Adelaide Headlines 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes First Acceptances

By: Thomas Hackett
March 9th, 2015

The 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances have been released and Cox Plate winner Adelaide remains on track to contest the Group 1 event at Royal Randwick on April 11.

Adelaide could make his return to racing in the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick on April 11. Photo by: Sarah Ebbett

Adelaide could make his return to racing in the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick on April 11. Photo by: Sarah Ebbett

Adelaide stamped himself as one of the most talented horses in the world when he worked home strongly from the tail of the field to win the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25, but he has not been seen at the races since.

The Galileo entire was originally set to return to racing in either the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 14 or the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 21, but there is now speculation that the Cox Plate winner will go into the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes first-up.

Adelaide has now joined the stable of Chris Waller and the leading Sydney trainer is likely to be well represented in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes after Beaten Up, Foreteller, Hawkspur, He’s Your Man, I’m Imposing, Junoob, Moriarty, Sacred Falls, Weary, Who Shot Thebarman, Royal Descent and Preferment were also included in the first acceptances.

Protectionist is another horse that won at the highest level of racing during the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival and the Melbourne Cup winner will run in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes if he performs well in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington this weekend.

The Monsun entire was unable to play a part in the finish when he returned to racing in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on February 28 and he needs to show a bit more pace over 2000 metres in order to remain in Queen Elizabeth Stakes contention.

Intergaze (1997) is the only three-year-old that has won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the past 30 years, but that could change in 2015 as a number of talented three-year-olds remain a chance of contesting the $4 million event.

Hallowed Crown stepped-up to 1600 metres for the first time to take out the Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) on Saturday and co-trainer James Cummings has kept him in the nominations for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The three-year-old is set to have his next two race starts in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m), but he could back-up in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes if he performs well in the $3 million mile event a week earlier.

Another three-year-old that could follow a similar path is talented filly First Seal, who returned to winning form with a classy performance in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on February 28.

First Seal will make her debut against older horses in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday and if she wins will run in the Doncaster Mile before potentially backing up in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Other three-year-olds that remain a chance of contesting the Queen Elizabeth Stakes include Hampton Court, Mongolian Khan, Moonovermanhattan, Shooting To Win, Sweynesse and Wandjina.

Japan will be represented in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes for the first time and both To The World and Tosen Stardom have already arrived in Australia ahead of the Group 1 event at Royal Randwick on April 11.

To The World is considered the most talented of the four Japanese horses that have come to Australia for the 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and he is taking a strong form line into the race after he finished second behind champion Japanese mare Gentildonna in the Group 1 The Arima Kinen (2500m) at Nakayama at the end of last year.

Tosen Stardom does not have the same sort of form as To The World, but he took out the Group 3 The Challenge Cup (1800m) at Hanshin in December of last year in his final race start before making the trip to Australia.

Contributer has been the form horse of the 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival to date and he remains on track to contest the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, while he could be joined in the race by stablemates Harntell and It’s Somewhat.

Hartnell made his Australian-racing debut with a fast-finishing second behind Contributer in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and It’s Somewhat sprinted to victory in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m).

The likes of Cosmic Endeavour, Criterion, Diamond Drille, Dissident, Dominant, Fiveandahalfstar, Happy Trails, Lucia Valentina, Pornichet, Red Cadeaux, Rising Romance, Tinto, The Cleaner and Suavito have also been included in the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances.

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ADELAIDE (IRE) Chris Waller 114
2 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher
3 AOMEN (IRE) Anthony Cummings 100
4 ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke 105
5 AU REVOIR (IRE) Peter G Moody
6 BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 107
7 CONTRIBUTER (IRE) John O’Shea 113
8 COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse 112
10 CRITERION (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 112
11 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 102
12 DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse 105
13 DISSIDENT Peter G Moody
14 DOMINANT (IRE) John Moore
15 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
16 FAST DRAGON Bruce Wallace 90
17 FIRST SEAL John P Thompson 106
18 FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings 111
19 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 113
20 GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
21 HALLOWED CROWN Bart & James Cummings
22 HAMPTON COURT Gai Waterhouse 103
23 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara
24 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea 109
25 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 106
26 HERA (NZ) Kris Lees 94
27 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller 110
28 HOOKED John P Thompson 104
29 I’M IMPOSING (GB) Chris Waller 105
30 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea
31 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 107
32 LASER HAWK Joseph Pride 105
33 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 101
34 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 102
35 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 111
36 MAGICOOL Mark Kavanagh
37 MONGOLIAN KHAN Murray Baker
39 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller 109
40 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105
41 PAJARO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 83
42 PORNICHET (FR) Gai Waterhouse 101
43 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller
45 PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay
46 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 112
47 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan 110
48 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller 111
49 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller 116
50 SAKHEE’S SOLDIER (NZ) Murray Baker 100
51 SAN DIEGO John O’Shea 82
52 SHOOTING TO WIN Peter & Paul Snowden
53 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 116
54 SINGING FLAME Kevin Moses 85
55 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees 99
56 SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
57 SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings 80
58 SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston
59 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea
60 THE CLEANER Mick Burles
61 TINTO Rex Lipp 105
62 TO THE WORLD (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee
63 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee
64 WANDJINA Gai Waterhouse
65 WEARY (FR) Chris Waller 108
66 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 108

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