Sky Boy included in 2018 Villiers Stakes nominations

December 11, 2018

Sky Boy included in 2018 Villiers Stakes nominations

The Anthony and Edward Cummings trained Sky Boy will be chasing his fifth win on trot when he lines up in the Group 2 $250,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Sky Boy, above, is among the nominations for the 2018 Villiers Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sky Boy, above, is among the nominations for the 2018 Villiers Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sky Boy is one of twenty-two horses nominated for the Villiers Stakes and the four year old gelding will be facing his toughest test to data after working his way up through the grades with four straight wins.

Sky Boy is dropping back to 1600m coming off a last start win in an 1800m BenchMark 88 Handicap at Rosehill on November 24 but Anthony Cummings can’t see as a disadvantage against his chances in the Villiers Stakes.

“The three weeks between runs suits and he will be sharp enough for the 1600 metres,” Cummings told AAP.

Cummings is also hoping for a win in Villiers Stakes which will guarantee Sky Boy a place in the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on Day One of The Championship during the 20119 Sydney Autumn Carnival.

“The plan is to win the Villiers which gets him into the Doncaster Mile,” Cummings said.

Christian Reith has been aboard Sky Boy for his last three wins and gets the ride again on the gelding who has been handicapped on the 53kg minimum.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Fabrizio heads the weights with 59kg while the Chris Waller trained My Nordic Hero is number one in the order of entry coming off a last start win in the Group 3 $160,000 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on December 1.

Fabrizio also had to carry the top weight of 61.5kg last start when second to Interlocuter in the $150,000 Goulburn Cup (1600m) at Goulburn on November 25 and that pair look set to clash again in the Villiers Stakes with the James Cummings trained Interlocuter handicapped with 56.5kg.

Waller has also nominated Life Less Ordinary (58.5kg), Satano Rasen (56kg), Sambro (55kg) and Alward (54kg) for the Villiers Stakes while James Cummings also has multiple entries with Duca Valentinois (57.5kg), Spectroscope (56kg) and Gaulois (53kg).

Bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au have installed Sky Boy as the $4.60 favourite for the 2018 Villiers Stakes ahead of My Nordic Hero at $6.50 and the Steven O’Dea trained Doubt Defying at $8.

Early betting for the 2018 Villiers Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.60 Sky Boy, $6.50 My Nordic Hero, $8 Doubt Defying, $10 Interlocuter, $12 Gaulois, Goodfella, $13 Fierce Impact, Red Excitement, $14 Aloisia, $15 Fabrizio, Life Less Ordinary, $18 Pecans, Spectroscope, $21 Duca Valentinois, $26 Articus, $34 Grande Rosso, Tip Top, $51 Roman Son, $61 Alward, $81 Santo Rasen, $101 Plaisir.

Nominations for the 2018 Villiers Stakes (1600m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Hcp Rating
1 4221572×21 MY NORDIC HERO (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 1 57.5kg 57.5kg 101
2 19x957x432 FABRIZIO G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2= 59kg 59kg 104
3 121x150x15 PECANS M 5 Joseph Pride 2= 57kg 57kg 104
4 116×543523 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 4= 58.5kg 58.5kg 103
5 240×920143 RED EXCITEMENT G 9 Gerald Ryan 4= 58.5kg 58.5kg 103
6 03768×8300 ALOISIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4= 56.5kg 56.5kg 103
7 21×0407376 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) G 7 James Cummings 7= 57.5kg 57.5kg 101
8 x761x76457 GRANDE ROSSO G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 7= 57.5kg 57.5kg 101
9 68457×4041 INTERLOCUTER (USA) G 6 James Cummings 9 56.5kg 56.5kg 99
10 8x947x009x SATONO RASEN (JPN) G 7 Chris Waller 10= 56kg 56kg 98
11 x49343x394 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) G 6 James Cummings 10= 56kg 56kg 98
12 591115×116 DOUBT DEFYING G 5 Steven O’Dea 12 55.5kg 55.5kg 97
13 6x2811x372 SAMBRO G 4 Chris Waller 13 55kg 55kg 96
14 32267×3904 ALWARD (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 14 54kg 54kg 94
15 x003132032 GOODFELLA H 4 Bjorn Baker 15 53.5kg 53.5kg 93
16 525x080x23 ARTICUS (FR) G 7 Kris Lees 16= 53kg 53kg 91
17 413×331111 SKY BOY G 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 16= 53kg 53kg 91
18 x531331x32 GAULOIS G 4 James Cummings 18 53kg 53kg 87
19 x76x2115x6 ROMAN SON G 5 Richard Freedman 19 53kg 53kg 84
20 14×4011463 TIP TOP G 6 Les Bridge 20 53kg 53kg 82
21 34x31x2832 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 5 Matthew Smith 21 53kg 53kg 80
22 412370×422 PLAISIR G 5 David Atkins 22 53kg 53kg 79

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