Hill Stakes

Hill Stakes, Randwick Racecourse

Looking for early info on this year’s Hill Stakes? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Run over 2000 metres, the Hill Stakes is a Group 2 race taking place at Randwick Racecourse. With a $1,000,000 prize purse as of 2021, the weight-for-age event serves as a key lead-up to the upcoming elite level races interstate in Melbourne including the Cox Plate, although the Hill Stakes – Cox Plate double hasn’t been completed since Saintly (1996). 

Originally a Principal Race, this race has been held as Group 2 from 1979 onwards. The race has been held at Rosehill Gardens, Canterbury Park, as well as its current home at Randwick Racecourse.

The Hill Stakes is also now one of four lead-up races that offer a $500,000 bonus to any horse that can win it along with the $500,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m) run on The Golden Eagle Day in late October.

Hill Stakes 2021 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,000 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Weight for age
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 2
  • Operator: Randwick Racecourse
  • Prize Purse: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1921
  • 2021 Hill Stakes Winner: Think It Over

Hill Stakes 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Hill Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 2nd, 2021. 

  1. #1 Think It Over
  2. #3 Shared Ambition
  3. #5 Cepheus

The Kerry Parker-trained Chelmsford Stakes winner Think It Over ($1.75) saluted for the punters as the odds-on favourite in a thrilling photo finish 2021 Hill Stakes result over Shared Ambition.

Hill Stakes Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Hill Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Hill Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Hill Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Hill Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Hill 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 Hill 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 Hill Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Hill Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Hill 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 Hill Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Hill Stakes in 2021

  1. Join up at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Hill Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Hill Stakes 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Hill Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

Which Horse Will Win The Hill Stakes in 2021?

The best way to pick which horse will win the Hill Stakes is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, look at the trainer’s record in the race and check the runners’ 2000m record. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Hill Stakes winner include: 

  • Sydney Stunners – Local horses, especially those with experience at getting a win at Royal Randwick, should perform well in this one.
  • Hot Lead Up – If you’re looking for a lead up race, you can’t go past the Chelmsford Stakes. Plenty of place-getters from this race have gone on to get a place or even win in the Hill Stakes. Think It Over (2021) was the last horse to complete the Chelmsford Stakes – Hill Stakes double. 
  • Group 1 Galore – Previous Group 1 winners down in grade winding-up for Melbourne do well in the Hill Stakes.

Hill Stakes 2021 Favourites

Early favourites in 2021 Hill Stakes betting include Think It Over coming off a third to Verry Elleegant in the George Main Stakes last start and Queensland Oaks winner Duais second-up off a good return at Newcastle. 

Verry Elleegant ($2.40 in 2019) and Think It Over ($1.75 in 2021) are the latest Hill Stakes favourites to win.

Hill Stakes Field 2021

The official 2021 Hill Stakes field of final acceptances is announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

The 2021 Hill Stakes field is down to just seven runners with Think It Over approaching odds-on territory to return to winning form off his good George Main third over a mile here last start.

  • Scratched: #7 Verry Elleegant (7) has been scratched from the Hill Stakes field in favour of a Melbourne run in Saturday’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) against Incentivise.

Hill Stakes 2021 Tips

Favourite: #1 Think It Over ($2 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #8 Duais ($5 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #3 Shared Ambition ($7 at time of publish) 

Our insider Hill Stakes 2021 betting tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full preview available on the Neds Blog.


Hill Stakes Race Day 2021

The 2021 Hill Stakes takes place as part of the Epsom Handicap Day card at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday October 2, 2021. The meeting is host to plenty of Group races including three elite level features with the running of the:

Hill Stakes 2021 Barrier Draw

The 2021 Hill Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public the Wednesday leading-up to the event and will be published in our above Hill Stakes Field section. 

Hill Stakes Nominations 2021

Nominations close by 11:00 AM on Monday, the 27th of September, 2021. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 2732110×07 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 86
2 x31111x141 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 99
3 51x07422x4 CARIF G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 103
4 120421×400 CEPHEUS (GB) H 5 Matthew Dunn 88
5 1622x32x05 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 88
6 12821121×3 DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 103
7 7x78111x84 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 106
8 654x300x47 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 106
9 358247×961 KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) G 6 Bjorn Baker 87
10 7x6321x280 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 100
11 2x51434x98 LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 4 John O’Shea 103
12 6×96824430 MASTER SHUHOOD (IRE) G 7 Richard Litt 74
13 9308×82684 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 103
14 x333112163 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 91
15 x120138x55 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 106
16 x32324x371 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 105
17 3x1214x613 THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker 114
18 17x3112x21 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 12

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Hill Stakes 2021 Weights

Standard weight for age conditions apply to this race. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, the 28th of September, 2021 and published in our above Hill Stakes Field section. 

Hill Stakes 2021 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 29th of September, 2021 and published in our above Hill Stakes Field section. 

Hill Stakes 2021 Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 29th of September, 2021 and published in our above Hill Stakes Field section. 

Hill Stakes Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 2nd of October, 2021.

2021 Hill Stakes Scratchings:

  • #7 Verry Elleegant (7)

Hill Stakes Prize Money 2021

The Hill Stakes prize purse is worth $1,000,000 in total having been doubled ahead of the 2021 edition, distributed from places first through tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $580,000
2nd $190,000
3rd $98,000
4th $44,000
5th $22,000
6th $10,000
7th $10,000
8th $10,000
9th $8,000
10th $8,000

Hill Stakes Race Number 2021

The 2021 Hill Stakes is set to run as Randwick Race 5 at 2:10pm (AEST) on Saturday, the 2nd of October, 2021. There are ten races in total that day at Randwick Racecourse.

Hill Stakes 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Hill Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Hill Stakes Live 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Hill Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Hill Stakes Winners

Winners of the Hill Stakes going back to the year 2000 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to see results going further back in history, please visit our winners page for this race.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2021 Think It Over Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 59kgs 2:03.12
2020 Kolding Chris Waller James McDonald 59kgs 2:01.26
2019 Verry Elleegant Chris Waller James McDonald 56kg 2:05.03
2018 Ace High David Payne Tye Angland 58kg 2:02.57
2017 Classic Uniform Gary Moore Michael Walker 59kg 1:49.98
2016 Hartnell John O’Shea James McDonald 59kg 2:04.11
2015 Preferment Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 58kg 2:06.81
2014 Junoob Chris Waller Blake Shinn 59kg 2:06.12
2013 Moriarty Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 59kg 2:03.62
2012 Lamasery David Vandyke Peter Robl 59kg 2:06.25
2011 Trusting John Thompson Joao Moreira 59kg 2:02.93
2010 Descarado Gai Waterhouse Peter Robl 58kg 1:56.48
2009 Miss Marielle Joseph Pride Peter Robl 57kg 1:56.13
2008 Fiumicino John Hawkes Glen Boss 59kg 1:57.38
2007 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006 Desert War Gai Waterhouse Larry Cassidy 58kg 1:56.28
2005 Desert War Gai Waterhouse Jim Byrne 58kg 1:56.67
2004 Natural Blitz Doug Harrison Danny Beasley 58kg 1:56.62
2003 Excellerator Gai Waterhouse Jim Cassidy 58kg 1:56.84
2002 Dress Circle Gai Waterhouse Lenny Beasley 58kg 1:56.63
2001 Mulan Princess Gai Waterhouse Chris Munce 55.5kg 1:47.02
2000 Pasta Express Paul Cave John Marshall 58kg 1:57.83