VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The 2016 VRC Queen's Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 3 staying event held at Flemington Racecourse during November.

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VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2016 Betting Tips & Update

VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2016 Betting Tips & Update

The 2016 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes takes place at Flemington Racecourse on Emirates Stakes Day this Saturday, betting tips and the latest odds on the staying showdown detailed below.

Howard Be Thy Name is an Each Way chance in Saturday’s 2016 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes at big odds. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

A final field of just 10 hopefuls is engaged ...

The 2016 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes – formerly the Queen’s Cup – is a 2600m quality handicap held at Flemington Racecourse on the first Saturday of November as part of Emirates Stakes Day.

A Group 3 event, the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes – not to be confused with the Group 1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes held at Randwick in the autumn – pays $300,000 total prize money. It is one of the more lucrative Group 3 events held during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and also offers an additional bonus to any horse that was paid up for at final acceptances stage but was ballot out of the Melbourne Cup field.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is held on the fourth and final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and runs alongside five other black-type events. These include the $2 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m), the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m), the $300,000 Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m), the $150,000 Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) and the Listed Hilton Hotels Stakes (1400m).

Heading into the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes, horses might contest a variety of different races inlcuding the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m), both popular lead up races. Some horses also back up from the Melbourne Cup to contest this event looking for a consolation prize just four days after the ‘race that stops a nation’ is run and won.

Following the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) is a fairly common target a week later. Some horses choose to rest prior to the Summer Racing Carnival or even until the autumn.

The 2016 VRC will be held on November 5th.

VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2016
Date: November 5th, 2016
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2600m
Race Type: Open Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize money: $300,000

2016 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Betting Odds

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See below for the latest VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2016 odds, betting provided by Ladbrokes.com.au with links to the market to back your VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes tips in at the right price.

2016 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field

The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes field attracts a fairly handy selection of horses. As it is raced over a relatively lengthy staying distance of 2600m, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) field tends to fill out with experienced staying types who can handle the longer distances and have a few Group wins under their belt.

The 2016 VRC Queen’s Cup field and barriers were released the Wednesday before Emirates Stakes Day 2016 and features 10 stayers including Bendigo Cup winner Francis Of Assisi and Lexus Stakes runner-up Tom Melbourne.

See below for the official 2016 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Final Field & Barriers, following the link for a full race preview.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 43x60x46x1 FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) Charlie Appleby William Buick 5 58kg 99
2 11134×0755 HOWARD BE THY NAME Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 3 58kg 99
3 x110x26622 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 9 57.5kg 98
4 8244×69451 JIM’S JOURNEY Peter F Blanch Ben Claridge 4 55.5kg 93
5 7733×86794 DE LITTLE ENGINE Danny O’Brien Chad Schofield 7 55.5kg 93
6 2x323x5002 SECOND BULLET Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 8 55.5kg 93
7 x1145x5248 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 10 55.5kg 82
8 022911×410 SLY ROMANCE (NZ) Richard Laming Craig Newitt 1 55.5kg 77
9 x413121212 ANGEL’S TOUCH Darren Weir Dean Yendall 2 55.5kg 76
10 1861654164 AAGAS Todd Balfour Ben E Thompson (a) 6 55.5kg 68

2016 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Nominations

The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes nominations draw talented stayers from right around Australia. As it runs on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Day, a number of horses are entered in the VRC Queen Elizaeth Stakes nominations in search of prestige and, of course, prize money.

The 2016 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes nominations will be provided below.

VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes History

The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a very old race. Inaugurated in 1854, it is seven years older than the Melbourne Cup and almost as prestigious. Originally known as the Queen’s Plate and until recently the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, it was first run over 24 furlongs, which is the equivalent of around 4800m.

In its long history, there have been only two dead heats. The first was in 1895, between Wallace and Auraria. The second was more recently in 1997, between Vita Man and Bright Spot.

Throughout its history, the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes has not been held on a total of eight years.

The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes has been through many name changes since its inception, which are documented below.

Period Name
2016 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
2015 Queen’s Cup
2011-2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes
2010 Queen’s Cup
1986-2009 Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1985 Queen’s Cup
1979-1984 Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1975-1978 C.B. Fisher Plate
1974 Queen’s Cup
1970-1973 C.B. Fisher Plate
1969 Queen’s Cup
1895-1968 C.B. Fisher Plate
1875-1894 Canterbury Plate
1873-1874 Flemington Plate
1854-1872 Queen’s Plate

Along with multiple name changes, the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes has also changed distance multiple times. The various distances of the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes / Queen’s Cup are documented below.

Period Distance
2010-now 2600m
1973-2009 2500m
1972 2400m
1895-1971 12 furlongs
1890-1894 16 furlongs
1889 18 furlongs
1888 24 furlongs
1886-1887 16 furlongs
1885 20 furlongs
1881-1884 16 furlongs
1880 18 furlongs
1879 16 furlongs
1877-1878 18 furlongs
1875-1876 16 furlongs
1854-1874 24 furlongs

*A furlong is approximately 200 metres.

A number of very impressive horses have taken out the honours in the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes / Queen’s Cup. Winners include Tim Whiffler (1867), Wakeful (1902), Alawa (1908, 09, 10), Eurythmic (1920), Phar Lap (1930), Ajax (1938), High Caste (1939, 40, 41), Rising Fast (1954, 55), Even Stevens (1962), Hyperno (1979) and Makybe Diva (2002) amongst many others. Queen’s Cup / VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes results, winners and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2016
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Francis of Assisi 2 minutes 41.1 seconds
2nd Vengeur Masque
3rd Tom Melbourne
2015
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Dandino 2:46.93
2nd Secret Number
3rd Don Doremo
2014
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Le Roi 2 minutes 43.1 seconds
2nd Prince Of Penzance
3rd Big Memory
2013
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Precedence 2 minutes 46.4 seconds
2nd Sertorius
3rd Let’s Make Adeal
2012
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Puissance De Lune 2 minutes 44.2 seconds
2nd Ironstein
3rd Tanby
2011
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Ironstein 2 minutes 44.8 seconds
2nd Shootoff
3rd Paddy O’Reilly
2010
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Moudre 2 minutes 45.2 seconds
2nd Capecover
3rd Persian Star
2009
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Sterling Prince 2 minutes 34.5 seconds
2nd Crossthestart
3rd Naval Escort
2008
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Capecover 2 minutes 38.8 seconds
2nd Light Vision
3rd Baughurst
2007
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Zavite 2 minutes 38.5 seconds
2nd Cefalu
3rd Completion
2006
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Gallant Guru 2 minutes 40.6 seconds
2nd Magic Instinct
3rd Fooram
2005
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Our Smoking Joe 2 minutes 33.8 seconds
2nd Coalesce
3rd Grey Song
2004
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Fantastic Love 2 minutes 44.8 seconds
2nd Manawa King
3rd Da Capo
2003
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Zazzman 2 minutes 37.5 seconds
2nd Lord Erin
3rd Delvecchio
2002
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Makybe Diva 2 minutes 35.7 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Westbury
3rd Time Off
2001
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Hatha Anna 2 minutes 40.9 seconds
2nd Ascana
3rd Tiger’s Eye
2000
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Savrocca 2 minutes 37.8 seconds
2nd Ultra Smug
3rd Mayshiel