Hill Stakes

Hill Stakes

Group Two Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2024
Location: Rosehill Racecourse – Sydney, New South Wales
Prize Money: $2,000,000
Distance: 1900m

Held at Rosehill Gardens, the Hill Stakes is a 1900m Group 2 horse racing event. Run in early October annually, in 2024 the Hill Stakes is run for $2,000,000.

Just two mares have won the Hill Stakes, with Verry Elleegant (2019) and Miss Marielle (2009) the only females to have won this race since 2003.

Several superstars of the turf have gone on to win the Hill Stakes. The most notable winners of the Hill Stakes include: Cascadian (2022), Think It Over (2021), Verry Elleegant (2019), Hartnell (2016), Preferment (2015), Desert War (2005/2006), Tie The Knot (1999), Saintly (1996), Super Impose (1991), Emancipation (1983), Gunsynd (1972), Baguette (1971), Eskimo Prince (1965), Sky High (1962), Redcraze (1956/1957), Hydrogen (1952/1953), Bernborough (1946), Shannon (1945), Peter Pan (1932/1935), Chatham (1933/1934), Phar Lap (1930/1931) and Gloaming (1922).

2024 Hill Stakes Betting Odds

Odds for the 2024 Hill Stakes are currently unavailable.

Best Hill Stakes bookmakers

The Hill Stakes is one race during the Sydney spring carnival that is attracting plenty of early betting interest, so online bookmakers tend to open early all-in markets. Bookmakers will have markets for Hill Stakes throughout the week of the race, and punters will still get great odds and the best value.

All of our recommended horse betting sites offer betting on the Hill Stakes and bookmaker bonuses will also be available in the days leading up to the race. These horse racing betting sites generally have apps available for iOS and Android smartphones.

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2024 Hill Stakes Final Field

HorseBetting will update this page when the 2024 Hill Stakes Final Field is released.

Previous Hill Stakes Field

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Annabel Neasham
    Ryan Maloney
    2 Silks
    Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
    Tommy Berry
    3 Silks
    Young Werther
    Danny O’Brien
    Billy Egan
    4 Silks
    Kris Less
    Tim Clark
    5 Silks
    No Compromise
    Chris Waller
    Tyler Schiller
    6 Silks
    Kris Lees
    Dylan Gibbons
    7 Silks
    Hoo Ya Mal
    Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    Adam Hyeronimus
    8 Silks
    Sky Lab
    Paul Perry
    Kathy O’Hara
    9 Silks
    Mark Minervini
    Rachel King
    10 Silks
    Mount Popa
    Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
    Koby Jennings
    11 Silks
    Chris Waller
    Nash Rawiller
    12 Silks
    Chris Waller
    Brett Prebble
    13 Silks
    Magical Lagoon
    Chris Waller
    Kerrin McEvoy
    14 Silks
    Gary Portelli
    Jason Collett
    15 Silks
    Hezashocka (1E)
    Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
    Zac Lloyd
    16 Silks
    Ironclad (2E)
    Will Clarken & Nikki O’Shea
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    James Cummings
    James McDonald
    2 Silks
    Annabel Neasham
    Tommy Berry
    3 Silks
    Joseph Pride
    4 Silks
    Chris Waller
    William Pike
    5 Silks
    Emma-Lee & David Browne
    Hugh Bowman
    6 Silks
    Kris Lees
    Tim Clark
    7 Silks
    Kiss The Bride
    Bjorn Baker
    Dylan Gibbons
    8 Silks
    David Payne
    Jason Collett

2023 Hill Stakes result

1stMontefilia (+240)
2ndHoo Ya Mal (+110)
3rdProtagonist (+160)

Recent Hill Stakes winners

  • Five-time Group 1 winner Montefilia ($3.20) stormed away with the $2 million prize packet in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill. It was an astonishing finish by the six-year-old mare, who was idling worse than midfield, turning for home under Nash Rawiller before swallowing up her rivals in the shadows of the post. Mount Popa ($101.00) and Hoo Ya Mal ($4.80) ensured a genuine galloper throughout the 1900m and were always going to leave some back markers coming into play. Initially, it seemed Hoo Ya Mal had pinched a big enough break with 200m to run; however, Protagonist ($6.50) slipped up the rail to cause a grandstand finish before Montefilia produced her scintillating best to snag the prize.
  • He might not consistently wow punters like Anamoe or Zaaki, but for an eight-year-old, Cascadian still commands plenty of respect. He was far too good for his competitors in the Hill Stakes at Randwick, comfortably winning the $1 million Group 2 feature over 2000m by almost 3.5 lengths. When the $2.20 favourite Montefilia ran out of gas at the 300m mark, that was when $2.80 winning chance Cascadian pounced for James Cummings, with star jockey James McDonald aboard.
  • In the wake of Verry Elleegant’s withdrawal from the 2021 Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) to compete in Melbourne, the spotlight turned to Think It Over. Despite the absence of his formidable rival, Think It Over faced a challenging battle as the $1.75 favourite. The determined gelding, guided by Nash Rawiller’s expertise, navigated the length of the Randwick straight. It wasn’t until the final moments that he managed to overtake leader Shared Ambition ($6.50), securing victory by a narrow margin of a short head. The gallant Cepheus ($51) finished a commendable 1.25 lengths behind in third place.
  • Guided by the unstoppable James McDonald, Kolding showcased an impressive performance in the 2020 Hill Stakes. Positioned strategically on the speed, Kolding maintained an unyielding gallop, ultimately triumphing over Avilius by a convincing two lengths, with Fierce Impact closely following in third by a mere half-neck. The victory came a year after Kolding’s success in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and a recent triumph in the George Main Stakes (1600m). Despite initial skepticism about Kolding’s ability to excel beyond a mile, his champion trainer remained unwavering in confidence. In the race, Fierce Impact, the $2.30 favorite, opted for a restrained strategy, settling to the rear of the field from barrier six of eight under Nash Rawiller. Meanwhile, Kolding ($3.60) and Avilius ($6.50) positioned themselves ahead in the running order. As the race unfolded, Just Thinkin’ ($9) secured an uncontested lead but relinquished the advantage upon straightening. It was then that Kolding seized the opportunity, and Avilius, equipped with blinkers for the first time, gave chase. Kolding maintained a two-length advantage at the finish line, securing James McDonald a remarkable achievement of four winners on a Group 1 race day.
  • Verry Elleegant made a triumphant return to the winner’s circle, securing a dramatic victory in the Hill Stakes at Randwick and rekindling her prospects for major spring races. Trainer Chris Waller, buoyed by the mare’s impressive performance, expressed that both the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup are once again viable options for Verry Elleegant following her Group 2 Hill Stakes triumph. The Australian Oaks champion from the spring, Verry Elleegant, had faced challenges with her racing manners in the past. Waller and his dedicated team, however, diligently addressed these concerns, and their hard work paid off in the Hill Stakes. Overcoming a moderate tempo, Verry Elleegant, priced at $2.40, showcased her resilience by making a compelling late surge from near-last. In a thrilling finish, she managed to edge past Samadoubt ($5.50) in the final bound, clinching victory by a mere nose. Life Less Ordinary ($7.50) finished a commendable three-quarters of a length behind in third place.

Hill Stakes winners

Hill Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 Montefilia Nash Rawiller Chris Waller
2022 Cascadian James McDonald James Cummings
2021 Think It Over Nash Rawiller Kerry Parker
2020 Kolding James McDonald Chris Waller
2019 Verry Elleegant James McDonald Chris Waller
2018 Ace High Tye Angland David Payne
2017 Classic Uniform Michael Walker Gary Moore
2016 Hartnell James McDonald John O’Shea
2015 Preferment Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2014 Junoob Blake Shinn Chris Waller
2013 Moriarty Nash Rawiller Chris Waller
2012 Lamasery Peter Robl David Vandyke
2011 Trusting Joao Moreira John Thompson
2010 Descarado Peter Robl Gai Waterhouse
2009 Miss Marielle Peter Robl Joseph Pride
2008 Fiumicino Glen Boss John Hawkes
2007 Race Not Held
2006 Desert War Larry Cassidy Gai Waterhouse
2005 Desert War Jim Byrne Gai Waterhouse
2004 Natural Blitz Danny Beasley Doug Harrison
2003 Excellerator Jim Cassidy Gai Waterhouse
2002 Dress Circle Lenny Beasley Gai Waterhouse
2001 Mulan Princess Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse
2000 Pasta Express John Marshall Paul Cave

Hill Stakes winners pre-2000

Hill Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Tie The Knot
1998 Arena
1997 Ebony Grosve
1996 Saintly
1995 Stony Bay
1994 Slight Chance
1993 Silk Ali
1992 Muirfield Village
1991 Super Impose
1990 Eastern Classic
1989 Riverina Charm
1988 Natural Habit
1987 Beau Zam
1986 Colour Page
1985 Greatness
1984 Trissaro
1983 Emancipation
1982 Cossack Prince
1981 Canarthus
1980 Silver Wraith
1979 Imposing
1978 Marceau
1977 Carlaw
1976 Ngawyni
1975 Skyjack
1974 Leica Lover
1973 Grand Cidium
1972 Gunsynd
1971 Baguette
1970 Flagrante
1969 Black Onyx
1968 Eternal Youth
1967 Winfreux
1966 Prince Grant
1965 Eskimo Princee
1964 Toi Port
1963 Toi Port
1962 Sky High
1961 Lord Fury
1960 Waipari
1959 Noholme
1958 Skyline
1957 Redcraze
1956 Redcraze
1955 Somerset Fair
1954 Prince Cortauld
1953 Hydrogen
1952 Hydrogen
1951 San Domenico
1950 Playboy
1949 Vagabond
1948 Dark Marne
1947 Columnist
1946 Bernborough
1945 Shannon
1944 Mayfowl
1943 Yaralla
1942 Yaralla
1941 High Caste
1940 Beau Vite
1939 Gold Rod
1938 Gold Rod
1937 Talking
1936 Silver Ring
1935 Peter Pan
1934 Chatham
1933 Chatham
1932 Peter Pan
1931 Phar Lap
1930 Phar Lap
1929 Winalot
1928 Limerick
1927 Limerick
1926 Valicare
1925 The Hawk
1924 Ballymena
1923 The Hawk
1922 Gloaming
1921 Beauford
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