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The 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field faces off on Day 2 of The Championships on Saturday April 9, 2022.
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes field can be run with a maximum of 14 runners but the Group 1 event does not always draw a capacity field; with quality over quantity generally the scenario for the feature event of Sydney’s ‘The Championships’.
The increased prizemoney of offer for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with the race now worth a generous $4 million, is expected to see the competition for places in the field heat-up.
In the past decade the feature has run at a capacity field of 14 twice when Pompeii Ruler won in 2009 and Lucia Valentina saluted in 2016.
For three years from 2017-19, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes field was dominated by the world’s best mare Winx who enjoyed a hat-trick of wins before her retirement.
Horses that win the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m), Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) gain automatic entry into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes field with ballot exemption on offer to those earlier autumn carnival champions.
Addeybb (2020) was the last horse to complete the Ranvet Stakes – Queen Elizabeth Stakes double.
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes draws the best weight-for-age horses from right around Australia and the Australian Turf Club (ATC) is hopeful that the race can become the true Australian Weight-For-Age Championship of the season rivalling even the spring’s Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley; with the best three-year-olds in the country taking on the older horses.
$4 million in prizemoney makes the Queen Elizabeth Stakes one of the most lucrative races on the global racing calendar and the event is expected to feature a number of horses from right around the globe in future years.
In 2020 despite the decrease in prize money due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the William Haggas-trained Addeybb became the first international raider to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
In 2021 Addeybb successfully defended his title with back-to-back wins over subsequent 2021 Melbourne Cup champion Verry Elleegant in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes results.
Bet on the Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2022 Field
Betting markets on the likely runners in the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes field will be provided below once released by Ladbrokes.com.au.
2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field
The final 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes field is released by Racing NSW on the Tuesday before the race and will be published below on April 5, 2022.
2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes First Acceptances
About a month after the nominations are taken for the autumn’s richest race the list of potential runners is narrowed down with the Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances closing in early March.
The 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances close at midday on Tuesday the 8th of March, 2022.
2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Nominations
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes nominations close in early February, two months before the race headlines the second of two The Championships race days at Royal Randwick in April during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Each year the Queen Elizabeth Stakes early entries can attract up to 100 weight-for-age hopefuls before the first round of acceptances narrows down the list of hopefuls.
The 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes nominations close on Tuesday the 8th of February, 2022.