Queen Of The Turf Stakes Tips & Preview
QUEENS OF THE TURF STAKES TIPS & PREVIEW
Looking for Queen Of The Turf Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick.
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Recently known as the Coolmore Legacy Stakes, Queen Of The Turf Stakes is the last of the Group 1 races at The Championships and it is Probabeel that is favourite in early markets with NEDS this year at the $2.50 quote ahead of Collette and Odeum, who are both on the second line of betting at the $6.50.
13 gallopers have accepted for the Group 1 race for the fillies and mare and Angelic heads the rest of the contenders at the $13.
Probabeel should appreciate a return to dry ground and won the first two starts of her autumn campaign with both of those coming at Caulfield. She was too good for them at Group 3 level in the Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) before oozing class when taking out of the Futurity Stakes over the 1400 at Caulfield.
She then struggled on the Soft ground at Moonee Valley in the All-Star Mile when dropping out of it as a $3.50 favourite behind Mugatoo.
Her best should be good enough for this and she went 14.1 lengths faster than standard benchmark when winning the Futurity. Those figures have only been bettered by Starelle in recent times with the filly from the Danny O’Brien camp pulling one out of the box when going more than 16 lengths faster when taking out a solidly run Kewney Stakes (1600m) ahead of Chica Fuerte and Personal.
In her previous 1600m run at Randwick, Probabeel went nearly 12 lengths faster than benchmark when overcoming a wide gate to take out the Epsom Handicap (1600m) last spring. That came on a Good track.
Colette is one that seems to prefer cut in the ground and won by two lengths from Kolding and Verry Elleegant when resuming on Soft ground in the Apollo Stakes (1400m) back in February before just going down to Verry Elleegant in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m). She lost a bit of her brilliance when stepping up to the 2000m but must be respected back against her own sex and over the mile.
One of the key lead ups towards this race is the Emancipation Stakes (1500m), which was held at Rosehill on April 3. Five runners come out of that race and and it was Nimalee that went 9.9 lengths faster than standard when closing off well in the dying stages to score by nearly a length from Greysful Glamour.
Quantum Mechanic might be the possible improver out of that race and didn’t enjoy a clear run early in the straight before producing the fastest last 200m en route to running 3rd. The knock on the Mick Price galloper is that she has been up for a while but she has drawn perfectly and gets the steer from Glen Boss, who is sure to bob up at some stage on the day.
There are three fillies in the race and they are Odeum, Vangelic and Starelle. Two of the past four winners of the Coolmore Legacy have been three-year-olds. They were Alizee (2018) and Foxplay (2017).
Vangelic is one for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, who were successful with Con Te Partiro last year. Waterhouse has had success on seven occasions in this race since the year 2000.
Vangelic comes in with more than a month between runs and was 4th in the Coolmore Classic (1500m) at her most recent run.
Odeum might be peaking at the right time and comes into this third up. She looked the winner over the 1200m in the Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) before being grabbed late by Isotope.
At her third run last time she went five lengths faster than standard when winning the Tranquil Star Stakes (1400m) before going 13.3 lengths faster than standard when winning the Thousand Guineas (1600m). She has form against the older horses and narrowly went down to Shout The Bar in the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m). The lack of a 1400m run in between is the query.
Queen Of The Turf Stakes Tips & Verdict
You could make a case for a number of these but I am going with the class and it is Probabeel that looks to be a very solid bet. She has been crunched in the early markets, like she was before her wins at Caulfield and has the proven form over the mile. While her Kewney run might have been an anomaly, Starelle might be worth throwing into multiples and didn’t enjoy much luck in the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) run. With clear air this time around, she is worth a spec at big odds.