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.

2021 Villiers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #17 Brutality
  • 2nd: #6 Ellsberg
  • 3rd: #14 Criaderas



The 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 a lucrative $750,000 in total prize money following a large stakes increase in 2021.

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.

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

The 2021 Villiers Stakes ran on Saturday December 11, 2021 and was won by Joe Pride’s rock hard fit galloper Brutality. 

Villiers Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday December 11, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: 3YO & Upwards – Quality
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $750,000
Inauguration: 1892

2021 Villiers Stakes Results

  • 1st: #17 Brutality ($5)
  • 2nd: #6 Ellsberg
  • 3rd: #14 Criaderas

The Joe Pride-trained Brutality ($5) produced a scintillating late turn of foot coming with a charging run out wide off a gun Regan Bayliss ride to beat Festival Stakes winner Ellsberg home in the 2021 Villiers Stakes results and earn a golden ticket into next year’s Doncaster Mile field.

Click here to read more on the impressive Villiers Stakes 2021 win by Brutality. 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 17 BRUTALITY Joseph Pride Regan Bayliss 12 53kg $5
2 6 ELLSBERG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tim Clark 0.31L 9 56kg $6
3 14 CRIADERAS James Cummings Ms Rachel King 1.68L 14 53kg $11
4 8 STOCKMAN (NZ) Joseph Pride Jay Ford 1.89L 15 56kg $14
5 18 GROVE FERRY (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 2.64L 5 53kg $26
6 16 EXOBOOM Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan 3.38L 8 53kg $18
7 4 SO SI BON Ben & JD Hayes Hugh Bowman 3.8L 16 58kg $26
8 1 BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 4.09L 1 59kg $14
9 19 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) John O’Shea Brock Ryan 4.28L 2 53kg $9
10 9 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Tom Sherry (a) 4.43L 6 55.5kg $151
11 7 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 5.04L 11 56kg $26
12 11 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Ms Jenny Duggan (a) 5.67L 3 54.5kg $81
13 15 STEELY Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 5.89L 4 53kg $4.60F
14 2 GEM SONG Kris Lees Jason Collett 7.34L 13 59kg $41
15 5 RANIER James Cummings Glyn Schofield 7.57L 7 57kg $31
16 21e LEASE Anthony Cummings Tyler Schiller (a) 18.44L 10 54kg $91
12 LIGHTNING JACK (NZ) Annabel Neasham 0
20 WHEELHOUSE Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 0
13 YAMAZAKI Matthew Dunn Andrew Adkins 0
10 RELOADED Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 0
3 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Villiers Stakes Betting Odds

Below the latest Villiers Stakes 2021 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. Criaderas returned to run third in the 2021 Villiers Stakes trifecta as a 10/1 shot.

2021 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 2021 Villiers Stakes field will be provided here once released by Racing NSW the week of the race.

A capacity line-up of 2022 Doncaster Mile hopefuls face off in Sydney on Saturday in the Villiers Stakes 2021 field including last-start Group 3 Festival Stakes winner Ellsberg and his in-form stablemate Steely.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Villiers Stakes 2011 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 21x6411x63 BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 1 59kg 106
2 240x415x77 GEM SONG Kris Lees Jason Collett 14 59kg 106
3 7x4100x582 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 17 59kg 106
4 6100×44636 SO SI BON Ben & JD Hayes Hugh Bowman 19 58kg 104
5 80x2915x57 RANIER James Cummings Glyn Schofield 7 57kg 102
6 x1422x1271 ELLSBERG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tim Clark 9 56kg 100
7 6x323179x8 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 11 56kg 100
8 7642311×02 STOCKMAN (NZ) Joseph Pride Jay Ford 16 56kg 100
9 41441×0608 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Tom Sherry (a) 6 55.5kg 99
10 2119×54300 RELOADED Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 21 55kg 98
11 100×667309 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Ms Jenny Duggan (a) 3 54.5kg 97
12 x2127x3017 LIGHTNING JACK (NZ) Annabel Neasham 18 54kg 90
13 51220×9273 YAMAZAKI Matthew Dunn Andrew Adkins 12 53kg 97
14 1283x27x58 CRIADERAS James Cummings Ms Rachel King 15 53kg 94
15 1154411×21 STEELY Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 4 53kg 94
16 2130×89105 EXOBOOM Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan 8 53kg 92
17 33441×0343 BRUTALITY Joseph Pride Regan Bayliss 13 53kg 89
18 2x1813x763 GROVE FERRY (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 5 53kg 89
19 16x41377x6 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) John O’Shea Brock Ryan 2 53kg 87
20 144509×727 WHEELHOUSE Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 20 53kg 86
21e 0x81423242 LEASE Anthony Cummings Tyler Schiller (a) 10 54kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 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 2021 Villiers Stakes nominations will be published below the week of the race.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x1422x1271 ELLSBERG H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 1 56kg 56kg 100
2 21x6411x63 BANDERSNATCH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 2= 59kg 59kg 106
3 240x415x77 GEM SONG G 6 Kris Lees 2= 59kg 59kg 106
4 7x4100x582 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 2= 59kg 59kg 106
5 6100×44636 SO SI BON G 8 Ben & JD Hayes 5 58kg 58kg 104
6 80x2915x57 RANIER G 6 James Cummings 6 57kg 57kg 102
7 6x323179x8 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 7= 56kg 56kg 100
8 7642311×02 STOCKMAN (NZ) G 5 Joseph Pride 7= 56kg 56kg 100
9 41441×0608 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 9 55.5kg 55.5kg 99
10 2119×54300 RELOADED G 5 Chris Waller 10 55kg 55kg 98
11 100×667309 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 11= 54.5kg 54.5kg 97
12 51220×9273 YAMAZAKI M 6 Matthew Dunn 11= 54kg 53kg 97
13 9x60x33306 PRIME CANDIDATE G 7 Bjorn Baker 13 54kg 54kg 96
14 337x4657x9 COUNTOFMONTECRISTO (NZ) G 8 Kris Lees 14 54kg 53.5kg 95
15 1283x27x58 CRIADERAS G 5 James Cummings 15= 54kg 53kg 94
16 1154411×21 STEELY G 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 15= 54kg 53kg 94
17 2130×89105 EXOBOOM G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 17 54kg 53kg 92
18 x2127x3017 LIGHTNING JACK (NZ) G 5 Annabel Neasham 18 54kg 53kg 90
19 33441×0343 BRUTALITY G 5 Joseph Pride 19= 54kg 53kg 89
20 2x1813x763 GROVE FERRY (IRE) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 19= 54kg 53kg 89
21 x8322233x0 PARRY SOUND G 6 Bjorn Baker 19= 54kg 53kg 89
22 47×3932511 KUBRICK G 5 Chris Waller 22= 54kg 53kg 88
23 x3112383x5 MUBARIZ (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 22= 54kg 53kg 88
24 553×602319 AL MAH HAHA G 7 Tash Burleigh 24= 54kg 53kg 87
25 16x41377x6 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 24= 54kg 53kg 87
26 144509×727 WHEELHOUSE G 4 Chris Waller 26 54kg 53kg 86
27 x16233x050 LUVOIR G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 27 54kg 53kg 84
28 x111x96642 EQUATION H 4 Annabel Neasham 28 54kg 53kg 81
29 556636×164 BLACK DUKE G 4 Richard Litt 29 54kg 53kg 74
30 0x81423242 LEASE C 3 Anthony Cummings 30 54kg 53kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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

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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