Villiers Stakes Winners, Past Results & Latest News

Villiers Stakes run at the Randwick Racecourse. A premium summer race the Villiers Stakes is one of the main features of Summer racing in New South Wales.

Winners and Past Results for the Villiers Stakes

The Villiers Stakes is a Group 2 race that takes place in early December over 1,600m at Royal Randwick Racecourse. Runners have the opportunity to win up to $250,000 in prize money.

With over 100 years of history the Villiers stakes was most recently won by Quackerjack under the ride of Rachel King.

History Of The Race

The Villiers Stakes is an Australian Turf Club Group 2 feature race run at Royal Randwick Racecourse over 1600m in December. The race is held under handicap conditions for horses aged 3 years and above.

Given the time of year that The Villiers Stakes is run it holds the added benefit that winners can become exempt from ballot for the Doncaster Mile at Randwick Racecourse in April. Being ballot exempt also gives runners in the Villiers an added incentive that the prize for the Doncaster is $3,000,000.

Being first run in 1892 The Villiers was originally run over 6 furlongs (1200m) and was won by a horse called Two Up. Up until 1901 the race continued to be run over 1200m until the distance was upgraded to the 1600m we see today. There was a period in 2008 where the race was run over 1400m but this was only for one edition of the race.

Now a Group 2 The Villiers Stakes has been upgraded over the years originally starting as a Principal Race from its Inauguration up until 1978 when it was upgraded to a Group 3 race. The Villiers saw further advancement in 1986 when it was upgraded to its Group 2 status the race is currently run at.

Royal Randwick has always been the home of The Villiers Stakes however the race has been run three times at Warwick Farm Racecourse. This was due to renovations taking place at Randwick to improve facilities meaning that the 2001, 2011 and 2012 Villiers Stakes were run at the Western Sydney track.

With $250,000 in prize The Villiers Stakes isn’t the richest race over 1600m at Group however it is the largest in prize money outside a carnival period and is competitive in attracting a decent quality of competition to fight out the prizes.

Race Venue

Racing HQ in New South Wales, Royal Randwick hosts some of the best racing in Australia including the world's richest turf race, The Everest.

Located 6km from Sydney’s Central Business District in the Suburb of Randwick the course holds racing all year round across its two tracks, The Course Proper and the inner Kensington track designed to accommodate racing outside of carnival and key race days.

In 1833 NSW Governor Richard Bourke designated the land for use as a racecourse. Prior to that Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD had played host to horse racing in the city. The first racing was held in June of that year and 60 years later the first running of the Villiers Stakes took place.

Key racing takes place at Royal Randwick Racecourse during the Spring and Autumn in line with Melbourne’s Spring Carnival and Sydney’s Autumn Carnival. The Autumn Carnival is more prominent for Sydney as it is the period which hosts the Championships. A 2 day event where teams have the chance to win a total $20m prize fund.

With The Villiers racing is a bit more low key with only 2 Group races taking place in December with the other race being the Group 3 Summer Cup being run over 2000m on Boxing Day.

Race History

Despite a relatively low prize fund available compared to other group races through the year the Villiers does still attract a strong field each year. The race is generally made up of horses looking at add a black type race to there CV before the end of the year as well as runners who have not been sent to Perth to compete in the WA Summer 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.

The quality of the Villiers fields have never been in questions with some handy winners coming from the race in recent times. Happy Clapper is probably the most notable having won the Villiers on the way to amassing several Group 1 victories as well as over $7m in prize money.

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 most recent edition of the race was won by Quackerjack trained by Mark Newnham beating home Invincible Gem and Sambro in a narrow victory.

Conclusion

The Villiers Stakes is a great race for trainers and runners alike looking to test out there abilities against a quality field outside of key carnival racing.

Especially through summer where racing isn’t as strong, the 1600m at Royal Randwick is a great way to showcase talent at a premium racecourse.

Its rich history of large talented fields gives punters an opportunity to see live high quality racing without having to pay the premium entrances fees around the busier race periods.

For us, The Villiers Stakes gives everyone involved in racing a great opportunity to win whether it be viewing, testing talented horses or getting a prize on the day it’s definitely a race to watch in December.

Year Villiers Stakes Winner
2020 Gresyful Glamour
2019 Quackerjack
2018 Sky Boy
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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