Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

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Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
(British Champions Mile)
Group 1 race
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1955
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor QIPCO
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 1 lb (3yo);
9 st 4 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £1,157,525 (2016)
1st: £656,432
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
2016
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Royal blue Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, gold cap, gold tassel
Minding Ribchester Lightning Spear

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses 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 as part of British Champions Day each year in October.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1955, and it was originally held in September. It was created when a race called the Knights' Royal Stakes[1] was renamed in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. The first three winners were all trained in France.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the "QEII" was initially given Group 2 status. It was promoted to Group 1 level in 1987.

The race was added to the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2008. From this point the winner earned an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Mile. It was removed from the series in 2012.

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes was switched to October in 2011. It became part of a new fixture called British Champions Day, and its prize fund was increased fourfold to £1,000,000. It now serves as the mile-category final of the British Champions Series.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey (8 wins):

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

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Saeed bin SuroorMark of Esteem (1996), Dubai Millennium (1999), Summoner (2001), Ramonti (2007), Poet's Voice (2010)

Leading owner (5 wins):

  • GodolphinMark of Esteem (1996), Dubai Millennium (1999), Summoner (2001), Ramonti (2007), Poet's Voice (2010)


Winners since 1970[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1970 Welsh Pageant 4 Sandy Barclay Noel Murless Jim Joel 1:42.10
1971 Brigadier Gerard 3 Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jean Hislop 1:41.39
1972 Brigadier Gerard 4 Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jean Hislop 1:39.90
1973 Jan Ekels 4 Jimmy Lindley Guy Harwood Anthony Bodie 1:47.20
1974 no race [a]
1975 Rose Bowl 3 Willie Carson Fulke Johnson Houghton Jane Engelhard 1:49.00
1976 Rose Bowl 4 Willie Carson Fulke Johnson Houghton Jane Engelhard 1:43.50
1977 Trusted 4 Willie Carson John Dunlop Duchess of Norfolk 1:41.40
1978 Homing 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2nd Baron Rotherwick 1:40.40
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 1:46.80
1982 Buzzards Bay 4 Walter Swinburn Hugh Collingridge Vera McKinney
1983 Sackford 3 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Anthony Bodie 1:39.90
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 Rencati / Yoshida 1:38.99
2004 Rakti 5 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis Gary Tanaka 1:39.82
2005 Starcraft [b] 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
2010 Poet's Voice 3 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:39.76
2011 Frankel 3 Tom Queally Sir Henry Cecil Khalid Abdullah 1:39.45
2012 Excelebration 4 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:42.33
2013 Olympic Glory 3 Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. Sheikh Joaan al Thani 1:44.18
2014 Charm Spirit 3 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani 1:46.28
2015 Solow 5 Maxime Guyon Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:41.92
2016 Minding 3 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 1:38.53

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

Earlier winners[edit]

Knights' Royal Stakes[edit]

  • 1947: Tudor Minstrel
  • 1948: Djelal
  • 1949: Wat Tyler
  • 1950: Hyperbole
  • 1951: Leading Light
  • 1952: Tudor Castle
  • 1953: King of the Tudors
  • 1954: Umberto


Queen Elizabeth II Stakes[edit]

  • 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
  • 1966: Hill Rise
  • 1967: Reform
  • 1968: World Cup
  • 1969: Jimmy Reppin

* The 1960 and 1963 runnings took place at Newbury.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Knights' Royal Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 25 September 1954. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  • galopp-sieger.deQueen Elizabeth II Stakes (ex Knights' Royal Stakes).
  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2016).
  • pedigreequery.comQueen Elizabeth II Stakes – Ascot.
  • Abelson, Edward; Tyrrel, John (1993). The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. p. 187. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 
  • Race Recordings [1]