Queen Elizabeth Stakes

QE Stakes - The Championships
Date Day Two of The Championships – Saturday, April 14, 2018
Location Royal Randwick, Sydney
Prize Money $4 Million
Distance 2,000m

THE Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a group one, weight-for-age race, three-year-olds race over 2000m, held at Randwick.

A race steeped in history, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes has existed in Australia for well over 160 years.

Currently held on day two of The Championships as the showpiece event, the $4 million prize money makes it Australia’s richest weight-for-age race and is currently the second biggest purse in thoroughbred racing behind the Melbourne Cup.

Craig Williams Criterion 2015
Criterion winning the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Picture: Bradley Photos.

The race has undergone massive changes since the inception of The Championships.

The prize money was boosted from a relatively meagre $500,000 to the huge amount it holds today, and is recognised as the signature event of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The race has been known as the Queen’s Plate, The AJC Plate, the AJC King’s Cup and the AJC Plate, but has not had a name change since it was anointed the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1954.

There are many notable winners of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes over the race’s long history, and winner’s plaque reads like a veritable hall of fame honour roll for Australian thoroughbred racehorses.

Phar Lap, Lonhro Might And Power and Ming Dynasty are all previous winners of the group one race.

Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting market

In the more recent runnings of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the event it has been a favourite’s race.

Winx recorded victories in 2017 and 18, while New Zealand champion It’s A Dundeel and Criterion have also saluted in the last decade as heavy backed commodities.

For the upcoming Queen Elizabeth Stakes, check back closer to the race date for more in-depth betting markets.

Best Queen Elizabeth Stakes Winners bookmakers

As the race is one of the showpiece events of the Australian thoroughbred racing calendar, any bookmaker worth their salt will open markets well in advance of the race kicking off.



The bookies we back in to give you the best possible service and odds are listed below, and we recommend anyone looking to bet on the QE Stakes to take a look below to read our comprehensive bookmaker reviews.

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Betting on the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Since the dramatic increase in prize money, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes is now a true international event.

As the second richest race in Australian thoroughbred racing, the race is targeted by trainers and owners from around the globe.

The best indicator for the race is exposed form, and you will have no troubles finding recent runs of the horses taking place in the pinnacle of The Championships.

Given the calibre of the field, usually there is no true standout market elect in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but favourites have experienced great success.

2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes result


1stWinx ($1.24 SP)
2ndGailo Chop ($26 SP)
3rdHappy Clapper ($11 SP)

Recent Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners

  • Winx came into the Queen Elizabeth looking to go back-to-back and there weren’t many prepared to doubt the great mare. The punters’ faith was rewarded after Winx rocketed past Gailo Chop in the final stages of the race to record a commanding victory.
  • Winx was once again superior in beating the usual contenders around Randwick. The Chris Waller-trained champion cruised up to them around the home turn and Hugh Bowman didn’t have to move a muscle. Its 17th win in a row was a stylish victory and it was another high-profile win to the resume. Read the full report here.
  • Lucia Valentina was considered a borderline outsider in the huge field in 2016, and after settling at the back of the field the bookies would have been comfortable with any bets placed on the $8 hope. Just before the turn the horse made its move but got badly held up. After a rival shifted wide in the straight, the run presented itself for the mare which rocketed to the front to record a special win.
  • The strongly supported Criterion went into the 2015 edition of the QE Stakes as $4.90 chief elect, but few would have predicted just how easily the gun would make it look. Camping on the speed for the majority of the race, Criterion booted clear at the 400m mark and gapped the field to record a comfortable win.
  • In what would prove to be the champ’s swansong, It’s A Dundeel took out the 2014 QE Stakes in amazing fashion. Going out as a $4.40 shot, the Kiwi superstar raced in third for the majority of the journey, but was somewhat gapped by the front pair. Seemingly in slow motion the brilliant New Zealander pegged back Carlton House, then held out a fast-finishing Sacred Falls to round out its glittering career.
  • It’s A Dundeel was expected to torch the field in the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but English runner Reliable Man offered plenty of cheek heading into the straight. The Kiwi superstar loomed up but the $12 shot Reliable Man offered more in the final 200m to cause a massive upset – much to the chagrin of the Sydney crowd.

Past Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners

Queen Elizabeth Stakes Past Winners
Year Queen Elizabeth Stakes Past Winner
2018 Winx
2017 Winx
2016 Lucia Valentina
2015 Criterion
2014 It’s A Dundeel
2013 Reliable Man
2012 More Joyous
2011 My Kingdom of Fife
2010 Road To Rock
2009 Pompeii Ruler
2008 Sarrera
2007 Desert War
2006 Eremein
2005 Grand Armee
2004 Grand Armee
2003 Lonhro
2002 Defier
2001 Shogun Lodge
2000 Georgie Boy
1999 Intergaze
1998 Might And Power
1997 Intergaze
1996 Doriemus
1995 Jeune
1994 Durbridge
1993 Veandercross
1992 Rough Habit
1991 Stylish Century
1990 Sydeston
1989 Our Poetic Prince
1988 Authaal
1987 Dinky Flyer
1986 Tristarc
1985 Rising Prince
1984 Chiamare
1983 Fountaincourt
1982 Prince Majestic
1981 My Blue Denim
1980 Iko
1979 Shivaree
1978 Ming Dynasty
1977 Ngawyni
1976 Taras Bulba
1975 Jandell
1974 Battle Heights
1973 Apollo Eleven
1972 Tails
1971 Gay Icarus
1970 Panvale
1969 Lowland
1968 General Command
1967 Garcon
1966 Prince Grant
1965 Fair Patton
1964 Summer Regent
1963 Burgos
1962 Nilarco
1961 Tulloch
1960 Tulloch
1959 Caesar
1958 Tulloch
1957 Empire Link
1956 Beaupa
1955 Prince Cortauld
1954 Lancaster
1953 Jan
1952 Aristocrat
1951 Playboy
1950 Hurry Up
1949 Carbon Copy
1948 Russia
1947 Russia
1946 Flight
1945 Craigie
1944 Katanga
1943 Race Not Held
1942 Race Not Held
1941 Beau Vite
1940 Mosaic
1939 Defaulter
1938 Old Rowley
1937 Allunga
1936 Silver Ring
1935 Master Brierly
1934 Rogilla
1933 Peter Pan
1932 Veilmond
1931 The Dimmer
1930 Phar Lap
1929 Strephon
1928 Limerick
1927 Limerick
1926 Windbag
1925 Windbag
1924 Rapine
1923 David
1922 David
1921 David
1920 Poitrel
1919 Poitrel
1918 Lanius
1917 Kandos
1916 Greencap
1915 Ulva’s Isle
1914 Cagou
1913 Harpist
1912 Trafalgar
1911 Trafalgar
1910 Prince Foote
1909 Trafalgar
1908 Poseidon
1907 Dividend
1906 Tartan
1905 Emir
1904 Lord Cardigan
1903 The Victory
1902 Wakeful
1901 La Carabine
1900 La Carabine
1899 Merloolas
1898 Amberite
1897 Newhaven
1896 The Harvester
1895 Havoc
1894 Light Artillery
1893 The Admiral
1892 La Tosca
1891 Carbine
1890 Carbine
1889 Carbine
1888 Abercorn
1887 Trident
1886 Matchlock
1885 Reginald
1884 Legrand
1883 Plunger
1882 The Drummer
1881 Progress
1880 Caspian
1879 Chester
1878 Chester
1877 Robinson Crusoe
1876 Robin Hood
1875 Lurline
1974 Dagworth
1873 Dagworth
1872 Hamlet
1871 Tim Whiffler
1870 Tim Whiffler
1869 The Barb
1868 Tim Whiffler
1867 Fishhook
1866 Cossack
1865 Canobie
1864 Tarragon
1863 Tarragon
1862 Archer
1861 Talleyrand
1860 Gratis
1859 Strop
1858 Zoe
1857 Veno
1856 Cooramin
1855 Vanguard
1854 Sportsman
1853 Sportsman
1852 Cossack
1851 Cossack