Ciaron Maher‘s mare Pride of Jenni rewrote the record books with a breath taking performance in the 2024 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick.

Pride Of Jenni winning the 2024 Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Pride Of Jenni winning the 2024 Queen Elizabeth Stakes by over six lengths on the line. Photo: Steve Hart.

In a display of dominance never witnessed before in a Group 1 race, Pride of Jenni absolutely demolished her rivals, leaving them in her dust to salute in the $5 million event over 2000m on Day 2 of The Championships.

The six-year-old daughter of Pride Of Dubai was expected to lead the field, but jockey Declan Bates took things a step further.

From the very start, Pride of Jenni surged ahead, building a staggering 30-length lead that she maintained throughout the entire 2000m race.

This once-unthinkable feat transformed a competitive field of star horses into mere spectators.

A speechless Maher, who had just celebrated a win with Circle of Fire in the Sydney Cup, struggled to express the magnitude of Pride of Jenni’s achievement.

“Phenomenal,” he finally managed. “I’ve never seen anything like that, ever…That’s the biggest win I’ve ever seen, let alone had anything to do with.”

Underrated in Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting, Pride of Jenni ($7) defied expectations.

Her dominance began at the 1400m mark, extending the lead as the race progressed, leaving the rest of the field scrambling for minor placings.

“I knew she’d get better the more she raced at 2000 meters,” Maher continued, still in awe. “My God, that was mind boggling…She ran an 11.1 [second sectional] at the mile. I never doubt Dec [and] she must have given him some amazing feel. Full credit to him. Incredible.”

Pride of Jenni maintained her blistering pace, stretching the lead to a remarkable 30 lengths at the top of the straight.

While the margin narrowed slightly in the final 200m, Bates never needed to push her to the limit.

She crossed the finish line a dominant 6.54 lengths ahead of the competition.

“That was all her today,” said a grateful Bates.

Over the last six months, the times I’ve ridden her we had a nice rhythm with each other and when I’d ask her to come back she’d come back a bit.

“Today, when the horse on the outside came to her, she grabbed the bit and she didn’t drop it at any point.

“I was actually concerned that we were doing a bit too much. To be honest, until we hit that line I wasn’t happy at all today until it was done.

“I couldn’t tell you what the sectionals were. Generally once we’re doing it nice and smoothly, I’m aware. Today, just knew we were going quicker than I wanted to so it was a matter of coming back, coming back, and she said ‘nah I’m going’. She knows better.

“It is amazing. Tony Ottobre has changed my life putting me on these horses. Just to be a part of this, you know, it is something special. It really is.

“I knew when I got out today she had a spring in her step and I was concerned that she was getting to the end of her prep.

“You can usually hear them coming and I was tempted to have a look back but I kept my eyes on the post.”

The hot favourite, Chris Waller‘s Via Sistina ($1.85F), finished a distant second, highlighting the sheer brilliance of Pride of Jenni’s performance. Mr Brightside ($10) came in third, followed by Cascadian ($8.50) in what may be his final race.

Pride of Jenni’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes victory will undoubtedly be etched in racing history for years to come.

2024 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 PRIDE OF JENNI Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 3 57kg $7
2 8 VIA SISTINA (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 6.54L 5 57kg $1.85F
3 1 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 8.38L 9 59kg $10
4 2 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Ben Melham 8.81L 6 59kg $8.50
5 5 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 10.04L 7 59kg $20
6 3 BUCKAROO (GB) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 12.19L 2 59kg $18
7 10 PLACE DU CARROUSEL (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Tommy Berry 13.35L 8 57kg $9
8 11 CEOLWULF (NZ) Joseph Pride Tom Marquand 14.17L 1 55.5kg $20
9 6 ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 16.33L 4 59kg $101
9 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Tom Marquand 0
4 LINDERMANN Chris Waller Tim Clark 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

This page and the written content within it were partially generated using AI or automated technology and edited and verified by our editorial team.


For free and confidential support call 1800 858 858 or visit

About The Author

Lucy Henderson

Lucy is an experienced horse racing journalist that has been a crucial member of the team for the better part of a decade. She has taken great delight in covering champion mares Black Caviar and Winx throughout their careers and always has a soft spot for a winning filly.