Quackerjack Leads Early 2019 Villiers Stakes Betting

December 10, 2019

Quackerjack Leads Early 2019 Villiers Stakes Betting

In-form trainer Mark Newnham is tipped for more feature race success this Saturday in Sydney with his galloper Quackerjack the early favourite in Villiers Stakes 2019 betting at Royal Randwick.

Quackerjack. Photo: Steve Hart.

Quackerjack leads all-in Villiers Stakes 2019 betting for this Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

Newnham celebrated plenty of success over the spring including a Group 1 triumph with Shadow Hero in the Spring Champion Stakes.

On Saturday the summer racing action continues at Randwick with the lucrative Group 2 $250,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m), the mile handicap attracting 17 nominations.

Leading the all-in Villiers Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Wednesday’s final acceptances is Newnham’s consistent Not A Single Doubt four-year-old Quackerjack ($4.60).  

The gelding is a three-time Randwick winner from eight previous starts at the track and brings in some top spring form to the summer showdown this weekend.

Two back he won the Goulburn Cup (1400m) before a last start second at Kembla Grange in the inaugural $1 million The Gong (1600m) behind Mister Sea Wolf.

Godolphin’s James Cummings has nominated for the stable’s flying Lonhro four-year-old Ranier, a narrow last-start winner at Rosehill in the Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m).

Ranier was ridden to victory in the Festival Stakes by Kathy O’Hara, but she is replaced in the saddle for Saturday’s Group 2 by Kerrin McEvoy.

It will be the first time McEvoy partners the up-and-comer since the autumn when he rode the horse for a fifth in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) in March and sixth in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) in April.

Newcastle’s Kris Lees has entered two class mares with the 59kg topweight Invincible Gem along with Group 1 winner El Dorado Dreaming (57kg).

History is against the class stablemates with those weights as only two horses in the past 20 years have carried more than 55.5kg to victory in the Villiers Stakes: Utzon (57.5kg in 2006) and Monton (58kg in 2011).

El Dorado Dreaming is the better fancied of the two in the allin Villiers Stakes odds at $7, the Ilovethiscity four-year-old last seen finishing fifth only 1.3 lengths beaten in The Gong.

She ran third in the Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes (1400m) before that at Rosehill and along with her 2018 Group 1 ATC Sires Produce win, has run top three in a subsequent three other elite level races.

Lees is after his second Villiers Stakes success in four years having won in 2016 with Sense Of Occasion who scored the upset at $31.

Equal at $7 in pre-field Villiers markets this year is Live And Free for local trainer John O’Shea, the Savabeel five-year-old coming off a second to Ranier in late November’s Festival Stakes with Glen Boss to ride on Saturday.

The Villiers Stakes 2019 final field and barriers are announced on Wednesday, nominations below and all-in markets available here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2019 Villiers Stakes Nominations

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 64×0310421 RANIER G 4 James Cummings 1 55.5kg 95
2 810x237x04 INVINCIBLE GEM M 6 Kris Lees 2 59kg 106
3 33x432x735 EL DORADO DREAMING M 4 Kris Lees 3 57kg 102
4 x645421311 GOLD FIELDS G 7 Logan McGill 4 58.5kg 101
5 11x37242x0 SAMBRO G 5 Chris Waller 5= 56.5kg 97
6 9100990×75 SIREN’S FURY M 6 Jason Coyle 5= 54.5kg 97
7 x13216x312 QUACKERJACK G 4 Mark Newnham 7 56kg 96
8 1x93328x92 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 8= 55kg 94
9 41116×4430 NOBLE BOY G 5 Todd Blowes 8= 55kg 94
10 82x728x390 GOODFELLA H 5 Bjorn Baker 10= 54.5kg 93
11 13×0006848 LE JUGE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 10= 54.5kg 93
12 11100×1842 CUTADEEL G 4 Bjorn Baker 12 53kg 90
13 110x60x981 AQUA D’IVINA M 5 Matthew Smith 13= 53kg 89
14 x1213x9412 STROME M 5 Gary Portelli 13= 53kg 89
15 21x216x346 BOBBING G 6 Bernie Kelly 15 53kg 88
16 x2x1430x22 MUSHAIREB (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 16 53kg 78
17 378701×713 ALL BUT GONE G 8 Damien Lane 17 53kg 69

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