Villiers Stakes

Villiers Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the Villiers Stakes.

The Villiers Stakes is a Group 2 race hosted by the Australian Turf Club in December just before Christmas at Randwick Racecourse.

The quality open handicap event is run over 1600 metres of the Randwick track with $250,000 at stake.

The 2011 edition was held at Warwick Farm due to renovations at the Royal Randwick.

The quality mile race usually attracts a field of above average gallopers looking for a final black type race of the year to add to their resume and those who aren't scheduled to travel to Perth for the summer racing carnival.

Horses may make their way from the 1400 metre Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap at Randwick or the 1500 metre Group 2 Shannon Stakes at Rosehill although not many of them have been a handy form guide in recent years.

Some of the handy types who have placed well in the Villiers Stakes have gone on to achieve greater success.

Takeover Target was runner up in 2008 and came into the race with a series of victories and was a multiple group winner until the end of his racing career in 2009.

Bernborough and Caesar were among the early winners in 1945 and 1958 respectively, who went on to become stars of the turf. Some of the other notable winners include Rising Prince in 1984, Spot The Rock in 1989, Touch Of Force in 1996, Referral in 1998, and On A High in 2003.

The first Villiers Stakes was won by Two Up in 1892. It remained a principal race until 1979 when it was elevated to Group 3. It has enjoyed Group 2 status since 1986, a year when Roman Artist claimed the trophy. 2008 was a year when there were two editions of the Villiers Stakes held due to a change in schedule.

In the long history of the Villiers Stakes, 2007 was the only time the race was not run and this was due to the equine flu.

Year Villiers Stakes Winner
2017 Crack Me Up
2016 Sense of Occasion
2015 Happy Clapper
2014 Rudy
2013 Ninth Legion
2012 All Legal
2011 Monton
2010 Dances On Waves
2009 Palacio De Cristal
2008 Something Anything
2008 Honour In War
2007 Not Held
2006 Utzon
2005 Aqua D'Amore
2004 Ike's Dream
2003 On A High
2002 Boreale
2001 Carael Boy
2000 Grey And Gold
1999 Final Fantasy
1998 Referral
1997 Arletty
1996 Touch Of Force
1995 Here's The Prince
1994 Aunty Mary
1993 Cobbora
1992 Soho Square
1991 Shining Wind
1990 Post Elect
1989 Spot The Rock
1988 Tumble On
1987 Card Shark
1986 Roman Artist
1985 Dinky Flyer
1984 Rising Prince
1983 Northern Reward
1982 Hussar's Command
1981 Zing Along
1980 Tuna Too
1979 King's Ideal
1978 Dear John
1977 Hot Diggity
1976 Top Wing
1975 St. Martin
1974 Americano
1973 Oncidon
1972 Torumba
1971 Tumberlua
1970 Silver Points
1969 Sir To Me
1968 Domino King
1967 Maigret
1966 Nandaroo
1965 Castanea
1964 Gay Song
Blue Er
1963 Key
1962 Emboss
1961 Gene San
1960 Grenoble
1959 Comte De Paris
1958 Caesar
1957 Top Ruler
1956 Empire Link
1955 Lazy Day
1954 Kev Mar
1953 Raconteur
1952 Carioca
1951 Mercury
1950 Field Boy
1949 Veiled Art
1948 Filipino
1947 Barnsley
1946 Native Son
1945 Bernborough
1944 Precise
1943 Sir Neith
1942 Riverton
1941 Yaralla
1940 Rimveil
1939 Rodborough
1938 Fakenham
1937 Ramdin
1936 King's Head
1935 Golden Chance
1934 Bachian
1933 Closing Time
1932 Magnetic
1931 High Disdain
1930 Pavilion
1929 Habashon
1928 Reonui
1927 Zuleika
1926 Queen Alwyne
1925 Hemisphere
1924 Balbus
1923 Mont Clair
1922 Wish Wynne
1921 Sail On
1920 Fluency
1919 Anyhow
1918 Rebus
1917 Cetine
1916 Wedding Day
1915 Lord Nagar
1914 Challenge Crosse
1913 Popinjay
1912 Embracer
1911 Myra Bluan
1910 Lady Ruenalf
1909 Miss Flaneur
1908 Virtu
1907 Kyeadgerie
1906 Luciana
1905 Refrain
1904 Cherson
1903 Air Motor
1902 Kinglock
1901 Sir Leonard
1900 Fulminate
1899 Coralie
1898 Satan
1897 Loch Marie
1896 Vivian
1895 Ordnance
1894 Moorefield
1893 Bliss
1892 Two Up
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