66 talented stayers remain in contention for the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) following the release of first acceptances, to be contested at Royal Randwick on Day 2 of The Championships, April 11th.
Red Cadeaux stamped his name into Australian racing folklore when placing second in the Melbourne Cup for a third time in 2014 and has been confirmed in 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances.
A standout performer on tracks of all integrities, in races of all lengths in all corners of the globe, Red Cadeaux placed sixth in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) following his most recent Melbourne Cup tilt and has reportedly taken well to his time in work since arriving back in Australia.
Criterion stamped his claims as one to watch through autumn when placing third amongst classy competition in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) over the weekend, and has also been confirmed in 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances.
Register career-best form to date in 2014, Criterion returned for fourth in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) before placing a close second to Shamus Award in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).
Failing to match the late pace when eighth in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), the Sebring entire responded in the best way possible when taking out each of the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) back-to-back.
Continuing to impressive through spring, highlighted by close second-place finishes in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m), Criterion placed third in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) in December; proving he is more than up to the class required for success in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Adelaide debuted in Australia for success in the Cox Plate (2040m) in spring, and remains a leading chance for success in the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Transferring to the care of Chris Waller for his Queen Elizabeth Stakes campaign after beginning his racing tenure under the guidance of Aidan O’Brien, Adelaide is yet to finish outside the places in his eight start career; winning the Group 1 Secretariat Stakes (2011m) and placing third in the Group 2 Prix Niel (2400m) leading into his Cox Plate triumph.
Japanese sensations To The World and Tosen Stardom have also been confirmed in 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes first acceptances.
Claiming four wins and as many minors over his ten start career to date, To The World booked at ticket to Australia in late December when finishing second to Gentildonna in the Group 1 Arima Kinen (2500m) in Nakayama; beating home the likes of Gold Ship and the world’s leading racehorse Just A Way.
A middle distance specialist, Tosen Stardom eighth in the Group 1 Japanese St Leger (3000m) in October; returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Challenge Cup (1800m) at Hanshin last time out on December 13th.
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2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes First Acceptances
|1||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||1=||59kg||116|
|2||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||1=||57kg||116|
|3||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||3=||59kg||115|
|4||PROTECTIONIST (GER)||Kris Lees||3=||59kg||115|
|5||ADELAIDE (IRE)||Chris Waller||5=||58.5kg||114|
|6||TO THE WORLD (JPN)||Yasutoshi Ikee||5=||58.5kg||114|
|7||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||John O’Shea||7=||59kg||113|
|8||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||7=||59kg||113|
|9||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||7=||59kg||113|
|10||CRITERION (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||10=||59kg||112|
|11||DOMINANT (IRE)||John Moore||10=||59kg||112|
|12||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||10=||59kg||112|
|13||COSMIC ENDEAVOUR||Gai Waterhouse||10=||57kg||112|
|15||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||14=||57kg||111|
|16||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||14=||57kg||111|
|17||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||17=||59kg||110|
|18||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||Donna Logan||17=||57kg||110|
|19||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||19=||59kg||109|
|20||HARTNELL (GB)||John O’Shea||19=||58.5kg||109|
|21||HALLOWED CROWN||Bart & James Cummings||19=||55.5kg||109|
|22||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||22=||59kg||108|
|23||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||22=||59kg||108|
|24||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||22=||59kg||108|
|25||AU REVOIR (IRE)||Peter G Moody||25=||59kg||107|
|26||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||25=||59kg||107|
|27||GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||25=||59kg||107|
|28||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||25=||59kg||107|
|29||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||Yasutoshi Ikee||25=||58.5kg||107|
|30||SUAVITO (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||25=||57kg||107|
|32||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||Chris Waller||32=||59kg||105|
|33||LASER HAWK||Joseph Pride||32=||59kg||105|
|34||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||32=||59kg||105|
|35||PUCCINI (NZ)||Peter & Jacob McKay||32=||59kg||105|
|36||SAKHEE’S SOLDIER (NZ)||Murray Baker||32=||59kg||105|
|37||ARABIAN GOLD||David Vandyke||32=||57kg||105|
|38||DIAMOND DRILLE||Gai Waterhouse||32=||57kg||105|
|40||MONGOLIAN KHAN||Murray Baker||32=||55.5kg||105|
|41||SHOOTING TO WIN||Peter & Paul Snowden||32=||55.5kg||105|
|44||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson||32=||53.5kg||105|
|45||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||45=||59kg||104|
|46||HOOKED||John P Thompson||45=||59kg||104|
|47||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||John O’Shea||45=||58.5kg||104|
|48||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||48=||59kg||103|
|49||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||48=||55.5kg||103|
|50||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||48=||55.5kg||103|
|51||DESTINY’S KISS||Joseph Pride||51=||59kg||102|
|52||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||51=||59kg||102|
|53||LEEBAZ (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||53=||59kg||101|
|54||PORNICHET (FR)||Gai Waterhouse||53=||58.5kg||101|
|55||AOMEN (IRE)||Anthony Cummings||55||59kg||100|
|56||SLOW PACE (USA)||Kris Lees||56||59kg||99|
|58||FAST DRAGON||Bruce Wallace||58||59kg||97|
|59||COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE)||Mick Price||59||59kg||95|
|60||HERA (NZ)||Kris Lees||60||57kg||94|
|62||SINGING FLAME||Kevin Moses||62||59kg||85|
|63||PAJARO (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||63||59kg||83|
|64||SAN DIEGO||John O’Shea||64||59kg||82|
|65||SPY DECODER (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||65||59kg||80|