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Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

Group 1 race
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1955
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Sony
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 13 lb (3yo);
9 st 3 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £250,000 (2009)
1st: £141,925

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September.

The event was established in 1955, and it was named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. For several years before its launch there had been a similar race at Ascot called the Knights Royal Stakes. The first three winners of the "QEII" were all trained in France.

When the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes was classed at Group 2 level. It was promoted to its current status, Group 1, in 1987. For much of its history the event was not commercially sponsored, but in recent years it has been backed by NetJets, Barclays and Sony.

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes became part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2008. The winner of the race now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the same year's Breeders' Cup Mile. [1]

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Rose Bowl – 1975, 1976

Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • Willie CarsonRose Bowl (1975, 1976), Trusted (1977), Homing (1978), Known Fact (1980), Teleprompter (1984), Lahib (1992), Bahri (1995)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Guy HarwoodJan Ekels (1973), To-Agori-Mou (1981), Sackford (1983), Warning (1988)
  • Saeed bin SuroorMark of Esteem (1996), Dubai Millennium (1999), Summoner (2001), Ramonti (2007)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • GodolphinMark of Esteem (1996), Dubai Millennium (1999), Summoner (2001), Ramonti (2007)

Winners since 1970

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1970 Welsh Pageant 4 Sandy Barclay Noel Murless Jim Joel
1971 Brigadier Gerard 3 Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jean Hislop
1972 Brigadier Gerard 4 Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jean Hislop
1973 Jan Ekels 4 Jimmy Lindley Guy Harwood Anthony Bodie
1974 no race 1974 [1]
1975 Rose Bowl 3 Willie Carson F. Johnson Houghton Jane Engelhard
1976 Rose Bowl 4 Willie Carson F. Johnson Houghton Jane Engelhard
1977 Trusted 4 Willie Carson John Dunlop Duchess of Norfolk
1978 Homing 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Lord Rotherwick
1979 Kris 3 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil Lord Howard de Walden 1:40.69
1980 Known Fact 3 Willie Carson Jeremy Tree Khalid Abdullah 1:40.02
1981 To-Agori-Mou 3 Lester Piggott Guy Harwood Andry Muinos
1982 Buzzards Bay 4 Walter Swinburn Hugh Collingridge Mrs V. McKinney
1983 Sackford 3 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Anthony Bodie
1984 Teleprompter 4 Willie Carson Bill Watts 18th Earl of Derby 1:42.96
1985 Shadeed 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:38.80
1986 Sure Blade 3 Brent Thomson Barry Hills Sheikh Mohammed 1:41.71
1987 Milligram 3 Pat Eddery Michael Stoute Helena Springfield Ltd 1:40.04
1988 Warning 3 Pat Eddery Guy Harwood Khalid Abdullah 1:40.51
1989 Zilzal 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Mana Al Maktoum 1:40.57
1990 Markofdistinction 4 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Gerald Leigh 1:39.70
1991 Selkirk 3 Ray Cochrane Ian Balding George Strawbridge 1:44.34
1992 Lahib 4 Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:44.50
1993 Bigstone 3 Pat Eddery Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:42.89
1994 Maroof 4 Richard Hills Robert Armstrong Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:42.75
1995 Bahri 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:40.54
1996 Mark of Esteem 3 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:40.95
1997 Air Express 3 Olivier Peslier Clive Brittain Mohamed Obaida 1:40.90
1998 Desert Prince 3 Olivier Peslier David Loder Lucayan Stud 1:39.63
1999 Dubai Millennium 3 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:46.24
2000 Observatory 3 Kevin Darley John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 1:41.40
2001 Summoner 4 Richard Hills Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:44.54
2002 Where or When 3 Kevin Darley Terry Mills John Humphreys 1:41.37
2003 Falbrav 5 Darryll Holland Luca Cumani Sc. Rencati / Yoshida 1:38.99
2004 Rakti 5 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis Gary A. Tanaka 1:39.82
2005 Starcraft [2] 5 Christophe Lemaire Luca Cumani The Australian Syndicate 1:37.87
2006 George Washington 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 1:40.06
2007 Ramonti 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:42.45
2008 Raven's Pass 3 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden Princess Haya of Jordan 1:38.94
2009 Rip Van Winkle 3 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 1:38.82

1 The 1974 running was abandoned because of a waterlogged course.
2 The 2005 edition was held at Newmarket.

Earlier winners

Knights Royal Stakes

  • 1948 - Djelal
  • 1949 - Wat Tyler
  • 1950 - Hyperbole
  • 1951 - Leading Light
  • 1952 - Tudor Castle
  • 1953 - King of the Tudors
  • 1954 - Umberto


Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

  • 1955 - Hafiz
  • 1956 - Cigalon
  • 1957 - Midget
  • 1958 - Major Portion
  • 1959 - Rosalba
  • 1960 - Sovereign Path *
  • 1961 - Le Levanstell
  • 1962 - Romulus
  • 1963 - The Creditor *
  • 1964 - Linacre
  • 1965 - Derring-Do
  • 1967 - Reform
  • 1968 - World Cup
  • 1969 - Jimmy Reppin

* The 1960 and 1963 runnings took place at Newbury.

References

  1. "Breeders' Cup Challenge". breederscup.com. http://www.breederscup.com/challenge.aspx. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 




  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 187. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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