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.
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.
|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|