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.

2016 Villiers Stakes Results

  • 1st: Sense Of Occasion
  • 2nd: Dibayani
  • 3rd: Sarrasin

Villiers Stakes News

Sense Of Occasion Scores Upset Villiers Stakes 2016 Result

Sense Of Occasion Scores Upset Villiers Stakes 2016 Result

The Kris Lees-trained Sense Of Occasion secured a 2017 Doncaster Mile ballot exemption after his last-to-first upset at Royal Randwick in the Villiers Stakes over the weekend. A six-year-old son of Street Sense, the gelding went out as a $31 roughie in betting for Saturday’s $250,000 Group 2 Inglis Villiers Stakes (1600m). Ben Melham never…

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

2016 Villiers Stakes Results

Check out the full Villiers Stakes Results 2016 and finishing order below.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 14 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Ben Melham 4 54kg $31
2 1 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 0.2L 7 59kg $9.50
3 13 SARRASIN (GB) Lee & Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 1.2L 3 54kg $21
4 9 CENTRE PIVOT Peter Robl Jay Ford 1.9L 2 55kg $101
5 3 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Tye Angland 2L 14 57.5kg $11
6 2 AMOVATIO Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2.8L 1 58kg $16
7 6 RUDY Helen Page Glyn Schofield 3.5L 11 56.5kg $10
8 11 HAZZABEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher Michael Dee (a) 3.7L 5 54.5kg $14
9 18 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 3.8L 13 53kg $14
10 16 BERRY DELICIOUS Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 3.9L 12 53kg $26
11 15 HIGH MIDNIGHT James Cummings James Innes Jnr (a) 5.9L 6 53kg $10
12 8 PAJARO (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 7.1L 9 55.5kg $10
13 10 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy Tommy Berry 8.5L 8 54.5kg $26
14 7 FABRIZIO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9.9L 10 55.5kg $2.60F
17 LOYALTY MAN Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 0
5 MALICE John O’Shea James Doyle 0
12 KENJORWOOD Darren Weir Dean Yendall 0
4 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 0

2016 Villiers Stakes Betting Odds

Below the latest Villiers Stakes 2016 odds on horses in the field provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided, complete with links for you to back your  Villiers Stakes Tips at the right price this summer.

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 the week of the race.

See below for the full 2016 Villiers Stakes Field & Barrier Draw – following the link for a detailed race preview.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x4249x2329 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 8 59kg 107
2 512832×644 AMOVATIO Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 58kg 105
3 16415×4062 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Tye Angland 17 57.5kg 104
4 05052×6133 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 13 57kg 103
5 533434×351 MALICE John O’Shea James Doyle 5 56.5kg 102
6 6395140×54 RUDY Helen Page Glyn Schofield 12 56.5kg 102
7 116×141011 FABRIZIO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 11 55.5kg 100
8 x501223x46 PAJARO (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 10 55.5kg 100
9 6013863×09 CENTRE PIVOT Peter Robl Jay Ford 2 55kg 99
10 x8222x302x BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy Tommy Berry 9 54.5kg 98
11 50x400x912 HAZZABEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher Michael Dee (a) 6 54.5kg 98
12 401342×052 KENJORWOOD Darren Weir Dean Yendall 16 54.5kg 98
13 3x1412x SARRASIN (GB) Lee & Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 3 54kg 97
14 567641454x SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Ben Melham 4 54kg 97
15 65x1176x51 HIGH MIDNIGHT James Cummings James Innes Jnr (a) 7 53kg 92
16 x08522x558 BERRY DELICIOUS Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 14 53kg 91
17 31131×7041 LOYALTY MAN Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 18 53kg 85
18 5x1241x524 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 15 53kg 84

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 the week of the race.

See below for the full 2016 Villiers Stakes Nominations – following the link for more details on the early entries.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 512832×644 AMOVATIO G 6 Chris Waller
2 x08522x558 BERRY DELICIOUS M 5 Jason Coyle
3 x8222x302x BIG MEMORY (FR) G 7 Tony McEvoy
4 6013863×09 CENTRE PIVOT G 6 Peter Robl
5 x31x1290x1 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) G 4 Desleigh Forster
6 x4249x2329 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
7 5x1241x524 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) G 5 John O’Shea
8 116×141011 FABRIZIO G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
9 x981137x90 FOREIGN PRINCE (NZ) G 6 David Payne
10 50x400x912 HAZZABEEL (NZ) G 6 Ciaron Maher
11 65x1176x51 HIGH MIDNIGHT G 5 James Cummings
12 16415×4062 HOPFGARTEN G 6 Robert Heathcote
13 401342×052 KENJORWOOD G 7 Darren Weir
14 31131×7041 LOYALTY MAN G 4 Michael Moroney
15 533434×351 MALICE G 6 John O’Shea
16 x544154521 MAN OF HIS WORD G 4 Bruce W Hill
17 1631×82114 MOHER G 4 John O’Shea
18 x501223x46 PAJARO (NZ) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
19 05052×6133 RED EXCITEMENT G 7 Gerald Ryan
20 1770×22318 REIBY THE RED G 5 Jason Attard
21 6395140×54 RUDY G 6 Helen Page
22 3x1412x SARRASIN (GB) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman
23 567641454x SENSE OF OCCASION G 6 Kris Lees

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

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2017
Villiers Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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