Queen Of The Turf Stakes

  • Date: Saturday April 9, 2016
  • Racecourse: Royal Randwick
  • Race Distance: 1,600m
  • Conditions: 3yo & up Fillies & Mares WFA
  • Prize Money: $1 million

2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes News

Michelle Payne in line for Spring mounts on Azkadellia

Michelle Payne in line for Spring mounts on Azkadellia

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne is in line for the mount on Group 1 winner Azkadellia in the upcoming Spring Carnival.

Michelle Payne, above, is in line for the Spring mount on G1 winning mare Azkadellia. Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Payne could also be called upon to partner Azkadellia in the $2m Breeders’ Cup …

The Queen Of The Turf Stakes 2016 is a Group 1 race for fillies and mares aged three-years-old and above, which is run every year in April. It is held at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, over a distance of 1,600 metres and under weight-for-age conditions. Worth $1 million, the Queen of the Turf Stakes is raced as part of the Sydney Cup Day, Day 2 of The Championships, and attracts entries from some of the country’s best fillies and mares.

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A quality lead up race for the Queen of the Turf Stakes is often the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic run over a slightly shorter distance and held about a month previously. The race is reasonably new in racing terms, with the inaugural Queen of the Turf Stakes being run in 1972 when Refulgence claimed victory.

The race was first run over the distance of eight furlongs, which is equivalent to 1600m. The race was first classed as a Principle race until 1979 when it was made a Listed race. The Queen of the Turf Stakes finally received Group status in 1985 when it was named as a Group 3. The Queen of the Turf Stakes finally became a Group 1 in 2005 and has remained so ever since.

Up until 2014, the race had been run at Rosehill Gardens every year since it’s inception, apart from in 2008 when it was held at Canterbury Racecourse. Some notable past winners of the Queen of the Turf Stakes include C’est Si Bon (1982), Memphis Blues (1990), Danglissa (2000), Sorrento (2001) and Typhoon Tracey (2010).

Queen Of The Turf Stakes Field 2016

The 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes field is limited to 17 horses with 4 emergency runners. When it is available, the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes field will be published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 11x117x139 SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Luke Currie 15 57kg 112
2 0x1112x270 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 4 57kg 108
3 12123×2123 AZKADELLIA (NZ) Ciaron Maher Damien Oliver 9 57kg 107
4 291410×341 MISS ROSE DE LAGO Danny O’Brien James McDonald 8 57kg 104
5 x113x00xL2 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 2 57kg 104
6 49x149x251 ZANBAGH John P Thompson Blake Shinn 6 57kg 102
7 0513310×09 CASINO DANCER Mike Van Gestel Sam Clipperton 7 57kg 100
8 2x14111x41 ARTISTRY Peter & Paul Snowden Thomas Huet 14 57kg 99
9 5460×44914 VERGARA Anthony Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 57kg 98
10 3x43175x38 CORONATION SHALLAN Brett Scott Daniel Stackhouse 12 57kg 95
11 x4740x6685 SLIGHTLY SWEET Jason Coyle Jason Collett 17 57kg 93
12 130×223112 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin Tye Angland 3 57kg 92
13 9x11x33x57 LADY LE FAY (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 57kg 89
14 x217113x14 BADAWIYA Mick Price Craig Newitt 18 54.5kg 97
15 x25444x3N8 PASADENA GIRL (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 16 54.5kg 95
16 x61211x138 RISQUE (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damian Lane 5 54.5kg 95
17e 49x9700x72 SUPARA Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 11 57kg 83
18e 11437 ASINARA John O’Shea Tim Clark 13 54.5kg 77

2016 Queen of the Turf Stakes Nominations

The 2016 Queen of the Turf Stakes nominations are provided below.

No Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 CATKINS Chris Waller 1 57kg 110
2 COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse 2 57kg 112
3 FIRST SEAL John P Thompson 3 54.5kg 107
4 DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse 4 57kg 106
5 BONARIA Pat Hyland 5= 57kg 104
6 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Robert Smerdon 5= 57kg 104
7 DIADEME (NZ) Murray Baker 7 57kg 106
8 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (NZ) Murray Baker 8 57kg 101
9 GYPSY DIAMOND Peter & Paul Snowden 9 57kg 97
10 AMICUS Chris Waller 10 54.5kg 95
11 AMANPOUR Gai Waterhouse 11 57kg 94
12 HERA (NZ) Kris Lees 12 57kg 93
13 INTIMATE MOMENT (NZ) Chris Waller 13 57kg 89
14 TELEPATHIC (NZ) Chris Waller 14 57kg 87
15 JUST A BLUR Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones 15 57kg 76

Queen Of The Turf Stakes Winners & Results

Results and winners since 2000 for the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2016 1 Azkadellia 2 Heavens Above 3 Noble Protector 1:35.98
2015 1 Amanpour 2 Catkins 3 Noble Protector  1:37.77
2014 1 Diamond Drille 2 Gypsy Diamond 3 Red Tracer  1:35.85
2013 1 Appearance 2 Red Tracer 3 Streama  1:30.73
2012 1 More Joyous 2 Miss Keepsake 3 King’s Rose  1:28.5
2011 1 More Joyous 2 Melito 3 Happy Hippy  1:29.26
2010 1 Typhoon Tracy 2 Illuminates 3 Montana Flyer  1:29.95
2009 1 Neroli 2 Hot Danish 3 Imananabaa  1:31.2
2008 1 Forensics 2 Perfect Drop 3 Occurrence  1:31.5
2007 1 Divine Madonna 2 Cheeky Choice 3 Beauty Watch  1:30.5
2006 1 Mnemosyne 2 Regal Cheer 3 Shania Dane  1:28.21
2005 1 Ike’s Dream 2 Tui Song 3 Danni Martine  1:28.77
2004 1 In A Bound 2 Hec Of A Party 3 Ain’t Seen Nothin’  1:28.01
2003 1 Hosannah 2 Arrabeea 3 Faith Hill  1:27.91
2002 1 Ugachaka 2 Miss Zoe 3 Snow Hero  1:28.41
2001 1 Sorrento 2 Poppett 3 Belle Du Jour  1:27.7
2000 1 Danglissa 2 Gilded Angel 3 Zatella  1:28.27