The Ingham Stakes (Villiers Stakes)

The $2 million The Ingham Stakes formerly known as the Villiers Stakes is a Group 2 mile race held at Royal Randwick Racecourse offering the winner a ballot exemption to the following year's Doncaster Mile.

2023 The Ingham (Villiers Stakes) Results

  • 1st: #23e Loch Eagle
  • 2nd: #10 Attractable
  • 3rd: #19 Lion's Roar



The Ingham Stakes – formerly known as the Villiers Stakes and referred to simply as The Ingham – is a Group 2 event that takes place at the Royal Randwick Racecourse during the end-of-year Sydney Summer Racing Carnival.

Conducted in mid to late December, it is an open handicap event run over the middle distance of 1600m, The Ingham is now worth a lucrative $2 million in prize money following a huge stakes increase ahead of the revamped and renamed edition in 2022.

Held just before Christmas each year, The Ingham 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 Ingham Stakes winner also earns a ballot exemption into the following autumn’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at the track and distance making for a highly-competitive summer miler showdown.

The above average types contesting the newly renamed Villiers Stakes may have previously contested the Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens a fortnight earlier and often back-up in the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) on Boxing Day back at Randwick Racecourse.

Upset 2022 The Ingham winner Kirman’s Lane was the last Festival Stakes graduate to win the event improving on a lead-up third.

The Festival Stakes winner also earns a ballot exemption into The Ingham Stakes field each summer.

The newly created $1 million The Gong held at Kembla Grange in late November also now serves as a nice lead-up with Quackerjack (2019) improving on a second in the million dollar feature to win the Randwick Group 2 next start.

Rosehill’s Listed ATC Cup (2000m) held a fortnight prior is another good lead-up and Greysful Glamour (2020) was the last to do the double.

The 2022 The Ingham form was franked with the third placed mare Atishu returning the next year to win the autumn’s Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) in 2023. She further franked the form in the spring of 2023 running second in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Derby Day before claiming the Group 1 Champions Stakes (2000m) on the quick back-up over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

In 2023 The Ingham winner Loch Eagle just made the field as the third emergency and won in an upset at $18 on the back of a second in The Gong.

The 2023 Villiers Stakes ran on Saturday December 9, 2023 as The Ingham Stakes offering $2 million in prize money and was won in a close thriller by the Kris Lees-trained Loch Eagle ($18). 

The Ingham Stakes (Villiers Stakes) 2023
Date: Saturday December 9, 2023
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: 3YO & Upwards – Quality
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $2 million
Inauguration: 1892

2023 The Ingham Stakes Results

  • 1st: #23e Loch Eagle ($18)
  • 2nd: #10 Attractable
  • 3rd: #19 Lion’s Roar

Apprentice Dylan Gibbons gave the widely-drawn Kris Lees-trained third emergency Loch Eagle ($18), last seen running second in The Gong, a perfect run three-wide with cover from an outside barrier (18) to post a narrow victory in The Ingham 2023 results at Randwick.

Click here to read more on the narrow win by Loch Eagle in The Ingham 2023.

2023 The Ingham Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 23e LOCH EAGLE Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 18 53kg $18
2 10 ATTRACTABLE Sara Ryan Regan Bayliss 0.23L 3 56kg $8.50
3 19 LION’S ROAR (NZ) John O’Shea Tom Sherry 0.49L 4 53.5kg $6
4 11 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) John O’Shea Joshua Parr 1.31L 2 56kg $31
5 18 WATERFORD (IRE) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 2.5L 11 54kg $16
6 13 HINGED Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 2.57L 6 55kg $13
7 2 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 2.58L 12 58kg $5.50F
8 8 RUSTIC STEEL Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 2.93L 1 56.5kg $10
9 7 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 3.72L 17 57kg $61
10 14 CHARTERHOUSE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tyler Schiller 4.14L 13 55kg $19
11 17 PHEARSON Brad Widdup Reece Jones 4.64L 10 54kg $31
12 6 OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 5.24L 20 57.5kg $14
13 3 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Thomas Stockdale 5.26L 16 58kg $51
14 20 AGE OF KINGS (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5.46L 7 53kg $61
15 12 DARK DESTROYER (NZ) John O’Shea Darragh Keenan 6.61L 9 55.5kg $151
16 1 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 6.92L 15 60kg $14
17 16 COMMUNIST Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 6.97L 8 54.5kg $26
18 5 NEW MANDATE (IRE) Chris Waller Chad Schofield 7.5L 14 57.5kg $151
19 9 SURF DANCER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Andrew Adkins 9L 19 56.5kg $51
20 4 VILANA James Cummings Adam Hyeronimus 9.12L 5 58kg $21
24e FOXY CLEOPATRA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 0
22e MILITARY EXPERT Annabel Neasham Reece Jones 0
15 EXCELLENT PROPOSAL Michael Freedman 0
21e WILLIAMSBURG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 The Ingham Stakes Betting Odds

Below the latest Villiers Stakes / The Ingham Stakes 2023 odds by Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided, once released complete with links for you to back your The Ingham Stakes Tips at the right price this summer.

Quackerjack ($3.80 in 2019) was the last favourite in Villiers Stakes betting (now Ingham Stakes) to salute for the punters.

In 2020 the Villiers Stakes favourite Criaderas ($3.90) finished third having made up plenty of ground from the back. Criaderas returned to run third in the 2021 Villiers Stakes trifecta as a 10/1 shot before the race was renamed The Ingham in 2022.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Kirwan’s Lane saluting at The Ingham odds of $21 and his stablemate Lion’s Roar running second as a $51 outsider in The Ingham betting.

There was another upset The Ingham result in 2023 with Loch Eagle saluting at $18.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 THE INGHAM STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2023 The Ingham Stakes Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 THE INGHAM STAKES FORM GUIDE

2023 The Ingham Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our inside The Ingham 2023 Tips on the recently upgraded $2 million mile showdown this summer.

  • To Win: #10 Attractable ($13 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Great edition of The Ingham and going for a bit of value with the in-form Sara Ryan-trained Attractable who is in great form. Drawn to get a dream run from barrier three with Regan Bayliss continuing associations. The I Am Invincible five-year-old has a great mile record (7:3-1-0) and was last seen winning the $3 million The Big Dance at this track and trip on Melbourne Cup Day. Won that at double-figures, has been kept fit with a subsequent Sydney trial, and ticks plenty of boxes against a crack field.

2023 The Ingham Stakes Field

The Villiers Stakes / The Ingham Stakes field usually attracts a a high quality line-up of milers.

Because it’s raced over 1600m, quite a few specialist over the distance target the Villiers Stakes (now The Ingham) field. As a Group 2 event held in December, there are a variety of different horses in the field, including Group 1 types and a few that are probably pushing it by stepping up to Group 2 level.

The 2023 The Ingham field will be provided here once released by Racing NSW the week of the race.

The Ingham 2023 final field features a capacity line-up of gallopers including Big Dance champion Attractable, runner-up in the same lead-up Cepheus carrying the 60kg top-weight on Saturday, and The Gong winner Detonator Jack from the Maher/Eustace stable. 

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2023 The Ingham race field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0234215112 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 19 60kg 111
2 123×437231 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 15 58kg 107
3 6x51183x81 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Thomas Stockdale 20 58kg 107
4 x1760x5683 VILANA James Cummings Adam Hyeronimus 6 58kg 107
5 9187×07714 NEW MANDATE (IRE) Chris Waller Chad Schofield  17 57.5kg 106
6 1761×57303 OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 24 57.5kg 106
7 20480×4555 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 21 57kg 105
8 x88610x753 RUSTIC STEEL Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 1 56.5kg 104
9 460x010x80 SURF DANCER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Andrew Adkins 23 56.5kg 104
10 2761141×41 ATTRACTABLE Sara Ryan Regan Bayliss 3 56kg 103
11 69x04x7604 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) John O’Shea Joshua Parr 2 56kg 103
12 14x1x060x9 DARK DESTROYER (NZ) John O’Shea 10 55.5kg 102
13 26844×4078 HINGED Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 7 55kg 105
14 316x32x601 CHARTERHOUSE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tyler Schiller 16 55kg 101
15 5958709×60 EXCELLENT PROPOSAL Michael Freedman 12 55kg 101
16 7160×00089 COMMUNIST Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 9 54.5kg 100
17 10212×0231 PHEARSON Brad Widdup 11 54kg 99
18 520×339355 WATERFORD (IRE) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 13 54kg 97
19 80020×5062 LION’S ROAR (NZ) John O’Shea Tom Sherry 5 53.5kg 98
20 21743x01x0 AGE OF KINGS (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8 53kg 96
21e 303×429602 WILLIAMSBURG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 4 53kg 96
22e 370x036x68 MILITARY EXPERT Annabel Neasham Reece Jones 14 53kg 94
23e 1250×99312 LOCH EAGLE Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 22 53kg 94
24e 3127×22 FOXY CLEOPATRA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 18 54kg 93

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 The Ingham Stakes Nominations

The early Ingham Stakes nominations are released on the Monday before the race. Because it’s a fairly major feature event for Sydney during the Summer, the 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 2023 The Ingham nominations will be published below the week of the race.

The Ingham 2023 nominations attracted 34 summer hopefuls led in all-in betting by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained The Gong champion Detonator Jack, Chris Waller’s Pierro four-year-old Osipenko coming off a third in that same key million-dollar lead-up, and Big Dance winner from Melbourne Cup Day Attractable.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 10212×0231 PHEARSON G 6 Brad Widdup 1 54kg 54kg 99
2 0234215112 CEPHEUS (GB) G 7 Matthew Dunn 2 60kg 60kg 111
3 123×437231 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3= 58kg 58kg 107
4 6x51183x81 KING MAGNUS G 8 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 3= 58kg 58kg 107
5 x1760x5683 VILANA H 5 James Cummings 3= 58kg 58kg 107
6 9187×07714 NEW MANDATE (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 6= 57.5kg 57.5kg 106
7 1761×57303 OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 6= 57.5kg 57.5kg 106
8 20480×4555 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 8= 57kg 57kg 105
9 26844×4078 HINGED M 5 Chris Waller 8= 55kg 55kg 105
10 44496×2431 JUST FOLK G 7 Gavin Bedggood 10= 56.5kg 56.5kg 104
11 x88610x753 RUSTIC STEEL G 6 Kris Lees 10= 56.5kg 56.5kg 104
12 460x010x80 SURF DANCER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 10= 56.5kg 56.5kg 104
13 2761141×41 ATTRACTABLE G 5 Sara Ryan 13= 56kg 56kg 103
14 69x04x7604 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) G 7 John O’Shea 13= 56kg 56kg 103
15 14x1x060x9 DARK DESTROYER (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 15 55.5kg 55.5kg 102
16 316x32x601 CHARTERHOUSE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16= 55kg 55kg 101
17 5958709×60 EXCELLENT PROPOSAL G 7 Michael Freedman 16= 55kg 55kg 101
18 7160×00089 COMMUNIST G 4 Michael Freedman 18 54.5kg 54.5kg 100
19 80020×5062 LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 6 John O’Shea 19 54kg 53.5kg 98
20 520×339355 WATERFORD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 20 54kg 53kg 97
21 21743x01x0 AGE OF KINGS (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller 21= 54kg 53kg 96
22 13106×0134 ASCENSION (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21= 54kg 53kg 96
23 x0x10x7x07 DAJRAAN (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 21= 54kg 53kg 96
24 303×429602 WILLIAMSBURG H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 21= 54kg 53kg 96
25 1250×99312 LOCH EAGLE G 5 Kris Lees 25= 54kg 53kg 94
26 370x036x68 MILITARY EXPERT G 5 Annabel Neasham 25= 54kg 53kg 94
27 3127×22 FOXY CLEOPATRA M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 27 54kg 53kg 93
28 8910×51731 SUPER HELPFUL G 5 Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones 28 54kg 53kg 92
29 7322×81441 KING OF THE CASTLE (NZ) G 7 Joseph Pride 29 54kg 53kg 91
30 4191280746 OUTLANDOS G 7 John Sargent 30 54kg 53kg 88
31 630x1126x5 TAZARAL (IRE) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 31 54kg 53kg 87
32 713164×515 I’VE BEAN TRYIN’ G 5 Matthew Kelley 32 54kg 53kg 83
33 43501458×6 ITA M 6 Bjorn Baker 33 54kg 53kg 81
34 7317x7x132 JAMBEROO G 4 Diane Poidevin Laine 34 54kg 53kg 69

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Villiers Stakes / The Ingham 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.

Notable recent Villiers Stakes / The Ingham Stakes winners include Monton (2011), Rudy (2014) and Happy Clapper (2015).

In 2020 Greyesful Glamour set a new Villiers Stakes race record time of 1 minute 33.47 seconds.

There was a notable upgrade to the event in 2022 with the Villiers Stakes renamed The Ingham and prize money increased from $750,000 in 2021 to $2 million with the John O’Shea-trained roughies Kirwan’s Lane ($21) and Lion’s Roar ($51) running the quinella.

Villiers Stakes / The Ingham Stakes Records (since 1930)
Race Record (at current length): 1:33.47 set by Gresyful Glamour in 2020
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 / The Ingham Stakes Winners

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2023
The Ingham Stakes
1st Loch Eagle 1 minute 34.80 seconds
2nd Attractable
3rd Lion’s Roar
2022
The Ingham Stakes
1st Kirwan’s Lane 1 minute 33.50 seconds
2nd Lion’s Roar
3rd Atishu
2021
Villiers Stakes
1st Brutality 1 minute 37.26 seconds
2nd Ellsberg
3rd Criaderas
2020
Villiers Stakes
1st Gresyful Glamour 1 minute 33.47 seconds
2nd Best Of Days
3rd Criaderas
2019
Villiers Stakes
1st Quackerjack 1 minute 34.20 seconds
2nd Invincible Gem
3rd Sambro
2018
Villiers Stakes
1st Sky Boy 1 minute 36.39 seconds
2nd Aloisia
3rd My Nordic Hero
2017
Villiers Stakes
1st Crack Me Up 1 minute 34.98 seconds
2nd Cabeza De Vaca
3rd Interlocuter
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

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