Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes is the richest feature race held on the Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney.

2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Think It Over
  • 2nd: #2 Zaaki
  • 3rd: #4 Mount Popa




The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is held on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ during the prestigious Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival at the state’s premier track, Royal Randwick, on the second Saturday of April*.

*In 2021 the Queen Elizabeth Stakes ran on the third Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.

The Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes is run at weight-for-age conditions over 2000 metres and, after receiving a substantial prizemoney increase in 2013, is now worth a staggering $4 million in prize money.

For the 2020 running of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes the prize money was cut to $2 million due to the COVID-19 pandemic but was boosted back to $4 million in 2021.

The Group 1 event generally draws the best weight-for-age horses from right around Australia as well as international raiders set to make the trip in coming years. That came to fruition in 2020 with the William Haggas-trained UK raider Addeybb becoming the first Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner in the post-Winx era.

In 2021 Addeybb successfully defended his title going back-to-back with the Waller-trained Verry Elleegant – subsequent 2021 Melbourne Cup champion – second in both 2020 and 2021.

Verry Elleegant was favourite in the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but only managed to run a disappointing fifth behind upset winner Think It Over.

The 2022 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes ran on Saturday April 9, 2022 and was won in a huge boil-over by the Kerry Parker-trained Think It Over ($41). 

Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2022
Date: Saturday April 9, 2022
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 3YO+ Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $4,000,000

2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Think It Over ($41)
  • 2nd: #2 Zaaki
  • 3rd: #4 Mount Popa

The Kerry Parker-trained Think It Over ($41) was back in winning form despite facing a stellar field an unsuitable Heavy (10) track when scoring a huge upset in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2022 results over Zaaki thanks to a gutsy move by jockey Nash Rawiller who went to the far outside rail at the top of the straight to power home.

Click here to read more on the spectacular 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes win by Think It Over.

2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 4 59kg $41
2 2 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 0.6L 3 59kg $5
3 4 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 4.41L 8 59kg $61
4 5 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Chad Schofield 6.45L 1 59kg $81
5 6 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 6.73L 7 57kg $3.80F
6 3 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 6.99L 6 59kg $15
7 7 DUAIS Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 7.5L 9 57kg $6.50
8 8 MONTEFILIA David Payne Hugh Bowman 8.5L 2 57kg $6
9 9 ANAMOE James Cummings Tommy Berry 13.07L 5 55.5kg $4

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Form

The Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) are generally considered the best Queen Elizabeth form lead-up races, but in recent years the winners of the Group 1 event have come from a wide variety of races.

The Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) have both developed into key lead-up races, the latter most recently producing the mighty Winx (2017-19) who did the double three years running.

In 2020 the UK raider Addeybb became the latest horse to do the Ranvet Stakes – Queen Elizabeth Stakes double. In 2021 he atoned for a lead-up second in the Ranvet Stakes to Verry Elleegant to turn the tables on her and win the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The 2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes form was franked with the runner-up Verry Elleegant going on to win the $8 million Melbourne Cup over two miles at Flemington that November.

2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Betting Odds

Early 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes odds offered under all-in conditions are open at bookmakers weeks out from the race when the nominations are taken by Racing NSW.

There was a huge upset in 2022 with Think It Over winning the race at $41 in Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting.

2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2022 betting tips on the $4 million end-of-autumn feature race!

CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE 2022 QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES TIPS & BEST BETS

Favourite: #6 Verry Elleegant ($3.20 At Time Of Publish) 

Everything is coming up the Queen with the mud track and continued showers working in favour of Verry Elleegant. She could very well be racing in Australia for the last time on Saturday so a big win in the wet here would be fitting. She’s fourth-up and fit looking to go one better than her back-to-back seconds behind Addeybb in this race the past two years. Is the gun mud-lark in this field with an impressive Heavy track record (5:3-2-0) and loves this track. Winner of the Group 1 Chipping Norton over the mile here two back with the same conditions, before Montefilia beat her home in a two-length upset at Rosehill last time out. Returning to the Royal, she’ll be peaking and ready to produce something special attempting her incredible 12th Group 1 victory. EACH WAY.

Best Bet#9 Anamoe ($4.80 At Time Of Publish) 

Originally it was All-Star Mile winner Zaaki we had on top, but with the Randwick conditions deteriorating late in the week, we’ve steered towards the gun three-year-old who we know handles the mud. He was beaten by Converge two back at a mile in the Randwick Guineas, but more than atoned with that jaw-dropping seven-length romp home in the Rosehill Guineas over this distance. Three-year-olds don’t have a great record in the Queen Elizabeth, but this Street Boss colt is no ordinary three-year-old. He’s a star and think he can further prove that against the big guns on Saturday. WINS.

Roughie Of The Race: #3 I’m Thunderstruck ($13 At Time Of Publish) 

It’s a star-studded field, but for value, I’m Thunderstruck has been knocking on the door this prep and could surprise a few presenting rock-hard fit. Last year’s Golden Eagle winner is proven in the conditions and was solid enough when second to Zaak in The All-Star. That form was well and truly franked with last Saturday’s Doncaster trifecta all coming out of the Melbourne feature, including I’m Thunderstruck who was runner-up by a narrow margin. He is up in the weights here and yet to prove himself at the 2000m, but is racing well enough to challenge a few. PLACE CHANCE.

2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field & Barriers

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field is released on the Tuesday before the race.

The 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Final Field & Barriers will be released on Tuesday April 5, 2022 and will be published in full below.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2022 field features a small but top-class field of autumn stars including All-Star Mile champion Zaaki, 11-time Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant and seven-length Rosehill Guineas winner Anamoe.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 13111×1424 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 4 59kg 118
2 11x1131x21 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 3 59kg 118
3 11311×5522 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 6 59kg 113
4 11x088x921 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 8 59kg 107
5 x08360x665 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Chad Schofield 1 59kg 105
6 x21431x712 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 7 57kg 122
7 x3610x9611 DUAIS Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 9 57kg 116
8 45x3214x71 MONTEFILIA David Payne Hugh Bowman 2 57kg 115
9 x1212x3121 ANAMOE James Cummings Tommy Berry 5 55.5kg 116

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes First Acceptances

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances close a month before the race takes place on the second Saturday in April and narrow down the list of Group 1 gallopers heading into the feature Randwick race.

The 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances close at midday on Tuesday March 8, 2022.

2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Nominations

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes nominations close two months out from the race in early February each autumn and attract up to 100 weight-for-age hopefuls after a share in the season’s richest race.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2022 nominations closed at midday on Tuesday February 8, 2022. 

The 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes nominations attracted 75 autumn hopefuls including Caulfield Guineas winner Anamoe, the reigning Doncaster Mile champion Cascadian, former Kiwi star Callsign Mav, the Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki and Chris Waller’s Melbourne Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant.

Click here to view the full Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2022 nominees.

ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes History

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes has undergone plenty of changes since it was first run in 1851 when Cossack won the event. Up until 1872, the event was known as the Queen’s Plate and it was then changed to the AJC Plate. In 1954, the race was titled the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and has maintained that name ever since.

Originally raced over 4800m, the distance slowly decreased to 3600m, 2800m, 2400m, 2200m, and finally stopped at 2000m.

ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Records (over 2000m)
Fastest Time: 2:01.2 – Intergaze in 1997
Slowest Time: 2:17.00 – Sydeston in 1990
Most wins by a Jockey: 5 wins – Damien Oliver (2002, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2016)

2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Winners

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is the feature weight-for-age race during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and has been won by some of the biggest names in the history of Australian racing. Archer (1862) was the first big name to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the race has since been taken out by equine legends like: Carbine (1889, 1890, 1891), Poseidon (1908), Phar Lap (1930), Peter Pan (1932), Russia (1947 and 1948), Tulloch (1958, 1960 and 1961), Ming Dynasty (1978), Veandercross (1993), Doriemus (1996), Might And Power (1998), Lonhro (2003), More Joyous (2012) and the world’s best mare Winx (2017, 2018, 2019).

In 2020 the form of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners became international with UK raider Addeybb saluting for the punters. He returned and again beat home Verry Elleegant in the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes results.

2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Betting

Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting is generally very interesting for punters as the Group 1 event has thrown up some interesting results in the past thirty years. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is well known for having short-priced favourites as many of the most successful and most popular horses in Australian racing have contested the race at the height of their powers.

Class gallopers like Sydeston (1990), Rough Habit (1992), Veandercross (1993), Durbridge (1994), Jeune (1995), Might And Power (1998), Lonhro (2003), Grand Armee (2005) Eremein (2006) and More Joyous (2012) have all taken out the race as short-priced favourites, but there have also been a number of upsets. It’s A Dundeel was beaten by Reliable Man as an unbackable favourite in the 2013 edition of the race, while Sarrera won the race in 2008 at the lucrative odds of $51.

The recent record of favourites in Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting was boosted by the trio of wins by odds-on fancy, equine superstar Winx (2017-19) followed by that of European raider Addeybb in 2020. Addeybb jumped the second favourite in 2021 when going back-to-back in the event.

Recent Queen Elizabeth Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st Think It Over 2 minutes 10.87 seconds
2nd Zaaki
3rd Mount Popa
2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st Addeybb 2 minutes 5.05 seconds
2nd Verry Elleegant
3rd Dalasan
2020 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st Addeybb 2 minutes 6.92 seconds
2nd Verry Elleegant
3rd Danon Premium
2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st Winx 2 minutes 2.54 seconds
2nd Kluger
3rd Hartnel
2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st Winx 2 minutes 1.65 seconds
2nd Gailo Chop
3rd Happy Clapper
2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st Winx 2 minutes 7.2 seconds
2nd Hartnell
3rd Sense Of Occasion
2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st Lucia Valentina 2 minutes 4.8 seconds
2nd The United States
3rd Happy Clapper
2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st Criterion 2 minutes 05.4 seconds
2nd Red Cadeaux
3rd Royal Descent
2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st It’s A Dundeel 2 minutes 03.7 seconds
2nd Sacred Falls
3rd Carlton House
2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st Reliable Man 2 minutes 01.8 seconds
2nd It’s A Dundeel
3rd Happy Trails
2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st More Joyous 2 minutes 05.3 seconds
2nd Manighar
3rd Secret Admirer
2011 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1st My Kingdom Of Fife 2 minutes 07.7 seconds
2nd Sacred Choice
3rd Syreon
2010
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Road To Rock 2 minutess 3.89 seconds
2nd Triple Honour
3rd Monaco Consul
2009
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Pompeii Ruler 2 minutess 7.12 seconds
2nd Sarrera (DH)
2nd Metal Bender (DH)
2008
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Sarrera 2 minutes 3.5 seconds
2nd Nom du Jeu
3rd Tuesday Joy
2007
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Desert War 2 minutes 4.2 seconds
2nd Haradasun
3rd Spirit of Tara
2006
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Eremein 2 minutes 2.49 seconds
2nd Aqua d’Amore
3rd Ike’s Dream
2005
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Grand Armee 2 minutes 2.66 seconds
2nd Delzao
3rd Mummify
2004
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Grand Armee 2 minutes 3.26 seconds
2nd Lonhro
3rd Pentastic
2003
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Lonhro 2 minutes 4.8 seconds
2nd Pentastic
3rd Republic Lass
2002
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Defier 2 minutes 4.34 seconds
2nd Freemason
3rd Emission
2001
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Shogun Lodge 2 minutes 5.59 seconds
2nd Go Flash Go
3rd El Mirada
2000
Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st Georgie Boy 2 minutes 7.76 seconds
2nd Cronus
3rd Referral

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