Villiers Stakes Race - Horse Racing Betting Blog

Published: 14.12.2017

Villiers Stakes Betting Offers and Tips

Summer racing in Sydney is a relatively rare affair. With so many of the best horses taking a break around Christmas racing fans in New South Wales always look forward to the Villiers Stakes.

This Group 2 Quality Handicap is a big race in its own right but the trainers are really interested in the guaranteed place at the Doncaster Mile given to the winner.

The 2017 Villiers Stakes will see some quality gallopers do battle over one mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick with connections hopeful of winning a big chunk of the $250,000 prize purse.

Past Five Winners

2016 – Sense Of Occasion, ridden by B Melham, trained by K A Lees
2015 – Happy Clapper, ridden by B Avdulla, trained by Patrick Webster
2014 – Rudy, ridden by Luke Tarrant, trained by Ms H Page
2013 – Ninth Legion, ridden by P Robl, trained by M, W and J Hawkes
2012 – All Legal, ridden by G Schofield, trained by Kevin Moses

Interlocuter to Justify Step Up to Stakes Racing

The Villiers Stakes isn’t for everyone. Some of the biggest trainers prefer to keep their charges quiet at this time of year and work find other ways to qualify for the biggest miles.

For other trainers it’s the perfect opportunity to try out promising horses against a better calibre of opposition which is just how James Cummings is thinking about his trip to Randwick with Interlocuter.

At the relatively young age of four, Interlocutor has had a busy racing career already. He raced in the UAE, moved to France and then Godolphin decided Interlocutor would be suited to Australian racing. They appear to have made the right call.

Interlocutor has steadily worked his way through handicaps at Newcastle, Wyong, Scone, Rosehill and finally Randwick making improvements all the time. There’s no doubt that this is his toughest test Down Under to date but equally, with wins in his last three starts he’s clearly full of promise.

Cummings will be disappointed to see this opportunity slip by but we think Interlocutor will step up and prove himself by winning at a best price of $3.50 with Bet365.

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Crack Me Up the Main Danger to the Favourite

Interlocutor may be the classy option for the Villiers Stakes but as we’ve noted already, this represents a jump in class. There’s every chance that the Godolphin horse may struggle and so it’s worth having an each-way option or two to fall back on just in case.

The first horse we recommend backing is Crack Me Up at $7.50 with Sportsbet.

Liam Birchley’s gelding has already proven himself against stakes opposition at Doomben and the yard are confident he’ll improve even further to land the Villiers.

Unlike many of the other quality horses of his generation, Crack Me Up took some time to mature and start fulfilling his potential. He blossomed in the later stages of his three-year-old career winning the Tattersalls Mile and he has winning form over 1600m under his belt.

A fourth place finish at Doomben last time out is nothing to worry about as Birchley was getting Crack Me Up a run at the mile trip so he looks a tempting enough option to us.

Salsonic Interesting for Small Stakes

The nature of the Villiers Stakes means there’s always the chance an unfancied horse will put together an impressive performance to win at big odds. The most likely horse to do that on Saturday is Salsonic at $18 with Ladbrokes.

Jason Coyle has aimed Salsonic at the Villiers Stakes for a while but planning anything for this challenging horse is difficult. You never know what you’re going to get with Salsonic but if he has a good day he’s got the class to spring a surprise.

Villiers Stakes Top Betting Tips

Interlocutor to win at $3.50 with Bet365

Crack Me Up each-way at $7.50 with Sportsbet

Salsonic each-way at $18 with Ladbrokes

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