The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 3 quality handicap race held at Flemington racecourse annually during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in November. The race is run over a distance of 2600 metres and worth $250,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes was won by Francis Of Assisi from Vengeur Masque with Tom Melbourne third.
|Date:||Saturday 11th November 2017|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2016 Winner:||Francis Of Assisi|
The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a handicap race over 2600m and suits horses that may have raced previously in either the Gr1 Caulfield Cup or Gr1 Moonee Valley Cup or occasionally a Gr1 Melbourne Cup entrant may back up in this race on the following Saturday.
Horses contesting this event may head on towards the Gr2 Sandown Classic the following week and Tanby (3rd in 2012) went on to win the Classic at his next start.
Generally attracting above average stayers rather than the elite, the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes has attracted some quality types over the years including triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva (2002) and Might and Power (1998).
Francis Of Assisi (2016) scored an easy victory in the Gr3 Bendigo Cup at Bendigo in provincial Victoria before heading to Flemington to space his rivals in this event and recent VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners include Dandino (2015) and Le Roi (2014).
The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is held on the final day of the Flemington carnival and attracts staying types looking for an easier staying race than the Caulfield Cup or Melbourne Cup. The Gr3 Bendigo Cup in late October has proven to be a good guide to this race since being moved to the Wednesday before the Melbourne Cup. Francis Of Assisi (2016) is the last galloper to snare the Bendigo Cup & VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes double.
Australian Thorughbred Bloodstock owned stayer Dandino (2015) ran second in the Gr3 Geelong Cup at Geelong before taking out the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes at his next start.
Sertorious (2013) had a consistent spring following his Bendigo Cup victory, running second in this race before winning the Sandown Classic at Sandown the following week, while Puissance De Lune (2012) won this race after scoring a big victory in the Bendigo Cup.
Moudre (2010) ran second in the Geelong Cup at Geelong and then finished fourth in the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington on his way to winning this event, while Sterling Prince (2009) ran fifth in the The Lexus Stakes and Naval Escort (3rd in 2009) ran fourth in the same race.
1. $5.50 Francis Of Assisi 56.5 William Buick
2. $9.00 Vengeur Masque 54.0 Patrick Moloney
3. $2.40 Tom Melbourne 56.0 Dwayne Dunn
4. $6.00 De Little Engine 54.0 Chad Schofield
5. $17.00 Second Bullet 54.0 Damian Lane
6. $17.00 Howard Be Thy Name 56.5 Brad Rawiller
7. $26.00 Jim's Journey 54.0 Ben Claridge
8. $13.00 Angel's Touch 54.0 Dean Yendall
9. $151.00 Aagas 54.0 Ben E Thompson
Margins: 10 len, 0.75 len
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|2016||Francis Of Assisi||Vengeur Masque||Tom Melbourne||2:41.1|
|2014||Le Roi||Prince Of Penzance||Big Memory||2:43.1|
|2013||Precedence||Sertorius||Let's Make Adeal||2:46.4|
|2012||Puissance De Lune||Ironstein||Tanby||2:44.2|
|2009||Sterling Prince||Crossthestart||Naval Escort||2:34.5|
|2006||Gallant Guru||Magic Instinct||Fooram||2:40.6|
|2005||Our Smoking Joe||Coalesce||Grey Song||2:33.8|
|2004||Fantastic Love||Manawa King||Da Capo||2:44.8|
|2002||Makybe Diva||Spirit Of Westbury||Time Off||2:35.7|
|2001||Hatha Anna||Ascana||Tiger's Eye||2:40.9|
|1998||Might And Power||Oregon Star||Bulta||2:38.5|
|1997||Vita Man =1||Bright Spot =1||Royal Snack||2:38.0|
|1995||Pindi||Quick Ransom||Dark Ksar||2:40.1|
|1993||Hear That Bell||Fans||London Bridge||2:35.0|
|1992||Kawtuban||Rough Habit||Nassa Rocket||2:33.0|
|1991||Frontier Ban||Mantlepiece||Stylish Century||2:33.4|
|1990||Savage Toss||Tramaurea||Ideal Centreman||2:31.8|
|1989||Our Shannon Lad||Vo Rogue||It's Candide||2:36.6|