The ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held each year in April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $4,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes was won by Winx from Gailo Chop second and Happy Clapper third.
The $18 Million two-day 'The Championships' during the Sydney autumn racing carnival resulted in a huge prizemoney boost for the ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It's now a $4 Million event and the world's richest turf race over 2000 metres.
This race is held on the second day of The Championships, along with the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks, Group 1 Sydney Cup and Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes. The ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes now attracts plenty of interest in the autumn.
|Date:||Saturday 14th April 2018|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
The ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a good horse's race and the 2000m distance at level weights makes it a very attractive race for quality thoroughbreds to contest during The Championships in the autumn. The massive prizemoney on offer will make this race a tempting one for many trainers and owners, with overseas interest sure to see a classy galloper or two make the trip to Sydney in April
The race generally assembles a top class field of gallopers and some outstanding horses have saluted over the years, including the likes of Winx (2017-18), More Joyous (2012), Grand Armee (2004-05), Lonhro (2003), Might And Power (1998), Rough Habit (1992) and Our Poetic Prince (1989).
Races such as the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes run under the same conditions earlier in the carnival are good lead up races to this event, while three-year-olds who contested the Gr1 ATC Derby or Gr1 Rosehill Guineas might consider running here. Metal Bender (2nd in 2009) won the Rosehill Guineas prior to dead-heating for second in this race.
Middle distance types who ran in the Gr1 Doncaster Handicap the week before might also be tempted to go on and tackle this race, especially those horses better suited to the 2000m distance of this race.
Oustanding mare More Joyous (2012) won the Doncaster on her way to winning this race and claimed the Doncaster Mile & ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes double in the process.
Winx (2017-2018) scored a brilliant win in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill before producing another classy victory in this event and recent ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners include Lucia Valentina (2016) and Criterion (2015).
1. $1.24 Winx 57.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $26.00 Gailo Chop 59.0 Mark Zahra
3. $11.00 Happy Clapper 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
4. $14.00 Humidor 59.0 Blake Shinn
5. $51.00 Comin' Through 59.0 Michael Walker
6. $201.00 Consensus 57.0 Jason Collett
7. $101.00 Odeon 59.0 Damian Lane
8. $31.00 Ambitious 59.0 Craig Williams
9. $151.00 Classic Uniform 59.0 Andrew Adkins
10. $61.00 Success Days 59.0 Joao Moreira
Margins: 3.8 len, 0.3 len
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|2018||Winx||Gailo Chop||Happy Clapper||2:01.6|
|2017||Winx||Hartnell||Sense Of Occasion||2:07.2|
|2016||Lucia Valentina||The United States||Happy Clapper||2:04.8|
|2015||Criterion||Red Cadeaux||Royal Descent||2:05.3|
|2014||It's A Dundeel||Sacred Falls||Carlton House||2:03.7|
|2013||Reliable Man||It's A Dundeel||Happy Trails||2:01.8|
|2012||More Joyous||Manighar||Secret Admirer||2:05.3|
|2011||My Kingdom Of Fife||Sacred Choice||Syreon||2:07.7|
|2010||Road To Rock||Triple Honour||Monaco Consul||2:03.8|
|2009||Pompeii Ruler||=2 Sarrera||=2 Metal Bender||2:07.1|
|2008||Sarrera||Nom Du Jeu||Tuesday Joy||2:03.5|
|2007||Desert War||Haradasun||Spirit of Tara||2:04.2|
|2006||Eremein||Aqua d' Amore||Ike's Dream||2:02.4|
|2001||Shogun Lodge||Go Flash Go||El Mirada||2:05.5|
|1998||Might And Power||Champagne||Catalan Opening||2:05.1|
|1997||Intergaze||Octagonal||All Our Mob||2:01.2|
|1992||Rough Habit||My Eagle Eye||Aquidity||2:03.8|
|1991||Stylish Century||Royal Creation||Livistona Lane||2:02.9|
|1990||Sydeston||Better Loosen Up||Rajamah||2:17.0|
|1989||Our Poetic Prince||Dandy Andy||Beau Zam||2:10.3|