A relatively new race as a Group 1 event, the Queen Of The Turf Stakes dates back to 1985 when it was first held as a Group 3 event over 1500m at Rosehill. Upgraded to Group 2 status in 1996 it was granted G1 standing in 2009. In 2014 the race was shifted from Rosehill to Randwick where it is now held over 1600m and is part of The Championships.
The winners of the 2016 Coolmore Classic and the Emancipation Stakes were afforded ballot exemptions for this event that is restricted to fillies and mares held at standard weight-for-age.
Under the conditions in 2016 4YO and older mares will carry 57kg, with 3YO fillies to carry 54.5kg. The total prizemoney for the race is $1m with the winner to receive $600,000. Previous winners include the only dual winner More Joyous, Typhoon Tracy, Forensics, Camino Rose and Shame.
The Queen of the Turf Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Queen of the Turf StakesGuide|
|Date:||Saturday 9th April 2016|
|Race Time:||15:55 AEST|
|Race Type:||Weight for Age|
|2016 Queen of the Turf Stakes Odds|
|12||HEAVENS ABOVE||2ND||$3.50 (pl)|
|5||NOBLE PROTECTOR||3RD||$4.30 (pl)|
|13||LADY LE FAY||4TH||-|
|4||MISS ROSE DE LAGO||-||-|
Tempo should be even at the very least with VERGARA, MISS ROSE DE LAGO and BADAWIYA likely to go forward with CORONATION SHALLAN, SUPARA and RISQUE not too far away.
NOBLE PROTECTOR ran third in this race last year as a $5.50 chance on soft ground after racing three wide for most of the race. She failed in two spring runs and then lost her rider at the start when resuming in the Matron Stakes. Noble Protector announced herself as a contender with a great run-on effort behind all-the-way winner Miss Rose De Lago who won the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) in slick time.
AZKADELLIA is obviously the one to beat after going close in the Coolmore and only finding Winx and the lightly-weighted Happy Clapper better in last week’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
RISQUE is this season’s New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner who won stylishly before enduring a tough, wide run in the Australian Guineas (1600m) and sticking on well for a close up third to Palentino and Tarzino. She did race flat and appeared to not run out 2000 metres in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes. She may atone.
ZANBAGH, SLIGHTLY SWEET, LADY LE FAY and HEAVENS ABOVE are capable mares who handle rain-affected tracks and should be running on.
Opening a clear favourite in the final field market Azkadellia comes off a slashing 3rd to the mighty Winx in the Doncaster where she settled a clear last out of the gates. Following the rails when the best going was in the centre and wider on the track, the mare continued to make ground and finished 2.2 lengths from Winx. This will be her 5th run this campaign where she is yet to miss a place. At her first Sydney run in the G1 Coolmore she settled midfield and tracked the winner Peeping all the way, finishing a half-length 2nd. That followed her win in the G3 Mannerism over Miss Rose De Lago who was the subsequent winner of the G2 Sunline Stakes. Damien Oliver is reunited with the mare after being unable to make the weight for the Doncaster.
From her 3 runs this campaign, Zanbagh has been in fine touch. 1st up in the G2 Guy Walter over 1400m she finished well for a 2nd, beaten 1 length behind Solicit with Peeping running 3rd. 2nd up she went to the G1 Coolmore and got within 2 lengths of Peeping who finished the best to take the win. Her last start was in the G2 Emancipation Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill where she settled mid-field and then worked 3 wide and hit the front 100m from home and powered to the line. A soft track won’t be an issue with the mare having a good record in the wet.
Originally on an Oaks preparation, the Hayes/Dabernig trained filly started favourite in the G1 Vinery Stud over 2000m. The filly didn’t stay the 2000m which saw the Oaks plans shelved and she steps back to the 1600m here, a distance she has a good record of 2 wins and a 3rd from 3 attempts. The Vinery run was just the 2nd time in 9 career starts that she has missed a place, the other being in New Zealand when racing on the bog at Taupo and it was also her first race in Sydney with the only other time to have raced right handed was at her first race start in NZ. A G1 winning filly in November last year in the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton she draws a better gate than some of the more fancied rivals and has the benefit of the 2.5kg under the weight for age... read more Originally on an Oaks preparation, the Hayes/Dabernig trained filly started favourite in the G1 Vinery Stud over 2000m. The filly didn’t stay the 2000m which saw the Oaks plans shelved and she steps back to the 1600m here, a distance she has a good record of 2 wins and a 3rd from 3 attempts. The Vinery run was just the 2nd time in 9 career starts that she has missed a place, the other being in New Zealand when racing on the bog at Taupo and it was also her first race in Sydney with the only other time to have raced right handed was at her first race start in NZ. A G1 winning filly in November last year in the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton she draws a better gate than some of the more fancied rivals and has the benefit of the 2.5kg under the weight for age scale. read less
On the 7th line of betting, Miss Rose De Lago makes her Sydney debut, having earned a trip north from her Flemington base after a dominant performance in the G2 Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley. Leading all the way she won by two and three quarter lengths from Noble Protector who was 2 points ahead of her in the early markets of this race. Tackling the G3 Mannerism over 1400m at her 1st up run, she was at double figure odds and led them well into the straight, only to be grabbed right on the line and finishing within a half-length of the winner, Azkadellia. Drawing a good marble here, the early lead looks hers and James McDonald keeps the ride following his success on her last start at just his 1st ride on the mare.
The Queen Of The Turf Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held on the Day 2 of The Championships, the premier event of the Sydney Autumn Carnival. The race itself is restricted to fillies and mares aged three-years and older, and is run over the 1600m distance at Sydney’s iconic Royal Randwick Racecourse. With $1m in prize money up for the taking, the race consistently attracts only the best female gallopers. The weight-for-age conditions give the better females an advantage, especially a three-year-old filly that’s in red-hot form. Runners that were competitive in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud earlier in the autumn usually go on to compete in this race.
Gai Waterhouse’s More Joyous is the only horse to have claimed consecutive Queen Of The Turf Stakes, going back-to-back in 2011 and 2012. Other notable Queen Of The Turf winners include; Scomeld (1980), Excited Angel (1993), Divine Madonna (2007), Typhoon Tracy (2010) and Appearance (2013). The event was established in 1972 as a Principal Race, became a Listed Race in 1979, A Group 3 in 1985, a Group 2 in 1991 before gaining elite status in 2004.
|2016||AZKADELLIA||DAMIEN OLIVER||CIARON MAHER||01:35.9|
|2015||AMANPOUR||KERRIN MCEVOY||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:37.7|
|2014||DIAMOND DRILLE||TOMMY BERRY||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:35.8|
|2013||APPEARANCE||KERRIN MCEVOY||GUY WALTER||01:30.7|
|2012||MORE JOYOUS||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:28.5|
|2011||MORE JOYOUS||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:29.2|
|2010||TYPHOON TRACY||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:29.9|
|2009||NEROLI||DARREN BEADMAN||PETER SNOWDEN||01:31.2|
|2008||FORENSICS||DANNY NIKOLIC||PETER SNOWDEN||01:31.5|
|2007||DIVINE MADONNA||GLEN BOSS||MARK KAVANAGH||01:30.6|
|2006||MNEMOSYNE||DARREN BEADMAN||JOHN HAWKES||01:28.2|