This weekend Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse will come to life with four Group 1 features, the richest race on the program being the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
With a total of $4 million in prize money on offer, this year’s Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) has attracted a star-studded line-up of 12 hopes.
Four of the dozen in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting markets are at single figures to win, the current favourite of which is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Carlton House.
Waterhouse has an ace record in the race training four winners in the past decade, most recently More Joyous (2012).
This year her imported Street Cry six-year-old Carlton House is a $3.50 chance through Ladbrokes.com.au to hand her a fifth Queen Elizabeth trophy, the galloper fourth-up for the season.
Yet to win down under, Carlton House was last seen crossing a close second to Silent Achiever in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 22.
That’s an effort they’re tipped to go one better than here.
The others under $10 to win are then five-time Group 1 winning four-year-old It’s A Dundeel ($4.60), Ranvet Stakes – The BMW champion Silent Achiever ($4.60) and the Chris Waller-trained Royal Descent ($8).
That’s what the Queen Elizabeth Stakes odds say, but what about the race form guide and history?
2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Form Facts & Betting Stats
- Last year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner was the Chris Waller-trained Reliable Man who came via an unplaced run in the George Ryder Stakes and jumped from gate two (of eight) with Hugh Bowman aboard
- Waller also won the 2011 Queen Elizabeth with My Kingdom Of Fife and has five chances of another win this year with the defending champ #7 My Kingdom Of Fife ($81) joined by #1 Boban ($11), #3 Sacred Falls ($12), #6 Hawkspur ($11) and #11 Royal Descent ($8)
- Last year’s winning jockey Bowman meanwhile will partner on Saturday with #4 Green Moon ($26)
- The most successful Queen Elizabeth Stakes jockey is Damien Oliver who rides #11 Royal Descent this year; Oliver has ridden four winners from 11 rides
- The gate Reliable Man jumped from to win 12 months ago (2) this year belongs to #8 Toydini ($51); barrier two also produced the 2010 Queen Elizabeth winner Road To Rock
- The other most successful barrier in recent times has been seven with More Joyous (2012) and My Kingdom Of Fife (2011) both winning from that gate; barrier 7 this year belongs to #10 Silent Achiever ($4.60)
- Since 1983 the best Queen Elizabeth Stakes barrier has been six with six winners; this year #12 Dear Demi ($8) has gate six
- In that time barriers two and four have produced five Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners
- Horses that ran in this year’s George Ryder backing up in the Queen Elizabeth are then #3 Sacred Falls (4th), #8 Toydini (5th), #1 Boban (7th) and #7 My Kingdom Of Fife (14th)
- There are three last start winners in the race with #3 Sacred Falls (Group 1 Doncaster Mile, 1600m, Randwick, 12/04/2014), #9 Le Roi (Handicap, 1600m, Moonee Valley, 29/03/2014) and #10 SilentAchiever (Group 1 The BMW, 2400m, Rosehill, 05/04/2014)
- In the past 10 years 4 Queen Elizabeth Stakes favourites have saluted and only one has failed to place; this year the favourite is #5 Carlton House ($3.50)
- The highest Win Rate of the field belongs to #9 Le Roi (55%) followed by #2 It’s A Dundeel (50%), #3 Sacred Falls (44%), #1 Boban (41%) and #10 Silent Achiever (40%)
- The best Place Rate belongs to #2 It’s A Dundeel (78%) followed by #9 Le Roi (73%), #11 Royal Descent (67%), #7 My Kingdom Of Fife (61%), #10 Silent Achiever (60%), #5 Carlton House (57%), #3 Sacred Falls (56%) and #12 Dear Demi (56%)
- Horses with the best Randwick race record are: #2 It’s A Dundeel (4-3-1-0), #7 My Kingdom Of Fife (5-3-0-0), #11 Royal Descent (5-2-2-1), #1 Boban (5-2-0-0) and #3 Sacred Falls (6-2-0-0)
- Those with the best record over the distance are: #2 It’s A Dundeel (6-2-2-1), #4 Green Moon (9-4-2-0), #5 Carlton House (4-1-2-0), #7 My Kingdom Of Fife (10-5-1-3), #9 Le Roi (2-2-0-0) and #10 Silent Achiever (8-3-0-1)
- Previous winners over the Track & Distance are then: #2 It’s A Dundeel (2-1-0-0), #7 My Kingdom Of Fife (2-2-0-0) and #11 Royal Descent (1-1-0-0)
- Randwick is currently rated a Heavy (9) so those with the best wet track form are: #3 Sacred Falls (2-2-0-0), #7 My Kingdom Of Fife (2-1-0-0), #10 Silent Achiever (1-1-0-0), #11 Royal Descent (3-1-1-1) and #12 Dear Demi (3-1-1-0)
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for our exclusive Queen Elizabeth Stakes tips to be published later in the week.
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