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 $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes was won by Jaameh from Sully with Libran third.
|Date:||Saturday 10th November 2018|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
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. 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).
Jaameh (2018) ran third in the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes over 2500m at Flemington before scoring a stirring victory in this event for the David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig stable.
Recent VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners include Vengeur Masque (2017) and Francis Of Assisi (2016).
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.
Vengeur Masque (2017) won the Gr3 Geelong Cup at Geelong earlier in the spring on his way to winning this event. Australian Thorughbred Bloodstock owned stayer Dandino (2015) ran second in the Geelong Cup 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. $3.30 Jaameh 56.0 Mark Zahra
2. $10.00 Sully 54.0 Regan Bayliss
3. $8.00 Libran 58.0 Ryan Moore
4. $14.00 Casterton 56.0 Corey Brown
5. $17.00 Sir Isaac Newton 55.5 Anthony Darmanin
6. $19.00 Megablast 57.0 Damian Lane
7. $7.50 Northwest Passage 56.0 Stephen Baster
8. $41.00 Ormito 54.0 Craig Williams
9. $31.00 Red Alto 56.0 Michael Walker
10. $11.00 Miss Admiration 54.5 Damien Oliver
11. $5.50 Gallic Chieftain 57.0 John Allen
Margins: 0.1 len, 2 len
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|2017||Vengeur Masque||Grey Lion||Wheal Leisure||2:42.9|
|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|