Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

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Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
(British Champions Mile)
Group 1 race
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated1955
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor QIPCO
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance1 mile (1,609 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackStraight
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight9 st 1 lb (3yo);
9 st 4 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse£650,000 (2020)
1st: £368,615
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
2020
Owner HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.svg Owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum.svg Owner Paul and Jenny Green.svg
The RevenantRosemanPalace Pier
Previous years
2019
Owner Mr Ali Abdulla Saeed.svg Owner HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.svg Owner Mr Ross Harmon.svg
King Of ChangeThe RevenantSafe Voyage
2018
Owner Qatar Racing Limited.svg Owner Mr Derrick Smith white cap.svg Owner Abdullah Saeed BelHab.svg
Roaring LionI Can FlyCentury Dream
2017
Owner Cheveley Park Stud.svg Owner Godolphin.svg Owner Michael Tabor.svg
PersuasiveRibchesterChurchill
2016
Owner Mr Derrick Smith.svg Owner Godolphin.svg Owner Qatar Racing Limited gold cap.svg
MindingRibchesterLightning Spear
2015
Owner Wertheimer and Frere.svg Owner Godolphin.svg Owner Doctor Marwan Koukash.svg
SolowBelardoGabrial
2014
Owner H H Sheikh Abdulla Bin Khalifa Al Thani.svg Owner Mr Saeed Manana.svg Owner Mr T S Palin.svg
Charm SpiritNight Of ThunderToormore
2013
Owner HE Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani.svg Owner Mr Keith Brown.svg Owner Mrs John Magnier.svg
Olympic GloryTop Notch TontoKingsbarns
2012
Owner Mr Derrick Smith.svg Owner Mr K Abdulla.svg Owner Mr Teruya Yoshida.svg
ExcelebrationCityscapeElusive Kate
2011
Owner Mr K Abdulla.svg Owner Mr Giuliano Manfredini.svg Owner Mr R C Strauss.svg
FrankelExcelebrationImmortal Verse

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place as part of British Champions Day each year in October.

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History

The event was established in 1955, and it was originally held in September. It was created when a race called the Knights' Royal Stakes [1] was renamed in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. The first three winners were all trained in France.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the "QEII" was initially given Group 2 status. It was promoted to Group 1 level in 1987.

The race was added to the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2008. From this point the winner earned an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Mile. It was removed from the series in 2012.

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes was switched to October in 2011. It became part of a new fixture called British Champions Day, and its prize fund was increased fourfold to £1,000,000. It now serves as the mile-category final of the British Champions Series.

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey (8 wins):

Leading trainer (5 wins):

Leading owner (5 wins):

Winners since 1970

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainerOwnerTime
1970Welsh Pageant4Sandy Barclay Noel Murless Jim Joel1:42.10
1971 Brigadier Gerard 3 Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jean Hislop1:41.39
1972 Brigadier Gerard 4 Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jean Hislop1:39.90
1973Jan Ekels4Jimmy Lindley Guy Harwood Anthony Bodie1:47.20
1974no race [lower-alpha 1]
1975 Rose Bowl 3 Willie Carson Fulke Johnson Houghton Jane Engelhard 1:49.00
1976 Rose Bowl 4 Willie Carson Fulke Johnson Houghton Jane Engelhard 1:43.50
1977Trusted4 Willie Carson John Dunlop Duchess of Norfolk 1:41.40
1978 Homing 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2nd Baron Rotherwick1:40.40
1979 Kris 3 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil Lord Howard de Walden 1:40.69
1980 Known Fact 3 Willie Carson Jeremy Tree Khalid Abdullah 1:40.02
1981 To-Agori-Mou 3 Lester Piggott Guy Harwood Andry Muinos1:46.80
1982Buzzards Bay4 Walter Swinburn Hugh CollingridgeVera McKinney
1983Sackford3 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Anthony Bodie1:39.90
1984 Teleprompter 4 Willie Carson Bill Watts 18th Earl of Derby 1:42.96
1985 Shadeed 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:38.80
1986Sure Blade3 Brent Thomson Barry Hills Sheikh Mohammed 1:41.71
1987 Milligram 3 Pat Eddery Michael Stoute Helena Springfield Ltd1:40.04
1988 Warning 3 Pat Eddery Guy Harwood Khalid Abdullah 1:40.51
1989 Zilzal 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Mana Al Maktoum1:40.57
1990 Markofdistinction 4 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Gerald Leigh1:39.70
1991 Selkirk 3 Ray Cochrane Ian Balding George Strawbridge 1:44.34
1992 Lahib 4 Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:44.50
1993 Bigstone 3 Pat Eddery Élie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:42.89
1994 Maroof 4 Richard Hills Robert Armstrong Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:42.75
1995 Bahri 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:40.54
1996 Mark of Esteem 3 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:40.95
1997 Air Express 3 Olivier Peslier Clive Brittain Mohamed Obaida1:40.90
1998 Desert Prince 3 Olivier Peslier David Loder Lucayan Stud1:39.63
1999 Dubai Millennium 3 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:46.24
2000 Observatory 3 Kevin Darley John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 1:41.40
2001 Summoner 4 Richard Hills Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:44.54
2002 Where Or When 3 Kevin Darley Terry MillsJohn Humphreys1:41.37
2003 Falbrav 5 Darryll Holland Luca Cumani Rencati / Yoshida 1:38.99
2004 Rakti 5 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis Gary Tanaka 1:39.82
2005 Starcraft [lower-alpha 2] 5 Christophe Lemaire Luca Cumani The Australian Syndicate1:37.87
2006 George Washington 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith1:40.06
2007 Ramonti 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:42.45
2008 Raven's Pass 3 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden Princess Haya of Jordan 1:38.94
2009 Rip Van Winkle 3 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith1:38.82
2010 Poet's Voice 3 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:39.76
2011 Frankel 3 Tom Queally Sir Henry Cecil Khalid Abdullah 1:39.45
2012 Excelebration 4 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:42.33
2013 Olympic Glory 3 Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. Sheikh Joaan al Thani 1:44.18
2014 Charm Spirit 3 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani 1:46.28
2015 Solow 5 Maxime Guyon Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:41.92
2016 Minding 3 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith1:38.53
2017 Persuasive 4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden Cheveley Park Stud 1:46.13
2018 Roaring Lion 3 Oisin Murphy John Gosden Qatar Racing1:42.48
2019 King of Change 3 Sean Levey Richard Hannon Jr. Ali Abdulla Saeed1:44.88
2020 The Revenant 5 Pierre-Charles Boudot Francis-Henri GraffardAl Asayl France1:45.13
  1. The 1974 running was abandoned because of a waterlogged course
  2. The 2005 edition was held at Newmarket

Earlier winners

Knights' Royal Stakes

  • 1947: Tudor Minstrel
  • 1948: Djelal
  • 1949: Wat Tyler
  • 1950: Hyperbole
  • 1951: Leading Light
  • 1952: Tudor Castle
  • 1953: King of the Tudors
  • 1954: Umberto

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

  1. 1 2 The 1960 and 1963 runnings took place at Newbury

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References

  1. "Knights' Royal Stakes". Glasgow Herald . 25 September 1954. Retrieved 27 August 2012.