It’s something of a Melbourne Cup consolation, but the 2600-metre Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a group 3 prize worth winning in its own right and gives those stayers who weren’t quite good enough to make the Cup field the chance to grab a moment in the spotlight.
True Self, from the Irish stable of Willie Mullins, won the race last year and, after failing to sneak into Tuesday’s Cup, looks to repeat her course and distance success of 12 months ago for Australian syndicate OTI.
Melbourne-based owners Ozzie Kheir, Brae Sokolski and their racing partners have already enjoyed huge success this carnival with the Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant and the Cox Plate hero Sir Dragonet.
Their candidate in this year’s Queen Elizabeth, former English-trained import Le Don De Vie, was another who failed to make the cut for the Cup. If he can win this he will be staking a good claim to get into the race next year.