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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
Villiers Stakes News
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|
|Conditions:||3YO & Upwards – Quality|
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.
|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||–||–|
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
|#||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|
|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.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|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|
|6||9100990×75||SIREN’S FURY||M||6||Jason Coyle||5=||54.5kg||97|
|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|
|11||13×0006848||LE JUGE (IRE)||G||7||Chris Waller||10=||54.5kg||93|
|13||110x60x981||AQUA D’IVINA||M||5||Matthew Smith||13=||53kg||89|
|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
|1st||Quackerjack||1 minute 34.20 seconds|
|1st||Sky Boy||1 minute 36.39 seconds|
|3rd||My Nordic Hero|
|1st||Crack Me Up||1 minute 34.98 seconds|
|2nd||Cabeza De Vaca|
|1st||Sense Of Occasion||1 minute 37.40 seconds|
|1st||Happy Clapper||1 minute 33.98 seconds|
|1st||Rudy||1 minute 36.27 seconds|
|1st||Ninth Legion||1 minute 31.41 seconds|
|1st||All Legal||1 minute 35.81 seconds|
|3rd||Darci Be Good|
|1st||Monton||1 minute 36.33 seconds|
|1st||Dances On Waves||1 minute 35.03 seconds|
|1st||Palacio De Cristal||1 minute 34.72 seconds|
|1st||Honor In War||1 minute 21.54 seconds|
|Run in January 08 over 1400m|
|1st||Something Anything||1 minute 36.39 seconds|
|3rd||Rags To Riches|
|Race Not Held|
|1st||Utzon||1 minute 35.26 seconds|
|3rd||Spirit Of Tara|
|1st||Aqua D’Amore||1 minute 35.47 seconds|
|1st||Ike’s Dream||1 minute 33.13 seconds|
|1st||On A High||1 minute 35.86 seconds|
|1st||Boreale||1 minute 34.89 seconds|
|1st||Carael Boy||1 minute 36.54 seconds|
|1st||Grey And Gold||1 minute 36.19 seconds|