The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a popular Group 3 race held every year at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne Victoria. The race is run over a long distance of 2600M and is among some of the longest races in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Until 2010, the race was known as the Queens Cup before it was renamed to the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the course distance upped from 2500M to 2600M. The event is today worth up to $250,000 in prize money and run under handicap conditions.
The 2013 edition of the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes was absolutely entertaining and amidst the twist and turns all over the 2600M, Precedence carried the day with a fine finish in the last stretch with Sertorius and Lets Make A Deal having to settle for second and third respectively. The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes will now be held on the same day as the Emirates Stakes and the Patinack Farm Classic during the 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The event is a great progression for horses that performed well in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup, The Melbourne Cup and the Group 1 Moonee Valley Cup. In light of this, there is always great talent on show in this race. The Group 2 Sundown Classic is the next race on the agenda for horses that contest the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In 2012, the amazing Tanby emerged from a third place finish in the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes on course towards a remarkable victory in the Sundown Classic.
In 2013, Precedence was on hand to claim the Moonee Valley Cup and the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes double in breathtaking fashion. Other notable horses to feature in the race include Moudre who took the title in 2010 on course towards a second place finish in the Geelong Cup. The horse also did well to finish a respectable fourth in Lexus Stakes. Ironstein also won the event in 2011 while Puissance De Lune replicated the same success a year later in 2012.
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|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||Don Eduardo||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|