The Queen of the South Stakes is a Group 2 race of 1600 metres for fillies and mares aged three years and above that is run under set weights plus penalty conditions at Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide during the SAJC Autumn Carnival.
The 2023 edition of the race offered prize money of $202,250 and the top prize of $110,280 went to Caste.
Queen Of The South Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 1600m
Prize Money: $202,250
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When Is The Queen Of The South Stakes: 11/5/24
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Where Is The Queen Of The South Stakes: Morphettville Racecourse
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As of September 2023, she has made seven jumps for four wins and one placing for $241,000 in earnings. The Queen of the South Stakes is her most recent win and it concluded a three-race streak where she won a Benchmark 64 and a Listed grade race in the lead up.
It often seems to us as though Group 2 races in Australia are trapped in some sort of limbo, but the better types often use the race as the final jump of autumn campaigns, sometimes with an eye toward jumps in some of the similar Group 1 Spring Racing Carnival races in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
Still, judging by the names we saw on the list of winners, some better gallopers have won the race and that assertion is further supported by three winners that won the race on two occasions.
The race jumps during the South Australian Jockey Club Carnival during the autumn racing season. In 2023, the meeting featured the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes. There was also another Group 2 race – the Tobin Bronze Stakes, along with the Group 3 D.C. McKay Stakes and the Listed grade Without Fear Stakes.
History of the Queen of the South Stakes
The race has undergone changes to just about every aspect since its debut in 1981. We do not know if the running conditions have ever changed, but the name and race grade have changed across the years.
In the first year of the race, the trip was 1500 metres and the race was held at the now defunct Victoria Park. The current 1600 metre trip took hold and has been held since the second year of the race, 1982.
The very first year saw the race debut as the Breeders’ Matchmaker Stakes. Queen of the South Stakes took over in 1982 and persisted through 1990. From 1991, the names used have been the Southwark Premium Classic for two years. It was the Sedwick Classic between the years of 1993 – 1999.
The race was the Marsh Classic from 2000 through 2005.
In 2006, it was the Coolmore Mile, which is not confusing in any sense, and in 2007 the racers looked to take home the Waterford Wedgwood Trophy.
It was finally restored to the Queen of the South Stakes in 2008 and has been ever since.
Initially a Listed grade race from 1982, Group 3 status was conferred in 1986 and Group 2 came along in 1987.
The current track record for the race is 1:34.55 in 1991 and belongs to two-time winner Shavano Miss.
Legendary trainer Colin Hayes has recorded six wins, with Parisian Romp (1981), Corona Miss (1983), Casey Belle (1984), Star Style Girl (1985), and Memphis Blues (1989, 1990).
Venue for the Queen of the South Stakes
Morphettville Racecourse in the Adelaide suburb of that name is home to the race.
It is located about 8 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD.
It opened in 1876 and features a 2300 metre circumference main track and another known as “The Parks” with a circumference of 2100 metres.
The track is a tri-oval, much like Flemington, but with less severe turns at the apex.
Each year, the track hosts four Group 1, four Group 2 and nine Group 3 races.
For 1600 metre races, the barriers are place approximately midway down the back straight. The racers navigate two turns to hit the home straight to finish at the stands on the northwest side of the course.
Racing History of the Queen of the South Stakes
With a mares and fillies race, it is interesting to look at winners from the racing slant and the breeding slant. We will look for the better winners and breeders, the sorts that won big money, major races and had good success supplying offspring.
The winner in 1981 was Parisian Romp.
She won the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes that same year, which we find encouraging because we often encounter horses that have won nothing other than the race we are chronicling.
Our source indicates that she won seven races, but that is all that was revealed.
After racing, she supplied foals between 1986 and 1994, seven in total, six fillies and one colt. There were a couple race winners, but those horses’ earnings suggest that they were minor races on country tracks.
The remarkable Rose Of Kingston was the winner in 1982, so even as a Listed grade race, the Queen of the South Stakes held attractions for trainers and connections.
Her 26 jumps supplied 10 wins and 9 placings for just under $600,000.
She had Group 1 wins in the 1981 VRC Oaks, Champagne Stakes and the Group 2 Ascot Vale Stakes. In 1982, when she won the AJC Derby, she beat Our Planet (Group 1 Queensland Derby) and Gurner’s Lane (1982 Melbourne Cup over Kingston Town).
She was sent to the U.S., where she was served by top stallions of the era, including Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Secretariat. Her best was Kingston Rule by Secretariat that won over $1.5 million, along with the 1990 Melbourne Cup with a still standing record for that race. She also stood in Oz with Marscay and Canny Lad.
We are finding better types as we move through the list, so at this stage of the proceedings, we are going to jump ahead according to whim, lest we run out of space before we run out of good winners.
We begin with the 1986 winner Canny Lass.
She supplies our connection to the legendary sire Star Kingdom via her grand sire Biscay and sire Bletchingly.
She won 9 races and placed in 10 for $552,000. She had three Group 1 wins, so she was a bona fide racer. She supplied 10 named foals that combined won 17 races, although there were no major winners.
When we arrive at 1989, we find the winner Memphis Blues taking the post and repeating the win in 1990.
She never cracked the ranks of Group 1 winners, but she was in the conversation in races with Research and Stapleton Lass.
She was a good broodmare, supplier of three colts and four fillies. Her offspring accounted for 17 race wins, 14 of which came from the 1999 gelding by Piccolo named Picablu that won almost $400,000 from a career that included 92 jumps - tips.
She was succeeded by another dual winner of the Queen of the South Stakes, Shavano Miss that won in 1991 and 1992.
Like Memphis Blues, she did not win at Group 1 grade, but she had 13 wins over the course of her racing career.
She was a good dam, with eight foals. She was served by stallions that she had raced against. One of those was Dr. Grace that resulted in the 1994 filly Graceful Encounter that won $231,000. Another foal from 1997 by Flying Spur supplied $267,000.
The first million dollar winner we found was in the form of 1996 winner Saleous.
Her 28 jumps for 8 wins and 11 placings earned $1.1 million, with Group 1 wins in the Victoria Oaks and the Australia Stakes. She had wins at Group 2 grade and placings in several other Group 1 races.
We did not locate a progeny record, although her pedigree suggests that she carried potent DNA from both her sire Salieri and her dam Bounteous (Bletchingly, Biscay, Star Kingdom).
Our next stop covers the years of 2002 and 2003, when the third and most recent dual winner of the Queen of the South Stakes was Sylvaner.
It is not easy to win a Group 2 race, let alone win that race two consecutive years, but in the case of Sylvaner, winning the race twice was her best racing. She made 42 jumps for 9 wins and 12 placings for $606,000.
She supplied seven named foals, all colts. Two by Zabeel, two by Dundeel, two by Starcraft and one by High Chapparal left little impression on racing.
The 2005 winner was Hidden Strings.
She fits perfectly the definition of a handy galloper, with 50 jumps, 8 wins, 12 placings and $571,000. Her other good win was the 2007 Hilton International Stakes (VRC Matriarch Stakes).
She caught the eye of some top stallions, including Encosta De Lago, Sebring, Tiger Hill and Written Tycoon, but the best was a 2014 filly by So You Think named Sopressa that won almost $675,000.
Nothin’ Leica Dane served Laydown Misere to produce the 2007 winner Cinque Cento.
Her 33 jumps resulted in 5 wins and 6 placings, but she chose the right spots to parlay that form into $773,000.
She had a Group 1 win in the 2007 BTC Cup and beat a few better types. As a breeder, she supplied seven foals for which we can identify four winners, with a win total of eight wins.
We have been looking for something good since Cinque Cento in 2007, but we are not finding any better types. Neither have we found any significant offspring, but we forge on regardless.
The 2013 winner, Star of Giselle, was the best we had encountered for a number of years of the Queen of the South Stakes.
Her earnings of $654,000 were the more impressive because she made just 24 jumps for 9 wins and 6 placings.
We found three foals for Star of Giselle. All were fillies and her sires were Snitzel, Exceed And Excel and More than ready got Starelle from her that managed to turn one win from 20 jumps into $374,000.
Atlantis Dream, winner in 2015, used 23 jumps for 6 wins and 9 placings into $392,000, so we can say that at least she was efficient.
The Queen of the South Stakes was her final win. Nine more jumps brought four more placings, including second to Into The Mist when she tried to repeat her 2015 victory.
The winner from 2016, Into The Mist, was racing to find stallions, it would seem.
She made just 15 jumps for 5 wins and 3 placings for $229,000.
She was found by I Am Invincible and Written Tycoon, but neither of those great stallions got nothing out of her and a filly from 2018 and a colt from 2020 did nothing impressive as racers. Only the fact that she was by Redoute’s Choice compelled us to look into her.
Amelie's Star was the winner in 2017.
She used 19 jumps to win 6 times and place 4 times. Her earnings were respectable for the types we find winning the Queen of the South Stakes - $573,000.
She has supplied just one foal to date, a 2019 gelding by So You Think.
Amelie's Star’s final two jumps almost seem like a misprint. She was 11th in the 2017 Caulfield Cup and 14th in the Melbourne Cup, even though she had won earlier staying races.
The 2018 winner, French Emotion, was by Snitzel with Redoute’s Choice for grand sire. Some top names appeared in her lines, including Snippets and Canny Lad, to name two, and her 35 jumps produced 8 wins and 11 placings for earnings of $886,000.
We did not find any record of offspring, but that is often the case with recent winners of any race.
The 2021 winner, Fabric, was out of New Zealand. Her sire was Ocean Park, offering connections to Zabeel and much further back, Bletchingly. Her dam Haberdashery supplied lines to Pins, Snippets and other good Oz racers.
Twenty-five jumps returned 6 wins and 8 placings for $561,000.
For the 2022 winner, Silent Sovereign, 30 jumps provided for 5 wins, 8 placings and $552,000.
The Queen of the South Stakes looks more like a breeding mares showcase as much as anything else.
We found only a few that won anything better and we did not uncover any truly exceptional offspring.
Many of the winners had strong northern hemisphere influences in their pedigree lines and most were the types that were able to attract top stallions, even if those top stallions’ services did not result in anything spectacular.
Queen Of The South Stakes Past Winners
|2020||Shrouded In Mist|
|2016||Into The Mist|
|2013||Star Of Giselle|
|2009||Bird Of Fire|
|2008||Trick Of Light|
|1993||San Pauli Girl|
|1985||Star Style Girl|
|1982||Rose Of Kingston|