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Friday, 15th December 2017

Headlined by Sydney's summer showpiece, the Gr2 Villiers Stakes at Royal Randwick, there are 15 stakes races across Australia and New Zealand this weekend. First run in 1892, the Villiers has proven itself to be a good horses race with many using the Group 2 event as a launching pad to Group 1 success. The honour roll includes names such as the legendary Bernborough (1945), Cox Plate winner Rising Prince (1984), Doncaster Handicap winner Soho Square (1992), George Ryder Stakes winner Referral (1998), Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner Ike's Dream (2004), Futurity Stakes winner Aqua D'Amore (2005), and this year's Gr1 Epsom Handicap winner Happy Clapper (2016). This year, the Godolphin-trained Interlocuter is the clear $3.20 TAB favourite for the race, ahead of the Chris Waller-trained import Mister Sea Wolf at $5.50, Crack Me Up at $7 and Cabeza De Vaca at $8.50. Brought to you by International Animal Health Products, below in AEDT order are Saturday's and Sunday's scheduled stakes races incorporating integrated fields, form, indicative odds and runner news:


  • 1:12pm: Gr2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) Te Rapa
  • 1:49pm: Gr3 Waikato Cup (2400m) Te Rapa
  • 1:55pm: Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) Royal Randwick
  • 2:13pm: Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1550m) Awapuni
  • 2:24pm: Gr3 J Swap Contractors Sprint (1400m) Te Rapa
  • 2:37pm: Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m) Doomben
  • 3:12pm: Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1110m) Doomben
  • 4:20pm: Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) Royal Randwick
  • 4:32pm: Listed Bribie Handicap (1050m) Doomben
  • 5:00pm: Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) Royal Randwick
  • 5:12pm: Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) Doomben
  • 5:43pm: Listed RS Crawford Stakes (1000m) Ascot
  • 5:47pm: Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) Doomben
  • 8:10pm: Gr3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) Ascot


  • 2:30pm: Listed 3YO Salver (2100m) Ellerslie


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