A talented field of just 12 has been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s major $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on day 2 of the inaugural The Championships at Royal Randwick racecourse.
Three-time winner at the highest level of Australian racing, trainer Chris Waller has elected to accept a position in the final field of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes for Boban.
The standout performer of the 2013 spring, Boban claimed a perfect record of five wins from as many starts, including both the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
Unable to justify favouritism when fifth in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) first-up this season, the Bernardini gelding steadily rose to the task; finishing fourth in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on March 8th.
While unable to make much of an impact when seventh in the soft going of the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) last time out, Waller is confident in a successful step up to 2000 metres for Boban this weekend.
Waller is set to dominate the running of the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, having also accepted positions in the final field for Sacred Falls, Hawkspur, My Kingdom Of Fife and Royal Descent.
Returning to the winner’s circle with a successful defence of the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) last weekend, Sacred Falls has shown a liking for soft, rain affected tracks and is more than a chance for Waller again this weekend with jockey Zac Purton confirmed to retain the ride.
A particularly strong contestant in autumn races, Hawkspur has again produced a consistent four race preparation this time in; unlucky to finish fourth in the Doncaster Mile last time out.
Steadily building to the task over since returning from nearly two and a half years in the spelling paddock after a severe tendon injury, My Kingdom Of Fife is more than capable of launching a legitimate claim on the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes if allocated a favourable barrier.
Sprinting well to finish just off the pace of Sacred Falls in the Doncaster Mile, Royal Descent was also included in nominations for the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) this Saturday, but will take up a place in the Queen Elizabeth in an effort to blanket the field.
Yet to be defeated in four race starts this preparation, talented New Zealand raider Silent Achiever has arguably been the standout performer of southern Hemisphere racing in 2014; claiming the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) before crossing the ditch and securing back-to-back victories in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 The BMW (2400m).
Securing an impressive total of ten wins and five places from only 25 race starts to date, trainer Roger James is confident of leaving Australian shores with a perfect record this time in, particularly with jockey Nash Rawiller confirmed to retain the ride.
The barrier draw for the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes will be released following a ceremony on Tuesday evening.
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2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Final Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11111×5417||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||0||59kg||117|
|2||12x418x232||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Bake
|3||x47835x441||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||0||59kg||116|
|4||44x5990x42||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Hugh Bowman||0||59kg||113|
|5||4x46x0x922||CARLTON HOUSE (USA)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||0||59kg||111|
|6||14570×6344||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Jimmy Cassidy||0||59kg||110|
|7||112x21x000||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||0||59kg||110|
|8||51316×8550||TOYDINI||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||0||59kg||109|
|9||1111x38x31||LE ROI (GER)||Tony McEvoy||Craig Williams||0||59kg||101|
|10||x0668x1111||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Nash Rawiller||0||57kg||118|
|11||x23205x452||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||0||57kg||112|
|12||738320×300||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||Kerrin McEvoy||0||57kg||106|