Villiers Stakes

The Villiers Stakes (1600m) is a Group 2 race held at Royal Randwick Racecourse offering the winner a ballot exemption to the following year's Doncaster Mile.

2019 Villiers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Quackerjack
  • 2nd: #1 Invincible Gem
  • 3rd: #4 Sambro



The 2019 Villiers Stakes 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 and is worth $250,000 in total prize money.

Held just before Christmas each year, the Villiers 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 Villiers 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 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.

The 2019 Villiers Stakes ran on Saturday December 14, 209 and was won in a diving finish by the favourite Quackerjack. 

Villiers Stakes 2019
Date: Saturday December 14, 209
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: 3YO & Upwards – Quality
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000
Inauguration: 1892

2019 Villiers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Quackerjack
  • 2nd: #1 Invincible Gem
  • 3rd: #4 Sambro

Trainer Mark Newnham continued his outstanding season with success in the Villiers Stakes 2019 results with the well-backed favourite Quackerjack ($3.80) digging deep to fight off Invincible Gem ($12) in a thrilling photo-finish.

Read more on the gutsy 2019 Villiers Stakes win by Quackerjack who is now exempt from the 2020 Doncaster Mile ballot.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 10 56kg $3.80F
2 1 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 0.1L 2 59kg $12
3 4 SAMBRO Chris Waller James McDonald 0.3L 1 56.5kg $19
4 10 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 1.4L 6 54.5kg $16
5 15 MUSHAIREB (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Glyn Schofield 2.2L 7 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $21
6 9 SIREN’S FURY Jason Coyle Tim Clark 2.3L 11 54.5kg $31
7 14 BOBBING Bernie Kelly Robbie Dolan (a) 2.5L 3 53kg $7
8 2 GOLD FIELDS Logan McGill Nash Rawiller 2.6L 4 58.5kg $21
9 12 AQUA D’IVINA Matthew Smith Jean Van Overmeire (a) 3L 9 53kg $61
10 3 EL DORADO DREAMING Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 3.2L 5 57kg $8
11 6 RANIER James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 3.4L 8 55.5kg $9
12 7 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) John O’Shea Glen Boss 3.6L 12 55kg $7.50
13 8 NOBLE BOY Todd Blowes Tommy Berry 4.1L 13 55kg $13
11 LE JUGE (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 0
13 STROME Gary Portelli 0

2019 Villiers Stakes Betting Odds

Below the latest Villiers Stakes 2019 odds by Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided, once released complete with links for you to back your  Villiers Stakes Tips at the right price this summer.

2019 Villiers Stakes Field

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

The 2019 Villiers Stakes field will be provided here once released by Racing NSW the week of the race.

The Villiers Stakes 2019 Final Field originally drew 15 final acceptances before the early scratching of Strome (8). Clear favourite in Villiers Stakes betting is Quackerjack coming off a close second in the $1 million The Gong (1600m) from late November.

Update: Le Juge (14) from the stables of Chris Waller has also now been scratched from the 2019 Villiers Stakes field leaving 13 in the mix

Read more on the official 2019 Villiers Stakes Field & Odds now. 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 810x237x04 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 2 59kg 106
2 x645421311 GOLD FIELDS Logan McGill Nash Rawiller 4 58.5kg 101
3 33x432x735 EL DORADO DREAMING Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 5 57kg 102
4 11x37242x0 SAMBRO Chris Waller James McDonald 1 56.5kg 97
5 x13216x312 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 11 56kg 96
6 64×0310421 RANIER James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 9 55.5kg 95
7 1x93328x92 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) John O’Shea Glen Boss 13 55kg 94
8 41116×4430 NOBLE BOY Todd Blowes Tommy Berry 15 55kg 94
9 9100990×75 SIREN’S FURY Jason Coyle Tim Clark 12 54.5kg 97
10 82x728x390 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 6 54.5kg 93
11 13×0006848 LE JUGE (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 14 54.5kg 93
12 110x60x981 AQUA D’IVINA Matthew Smith Jean Van Overmeire (a) 10 53kg 89
13 x1213x9412 STROME Gary Portelli 8 53kg 89
14 21x216x346 BOBBING Bernie Kelly Robbie Dolan (a) 3 53kg 88
15 x2x1430x22 MUSHAIREB (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Glyn Schofield 7 53kg 78

2019 Villiers Stakes Nominations

The Villiers Stakes nominations are usually released on the Monday before the race. Because it’s a fairly major feature event for Sydney during the Summer, the Villiers Stakes 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 2019 Villiers Stakes nominations will be published below the week of the race.

The Villiers Stakes 2019 nominations attracted 17 summer gallopers including Godolphin’s Festival Stakes winner Ranier, early favourite Quackerjack for in-form trainer Mark Newnham and the talented Kris Lees-trained mare El Dorado Dreaming.

Read more on the Quackerjack-led 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

Villiers 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 winners include Monton (2011), Rudy (2014) and Happy Clapper (2015).

Villiers Stakes Records (since 1930)
Time Record (at current length): 1:33.13 set by Ike’s Dream in 2004
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 Winners

Year

Place

Horse

Time

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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