg 102
4 8040×00082 PUCCINI (NZ) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 16 58kg 102
5 11x1180x05 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 20 57.5kg 101
6 504×970911 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) Michael Moroney Christian Reith 8 57kg 100
7 1320x107x0 PHEIDON Gai Waterhouse Adam Hyeronimus 11 56.5kg 99
8 x231167x70 TINTO Rex Lipp Tim Clark 5 56kg 102
9 677×027425 MALICE John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 7 56kg 98
10 4217×42127 FRESPANOL Gai Waterhouse Thomas Huet 1 55.5kg 97
11 5225051331 CASINO DANCER Mike Van Gestel Glyn Schofield 3 55kg 100
12 236264×431 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Nathan Thomas 9 55kg 96
13 14304×3211 TELEPATHIC (NZ) Chris Waller Jason Collett 18 54kg 98
14 9x00549x14 ZANBAGH John P Thompson Ms Kathy O’Hara 19 53kg 94
15 313x11x124 GOD’S IN HIM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4 53kg 90
16 2x111x5x11 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Brenton Avdulla 6 53kg 89
17 1002×84703 TIMELESS PRINCE Tony Newing Luke Currie (late alt) 12 53kg 87
18 192231×700 KEEPIT TO YOURSELF (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee Grant Buckley 15 53kg 86
19 x9338x3152 MORAL VICTORY Tim Martin Blake Spriggs 10 53kg 81
20 2636534525 DREAM FOLK Gregory Hickman Ms Winona Costin (a) 2 53kg 78

2015 Villiers Stakes Nominations

The Villiers Stakes nominations are usually released on the Monday preceding the race itself. 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.

The 2015 Villiers Stakes nominations will be published below.

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





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2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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1st Happy Clapper 1 minute 33.98 seconds
2nd Tinto
3rd It’s Somewhat
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1st Rudy 1 minute 36.27 seconds
2nd I’m Imposing
3rd Strawberry Boy
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1st Ninth Legion 1 minute 31.41 seconds
2nd Limes
3rd Alma’s Fury
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1st All Legal 1 minute 35.81 seconds
2nd Alma’s Fury
3rd Darci Be Good
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1st Monton 1 minute 36.33 seconds
2nd Kontiki Park
3rd King Lionheart
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1st Dances On Waves 1 minute 35.03 seconds
2nd Mentality
3rd Snow Alert
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1st Palacio De Cristal 1 minute 34.72 seconds
2nd Parfumier
3rd Spinney
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1st Honor In War 1 minute 21.54 seconds
2nd Takeover Target
3rd Alverta
Run in January 08 over 1400m
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1st Something Anything 1 minute 36.39 seconds
2nd Hey Elvis
3rd Rags To Riches
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Race Not Held  
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1st Utzon 1 minute 35.26 seconds
2nd Anwaar
3rd Spirit Of Tara
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1st Aqua D’Amore 1 minute 35.47 seconds
2nd Malcolm
3rd Fiery Venture
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1st Ike’s Dream 1 minute 33.13 seconds
2nd Dante’s Paradiso
3rd Sir Dex
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1st On A High 1 minute 35.86 seconds
2nd Mufti
3rd Jeremiad
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1st Boreale 1 minute 34.89 seconds
2nd This Manshood
3rd Silver Birch
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1st Carael Boy 1 minute 36.54 seconds
2nd Space Age
3rd Osca Warrior
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1st Grey And Gold 1 minute 36.19 seconds
2nd Taberann
3rd Forbill