The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 3 event run on the closing day of the VRC Spring Carnival at Flemington. The race is run over 2600m at under open handicap conditions. The minimum weight is 54kg and in 2016 the weights were raised to get the top-weight to 58kg, with the minimum at 55.5kg.
First held in 1854, the race has had a number of name changes and been run over various distances throughout the history of the race. Name changes have included the Queen’s Plate, C. B Fisher Plate, Flemington Plate and Canterbury Plate, while it has been run as short as 2400m and up to as far as 3 miles or 4800m.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2016 will be $300,000 with the winner to receive $180,000. The 2015 winner was the Darren Weir trained Dandino, ridden by Ben Melham. Other past winners include Puissance De Lune, Zavite, Makybe Diva, Might And Power, Hyperno and Leilani.
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|Date:||Saturday 5th November 2016|
|Race Time:||12:30 AEST|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2016 Winner:||Francis of Assisi|
|2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results|
|1||FRANCIS OF ASSISI||1ST||$5.20 (win)|
|7||VENGEUR MASQUE||2ND||$2.10 (pl)|
|3||TOM MELBOURNE||3RD||$1.20 (pl)|
|5||DE LITTLE ENGINE||4TH||-|
Prepared by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, the 7YO gelding made his first appearance in Australia in the G3 Bendigo Cup. Racing on the pace he pulled away to score a dominant three length victory. A winner of 7 races from 17 starts, he has winning form over both flat races and hurdles the 7YO gelding is a winner of 6 races from 16 starts. Like stablemate Qewy that took out the Geelong Cup, he has mixed his runs over both flat races and hurdles. He has 3 wins over the hurdles at 3100m, 3200m and 3300m. Prior to boarding the plane with the Appleby team that has been landing good results in Australia, Francis Of Assisi was 4th in the Silver Cup at York run at 2800m where he was ridden by James McDonald and carried 60kg and then at Goodwood in the Summer Stakes carrying 61kg into 6th, with... read more Prepared by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, the 7YO gelding made his first appearance in Australia in the G3 Bendigo Cup. Racing on the pace he pulled away to score a dominant three length victory. A winner of 7 races from 17 starts, he has winning form over both flat races and hurdles the 7YO gelding is a winner of 6 races from 16 starts. Like stablemate Qewy that took out the Geelong Cup, he has mixed his runs over both flat races and hurdles. He has 3 wins over the hurdles at 3100m, 3200m and 3300m. Prior to boarding the plane with the Appleby team that has been landing good results in Australia, Francis Of Assisi was 4th in the Silver Cup at York run at 2800m where he was ridden by James McDonald and carried 60kg and then at Goodwood in the Summer Stakes carrying 61kg into 6th, with the race taken out by Qewy. read less
The 6YO gelding has been selectively raced since arriving in Australia, with Lee & Anthony Freedman picking races carefully. This campaign the gelding has started five times, finishing in 2nd place on three occasions. Resuming in the Listed Heatherlie handicap over 1700m he carried 55.5kg when rundown late by Great Esteem. Second-up into the Naturalism Stakes, he found Jameka too strong and finished in sixth position, the same result at his next start in the G3 JRA Cup at Moonee Valley. In the G3 Coongy handicap with 54kg on his back it was Vanbrugh who grabbed him on the line. His latest start came on Derby Day in the 2500m Lexus Stakes and carrying 54.5kg once again he looked to lead all the way and was grabbed late once again, this time Oceanographer taking the win by a half-length.
The Irish bred, former French trained import has started four times this preparation for trainer Michael Moroney and comes into this race with a three week break between runs, his last start coming in the Caulfield Cup. The 5YO gelding worked home well in the Caulfield feature, finishing 5 lengths from Jameka. Leading in to that run he took on the G3 Bart Cummings Stakes when finishing within four lengths of the winner and subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Almandin. The gelding is a two time winner from ten career starts, those wins coming over 2500m at Saint-Cloud in France and over 2400m at Compiegne, also in France. Patrick Moloney has ridden the 5YO in three of his four Australian starts and will take the ride again. He is likely to get back in the field from his wide gate and will be hoping for a solid tempo at the front.
Second Bullet returned his best result this preparation when finishing 2nd to Francis Of Assisi, albeit three lengths in arrears of the Godolphin runner in the Bendigo Cup. The 6YO began this campaign in the Listed Heatherlie handicap when carrying 54kg to a four length 5ht behind Great Esteem. Finishing well down the track at his next two starts in the G3 Naturalism behind Jameka and the G1 Turnbull Stakes behind Hartnell, he was much better suited in the Bendigo Cup. Trained by Danny O’Brien, Second Bullet opened at $13 on the fifth line of the UBET market and races over the 2600m trip for the first time, however his Flemington record is quite good, reading at 11:3-2-3. Damian Lane has ridden the gelding three times out of his four starts this time in and will take the ride again for this race.
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.
|2016||FRANCIS OF ASSISI||WILLIAM BUICK||CHARLIE APPLEBY||02:41.1|
|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|