VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes

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

2020 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 True Self
  • 2nd: #2 Pondus
  • 3rd: #4 Chapada



The 2020 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 $200,000 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. True Self returned in 2020 and successfully defended her VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes title.

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 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m), the Group 2 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 2020 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes ran on Saturday November 7, 2020 and saw the Irish-trained mare True Self go back-to-back in the event.

VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday November 7, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2600m
Race Type: Open Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize money: $200,000

2020 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 True Self
  • 2nd: #2 Pondus
  • 3rd: #4 Chapada

It was an upset in the 2020 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes results with Willie Mullins’ Irish-trained mare True Self ($14) returning to successfully defend her title with a victory over fellow raider, the Joseph O’Brien-trained Pondus ($1.95) who ran second as the beaten odds-on favourite.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 TRUE SELF (IRE) Willie Mullins Hugh Bowman 2 57.5kg $14
2 2 PONDUS (GB) Joseph O’Brien Damien Oliver 1L 8 58.5kg $1.95F
3 4 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 2L 4 58kg $16
4 8 CREEDENCE Matt Cumani Michael Poy (a) 3.5L 3 56kg $31
5 1 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 4.75L 10 59kg $5
6 11 SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Luke Currie 4.85L 1 55kg $26
7 3 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Craig Williams 4.95L 9 58.5kg $8.50
8 12 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 5.7L 5 55kg $91
9 5 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander Jamie Kah 6.45L 6 57.5kg $18
10 9 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander John Allen 6.75L 7 56kg $18
10 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Jye McNeil 0
7 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Craig Williams 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Betting Odds

See below for the latest VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 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.

Twelve stayers make-up the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2020 final field with the Geelong Cup runner-up and top-weight Le Don De Vie drawn the outside alley taking on the Irish raider Pondus who comes off a Bendigo Cup second.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x410x44312 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ben Melham 12 59kg 104
2 239x2140x2 PONDUS (GB) Joseph O’Brien Damien Oliver 9 58.5kg 103
3 3103×09252 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller (late alt) 10 58.5kg 103
4 953125×219 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 4 58kg 102
5 6x051x9003 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander Jamie Kah 7 57.5kg 101
6 217x6x4600 TRUE SELF (IRE) Willie Mullins Hugh Bowman 2 57.5kg 105
7 1x1253x613 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Craig Williams 6 56.5kg 99
8 18×0161166 CREEDENCE Matt Cumani Michael Poy (a) 3 56kg 98
9 x9748x0045 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander John Allen 8 56kg 98
10 x6804x2414 ATTORNEY (FR) Matthew Smith Jye McNeil 11 55.5kg 97
11 20064×4844 SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Luke Currie 1 55kg 88
12 x631123143 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 5 55kg 74

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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 2019 and 2020 editions saw Irish-trained mare True Self post back-to-back wins.

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
2020
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1st True Self 2 minutes 44.99 seconds
2nd Pondus
3rd Chapada
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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