A part of the ATC Summer fixture since 1948, the Festival Stakes is run at just a touch under a mile. Newly minted as a Group 3 race, it is started to gain a reputation as a Summer staple.
Looking for a good lead in race to this one? The 1400 metre Chatham Stakes is a great one to pick.
If a horse does well in the Festival Stakes, it’s likely you’ll also see them entered into the Villiers Stakes a couple of weeks later.
Festival Stakes 2018 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Saturday, December 1st, 2018
- Track Location: Rosehill Racecourse
- Track Surface: Turf
- Track Direction: Right-handed
- Race Distance: 1,500 metres
- Weight Conditions: Quality Handicap
- Qualification: Three year olds and over
- Type: Thoroughbred
- Grade: Group 3
- Operator: Australian Turf Club
- Prize Purse: $150,000
- Inaugural Race: 1948
Festival Stakes Betting
There are many different ways to bet on the Festival Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:
|Bet Type||How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Festival Stakes|
|Win Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Festival Stakes.|
|Place Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Festival Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.|
|Each-Way Bet||If your runner finishes 1st in the Festival Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.|
|Quinella Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Festival Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.|
|Exacta Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Festival Stakes to win the Exacta.|
|Trifecta Bet||You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Festival Stakes to win the Trifecta.|
|First Four||You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Festival Stakes to win the First 4.|
|Quadrella Bet (Quaddie)||You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Festival Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.|
How To Bet On The Festival Stakes
- Join up at neds.com.au
- Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Festival Stakes Betting above).
- Select the horse(s) for the race.
Festival Stakes 2018 Odds
Early market odds are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2018 edition of the Festival Stakes here.
(Please note that the odds below are from 05/11/2018, prior to nominations or acceptances).
|All In||Win Odds||Place Odds|
Festival Stakes 2017 Results
2017’s results are displayed in the table below:
|1||6||4||Testashadow||Gary Portelli||Jason Collett||–||57kg||$20|
|2||9||3||Mister Sea Wolf||Chris Waller||Tim Clark||0.1L||54.5kg||$4.60|
|3||1||9||Red Excitement||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||0.4L||59.5kg||$13|
|4||5||1||Mighty Lucky||Fred Cowell||Chris O’Brien||1L||57kg||$13|
|5||10||7||Salsonic||Jason Coyle||Peter Wells||1.6L||53kg||$26|
|6||8||2||Federal||James Cummings||Tye Angland||1.7L||55.5kg||$5|
|7||7||8||Moher||James Cummings||Joshua Parr||2.1L||56kg||$13|
|8||4||6||Cabeza De Vaca||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Rachel King||3.2L||57kg||$3.40|
|9||3||5||Good Project||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||12.7L||57.5kg||$15|
|Scratch||2||–||Japonisme||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||–||–||$18|
|Scratch||11||–||Chalk||Wendy Roche||Andrew Adkins||–||–||–|
Which Horse Will Win The Festival Stakes
The best way to pick who will win the Festival Stakes is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.
Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:
- Unknown Entrants – The field can often be full of a lot of horses which haven’t seen that much track time. You may have to dig deeper than simply picking a horse that won at the same distance a few weeks back.
- Barrier Trials – One way of determining a relatively unknown entrant can perform at the distance is to research Racing NSW’s barrier trials.
Festival Stakes Favourites
Early favourites include TBA #1, TBA #2, TBA #3 and TBA #4.
Festival Stakes 2018 Field
The field limit is 18. Once nominations have been released, we will display the most likely runners in the table below.
Festival Stakes 2018 Tips
Best Bet: TBC.
Best Roughie: TBC.
Festival Stakes Race Day
Race day takes place on Saturday, the 1st of December, 2018.
Festival Stakes Barrier Draw
The 2018 Festival Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race.
Festival Stakes Nominations
Nominations close at 11 AM on Monday, the 26th of November, 2018.
Festival Stakes Weights
A quality handicap applies to this race. The lowest handicap weight allowed is 53 kg. Final weights are announced at 4 PM on Tuesday, the 27th of November, 2018.
Festival Stakes Acceptances
Acceptances must be declared before 9 AM on Wednesday, the 28th of November, 2018.
Festival Stakes Jockeys
The final riders announcement is at 12 PM on Wednesday, the 28th of November, 2018.
Festival Stakes Scratchings
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 1st of December, 2018.
Festival Stakes Prize Money
The Festival Stakes prize purse is worth $160,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth. There is a bonus for the winner, in the form of an exemption from Villiers Stakes ballot.
Festival Stakes Race Number
The Festival Stakes is race number 1 on the 1st of December, 2018. There are nine races in total that day at Rosehill Racecourse.
Festival Stakes Form Guide
The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2018’s Festival Stakes has been released.
Festival Stakes Live
You can watch or listen to the 2018 Festival Stakes live, across the following mediums.
Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)
Radio: Radio Sport National
Festival Stakes Winners
Winners of the Festival Stakes for the past eighteen years are displayed in the table below.
|2017||Testashadow||Gary Portelli||Jason Collett||57kg||1:31.67|
|2016||Sweet Redemption||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Brenton Avdulla||54kg||1:29.63|
|2015||Mighty Lucky||Fred Cowell||Nathan Thomas||54kg||1:29.49|
|2014||I’m Imposing||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||55.5kg||1:28.51|
|2013||White Sage||John O’Shea||James McDonald||54kg||1:30.00|
|2012||Malavio||Steve Englebrecht||Nathan Berry||55kg||1:28.72|
|2011||Monton||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton||55.5kg||1:28.63|
|2010||Dysphonia||Peter Snowden||Tommy Berry||53kg||1:31.68|
|2009||Rabbuka||Gai Waterhouse||Joshua Parr||58kg||1:28.72|
|2008||Voice Commander||Nick Olive||Tye Angland||53kg||1:29.25|
|2007||Eremein||Allan Denham||Danny Nikolic||61kg||1:33.92|
|2006||Utzon||Les Bridge||Lenny Beasley||59kg||1:22.69|
|2005||Spirit Of Tara||Gerald Ryan||Jeff Penza||54kg||1:24.83|
|2004||Ike’s Dream||John Hawkes||Darren Beadman||54.5kg||1:21.82|
|2003||This Manshood||Tim Martin||Zac Purton||60kg||1:22.69|
|2002||This Manshood||Tim Martin||Lane Moloney||55kg||1:23.98|
|2001||Nanny Maroon||Paul Englebrecht||Robert Thompson||54kg||1:22.35|
|2000||Adam||Ray Brock||Justin Sheehan||58kg||1:17.02|
|1999||Highest Calibre||Les Bridge||Brad Pengelly||52kg||1:16.18|