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.

2020 Villiers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Gresyful Glamour
  • 2nd: #2 Best Of Days
  • 3rd: #15 Criaderas



The 2020 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 newly created $1 million The Gong held at Kembla Grange in late November also now serves as a nice Villiers Stakes lead-up with Quackerjack (2019) improving on a second in the million dollar feature to win the Randwick Group 2 next start.

The 2020 Villiers Stakes ran on Saturday December 12, 2020 and was won in an impressive all-the-way display by new race record holder Gresyful Glamour. 

Villiers Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday December 12, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: 3YO & Upwards – Quality
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000
Inauguration: 1892

2020 Villiers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Greysful Glamour
  • 2nd: #2 Best Of Days
  • 3rd: #15 Criaderas

Striking grey mare Greysful Glamour ($5) handed trainer Mark Newnham and jockey Rachael King with back-to-back wins in the 2020 Villiers Stakes going all-the-way for last year’s winning stable. The five-year-old celebrated her first Randwick victory at her 11th attempt at the track, backing up from a late November win in the ATC Cup (2000m) at Rosehill to hold off a late charge by the Godolphin-raced duo of Best Of Days (2nd) and the beaten favourite Criaderas ($3.90F) who made up all the ground.

Click here to read more on the record breaking 2020 Villiers Stakes win by Greysful Glamour.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 GREYSFUL GLAMOUR Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 5 56kg $5
2 2 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 0.4L 2 58kg $16
3 15 CRIADERAS James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 0.5L 12 53kg $3.90F
4 12 THROUGH THE CRACKS Angela Davies Brenton Avdulla 0.7L 7 53kg $6
5 13 AL MAH HAHA Tash Burleigh Jay Ford 2.3L 6 53kg $41
6 5 RELOADED Chris Waller James McDonald 2.5L 8 55.5kg $13
7 3 OUTRAGEOUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2.8L 9 56.5kg $9.50
8 8 SAMBRO Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3.2L 1 54.5kg $15
9 7 ROYAL CELEBRATION Ron Quinton Christian Reith 3.8L 10 55kg $10
10 10 SAVACOOL (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 4.1L 11 53kg $31
11 11 BERDIBEK (FR) John O’Shea Jean Van Overmeire (a) 4.2L 13 53kg $31
12 1 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 5.3L 3 58.5kg $51
13 9 MILITARY ZONE Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan 5.7L 4 54kg $31
6 PHAISTOS James Cummings Jason Collett 0
14 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Richard Litt Tom Sherry (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Villiers Stakes Betting Odds

Below the latest Villiers Stakes 2020 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.

Quackerjack ($3.80 in 2019) was the last favourite in Villiers Stakes betting 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.

2020 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 2020 Villiers Stakes field will be provided here once released by Racing NSW the week of the race.

The Villiers Stakes 2020 final field is down to 13 milers with Mr Marathon Man (1) an early withdrawal from the event followed by Phaistos (12) for Godolphin. Through The Cracks is tipped to win earning a Doncaster Mile ballot exemption for the Group 1 next autumn.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 25×0263410 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 4 58.5kg 102
2 60434×3009 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3 58kg 101
3 7x33245x11 OUTRAGEOUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 10 56.5kg 98
4 320×402801 GREYSFUL GLAMOUR Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 6 56kg 101
5 82435×3504 RELOADED Chris Waller James McDonald 9 55.5kg 96
6 1x2128x235 PHAISTOS James Cummings Jason Collett 12 55kg 95
7 432115×382 ROYAL CELEBRATION Ron Quinton Christian Reith 11 55kg 95
8 6x832672x6 SAMBRO Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 2 54.5kg 94
9 74x553x800 MILITARY ZONE Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan 5 54kg 93
10 22×1643636 SAVACOOL (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 13 53kg 95
11 x797x31x17 BERDIBEK (FR) John O’Shea Jean Van Overmeire (a) 15 53kg 91
12 433121×317 THROUGH THE CRACKS Angela Davies Brenton Avdulla 8 53kg 91
13 x2222x4610 AL MAH HAHA Tash Burleigh Jay Ford 7 53kg 89
14 600400×074 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Richard Litt Tom Sherry (a) 1 53kg 90
15 11×13128 CRIADERAS James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 14 53kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 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 2020 Villiers Stakes nominations will be published below the week of the race.

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).

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

Villiers 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 Winners

Year

Place

Horse

Time

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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