Festival Stakes

The Group 3 Festival Stakes is run at Rosehill Gardens during the Sydney Summer Racing Carnival as a lead-up to the Villiers Stakes.

2021 Festival Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Ellsberg
  • 2nd: #5 Stockman
  • 3rd: #2 Bandersnatch



The 2021 Festival Stakes is a Group 3 race run at Rosehill Gardens in late November or early December during the Sydney Summer Racing Carnival.

The quality handicap race is run over 1500m, offers $160,000 in prize money and takes place on the same Saturday as Perth’s $1 million Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Horses running in the Festival Stakes field can come via a host of different lead-ups including Melbourne races run over the spring such as the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Mackinnon Stakes Day.

The Festival Stakes serves as a nice lead-up race to the Group 2 $750,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) run over the mile at Royal Randwick a fortnight later and the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) back at Randwick on Boxing Day in late December. Monton (2011) was the last horse to complete the Festival Stakes – Villiers Stakes double, while the 2018 Festival Stakes winner My Nordic Hero ran third in the Villiers next start.

The Festival Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday November 27, 2021 and was won by the favourite Ellsberg ($2.40).

2021 Festival Stakes
Date: Saturday November 27, 2021
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2021 Festival Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Ellsberg ($2.40F)
  • 2nd: #5 Stockman
  • 3rd: #2 Bandersnatch
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 ELLSBERG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Ms Rachel King 3 53kg $2.40F
2 5 STOCKMAN (NZ) Joseph Pride Jay Ford 1.24L 11 54.5kg $18
3 2 BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 3L 1 58.5kg $6
4 13 BRUTALITY Joseph Pride Ms Kathy O’Hara 3.72L 5 53kg $7.50
5 14 MUBARIZ (GB) Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 4.07L 8 53kg $26
6 6 PRIME CANDIDATE Bjorn Baker Regan Bayliss 4.58L 2 54kg $26
7 1 GEM SONG Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 5.71L 6 59kg $31
8 3 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 5.73L 9 56kg $8.50
9 15 AL MAH HAHA Tash Burleigh Jordan Mallyon 6.14L 4 53kg $41
10 17 PANDANO Paul Perry Brock Ryan (a) 12.39L 10 53kg $41
11 8 ART CADEAU Terry Robinson Tommy Berry 13.13L 7 54kg $9
18 BLESK (NZ) John O’Shea Regan Bayliss 0
16 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) John O’Shea Tim Clark 0
7 COUNTOFMONTECRISTO (NZ) Kris Lees Jason Collett 0
4 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) John Thompson Tom Sherry (a) 0
9 KUBRICK Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 0
12 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin Andrew Adkins 0
11 LINA’S HERO Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Festival Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Festival Stakes odds will be listed below with pricing links to Ladbrokes.com.au for you to lock in your Festival Stakes Tips at the right price this summer racing season.

Rainer ($6EF) followed by Ellsberg ($2.40 in 2021) are the latest Festival Stakes favourites (or equal favourites) to salute for the punters.

2021 Festival Stakes Field

The Festival Stakes field attracts a diverse line-up of summer gallopers many of which are heading towards a run in the season’s Villiers Stakes over the Randwick mile and is released on the Wednesday before the race.

The official 2021 Festival Stakes field and barriers will be published below as soon as announced by Racing NSW.

2021 Festival Stakes Nominations

The Festival Stakes nominations are taken the Monday prior to the race and are the first indication of what middle-distance gallopers will take to the track for the handicap clash in early December.

Festival Stakes History

The Festival Stakes was first run in 1948 and won by Cragside. Since then a number of quality contenders have taken out the Sydney showdown including Headstrong (1994), Ike’s Dream (2004), Monton (2011) and I’m Imposing (2014).

The event has run at both Rosehill Racecourse as well as Canterbury Park and has also undergone a number of distance changes. It has been run over its current 1500m distance since 2008. It was inaugurated as a Principal race before gaining Listed status in 1979 – 2015. The Festival Stakes was elevated to a Group 3 race for the first time in 2016.

Recent Festival Stakes Winners

See below for the full list of Festival Stakes winners and results going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Festival Stakes
1st Ellsberg 1 minute 32.04 seconds
2nd Stockman
3rd Bandersnatch
2020
Festival Stakes
1st Outrageous  1 minute 29.25 seconds
2nd Royal Celebration
3rd Evalina
2019
Festival Stakes
1st Ranier 1 minute 29.46 seconds
2nd Live And Free
3rd Cellarman
2018
Festival Stakes
1st My Nordic Hero 1 minute 29.10 seconds
2nd Goodfella
3rd Chamois Road
2017
Festival Stakes
1st Testashadow 1 minute 31.67 seconds
2nd Mister Sea Wolf
3rd Red Excitement
2016
Festival Stakes
1st Sweet Redemption 1 minute 29.63 seconds
2nd Hazzabeel
3rd Red Excitement
2015
Festival Stakes
1st Mighty Lucky 1 minute 29.49 seconds
2nd It’s Somewhat
3rd Peace Force
2014
Festival Stakes
1st I’m Imposing 1 minute 28.51 seconds
2nd Estonian Princess
3rd Strawberry Boy
2013
Festival Stakes
1st White Sage 1 minute 30.0 seconds
2nd Terravista
3rd Alma’s Fury
2012
Festival Stakes
1st Malavio 1 minute 28.72 seconds
2nd Monton
3rd Galah
2011
Festival Stakes
1st Monton 1 minute 28.63 seconds
2nd Lightinthenite
3rd Viva Las
2010
Festival Stakes
1st Race Not Run
2nd
3rd
2009
Festival Stakes
1st Rabbuka 1 minute 28.72 seconds
2nd Parfumier
3rd Ahdashim
2008 (December)
Festival Stakes
1st Voice Commander 1 minute 29.25 seconds
2nd Synonym
3rd Theophorus
2008 (January)
Festival Stakes
1st Eremein 1 minute 33.92 seconds
2nd Lancaster Park
3rd Beauty Watch
2007
Festival Stakes
1st Race Not Run
2nd
3rd
2006
Festival Stakes
1st Utzon 1 minute 22.69 seconds
2nd Anwaar
3rd Real Strike
2005
Festival Stakes
1st Spirit Of Tara 1 minute 24.83 seconds
2nd Our Apache
3rd Benedetti
2004
Festival Stakes
1st Ike’s Dream 1 minute 21.82 seconds
2nd Sam Sung A Song
3rd Rinehart
2003
Festival Stakes
1st This Manshood 1 minute 22.69 seconds
2nd Palladium Star
3rd Salagado
2002
Festival Stakes
1st This Manshood 1 minute 23.98 seconds
2nd Gabfest
3rd Raw Instinct
2001
Festival Stakes
1st Nanny Maroon 1 minute 22.35 seconds
2nd Play Station
3rd Osca Warrior
2000
Festival Stakes
1st Adam 1 minute 17.02 seconds
2nd Mr. Innocent
3rd Steel City

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