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.

2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Addeybb
  • 2nd: #7 Verry Elleegant
  • 3rd: #6 Dalasan



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 second in both 2020 and 2021.

The 2021 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes ran on Saturday April 17, 2021 and saw the English raider Addeybb go back-to-back with another win over Verry Elleegant. 

Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday April 17, 2021
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: 3YO+ Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $4,000,000

2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Addeybb
  • 2nd: #7 Verry Elleegant
  • 3rd: #6 Dalasan

The William Haggas-trained Addeybb ($3.20) dug deep and fought back to again beat home the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant ($2.30F) in a repeat of last year’s quinella in a thrilling 2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes result.

Click here to read more on the exciting two-horse finish in the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes result.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 ADDEYBB (IRE) William Haggas Tom Marquand 3 59kg $3.20
2 7 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 0.5L 4 57kg $2.30F
3 6 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Kerrin McEvoy 0.7L 7 59kg $41
4 4 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Brenton Avdulla 1.5L 5 59kg $21
5 2 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 1.6L 2 59kg $7
6 3 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 1.8L 1 59kg $9.50
7 8 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 2.6L 6 55.5kg $16
5 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 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.

2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Odds

Early 2021 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.

2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field & Barriers

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

The 2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Final Field & Barriers will be released on Tuesday April 13, 2021 and will be published in full below.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2021 field features a brilliant line-up of eight hopefuls including last year’s champion Addeybb, Chris Waller’s eight-time Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant out to go one better than her second in 2020 and the back-in-form Cox Plate hero Sir Dragonet.

Click here to read more on the best in 2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting.

  • Scratched: #5 Samadoubt (6) faces an early retirement after the Group 1 winner re-injured his off fore tendon and was scratched from the Queen Elizabeth Stakes field.
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x11x2x11x2 ADDEYBB (IRE) William Haggas Tom Marquand 3 59kg 122
2 22x16x7941 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 2 59kg 118
3 x11124x514 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 114
4 325103×121 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Brenton Avdulla 5 59kg 113
5 x11624x860 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 6 59kg 109
6 235407×073 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Kerrin McEvoy 8 59kg 105
7 x14117x311 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 4 57kg 122
8 1x117x3210 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 7 55.5kg 107

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 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 2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances closed at midday on Tuesday March 9, 2021.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2021 first acceptance feature 62 hopefuls led in betting by Addeybb and Verry Elleegant who ran one-two in the event last year.

2021 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 2021 nominations closed at midday on Tuesday February 9, 2021. 

The 2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes nominations attracted 104 autumn hopefuls including the reigning UK-trained winner Addeybb, Japanese galloper Salios and Chris Waller’s Caulfield Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant.

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)

2021 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.

2021 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
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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