The 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes field has been released and 13 talented gallopers are set to contest the Group 1 event at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Contributer has been the star performer of the 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival to date after winning the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), but may need some luck in running after being allocated the outside gate.
The Godolphin import is still rated the horse to beat in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and is currently on top of betting at a quote of $3.40 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Japanese galloper To The World is set to contest the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and connections are hoping that he can return to winning form after finishing second behind Hartnell in his Australian racing debut in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m).
To The World was outstayed by Hartnell in the final stages of The BMW, but there is speculation that the four-year-old will be better suited over 2000 metres, although there is a question over how he will handle a potentially wet track.
To The World will be joined in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes by stablemate Tosen Stardom, who finished a more than credible second behind Contributer in his Australian racing debut in the Ranvet Stakes.
Criterion is taking outstanding form into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and will have the chance to record his first race win since he took out the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) 12 months ago.
The Sebring entire returned to racing with a more than credible third in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick on March 7 and he was only narrowly denied by Real Impact in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
The form coming out of the George Ryder Stakes has been extremely strong, with Kermadec, Real Impact and Royal Descent fighting out the finish in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Criterion looks well placed in the $4 million event.
The wildcard in the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes field is Chris Waller-trained Adelaide, who will be ridden by leading English hoop Ryan Moore.
Adelaide stamped himself as one of the most exciting gallopers in the field when he produced an outstanding performance to win the Group 1 b (2040m) during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, but he has not been seen at the races since and his performance in two public barrier trials has been far from impressive.
Happy Trails and Royal Descent both contested the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Monday and are set to back-up in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes this weekend.
Royal Descent hit the line strongly to finish third in the Doncaster Mile and looks as though she will relish the step-up to 2000 metres, while trainer Paul Beshara believes that Royal Descent will be better suited on a firmer track.
The 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes field is rounded out by Chris Waller-trained Beaten Up, Australian Cup winner Spillway, extreme outsider Aomen, two-time Group 1 winner Fiveandahalfstar and talented mare Lucia Valentina.
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2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Final Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||131x18x111||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||13||59kg||116|
|2||3722753×32||CRITERION (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Craig Williams||4||59kg||113|
|3||20561×6230||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Damien Oliver||9||59kg||113|
|4||x60x4726x5||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||–||3||59kg||112|
|5||x22221x806||FIVEANDAHALFSTAR||Anthony Cummings||Blake Shinn||7||59kg||110|
|6||1x42x80053||BEATEN UP (GB)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||1||59kg||109|
|7||247844×541||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||6||59kg||109|
|8||27x1080x57||AOMEN (IRE)||Anthony Cummings||Glen Boss||2||59kg||100|
|9||1x2122131x||ADELAIDE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Ryan Moore||12||58.5kg||114|
|10||125x20x2x2||TO THE WORLD (JPN)||Yasutoshi Ikee||–||5||58.5kg||114|
|11||1x00x781x2||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||Yasutoshi Ikee||Tommy Berry||11||58.5kg||112|
|12||x22220x743||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||10||57kg||111|
|13||16130×4937||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||8||57kg||110|