Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips & Preview 2024

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Looking for Queen Elizabeth Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2024 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.


The Ranvet Stakes (2000m) winner, Via Sistina, is a $2.20 favourite with PlayUp for the $5 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes ahead of Pride Of Jenni, who is at $3.80. The recent Australian Cup (2000m) winner, Cascadian, is $8.50, while the 2023 Cox Plate (2040m) runner-up, Mr Brightside, is a $9.50 chance. 

There are 10 runners in action after the scratching of Atishu and it is the Ranvet Stakes runner-up, Place Du Carrousel, that is next at $11. She is ahead of the three-year-old, Ceolwulf, who is at $17. Buckaroo ($20), Kovalica ($21), Lindermann ($23) and Zeyrek ($91) are the other contenders. 


Via Sistina has had just the one run in Australia for a dominant win in the Ranvet Stakes. They absolutely crawled early on in that race in a Group 1 that had just six runners. She was last of that group at the 400m, going 14.6 lengths slower than standard until the 600m before sprinting well to eventually go 4.9 lengths slower than standard in what was a bit of an inconclusive guide. 

However, the Chris Waller-trained galloper has some serious overseas form, claiming the Group 1 Polly Polly (2011m) at the Curragh before placing in three successive Group 1 races, including the Champions Stakes (2011m) at Ascot, They were races used by Addeybb and Dubai Honour before their successes in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. 

Place Du Carrousel couldn’t match the winner at the business end but there will be a completely different set of circumstances in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes with the presence of Pride Of Jenni, who will ensure that this is truly run. Buckaroo was strong to the line in the Ranvet Stakes, running 3rd. He has since placed 5th in the Tancred Stakes (2400m). 

The Australian Cup (2000m) is a key lead up and it was Cascadian that relished the fast tempo, running down Pride Of Jenni in the dying stages to go 15.9 lengths faster than standard benchmark, which is the best last start figure of any runner. 

Pride Of Jenni is a slight question mark over the 2000m but comes into this fourth up and it was at this stage of her last preparation that she really came of age, claiming the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) before taking out the Champions Mile (1600m). She went 15 and 18 lengths faster than standard in those two races. 

Mr Brightside could only manage 5th in the Australian Cup but cannot be overlooked. He produced a flat run at the same stage of his last preparation when runner-up in the King Charles III Stakes (1600m) at Randwick before improving 12 lengths on benchmark figures to run Romantic Warrior within the proverbial to just miss out in the Cox Plate. He has won two of three at Randwick and finished runner-up in the other. 

Kovalica might be slightly outclassed but did catch the eye in the Doncaster Mile (1600m) last weekend when running on from well back to finish three lengths away in 9th position, going 14.2 lengths faster than standard. Lindermann had a couple of excuses and was 15th, beaten four lengths. He will appreciate the step to the 2000m. 

Ceolwulf adds an element of intrigue as a three-year-old and has finished runner-up behind Riff Rocket at his past two starts, running within half a length of the Australian Derby (2400m) winner last weekend, putting more than four lengths on the rest of them to go 5.6 lengths faster than standard benchmark. 


This is the race of the Championships for mine with some serious gallopers in action. Via Sistina and Pride Of Jenni will be hard to beat, while Cascadian is a last start winner of an excellent edition of the Australian Cup. But I am banking on Mr Brightside to bounce back after only managing 5th in at Flemington. I wouldn’t mind seeing him being ridden a tad more conservatively and we can take confidence out of the fact that his peak came at this stage of his last preparation when runner-up in the Cox Plate. He has a great record at Randwick and will be suited if the track holds its current Soft rating. 

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