Bookmaker bet365.com.au has released a market on the 2017 renewal of the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) which is set to take place at Royal Randwick on Saturday, April 15.
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Mighty mare Winx is favourite for the event, but ante post punters were burned in 2016 when trainer Chris Waller decided not to run her.
With $4 million in prizemoney on offer, connections would be keen to target the country’s richest weight-for-age race this time around, and if Winx runs, she is certainly value in the early market.
Interestingly, only two mares (More Joyous 2012 and Lucia Valentina 2015) have won this race in the past 30 years, but I’m going with two mares and a filly that are in with cracking chances in 2017.
Here are my top three Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips:
A clear standout on previous form, the daughter of Street Cry would blow them all away at her best, but with nine months until the race, is the $5 on offer enticing enough. I think not, but she is the classiest horse listed in the early market and must be included.
A very class mare on her day, the daughter of Savabeel won the 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes by 2 lengths and has now won three Group 1 2000m events at different tracks. She claimed the Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill in 2015, claimed the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington later that year and then had to wait until 2016 before taking out the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. She went into that run second-up and trainer Kris Lees may have learned another trick with her.
A talented filly that could be anything if looked after early and trainer David Vandkye has certainly done that to date. He’s targeting the Princess series with her in the spring and you get the feeling he’ll wait until the following season to step her out beyond 1600m. She’s bred to run the trip and has a devastating turn of foot that will see her competitive in anything she contests.
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