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.

2020 Festival Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Outrageous
  • 2nd: #11 Royal Celebration
  • 3rd: #14 Evalina



The 2020 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 $250,000 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 2020 ran on Saturday November 28, 2020 and was won by the Hawkes Racing-trained Outrageous. 

2020 Festival Stakes
Date: Saturday November 28, 2020
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Festival Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Outrageous
  • 2nd: #11 Royal Celebration
  • 3rd: #14 Evalina

The Hawkes Racing-trained Outrageous ($4.80) dug deep to hold off the Ron Quinton-trained outsider Royal Celebration ($19) in a tough 2020 Festival Stakes result. 

  Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 OUTRAGEOUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 9 54kg $4.80
2 11 ROYAL CELEBRATION Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton 0.2L 13 54kg $19
3 14 EVALINA Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 1.5L 10 53kg $17
4 12 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Richard Litt Glyn Schofield 1.6L 8 54kg $201
5 6 PHAISTOS James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 1.7L 2 54.5kg $5
6 9 SAMBRO Chris Waller James McDonald 2.2L 11 54kg (cd 55kg) $17
7 15 THROUGH THE CRACKS Angela Davies Robbie Dolan 2.7L 14 53kg $4.20F
8 1 GAULOIS James Cummings Nash Rawiller 2.8L 4 59kg $16
9 4 IRITHEA Bjorn Baker Ms Kathy O’Hara 3.5L 6 56.5kg $41
10 7 MILITARY ZONE Peter & Paul Snowden Regan Bayliss 3.6L 5 54kg $21
11 13 MUSHAIREB (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Jay Ford 4.4L 1 54kg $41
12 2 RANIER James Cummings Hugh Bowman 5L 7 58.5kg $7.50
13 16 PRIMITIVO John Thompson Ms Rachel King 6.3L 12 53kg $101
14 8 NOBLE BOY Clare Cunningham Jason Collett 6.9L 15 54kg $26
15 3 MISS SISKA Matthew Smith Tim Clark 8.8L 3 57.5kg $41
16 5 A SHIN ROOK (JPN) William Freedman Tom Sherry (a) 9L 16 54.5kg $101

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 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) was the last Festival Stakes favourite (equal favourite) to salute for the punters.

2020 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 2020 Festival Stakes field and barriers will be published below as soon as announced by Racing NSW.

The Festival Stakes 2020 final field is now out featuring 16 hopeful mile types including Godolphin’s in-form Helmet five-year-old Phaistos drawn barrier two and last start Flemington winner on Cup Day Outrageous for Hawkes Racing.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 153521×966 GAULOIS James Cummings Nash Rawiller 4 59kg 104
2 10x115x348 RANIER James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 58.5kg 103
3 2x1180x07x MISS SISKA Matthew Smith Tim Clark 3 57.5kg 105
4 7428418×95 IRITHEA Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 6 56.5kg 103
5 1242x1778x A SHIN ROOK (JPN) William Freedman Tom Sherry (a) 16 54.5kg 95
6 31x2128x23 PHAISTOS James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 2 54.5kg 95
7 574x553x80 MILITARY ZONE Peter & Paul Snowden Regan Bayliss 5 54kg 94
8 0x663104x4 NOBLE BOY Clare Cunningham Jason Collett 15 54kg 94
9 36x832672x SAMBRO Chris Waller James McDonald 11 54kg 94
10 57x33245x1 OUTRAGEOUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 9 54kg 89
11 7432115×38 ROYAL CELEBRATION Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton 13 54kg 89
12 x600400x07 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Richard Litt Glyn Schofield 8 54kg 88
13 55x05222x8 MUSHAIREB (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Jay Ford 1 54kg 86
14 1376×74575 EVALINA Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 10 53kg 95
15 5433121×31 THROUGH THE CRACKS Angela Davies Robbie Dolan 14 53kg 91
16 21950x686x PRIMITIVO John Thompson Ms Rachel King 12 53kg 90

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 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.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x1180x07x MISS SISKA M 7 Matthew Smith 1 57.5kg 57.5kg 105
2 153521×966 GAULOIS G 6 James Cummings 2 59kg 59kg 104
3 10x115x348 RANIER G 5 James Cummings 3= 58.5kg 58.5kg 103
4 7428418×95 IRITHEA M 7 Bjorn Baker 3= 56.5kg 56.5kg 103
5 422×164363 SAVACOOL (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 5 54kg 53.5kg 97
6 1242x1778x A SHIN ROOK (JPN) G 7 William Freedman 6= 54.5kg 54.5kg 95
7 31x2128x23 PHAISTOS G 5 James Cummings 6= 54.5kg 54.5kg 95
8 1376×74575 EVALINA M 5 Kris Lees 6= 54kg 53kg 95
9 574x553x80 MILITARY ZONE G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 9= 54kg 54kg 94
10 0x663104x4 NOBLE BOY G 6 Clare Cunningham 9= 54kg 54kg 94
11 36x832672x SAMBRO G 6 Chris Waller 9= 54kg 54kg 94
12 5433121×31 THROUGH THE CRACKS G 6 Angela Davies 12 54kg 53kg 91
13 21950x686x PRIMITIVO G 6 John Thompson 13 54kg 53kg 90
14 57x33245x1 OUTRAGEOUS G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14= 54kg 53kg 89
15 7432115×38 ROYAL CELEBRATION H 5 Ron Quinton 14= 54kg 53kg 89
16 x600400x07 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) G 7 Richard Litt 16 54kg 53kg 88
17 55x05222x8 MUSHAIREB (GB) G 7 Richard & Michael Freedman 17 54kg 53kg 86
18 21115x1x56 TWO BIG FARI G 5 Todd Howlett 18 54kg 53kg 80
19 431x12141x FULMINA M 4 Mark Newnham 19 54kg 53kg 77
20 4x8146x09x MRS MADRID M 5 Anthony Cummings 20 54kg 53kg 71

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
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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