2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Early Betting Update

March 25th, 2014

There is now less-than a month until the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) jumps at Royal Randwick Racecourse (April 19th), with several recent results in major events drastically altering early betting markets for the major autumn race.

It's A Dundeel leads early betting markets for the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes

It's A Dundeel leads early betting markets for the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Having returned to the track in competitive form this preparation, four-time Group 1 champion It’s A Dundeel is currently leading early betting markets for the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at a quote of $4.80.

It’s A Dundeel was without doubt one of the most impressive racehorses over the 2013 Australian calendar, claiming back-to-back victories in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) most notably through autumn, before returning in the spring to win the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and register as the only runner to beat equine superstar Atlantic Jewel competitively.

Finishing second in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) first-up on March 8th before running a slightly disappointing third in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) last weekend, trainer Murray Baker is confident It’s A Dundeel’s class will see him return to the winner’s circle in both the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Queen Elizabeth Stakes this season.

Despite a less-than-convincing run for seventh in the Ranvet Stakes most recently, 2013 Melbourne Cup champion Fiorente has displayed some typically stunning form this season, helping to outright second-favourite status in 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting markets, at a current quote of $5.50.

Fiorente steadily built to the task at hand throughout the spring of 2013, winning the Group 2 Dato’Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and finishing third behind Shamus Award and Happy Trails in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) before his memorable win in the race that stops a nation.

Appearing well and truly out of contention rounding the final bend of the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) first-up this campaign, the talented Monsun entire once again displayed a second-to-none turn of foot to easily overcome leaders Mourayan and Star Rolling.

Producing another incredible final straight sprint to win the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) on March 8th, trainer Gai Waterhouse is understandably confident Fiorente can score a maiden Queen Elizabeth Stakes title in 2014.

Sharing the third line of betting for success in the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, talented miler Boban and Her Majesty The Queen-owned  Carlton House both returned to the track in forgettable form this season, but have each managed to reverse their fortunes on the way to $7 early odds.

Boban claimed five wins from as many starts in an impressive 2013 spring preparation, including two at Group 1 level.

Unable to match the late pace of his rivals in his first two starts in 2014, jockey Glyn Schofield returned to the saddle for the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) last time out, immediately returning the exciting Bernardini gelding to the winner’s circle.

Carlton House spent nearly a year in the spelling paddock when first transferred to the care of Gai Waterhouse at the end of 2012, and while disappointing when ninth in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 8th, has quickly returned to good condition, unlucky to finish second in both the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) and Ranvet Stakes most recently.

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