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Villiers Stakes 2021 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

Last updated: 08 Dec 2021
Alex Marsh 08 Dec 2021
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  • The Group 2 Villiers Stakes will be run at Randwick on December 11
  • A big & competitive field has been assembled for the 2021 edition
  • The winner receives a ballot free path to the 2022 Doncaster Mile
  • Our preview & tips are included below
Villiers Stakes Tips
Who will book their Doncaster Mile ticket at Randwick this Saturday? (Getty)

The Villiers Stakes is a 1600m Group 2 race run at Royal Randwick and it's a key qualifying event for the autumn carnival, as the winner gets a ballot exempt route for the 2022 Doncaster Mile.
  • Villiers Stakes 2021 Field & Odds
  • Villiers Stakes Tips 2021
  • Villiers Stakes FAQs

At $5 in the 2021 edition, Festival Stakes winner Ellsberg heads a competitive market with bookmaker.com.au

Villiers Stakes 2021 Field & Odds

1BandersnatchMichael, Wayne & John HawkesJoshua Parr159kg$11
2Gem SongKris LeesJason Collett1459kg$34
3 I Am Superman (IRE)Peter & Paul SnowdenTommy Berry1759kg$16
4So Si BonBen & JD HayesHugh Bowman1958kg $21
5RanierJames CummingsGlyn Schofield757kg $31
6EllsbergGerald Ryan & Sterling AlexiouTim Clark956kg $5
7Order Again (NZ)Chris WallerNash Rawiller1156kg$21
8Stockman (NZ)Joseph PrideJay Ford1656kg$11
9Attorney (FR)Matthew SmithTom Sherry (a)655.5kg$126
10ReloadedChris WallerKathy O'Hara2155kg $67
11Fun FactBjorn BakerJenny Duggan (a)354.5kg $91
12Lightning Jack (NZ)

13YamazakiMatthew DunnAndrew Adkins1253kg $31
14CriaderasJames CummingsRachel King1553kg $13
15SteelyGerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy453kg $5
16ExoboomPeter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan853kg $18
17BrutalityJoseph Pride Regan Bayliss1353kg $8.50
18Grove Ferry (IRE)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr553kg $34
19Kirwan's Lane (NZ)John O'SheaBrock Ryan253kg $16
20WheelhouseChris WallerAlysha Collett 2053kg $41
21eLeaseAnthony CummingsTyler Schiller (a)1053kg$67
Odds courtesy of bookmaker.com.au & correct at 12.30am on 09/12/2021.

Villiers Stakes Tips 2021

2021 Villiers Stakes Best Bet - Brutality 

After a brave, but luckless run in the Festival Stakes a fortnight ago, this gelding backed-up last week with a big weight and on a Good 4, just wasn't as suited, spotting 6kg to Katalin in the process.

Brutality lost no admirers in his third-place finish and while his Randwick record doesn't reflect it, stepping to 1600m and plummeting back to the 53kg minimum looks a big advantage here.

Three runs in three weeks isn't exactly conventional, however, the five-year-old clearly thrives off the work and while it was over 1800m, his last victory came on that exact pattern.

With rain expected on Thursday and well suited drawn out under Regan Bayliss, this does look a little set play from Joe Pride yard, as they look to qualify Brutality for the 2022 Doncaster Mile.

Brutality - $8.50Villiers Stakes Best Betbet now
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2021 Villiers Stakes Value Bet - Criaderas

If it came down to ability, I wouldn't at all be surprised if this lightly raced Godolphin runner blew this field away, a galloper who has Group 1 class, but with a horror racing pattern, has become costly.

Off a freshen-up deep into his second campaign, Criaderas was favourite to win last year's Villiers Stakes, a feature that he was only a few strides off saluting in and this edition is no harder.

After another narrow miss behind Think It Over (now a dual Group 1 winner), the son of Lonhro hasn't gone on with it, although did improve second-up in The Gong off a poor fresh effort.

Third-up and now his second attempt this prep in the blinkers, I do wonder whether this has been the plan from James Cummings to get Criaderas peaking for the Villiers, albeit he's still hard to read.

Criaderas - $13.00Villiers Stakes Value Betbet now
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Villiers Stakes FAQs

When is the 2021 Villiers Stakes?

The 2021 Villiers Stakes is scheduled to run on Saturday, December 11 at 4.45pm (AEST).

It will run as Race 8 on the Randwick program.

What distance is the Villiers Stakes?

The Villiers Stakes is run over a distance of 1600 metres.

How can I live stream the 2021 Villiers Stakes?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream The Villiers Stakes and all other Australian horse races.

Who won the 2020 Villiers Stakes?

Greysful Glamour won the 2020 Villiers Stakes.

What's the Villiers Stakes worth?

The Villiers Stakes is worth $750,000.

$430,500 goes to the winner.



Brutality and Criaderas both have each-way claims in a very open edition of the Villiers Stakes on December 11.

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Value Bet: Criaderas Each Way @12/1 at Puntnow - 1 Unit
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