The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 3 race held at the prestigious Flemington Racecourse on Emirate Stakes Day. It is a Quality Handicap over 2600m, perfectly suited to above average stayers looking to squeeze one last victory out of the carnival. The race was held as the Queen’s Cup in 2010 and increased in distance from 2500m to 2600m. Originally a Principal Race back in 1854, it became a Group 2 race in 1979 and dropped back to a Group 3 in 2005. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes has gone by many names over the years such as the Queen’s Plate (1854 – 1872), the C.B. Fisher Plate (1895 – 1968) and finally the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1979. Bart Cummings’ grand old stayer Precedence won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2013 after taking out the Moonee Valley Cup. 2012 winner Puissance De Lune was all the rage after his five-length romp and was immediately installed early favourite for the 2013 Melbourne Cup.
The start before, Darren Weir’s European import had won the Bendigo Cup by eight-lengths and jockey Glenn Boss cheekily declared after the Flemington run that this gelding could give him a fourth victory in ‘the race that stops the nation’. Boss’s triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva (2002) and the Nick Moraitis owned super-stayer Might And Power (1998) also registered victories in the Queen Elizabeth.
|2015||DANDINO||BEN MELHAM||DARREN WEIR||02:46.9|
|2014||LE ROI||DAMIEN OLIVER||TONY MCEVOY||02.43.1|
|2013||PRECEDENCE||CRAIG WILLIAMS||BART CUMMINGS||02.46.4|
|2012||PUISSANCE DE LUNE||GLEN BOSS||DARREN WEIR||02.44.2|
|2011||IRONSTEIN||BRENTON AVDULLA||GRAEME ROGERSON||02.44.8|
|2010||MOUDRE||CRAIG WILLIAMS||CIARON MAHER||02.39.4|
|2009||STERLING PRINCE||HUGH BOWMAN||VANESSA HILLIS||02.34.5|
|2008||CAPECOVER||CRAIG WILLIAMS||ALEXANDER FIELDES||02.38.8|
|2007||ZAVITE||NASH RAWILLER||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||02.38.5|
|2006||GALLANT GURU||STEVEN ARNOLD||LEE FREEDMAN||02.40.6|