Offering an incredible prize pool of $4 million, the featured Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) has fast become the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival’s most highly anticipated race.
Won in 2014 by It’s A Dundeel, this year’s edition of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes has been scheduled to run at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Day 2 of The Championships, April 11th.
Leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early odds on the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and rate talented Japanese raider To The World an outright $5 favourite for success.
Securing one win and a further three minor places over his short six start career so far, To The World returned to racing for second in the Group 2 Asahihai St. Lite Kinen (2213m) on September 21st, before a luckless run for 16th in the Group 1 Japanese St. Leger (3018m) on October 26th.
Stamping his claims as a serious worldwide contender at his most recent start, To The World displayed a keen turn of foot late to finish second to Gentildonna in the Group 1 Arima Kinen (2515m) on December 18th; beating home the likes of Gold Ship and the world’s current leading racehorse Just A Way.
Claiming an exceptional victory in the major Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in his maiden Australian appearance in spring, Adelaide is currently available at a generous quote of $6.50 for success in the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes; figuring as sole occupant of the second line.
Yet to finish outside the places over eight competitive starts, Adelaide debuted to racing with an impressive victory in the Irish Stallion Farms Maiden (1609m) in late 2013 before immediately returning to the paddock.
Placing second in the Group 2 Prix Hocquart (2200m) upon returning in 2014, the Galileo entire returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes (2012m) in May before placing second in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes (2414m) at Royal Ascot on June 20th.
Travelling to the United States in July, Adelaide placed a close second to Mr Speaker in the Group 1 Belmont Derby (2011m) before breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level in the Group 1 Secretariat Stakes (2011m) in Chicago on August 16th.
Having placed third in the Group 2 Prix Niel (2400m) in France in his only other start prior to the Cox Plate, Adelaide has joined the stables of Chris Waller from leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien for his Autumn Carnival campaign and is more than worth consideration for a bet in early Queen Elizabeth Stakes markets.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently offered at odds of less than $10, Protectionist secured a runaway victory in the 2014 Melbourne Cup and is currently rated a $7.50 chance for success in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Finishing outside the places only once over his ten start career so far, the Monsun entire has joined the Newcastle stables of in-form trainer Kris Lees for the 2015 Australian racing calendar.
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