Randwick horseman Grahame Begg believes he has the right formula to win the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in a Royal Randwick upset on Sydney Cup Day this Saturday as he backs up Secret Admirer in the classic.
There were 12 early nominations for the $500,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) this year including last Saturday’s Doncaster Mile winner More Joyous.
Last year’s Epsom Handicap champ Secret Admirer, a dual Group 1 winner having also taken out the 2010 Flight Stakes, also ran in the Doncaster finishing three and a half lengths off the gallant winner in eighth.
Begg remains confident that Secret Admirer can improve on Saturday despite the strong level of competition.
“It gives us the opportunity to race on the back-up, a formula that has worked with her in the past,” he said.
“Both her Group 1 wins have come when she has raced twice within seven days.”
The trainer was also outspoken about the inferior prize money on offer for the Queen Elizabeth, a race that has attracted a Cox Plate-esque field.
“It is going to be the race of the carnival but unfortunately it doesn’t have the prize to match,” he said.
“Every year the George Ryder Stakes is a wonderful race and it is only worth $400,000 and then the Queen Elizabeth isn’t much better.
“The Mackinnon Stakes is a 2000 metre Group 1 race worth $1 million and it wouldn’t be a patch on what this race will be on Saturday.”
Other gallopers coming off a run in the Doncaster that are nominated to back up in the Queen Elizabeth include the Chris Waller-trained Ranigrangdoo (10th), former AJC Oaks winner Absolutely (9th) and fourth placegetter Sincero.
Stephen Farley’s dual Group 1 hero Sincero was one of the top fancies for the Doncaster but reared in the gates running their chances of a third elite level title, doing well to make up the ground and finish just over a length away from the winner.
“He will be nominated but I just want to see how he comes through the next couple of days,” Farley said.
“To my eye he raced like a horse wanting 2000 metres and Craig (Williams) got off him and said exactly the same thing.”
Aside from More Joyous the other big name players in this year’s Queen Elizabeth include top imports Manighar, out for his fourth straight Group 1 victory, and Americain.
Also in the mix are last year’s Cox Plate second and third placegetters Jimmy Choux and Rekindled Interest.
Acceptances revealing the Queen Elizabeth Stakes final field are due for release on Thursday and will be published right here at Races.com.au.