2017 Villiers Stakes
Group 2 1600m
$250,000 open handicap with a minimum weight of 53kg for three-year-olds and olde.
Run at Randwick on Saturday, 4.20pm
2017 Villiers Stakes Tips
Read our full preview of the 2017 Villiers Stakes field and tips : Villiers Stakes Betting & Free Form & Tips.
2017 Villiers Stakes result
1st – Crack Me Up
2nd – Cabeza de Vaca
3rd – Interlocuter
Villiers Stakes History
- The first winner of the race was Two Up in 1892
- In 2001, 2011 and 2012 race was held at Warwick Farm
- The race was run over 1400m in 2008 because of a rescheduled calendar after an outbreak of equine influenza in NSW
Notable Villiers Winners
Cetigne (1917), Yaralla (1941), Bernborough (1945), Carioca (1952), Raconteur (1953), Caesar (1958), Castanea (1965), Oncidon (1973), Rising Prince (1984), Roman Artist (1986), Card Shark (1987), Soho Square (1992), Aunty Mary (1994), Referral (1998), Final Fantasy (1999), Ike’s Dream (2004), Aqua D’Amore (2005), Happy Clapper (2015), Sense Of Occasion (2016)
2017 Villiers Facts & Figures
- Interlocuter is the favourite, ahead of Mister Sea Wolf and Crack Me Up
- The winner of the Villiers earns a ballot exemption from next year’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m)
- Happy Clapper (2015) went on to finish second to Winx in the 2016 Doncaster Mile
- It’s Somewhat ran third in 2015 before going on to win the Doncaster Mile in 2017, ahead of Happy Clapper and Sense of Occasion
- Top trainer Chris Waller has not won a traditional Villiers. He trained Honor In War to win on protest over Takeover Target in 2008 in the edition run at 1400m
2017 Villiers Key Trainers Rate Their Chances
- “He’s going to have to get to the next level to be looking good against those horses” – Interlocuter’s trainer James Cummings
- “I really think he should have nearly won last year. He was deep the whole way and actually hit the lead in the straight” – Hopfgarten’s trainer Rob Heathcote
- “His racing style is to be on pace. Unless there’s a lot of speed inside him, that’s where he’ll be” – Testashadow’s trainer Gary Portelli
Latest Villiers Stakes News
Penalties for Crack Me Up and Aloft
Crack Me Up and Aloft have received one kilogram penalties for the Doncaster Mile and Sydney Cup respectively after their recent wins.
Crack Me Up wins Group 2 Villiers Stakes for Liam Birchley
Queenslander Crack Me Up has had to call on all his reserves to win in a thrilling finish to the GroupTwo Villiers Stakes at Randwick.
Salsonic back on track to target Villiers according to Jason Coyle
Jason Coyle is confident a return to Randwick will boost Salsonic's chances to claim the Villiers Stakes, the focal point of the gelding's campaign.
Saturday Special: Make Interlocuter your lock for Villiers Stakes
Say what you will about Godolphin since James Cummings took over the Australian stable, but one horse has excelled under his training.
Villiers Stakes start confirmed for Irish import Mister Sea Wolf
Chris Waller's team is hoping for a win in the Villiers at Randwick on Saturday from recent Irish import Mister Sea Wolf, in just his...