VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The VRC Queen's Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 3 staying event held at Flemington Racecourse on Mackinnon Stakes Day.

2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 True Self
  • 2nd: #8 Carif
  • 3rd: #11 Maurus



The 2019 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 Mackinnon 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. Irish-trained mare True Self (2019) was the last Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner to collect on the bonus.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is held on the fourth and final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and runs alongside a host of other black-type events. These include the Group 1 $2 million Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), the Group 1 $2 million Darley Classic (1200m), the Group 2 $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) and Group 3 Chatham 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 2019 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes ran on Saturday November 9, 2019 and was won by the William Mullins-trained Irish mare True Self.

VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2019
Date: Saturday November 9, 2019
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2600m
Race Type: Open Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize money: $300,000

2019 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 True Self
  • 2nd: #8 Carif
  • 3rd: #11 Maurus

The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2019 results saw the favourite salute with jockey Ryan Moore squeezing through a narrow late gap to charge home aboard the classy Irish-trained mare True Self who is set for a Flemington return next spring targeting the 2020 Melbourne Cup.

Read more on the Queen Elizabeth Stakes win by True Self. 

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 5 TRUE SELF (IRE) William Mullins Ryan Moore 4 56.5kg $2.10F
2 8 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1.5L 7 54kg $6
3 11 MAURUS (GB) John Thompson Craig Williams 2L 6 54kg $21
4 6 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 2.5L 3 56kg $31
5 7 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney James McDonald 3L 1 55kg $7.50
6 12 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Patrick Moloney 3.2L 10 54kg $18
7 2 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 3.95L 5 57.5kg $11
8 4 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 4.25L 8 56.5kg $51
9 3 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Dwayne Dunn 5L 9 57kg $19
10 1 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 5.1L 2 58kg $14
11 10 BONDEIGER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6.35L 11 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $51
9 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 0

2019 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Betting Odds

See below for the latest VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2019 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.

2019 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 field tends to fill out with experienced staying types who can handle the longer distances and have a few Group wins under their belt.

Good lead-up races into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes field include the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m), the Group 3 Bendigo Cup (2400m) and even the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) a week before at the track on Derby Day. In 2017 the Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Vengeur Masque previous won the Geelong Cup and came off a second in the Lexus Stakes. True Self (2019) meanwhile improved on a first-up Geelong Cup second before her VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes win.

The 2019 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes field and barriers are released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday before Mackinnon Stakes Day and will be published in full below once announced.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2019 Final Field is down to 11 after the early scratching of last year’s runner-up Sully (4). Firming favourite in Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting on Mackinnon Stakes Day is True Self for Ireland’s Willie Mullins, the class mare second in the Geelong Cup and now chasing the bonus having missed out on a run in the 2019 Melbourne Cup field.

Read more on the 2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes field & odds led by True Self.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 00x1170x54 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 2 58kg 105
2 x5516x0428 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 6 57.5kg 104
3 740×705334 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Dwayne Dunn 10 57kg 103
4 x6112x9408 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 9 56.5kg 102
5 111x1276x2 TRUE SELF (IRE) William Mullins Ryan Moore 5 56.5kg 106
6 00×8062475 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3 56kg 101
7 31320×5621 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney Ben Melham 1 55kg 99
8 225×501522 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 54kg 97
9 6252×99237 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 4 54kg 97
10 341469×655 BONDEIGER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 12 54kg 95
11 02062×0032 MAURUS (GB) John Thompson Craig Williams 7 54kg 95
12 x319x09051 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Patrick Moloney 11 54kg 95

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 – present 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
2019
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st True Self 2 minutes 45.42 seconds
2nd Carif
3rd Maurus
2018
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Jaameh 2 minutes 45.09 seconds
2nd Sully
3rd Libran
2017
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Vengeur Masque 2 minutes 42.9 seconds
2nd Grey Lion
3rd Wheal Leisure
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 minutes 46.93 seconds
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

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