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 2019 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes was won by True Self from Carif with Maurus third.
|Date:||Saturday 9th November 2019|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2019 Winner:||True Self|
The VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a handicap race over 2600m and suits horses that may have raced previously in either the Group 1 Caulfield Cup or Group 1 Moonee Valley Cup. Occasionally a Group 1 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 Hotham Handicap 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 Hotham Handicap on Derby Day at Flemington on his way to winning this event, while Sterling Prince (2009) ran fifth in the Hotham Handicap and Naval Escort (3rd in 2009) ran fourth in the same race.
1. $2.10 True Self 56.5 Ryan Moore
2. $6.00 Carif 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $21.00 Maurus 54.0 Craig Williams
4. $31.00 Ventura Storm 56.0 Mark Zahra
5. $7.50 Top Of The Range 55.0 James McDonald
6. $18.00 Midterm 54.0 Patrick Moloney
7. $11.00 Gallic Chieftain 57.5 Damian Lane
8. $51.00 Grey Lion 56.5 Ms Kathy O'Hara
9. $19.00 Sir Charles Road 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
10. $14.00 Red Cardinal 58.0 Hugh Bowman
11. $51.00 Bondeiger 54.5 John Allen
Margins: 1.5 len, 0.5 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|