Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips & Preview
QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES TIPS & PREVIEW
Looking for Queen Elizabeth Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.
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The Queen Elizabeth Stakes shapes as one of the highlights of the Randwick carnival and this years field features some of the best.
Verry Elleegant and Addeybb square up against one another once again and fought out the recent Ranvet Stakes (2000m) with Verry Elleegant getting the upper hand late in the piece, scoring by a length from the UK galloper.
Those two are favoured in the early market with NEDS with Verry Elegant at the $2.60 quote, jus ahead of Addeybb at $2.70.
The 2020 Cox Plate (2040m) champion, Sir Dragonet is at $6.50, while the recent All-Star Mile (1600m) winner, Mugatoo is at $7. The exciting three-year-old, Mo’unga heads the rest at $21.
Looking at the Ranvet Stakes, they went relatively slow early on in that race before Verry Ellegant and Addeybb upped the ante. The mare produced the best late sectionals and went 7.4 lengths faster than standard benchmark.
Addeybb was first up that day and coming off an identical break as to what he did last year when successful over Verry Elleegant in the Ranvet. He then improved nearly 14 lengths on benchmark figures in a genuinely run Queen Elizabeth last year, defeating Verry Elleegant on a Heavy track by nearly three lengths.
Sir Dragonet was beaten into 4th position in the Ranvet before improving four lengths on benchmark figures to claim the recent Tancred Stakes (2400m). He has taken a while to get going this preparation but is beginning to hit his straps and shapes as one of the dangers to the favoured runners.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace galloper boasts the best benchmark figures that any horse in this race has produced in the past two years when 6th in a hot Melbourne Cup (3200m) last year. Verry Elleegant was 7th in the same race but the 2000m is a different beast.
It might be worth considering the two that come out of the Doncaster and there is a slight discrepancy in the market between Dalasan ($31) and Mugatoo for mine. Dalasan edged out Mugatoo for a place in the Doncaster and is 3kg worse at the weights when compared to that runner but his peak run last spring came at this stage in theTurnbull Stakes, going 10.4 lengths faster than standard when 4th behind Verry Elleegant, beaten less than half a length.
Mugatoo lined up in the Metropolitan (2400m) at this stage of his last preparation, finishing runner-up behind Mirage Dancer with the 57kg before running a bottler when 4th in the Cox Plate.
Of the others, Think It Over showed some superior acceleration late in the piece to take out the George Ryder Stakes and went just 6.5 lengths faster than standard that day but did go 11.5 lengths faster than standard the last time he raced at the track and trip. That came last year when successful in the Craven Plate (2000m).
Mo’unga might need to improve after dropping out of it in the Doncaster and I am not quite convinced about the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) form after viewing the Australian Derby (2400m) last weekend.
Finally, it will be interesting to see how they settle early on. Samadoubt has been scratched and was likely to lead them up with Addeybb just on his outside. Think It Over might push forward and Sir Dragonet shouldn’t be too far away, while Verry Elleegant will roll out on the turn and is likely to have the last crack at them.
Queen Elizabeth Stakes Tips & Verdict
I am sticking with Addeybb to turn the tables on Verry Elleegant and it could just about be a carbon copy of recent battles between the pair. Both are world class. Sir Dragonet is the danger, while Dalasan is the best roughie in the race. Addeybb did improve his figures when second up to defeat Verry Ellegant comprehensively in this race last year. Both come off very similar campaigns.