The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is run under quality handicap conditions and is open to three-year-olds of any genders during the spring segment of the racing season.
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes features prizemoney of $300,000 as of the 2021 jump.
Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Queens Cup) Race Details
Race Distance: 2600m
Prize Money: $300,000
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When Is The Queen Elizabeth Stakes: 9/11/24
What Time Is The Queen Elizabeth Stakes: TBA
Where Is The Queen Elizabeth Stakes: Flemington Racecourse
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More Details About The Queen Elizabeth Stakes
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 3 stayers’ race of 2600 metres that is staged at Flemington in November.
The winner from 2021 was Warning that has won above $2 million, with a major win in the Group 1 Victoria Derby from 2019. He did not have a lot of competition, just six gallopers jumped, as all the international raiders were not permitted in due to the Covid pandemic.
Warning led from the outset, and though a couple challenged him around the 400-metre mark, he had plenty left and was able to fend off the challengers and win comfortably.
This is where a replay of the 2021 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes may be viewed.
History of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes
The first VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes was held in 1854, seven years prior to the first Melbourne Cup. It was known as the Queen’s Plate from 1854 through 1872. It has been known as the Queen’s Cup, the C.B. Fisher Plate, Flemington Plate, Canterbury Plate, the Queen’s Plate and perhaps a couple other colourful names by writers that were tasked with sorting the mess.
There is also a Queen’s Something or Other held at Randwick in NSW, there is at least one held in the United Kingdom and there are other races that could be mistaken, including the ones that are named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.
Then, there are the Queen Something or Other Stakes, Plates, Cups, Soup Tureens and so forth that apply to almost any sport played in any British Commonwealth country.
To add to all of that, some of the other races with similar names have changed to similar variations of the above disambiguation.
Hopefully, there will not be a QE III anytime soon.
Just as the name has changed, so has the trip.
It was originally 4800 metres. It dropped to 3200 for a time before being set at 3600 metres. It was run over 4000 metres in 1885. The race has been as short as 2400 metres, the trip for the majority of jumps, from 1895 through 1972.
The current 2600-metre trip has been in effect since 2010.
After all of the above, you might appreciate that the race grade has only three variations. It was Principal grade until the Group system first deemed it Group 2 in 1979. It remained there through 2004 before being reduced to Group 3 in 2005.
Venue for the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
With all the different names, trips and grades, it is hard to describe how glad we are to be able to say that the race about which we are writing has always been staged at Flemington. We fully expected to learn that the race has been at Caulfield, Sandown and Moonee Valley or any provincial track that happened to have a slot open.
Flemington needs very little by way of introduction.
It is in that iconic realm of racecourses that include the famous tracks from around the world, such as Sha Tin, Royal Ascot, Epsom Downs, Churchill Downs, Longchamp and so forth. Okay, then, Royal Randwick, too.
History reports that the first meeting at Flemington took place in 1840, with the most famous of its races, the Melbourne Cup, starting in 1861.
For a 2600-metre trip of the VRC QE Stakes, the gallopers jump around the middle of the home straight, run past the finish line, and then make one complete circuit to hit the finish line again in front of the grand stands. The racers have only 300 metres before they hit the tight double turn and the west side of the course, before heading down the back straight that runs parallel to the Maribyrnong River that has recently been plaguing the neighbours.
Will they change the slogan of the Melbourne Cup from the Race That Stops a Nation to the Race That Drowns the Locals or At Least Makes Them Really Wet and Mad?
History of the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes
The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes has a long legacy of attracting the best Australian Thoroughbred gallopers. It was one of the major races of the year even though there were five years early in the race’s history where there was no jump – 1860, 61, 62 and 1864.
A glance at the winners list reveals legendary gallopers, the likes of Tim Whiffler (1867 and 1870), Warrior (1871) and Don Juan (1873), all three of which would win the Melbourne Cup.
Patron won the race in 1893 and won the Melbourne Cup the following year.
1902’s Wakeful was a mare that won 25 times from 44 jumps, with 16 placings. Her mere three jumps unplaced put her in the conversation of great mares with the likes of Makybe Diva, Black Caviar, Winx and Sunline.
She jumped in the 1903 Melbourne Cup with 13 pounds above weight-for-age and 22 kg. more than the winner Lord Cardigan.
Alawa was the winner three consecutive years – 1908 – 1910.
Kennaquhair, the 1918 winner of the BRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes that had the similar fate to Wakeful of running second in the Melbourne Cup, with major wins in the Sydney Cup and The Metropolitan Handicap.
Next came Artilleryman, the 1919 winner of the QE Stakes that won the Melbourne Cup that same year, before the 1920 jump of the race went to Eurythmic, the 1920 Caulfield Cup and 1921 Sydney Cup winner.
Violoncello from 1922 was winner of the 1921 Caulfield Cup and the 1922 Cox Plate and other major races in 1922.
After a little lull, the champions’ parade resumes with Gothic in 1928.
Gothic’s victories include two Newmarket Handicaps (1927 and 1928), and a host of other quality wins, including the Futurity Stakes, Memsie Stakes, Caulfield Stakes, William Reid Stakes and C.F. Orr Stakes.
He was followed by the 1929 winner Amounis, the two-time Epsom Handicap and Cantala Stakes winner. He won the Linlithgow Stakes three times, to go with the 1927 Cox Plate and the 1930 Caulfield Cup.
If those last two from the pre-war era did not create a great enough impression, perhaps the 1930 winner, Phar Lap, will.
The story of Phar Lap is one of the greatest in the history of Australian Thoroughbred history and a detailed account of his exploits is available elsewhere on this website. We will mention his two Cox Plate wins and the 1930 Melbourne Cup victory.
Three years later in 1933, Rogilla won the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He came into the race as the 1932 Caulfield Cup winner, along with a Sydney Cup and Cox Plate win in 1933. Rogilla could be the answer to a trivia question: What major winner was dead-heated five times?
The wait for another great champion was short, just two years, when Hall Mark, the 1933 Melbourne Cup winner, took the race to add it to his trophies for the AJC Sires Produce and AJC Produce Stakes, the AJC and VRC Derbies, the 1935 Doncaster Handicap and the Caulfield Stakes in 1934.
Another legend appears in 1938, when Ajax won the race.
Ajax’s racing resume consists of 46 jumps for 36 wins and 9 placings, the only blemish being one unplace run. He won the All Aged Stakes three straight years from 1938 – 1940. The same year of 1938 supplied wins in the Cox Plate, the Linlithgow Stakes, Newmarket Handicap, MacKinnon Stakes, Memsie, Underwood and Melbourne Stakes.
Ajax set the stage for the next three-time winner of the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes, High Caste, the winner for 1939 – 1941. The race was known at that time as the C.B. Fisher Plate. An Epsom Handicap, three Linlithgow Stakes and other legendary races were all part of the legend of High Caste.
The race was abandoned due to World War II in 1942, 1943 and 1944.
We then skip quite a few talented racers to find another legend, this one Hydrogen, winning the race in 1952 and 1953.
Hydrogen’s 1952 win started a patch of VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes elite winners that lasted through 1958.
Hydrogen won the Cox Plate in 1952 and 1953 to put trophies in the case alongside those from winning two Crave Plates, two Hill Stakes and the prestigious Victoria Derby for 1951.
He was followed by another dual winner in Rising Fast from 1954 and 1955.
Rising Fast’s main claim to fame is as the only horse to win the Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup in the same year. In his case, that year was 1954.
Rising Fast would add a second Caulfield Cup and another Melbourne Cup in 1955. Racing in 1956 as a seven-year-old, he had enough petrol left in the tank to win the Blamey, C. F. Orr and Memsie Stakes.
Another top galloper, Sailor’s Guide was the winner in 1956 and 1958.
He had major wins in the 1956 Sydney Cup and the VRC St. Leger. He won two Blamey Stakes (1957 and 1958) and even won in the United States in the Washington, D.C. International, a race that would morph into the Breeders’ Cup Turf, one of the major races of the U.S.
In between Sailor’s Guide was the notable Redcraze, the warrior gelding that made 84 jumps for 32 wins and 20 placings.
His big wins were the 1956 Caulfield Cup and the 1957 Cox Plate. In the 1956 Melbourne Cup, he lost by a neck to Evening Peal after conceding the capable mare 14 kg.
The 1962 winner was Even Stevens.
He produced a Melbourne Cup – Caulfield Cup double that same year. He was leased to the namesake of the race, Queen Elizabeth, but a training accident nixed the deal, allowing Even Stevens to supply Group 1 winners Master John and Evenstead.
again, we find ourselves skipping good horses, such as Dhaulagiri, Galilee and General Command to get to the 1968 Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner, Rain Lover.
Rain Lover will be forever remembered for winning the Melbourne Cup in 1968 and 1969, which resulted in his being declared the 1969 Australian Horse of the Year. He had many other notable victories as well, such as the Chipping Norton Stakes and the Underwood Stakes, to mention two.
The year 1970 gave us Big Philou.
Big Philou won the Caulfield Cup in 1969 and was installed as the short favourite in that year’s Melbourne Cup when he was knobbed with poison in the form of an excess amount of laxative, causing him to be withdrawn less than an hour before the race, paving the way for Rain Lover’s second Melbourne Cup win.
The legendary race mare Leilani won the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1974 to go with a win in the Caulfield Cup. Other major wins were the AJC Oaks, Toorak Handicap, MacKinnon Stakes and the Australian Cup, to mention but a few.
She made 28 jumps for 14 win and 12 placings, failing to place in just two jumps.
The next notable and dual winner was Hyperno from 1979 and 1980.
Hyperno was the 1979 Melbourne Cup winner. The Australian Horse of the Year in 1981, and winner of two Blamey Stakes and the 1981 Australian Cup. Other good wins were the BMW Stakes, C.F. Orr Stakes and the Rawson Stakes.
We jump all the way ahead to 1998, the year the race was won by the remarkable Might and Power.
He won the Cups Double with the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup wins in 1997 and he added a Cox Plate win in 1998.
Three years later, the redoubtable Makybe Diva won the jump that took place in 2002. Her three Melbourne Cup wins in 2003, 2004 and 2005 will forever enshrine her in Australian racing lore.
Since that time, none of the winners of the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes was in the same category as the winners we have mentioned to this point, but those humble horses had to beat some top gallopers to win the race.
Our final winner for this piece is True Self, the winner from 2019 and 2020.
This Irish lass foaled in 2013 and is still listed as active, although she has not raced since June of 2021. She has made 30 jumps as of the end of October 2022 and has won almost $2 million from 11 wins and seven placings.
As a Group 3, or as a Principal race, the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes has delivered notable and legendary winners.
Many of the winners have been Hall of Famers, with numerous Melbourne Cups, Caulfield Cups and Cox Plate victories on their racing resumes.
Queen Elizabeth Stakes Past Winners
|2016||Francis of Assisi|
|2012||Puissance De Lune|
|2005||Our Smoking Joe|
|1998||Might And Power|
|1993||Hear That Bell|
|1989||Our Shannon Lad|
|1982||My Sir Avon|
|1972||Scotch And Dry|
|1936||Queen Of Song|
|1887||The Australian Peer|
|1872||King Of The Ring|
|1855||I Want It|