Queen’s Cup

  • Date: November 5th
  • Racecourse: Flemington
  • Race Distance: 2,600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Prize Money: $300,000

2016 Queen’s Cup News

Hartnell not ready to topple Winx in Chipping Norton Stakes

Hartnell not ready to topple Winx in Chipping Norton Stakes

Trainer John O’Shea admits that it will be hard for Hartnell to topple Winx in the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday but is confident the English import will be able to test the super star mare on day two of ‘The Championships’ if the conditions are right.

Hartnell, above, …

The 2016 Queen’s Cup (formerly known as the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes) is a Group 3 race that takes place at Flemington racecourse in November each year.

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Run over a distance of 2,600 metres, the Queen’s Cup is run as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The Queen’s Cup is run under quality handicap conditions and is worth $300,000 in prize money, making it a very lucrative race in light of its status.

The Queen’s Cup was first run in 1854 when it was won by a horse called Shadow. The race was originally held over a distance of 24 furlongs, which is equal to 4,800 metres. The race distance of the Queen’s Cup continued to change until it was altered to 2,600 metres in 2010. The Queen’s Cup was first run as a Principal Race before being given Group 2 status in 1979. The race was decreased to a Group 3 in 2005.

The Queen’s Cup is held on Emirates Stakes Day, which is the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. It is run on the same day as the Group 1 Emirates Stakes, Group 1 Darley Classic, Group 2 Matriarch Stakes and Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate.

Notable Queen’s Cup winners include Wakeful (1902), Phar Lap (1930), Ajax (1938), High Caste (1939-1941), Rising Fast (1954-1955), Galilee (1966), Might And Power (1998) and Makybe Diva (2002).

2016 Queen Elizabeth Stake Field

The Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes field attracts top quality mares from stables around the country. Because it’s a fairly extensive race, at 2600m, the Queen’s Cup field is usually comprised of fairly well experienced career stayers who are comfortable over longer distances.

The 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes field will be published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 43x60x46x1 FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) Charlie Appleby William Buick 5 58kg 99
2 11134×0755 HOWARD BE THY NAME Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 3 58kg 99
3 x110x26622 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 9 57.5kg 98
4 8244×69451 JIM’S JOURNEY Peter F Blanch Ben Claridge 4 55.5kg 93
5 7733×86794 DE LITTLE ENGINE Danny O’Brien Chad Schofield 7 55.5kg 93
6 2x323x5002 SECOND BULLET Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 8 55.5kg 93
7 x1145x5248 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 10 55.5kg 82
8 022911×410 SLY ROMANCE (NZ) Richard Laming Craig Newitt 1 55.5kg 77
9 x413121212 ANGEL’S TOUCH Darren Weir Dean Yendall 2 55.5kg 76
10 1861654164 AAGAS Todd Balfour Ben E Thompson (a) 6 55.5kg 68

2016 Queen’s Cup Nominations

The Queen’s Cup nominations draw talented mares from several locations. Because of the race’s considerable prize money and the major day on which it is run, there is a certain level of prestige associated with entering a horse into the Queen’s Cup nominations.

The 2016 Queen’s Cup nominations will be published below.

Queen’s Cup Results

Below you will find a list of Queen’s Cup winners and results since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 Francis of Assisi 2 Vengeur Masque 3 Tom Melbourne  2:41.1
2015 1 Dandino 2 Secret Number 3 Don Doremo  2:46.9
2014 1 Le Roi 2 Prince Of Penzance 3 Big Memory  2:43.1
2013 1 Precedence 2 Sertorius 3 Let’s Make Adeal  2:46.4
2012 1 Puissance De Lune 2 Ironstein 3 Tanby  2:44.2
2011 1 Ironstein 2 Shootoff 3 Paddy O’Reilly  2:44.8
2010 1 Moudre 2 Capecover 3 Persian Star  2:45.2
2009 1 Sterling Prince 2 Crossthestart 3 Naval Escort  2:34.5
2008 1 Capecover 2 Light Vision 3 Baughurst  2:38.8
2007 1 Zavite 2 Cefalu 3 Completion  2:38.5
2006 1 Gallant Guru 2 Magic Instinct 3 Fooram  2:40.6
2005 1 Our Smoking Joe 2 Coalesce 3 Grey Song  2:33.8
2004 1 Fantastic Love 2 Manawa King 3 Da Capo  2:44.8
2003 1 Zazzman 2 Lord Erin 3 Delvecchio  2:37.5
2002 1 Makybe Diva 2 Spirit Of Westbury 3 Time Off  2:35.7
2001 1 Hatha Anna 2 Ascana 3 Tiger’s Eye  2:40.9
2000 1 Savrocca 2 Ultra Smug 3 Mayshiel  2:37.8