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ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes

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. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $4,000,000 in prize money. The 2020 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes was won by Addeybb from Verry Elleegant second and Danon Premium third.

The $18 Million two-day 'The Championships' during the Sydney autumn racing carnival resulted in a huge prize money boost for the ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It's now a $4 Million event and the world's richest turf race over 2000 metres.

This race is held on the second day of The Championships, along with the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks, Group 1 Sydney Cup and Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes. The ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes now attracts plenty of interest in the autumn.

ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes info

Date: Saturday 10th April 2021
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $4,000,000
2020 Winner: Addeybb

The ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a good horse's 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 Winx (2017-18), 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 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes run 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.

Oustanding 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.

Winx (2017-2019) captured the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill before bowing out in style with another outstanding victory in this event.

Recent ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners prior to the champion mare's three-peat include Lucia Valentina (2016) and Criterion (2015).

2020 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes result

1. $4.20 Addeybb 59.0 Tom Marquand
2. $5.00 Verry Elleegant 57.0 Nash Rawiller
3. $4.40 Danon Premium 59.0 James McDonald

then followed
4. $13.00 Master Of Wine 59.0 Tim Clark
5. $5.50 Te Akau Shark 59.0 Opie Bosson
6. $9.00 Melody Belle 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $81.00 Happy Clapper 59.0 Sam Clipperton
8. $26.00 Kolding 59.0 Glyn Schofield
9. $19.00 Vow And Declare 59.0 Glen Boss
10. $101.00 Imaging 59.0 Brenton Avdulla
11. $71.00 Kings Will Dream 59.0 Joshua Parr
12. $151.00 Gailo Chop 59.0 Adam Hyeronimus

Margins: 2.8 len, 0.4 len
Time: 2:06.92

Other group races on AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes day include the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes, Group 2 Sapphire Stakes and Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes.

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ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Addeybb Verry Elleegant Danon Premium 2:06.9
2019 Winx Kluger Hartnell 2:02.5
2018 Winx Gailo Chop Happy Clapper 2:01.6
2017 Winx Hartnell Sense Of Occasion 2:07.2
2016 Lucia Valentina The United States Happy Clapper 2:04.8
2015 Criterion Red Cadeaux Royal Descent 2:05.3
2014 It's A Dundeel Sacred Falls Carlton House 2:03.7
2013 Reliable Man It's A Dundeel Happy Trails 2:01.8
2012 More Joyous Manighar Secret Admirer 2:05.3
2011 My Kingdom Of Fife Sacred Choice Syreon 2:07.7
2010 Road To Rock Triple Honour Monaco Consul 2:03.8
2009 Pompeii Ruler =2 Sarrera =2 Metal Bender 2:07.1
2008 Sarrera Nom Du Jeu Tuesday Joy 2:03.5
2007 Desert War Haradasun Spirit of Tara 2:04.2
2006 Eremein Aqua d' Amore Ike's Dream 2:02.4
2005 Grand Armee Delzao Mummify 2:02.6
2004 Grand Armee Lonhro Pentastic 2:03.2
2003 Lonhro Pentastic Republic Lass 2:04.8
2002 Defier Freemason Emission 2:04.3
2001 Shogun Lodge Go Flash Go El Mirada 2:05.5
2000 Georgie Boy Cronus Referral 2:07.7
1999 Intergaze Istidaad Sky Heights 2:03.8
1998 Might And Power Champagne Catalan Opening 2:05.1
1997 Intergaze Octagonal All Our Mob 2:01.2
1996 Doriemus Juggler Super Slew 2:01.3
1995 Jeune Danewin March Hare 2:02.9
1994 Durbridge Romanee Conti Maraakiz 2:03.9
1993 Veandercross Durbridge Rough Habit 2:01.7
1992 Rough Habit My Eagle Eye Aquidity 2:03.8
1991 Stylish Century Royal Creation Livistona Lane 2:02.9
1990 Sydeston Better Loosen Up Rajamah 2:17.0
1989 Our Poetic Prince Dandy Andy Beau Zam 2:10.3
1988 Authaal Ostensible Algonquin Club 2:13.2