Festival Stakes

The Group 3 Festival Stakes is run at Rosehill Gardens during the Sydney Summer Racing Carnival as a lead-up to the Villiers Stakes.

2019 Festival Stakes Results

  • 1st: #14 Ranier
  • 2nd: #9 Live And Free
  • 3rd: #2 Cellarman



The 2019 Festival Stakes is a Group 3 race run at Rosehill Gardens in late November or early December during the Sydney Summer Racing Carnival.

The quality handicap race is run over 1500m, offers $160,000 in prize money and takes place on the same Saturday as Perth’s $1 million Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Horses running in the Festival Stakes field can come via a host of different lead-ups including Melbourne races run over the spring such as the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Mackinnon Stakes Day.

The Festival Stakes serves as a nice lead-up race to the Group 2 $250,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) run over the mile at Royal Randwick a fortnight later and the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) back at Randwick on Boxing Day in late December. Monton (2011) was the last horse to complete the Festival Stakes – Villiers Stakes double, while the 2018 Festival Stakes winner My Nordic Hero ran third in the Villiers next start.

The Festival Stakes 2019 ran on Saturday November 30, 2019 and was won by the equal favourite Ranier for Godolphin. 

2019 Festival Stakes
Date: Saturday November 30, 2019
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 Festival Stakes Results

  • 1st: #14 Ranier
  • 2nd: #9 Live And Free
  • 3rd: #2 Cellarman
Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 14 RANIER James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 53kg $6EF
2 9 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 0.1L 4 53.5kg $8
3 2 CELLARMAN Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1.9L 7 59kg $26
4 1 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Ms Rachel King 2L 13 59kg $12
5 7 SIREN’S FURY Jason Coyle Tim Clark 3.3L 8 55kg $15
6 10 BOBBING Bernie Kelly James Innes Jnr 3.8L 5 53kg $6EF
7 3 RENEWAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 4L 12 57.5kg $7.50
8 13 HOGMANAY Chris Waller Jay Ford 4.3L 3 53kg $91
9 8 MR GARCIA (GB) Kris Lees Christian Reith 4.5L 6 55kg $101
10 6 SAMBRO Chris Waller James McDonald 8.5L 9 56.5kg $14
11 4 MOSS TRIP Peter & Paul Snowden Nash Rawiller 9.8L 10 57kg $7.50
12 11 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Deanne Panya 11.3L 11 53kg $51
13 12 DON’T GIVE A DAMN Danny Williams Glyn Schofield 11.5L 2 53kg (cd 54kg) $6.50
5 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) Natalie McCall Joshua Parr 0

2019 Festival Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Festival Stakes odds will be listed below with pricing links to Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock in your Festival Stakes Tips at the right price this summer racing season.

2019 Festival Stakes Field

The Festival Stakes field attracts a diverse line-up of summer gallopers many of which are heading towards a run in the season’s Villiers Stakes over the Randwick mile and is released on the Wednesday before the race.

The official 2019 Festival Stakes field and barriers will be published below as soon as announced by Racing NSW.

The Festival Stakes 2019 final field features 14 hopefuls led in betting by the rails-drawn Ranier for Godolphin who drops right back from the 58kg he carried to a second at Flemington on Mackinnon Stakes Day to the 53kg minimum this weekend.

Update: #5 Spectroscope (6) has been scratched from the Festival Stakes field

Read more on the 2019 Festival Stakes Field & Betting markets led by Ranier.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3810x237x0 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Ms Rachel King 14 59kg 106
2 667045×071 CELLARMAN Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 8 59kg 102
3 43211×1355 RENEWAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 13 57.5kg 99
4 9x4009x042 MOSS TRIP Peter & Paul Snowden Nash Rawiller 11 57kg 102
5 x394267x33 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) Natalie McCall Joshua Parr 6 57kg 98
6 811x37242x SAMBRO Chris Waller James McDonald 10 56.5kg 97
7 69100990×7 SIREN’S FURY Jason Coyle Tim Clark 9 55kg 98
8 825100x88x MR GARCIA (GB) Kris Lees Christian Reith 7 55kg 94
9 11x93328x9 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 4 53.5kg 91
10 121x216x34 BOBBING Bernie Kelly James Innes Jnr 5 53kg 88
11 x955930346 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Deanne Panya 12 53kg 88
12 1x950x7751 DON’T GIVE A DAMN Danny Williams Glyn Schofield 2 53kg 87
13 544037115x HOGMANAY Chris Waller Jay Ford 3 53kg 87
14 564×031042 RANIER James Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 53kg 87

2019 Festival Stakes Nominations

The Festival Stakes nominations are taken the Monday prior to the race and are the first indication of what middle-distance gallopers will take to the track for the handicap clash in early December.

The 2019 Festival Stakes nominations attracted 17 early entries including the 2017 winner Testashadow and Chris Waller’s last start Ladies’ Day Vase winner at Hawkesbury Cellarman.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3810x237x0 INVINCIBLE GEM M 6 Kris Lees 1 59kg 59kg 106
2 667045×071 CELLARMAN G 6 Chris Waller 2= 59kg 59kg 102
3 9x4009x042 MOSS TRIP M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 2= 57kg 57kg 102
4 43211×1355 RENEWAL G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4 57.5kg 57.5kg 99
5 69100990×7 SIREN’S FURY M 6 Jason Coyle 5 55kg 55kg 98
6 811x37242x SAMBRO G 5 Chris Waller 6 56.5kg 56.5kg 97
7 11x93328x9 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 7 53.5kg 53.5kg 91
8 121x216x34 BOBBING G 6 Bernie Kelly 8= 53kg 53kg 88
9 x955930346 TESTASHADOW G 8 Gary Portelli 8= 53kg 53kg 88
10 1x950x7751 DON’T GIVE A DAMN G 6 Danny Williams 10= 53kg 53kg 87
11 544037115x HOGMANAY G 7 Chris Waller 10= 53kg 53kg 87
12 564×031042 RANIER G 4 James Cummings 10= 53kg 53kg 87
13 6x1213x941 STROME M 5 Gary Portelli 10= 53kg 53kg 87
14 5107×76152 MISS REDOBLE M 5 Tracey Bartley 14 53kg 53kg 76
15 8151456×91 SPENCER G 5 Bjorn Baker 15 53kg 53kg 73
16 x394267x33 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) G 7 Natalie McCall 16 57kg 57kg 98
17 825100x88x MR GARCIA (GB) G 7 Kris Lees 17 55kg 55kg 94

Festival Stakes History

The Festival Stakes was first run in 1948 and won by Cragside. Since then a number of quality contenders have taken out the Sydney showdown including Headstrong (1994), Ike’s Dream (2004), Monton (2011) and I’m Imposing (2014).

The event has run at both Rosehill Racecourse as well as Canterbury Park and has also undergone a number of distance changes. It has been run over its current 1500m distance since 2008. It was inaugurated as a Principal race before gaining Listed status in 1979 – 2015. The Festival Stakes was elevated to a Group 3 race for the first time in 2016.

Recent Festival Stakes Winners

See below for the full list of Festival Stakes winners and results going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Festival Stakes
1st Ranier 1 minute 29.46 seconds
2nd Live And Free
3rd Cellarman
2018
Festival Stakes
1st My Nordic Hero 1 minute 29.10 seconds
2nd Goodfella
3rd Chamois Road
2017
Festival Stakes
1st Testashadow 1 minute 31.67 seconds
2nd Mister Sea Wolf
3rd Red Excitement
2016
Festival Stakes
1st Sweet Redemption 1 minute 29.63 seconds
2nd Hazzabeel
3rd Red Excitement
2015
Festival Stakes
1st Mighty Lucky 1 minute 29.49 seconds
2nd It’s Somewhat
3rd Peace Force
2014
Festival Stakes
1st I’m Imposing 1 minute 28.51 seconds
2nd Estonian Princess
3rd Strawberry Boy
2013
Festival Stakes
1st White Sage 1 minute 30.0 seconds
2nd Terravista
3rd Alma’s Fury
2012
Festival Stakes
1st Malavio 1 minute 28.72 seconds
2nd Monton
3rd Galah
2011
Festival Stakes
1st Monton 1 minute 28.63 seconds
2nd Lightinthenite
3rd Viva Las
2010
Festival Stakes
1st Race Not Run
2nd
3rd
2009
Festival Stakes
1st Rabbuka 1 minute 28.72 seconds
2nd Parfumier
3rd Ahdashim
2008 (December)
Festival Stakes
1st Voice Commander 1 minute 29.25 seconds
2nd Synonym
3rd Theophorus
2008 (January)
Festival Stakes
1st Eremein 1 minute 33.92 seconds
2nd Lancaster Park
3rd Beauty Watch
2007
Festival Stakes
1st Race Not Run
2nd
3rd
2006
Festival Stakes
1st Utzon 1 minute 22.69 seconds
2nd Anwaar
3rd Real Strike
2005
Festival Stakes
1st Spirit Of Tara 1 minute 24.83 seconds
2nd Our Apache
3rd Benedetti
2004
Festival Stakes
1st Ike’s Dream 1 minute 21.82 seconds
2nd Sam Sung A Song
3rd Rinehart
2003
Festival Stakes
1st This Manshood 1 minute 22.69 seconds
2nd Palladium Star
3rd Salagado
2002
Festival Stakes
1st This Manshood 1 minute 23.98 seconds
2nd Gabfest
3rd Raw Instinct
2001
Festival Stakes
1st Nanny Maroon 1 minute 22.35 seconds
2nd Play Station
3rd Osca Warrior
2000
Festival Stakes
1st Adam 1 minute 17.02 seconds
2nd Mr. Innocent
3rd Steel City

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