Australian Derby 2017 – Autumn Sydney Racing Carnival

Queen Elizabeth Stakes – Autumn Racing Carnival 2017

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Group 1 $4 million ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Randwick Saturday 8 April –
A 2000m racing classic

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 during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $4,000,000 in prizemoney.

The 2014 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes was won by It’s a Dundeel, 2015 winner was Criterion and the 2016 winner in a high class affair was Lucia Valentino from runner up The United States.
The establishment of the $20 million two week ‘The Championships’ for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival at Royal Randwick racecourse resulted in a huge prize money boost for the ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes, now a $4 Million event and the world’s richest turf race over 2000 metres.

Held on the second day of The Championships along with the Group 1Australasian Oaks, Sydney Cup and Queen of the Turf Stakes the ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is sure to attract plenty of interest this autumn.
The ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a high quality horse 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 prize money 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 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 un under the same conditions earlier in the carnival are good lead up races to this event, while three-year-olds who contested the Group 1 ATC Derby or Group 1 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 Group 1 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.
Outstanding 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.

It’s A Dundeel (2014) finished second in the Gr1 The BMW over 2400m at Rosehill before scoring an exciting win in this event and recent ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners include Reliable Man (2013) and More Joyous (2012).

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