Hill Stakes

The $2 million Hill Stakes is a Group 2 staying event now held at Rosehill Gardens in October and has proved a nice recent guide to the Ladbrokes Cox Plate in Melbourne.

2024 Hill Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



The Hill Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse in mid-October and now offers an impressive $2 million in total prize money.

Ahead of the 2023 edition the Hill Stakes distance was dropped from 2000m to 1900m with the event now taking place at Rosehill Gardens on its own feature race meeting.

The event makes a nice race for spring staying types starting to warm-up towards a possible Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival bid and a target race like the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley at the end of October. Saintly (1996), however, was the last horse to do the Hill Stakes – Cox Plate double.

Horses may come into the Hill Stakes field via a lead-up run in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick – a double recently completed by Trusting (2011),  Hartnell (2016) and Think It Over (2021). Hartnell went on to run second to superstar mare Winx in the Cox Plate results of 2016 and third in that year’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

The Group 1 George Main Stakes previously served as a lead-up and Kolding (2020) was the last horse to complete the George Main Stakes –  Hill Stakes double, while in 2021 Think It Over improved on George Main third to win the Hill Stakes. In 2023 the George Main Stakes was moved to later in the month and renamed the King Charles III Stakes.

The Hill Stakes is also one of four lead-up races that offers a $500,000 bonus to any horse that can win it plus Rosehill’s $750,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m) on Golden Eagle Day. Think It Over (2021) was the latest horse to complete the Hill Stakes – Rosehill Gold Cup double.

Think It Over further franked the form out of the 2021 Hill Stakes enjoying an outstanding autumn the following year including his Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) success at 40/1 in 2022.

The 2021 Hill Stakes form was franked with the winner Cascadian continuing his spring campaign with a next-up win as the odds-on favourite in the Group 3 Craven Plate on Caulfield Cup Day. He would return the following autumn and run second in the All-Star Mile before winning the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in 2023.

This spring the $2 million Hill Stakes 2024 runs on Saturday, October 12, 2024 over 1900m at Rosehill Gardens. 

2024 Hill Stakes
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2024
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1900m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $2,000,000

2024 Hill Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2024 Hill Stakes Betting

Hill Stakes betting is traditionally led by gallopers coming off an earlier Sydney run in races held over the Randwick mile.

The latest Hill Stakes 2024 odds and betting links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as released.

Think It Over ($1.75 in 2021) and Montefilia ($3.40 in 2023) are the latest favourites in Hill Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

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2024 Hill Stakes Form

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2024 Hill Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Hill Stakes 2024 Tips on the potential Group 1-bound gallopers to back and sack in the $2 million showdown.

  • To Win: TBD

2024 Hill Stakes Field

The Hill Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of gallopers each spring, many of which head south later during the carnival to contest the Melbourne majors like the Cox Plate.

The official 2024 Hill Stakes field of final acceptances and barrier draw will be released on the Wednesday leading-up to the race and will be published in full below.

2024 Hill Stakes Nominations

The early Hill Stakes nominations for 2024 close the Monday of race week and will be listed in full below once announced by Racing NSW.

Hill Stakes History

First held in 1921 and won by Beauford, the Hill Stakes was originally a 10 furlong race which was then changed to 1750m up until 1990 and again in 2001. In 2011 the race began to be run over 2000m. The race was not held in 2007 however there have been plenty of double winners in this event including Phar Lap.

In 2021 the Hill Stakes prize money was doubled to $1 million in stakes.

Hill Stakes double winners: Desert War (2005-06), Toi Port (1963-64), Redcraze (1956-57), Hydrogen (1952-53), Yaralla (1942-43), Gold Rod (1938-39), Chatham (1933-34), Peter Pan III (1932, 35), Phar Lap (1930-31), Limerick (1927-28), and The Hawk (1923,25).

In 2023 the Hill Stakes was moved from Randwick over 2000m to Rosehill over 1900m with stakes increased to an impressive $2 million.

Recent Hill Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Hill Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2023
Hill Stakes
1st Montefilia 1 minute 55.88 seconds (Held over 1900m)
2nd Hoo Ya Mal
3rd Protagonist
2022
Hill Stakes
1st Cascadian 2 minutes 6.61 seconds
2nd Numerian
3rd Montefilia
2021
Hill Stakes
1st Think It Over 2 minutes 3.12 seconds
2nd Shared Ambition
3rd Cepheus
2020
Hill Stakes
1st Kolding 2 minutes 1.26 seconds
2nd Avilius
3rd Fierce Impact
2019
Hill Stakes
1st Verry Elleegant 2 minutes 5.03 seconds
2nd Samadoubt
3rd Life Less Ordinary
2018
Hill Stakes
1st Ace High 2 minute 2.57 seconds
2nd It’s Somewhat
3rd Egg Tart
2017
Hill Stakes
1st Classic Uniform 1 minute 49.98 seconds (over 1800m)
2nd Embley
3rd Mackintosh
2016
Hill Stakes
1st Hartnell 2 minutes 4.11 seconds
2nd Who Shot Thebarman
3rd Storm The Stars
2015
Hill Stakes
1st Preferment 2 minutes 6.81 seconds
2nd Magic Hurricane
3rd Complacent
2014
Hill Stakes
1st Junoob 2 minutes 6.12 seconds
2nd Criterion
3rd Bagman
2013
Hill Stakes
1st Moriarty 2 minutes 3.62 seconds
2nd Glencadam Gold
3rd Masked Marvel
2012
Hill Stakes
1st Lamasery 2 minutes 6.25 seconds
2nd Mourayan
3rd Lights Of Heaven
2011
Hill Stakes
1st Trusting 2 minutes 2.93 seconds
2nd Hawk Island
3rd Tullamore
2010
Hill Stakes
1st Descarado 1 minute 56.48 seconds
2nd Triple Honour
3rd Purple
2009
Hill Stakes
1st Miss Marielle 1 minute 56.13 seconds
2nd Pacino
3rd Roman Emperor
2008
Hill Stakes
1st Fiumicino 1 minute 57.38 seconds
2nd Dealer Principal
3rd Hurrah
2007
Hill Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
Hill Stakes
1st Desert War 1 minute 56.28 seconds
2nd Eremein
3rd Grand Zulu
2005
Hill Stakes
1st Desert War 1 minute 56.67 seconds
2nd Portland Singa
3rd Dizelle
2004
Hill Stakes
1st Natural Blitz 1 minute 56.62 seconds
2nd Vouvray
3rd Just Polite
2003
Hill Stakes
1st Excellerator 1 minute 56.84 seconds
2nd Platinum Scissors
3rd Carnegie Express
2002
Hill Stakes
1st Dress Circle 1 minute 56.63 seconds
2nd Bedouin
3rd Republic Lass
2001
Hill Stakes
1st Mulan Princess 1 minute 47.02 seconds
2nd Altiero
3rd Dottoressa
2000
Hill Stakes
1st Pasta Express 1 minute 57.83 seconds
2nd Pravda
3rd Padfoot Charlie

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