The Villiers Stakes is a middle distance race that is worth a remarkable $175,000 in Prize money. The race is held during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival annually in December at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse in New South Wales. The Villiers Stakes is a great Group 2 handicap race run over 1600M and over the last few years, the event has generated competitive and exciting racing much to the pleasure of horse racing enthusiasts in Sydney and Australia at large.
Ninth Legion won the 2013 edition of the Villiers Stakes after beating a strong challenge from Limes who settled in second. Coming through in third was Alma’s Fury. The venue of the 2013 race was shifted from the 1600M Turf at Rosehill to The Kensington Circuit measuring 1550M in length.
All the same, the change did not affect the quality of the race and just like before the Villiers Stakes lived up to its billing as one of the most exciting Group races in the Sydney Spring Carnival. The race in recent years tends to assemble a good field of above average and sometimes classier horses and most trainers look at this race as the perfect event to end the year.
The Villiers Stakes favors horses gifted in mile or middle distance racing and horses that perform well in the event can consider running in the Group 3 Summer Cup that comes a few weeks later. The last horse to manage a victory in both the Villiers Stakes and the Summer Cup in the same year was Aqua D’Amore back in 2005. Other exciting horses to feature in the Villiers Stakes include Monton back in 2011 and All Legal in 2012.
Villiers Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Rudy||I’m Imposing||Strawberry Boy||1:36.2|
|2013||Ninth Legion||Limes||Alma’s Fury||1:31.4|
|2012||All Legal||Alma’s Fury||Darci Be Good||1:35.8|
|2011||Monton||Kontiki Park||King Lionheart||1:36.3|
|2010||Dances On Waves||Mentality||Snow Alert||1:35.0|
|2009||Palacio De Cristal||Parfumier||Spinney||1:34.7|
|2008||(Jan) Honor In War||Takeover Target||Alverta||1.21.5|
|2007||Race Not Run|
|2006||Utzon||Anwaar||Spirit of Tara||1.35.2|
|2005||Aqua D’Amore||Malcolm||Fiery Venture||1.35.4|
|2004||Ike’s Dream||Dante’s Paradiso||Sir Dex||1.33.1|
|2003||On a High||Mufti||Jeremiad||1.35.8|
|2002||Boreale||This Manshood||Silver Birch||1.34.8|
|2001||Carael Boy||Space Age||Osca Warrior||1.36.5|
|2000||Grey And Gold||Taberann||Forbill||1.36.1|
|1999||Final Fantasy||So Precise||Huge Demand||1.35.4|
|1997||Arletty||Quick Flick||Banner Headline||1.35.1|
|1996||Touch Of Force||Nick’s Joy||Persian Flyer||1.34.0|
|1995||Here’s The Prince||Zouslan Pragmatism||Pragmatism||1.34.5|
|1994||Aunty Mary||Nick’s Joy||Cohort||1.34.3|
|1993||Cobbora||Square The Circle||Pharaoh||1.33.8|
|1992||Soho Square||Pharaoh||Manly Star||1.35.1|
|1991||Shining Wind||Mighty Rimu||Pontormo||1.35.0|
|1990||Post Elect||Don’t Play||Our Dawn Star||1.34.4|
|1989||Spot The Rock||Merimbula Bay||Mighty Grey||1.34.7|
|1988||Tumble On||Mystical Prince||Tierra Rist||1.33.3|