Queen Of The Turf Stakes


Date: Saturday 11th April 2015
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Fillies & Mares – Weight for age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,000,000
2014 Winner: Diamond Drille

The Queen of the Turf Stakes is a popular group 1 race event that takes place at the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. The race is a weight-for-age race for fillies and mares ran over a distance of 1600m. The Queen of the Turf Stakes is worth $1 million in prize money and last year, the winner was the Appearance. The Red Tracer and Steama all took second and third respectively. In this year’s Sydney Autumn racing carnival, the Queen of the Turf Stakes will feature among the ten championship races along with the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes worth $4 million in prize money on the same day.

The race is seen by many trainers and horse owners as the best event for three year old fillies and mares. Over the last decades, the race has attracted a lot of brilliant mares some of which have gone on to make a name in the Australian horse racing turf. In recent years, The Queen of The Turf has featured horses from the group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic which takes part a week before the commencement of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

However, it is important to note that the Coolmore Stud Classic is a handicap event which is very different from the weight-for-age Queen of The Turf Stakes. Appearance was the last mare to claim both the Coolmore Stud Classic and the Queen of The Turf stakes in the same year. Other horses that have claimed similar honors in the recent past include the More Joyous in 2011 and 2012 and the Typhoon Tracey in 2010.

The Queen of The Turf Stakes is one of the many races that are set to light up the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The race will feature on the second day of the championship. Other events to look out for alongside the Queen of The Turf include the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes, Group 3 events such as the TL Baillieu Handicap, and The Neville Sellwood Stakes.

Queen Of The Turf Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Diamond Drille Gypsy Diamond Red Tracer 1:35.8
2013 Appearance Red Tracer Streama 1:30.7
2012 More Joyous Miss Keepsake King’s Rose 1:28.5
2011 More Joyous Melito Happy Hippy 1:29.2
2010 Typhoon Tracy Illuminates Montana Flyer 1:29.9
2009 Neroli Hot Danish Imananabaa 1:31.2
2008 Forensics Perfect Drop Occurrence 1:31.5
2007 Divine Madonna Cheeky Choice Beauty Watch 1:30.6
2006 Mnemosyne Regal Cheer Shania Dane 1:28.2
2005 Ike’s Dream Tui Song Dannu Martine 1:28.7
2004 In A Bound Hec Of A Party Ain’t Seen Nothin’ 1:28.0
2003 Hosannah Arrabeea Faith Hill 1:27.9
2002 Ugachaka Miss Zoe Snow Hero 1:28.4
2001 Sorrento Poppett Belle Du Jour 1:27.7
2000 Danglissa Glided Angel Zatella 1:28.2
1999 Camino Rose Align Staging 1:28.5
1998 Arletty Greeting Camino Rose 1:28.6
1997 Kenbelle Admiring Glances Timeless Winds 1:27.8
1996 Shame Bionic Bess Destruct 1:27.6
1995 Light Up The World Arborea Bionic Bess 1:29.0
1994 The Perfume Garden Lady’s Way Flitter 1:29.8
1993 Excited Angel Strokes Romanee Conti 1:27.4
1992 Romance Conti Kinght’s Contessa Mamzelle Perdu 1:29.6
1991 Ricochet Rosie Argyle Cut Tessuti 1:28.0
1990 Memphis Blues Just Trish Marathon Star 1:34.1
1989 Special Finish Red Express Graduation 1:32.1
1988 Chez Paree Balmoral Loving Devotion 1:31.8