Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Betting Tips
Adoringly known as the QEII, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is famed as one of the greatest one mile races in horse racing history, seeing some of the most legendary horses create a legacy in its 60 year existence. Brigadier Gerard and Rose Bowl both won it back-to-back during the 70s, while possibly the greatest horse of the 21st century Frankel won majestically back in 2011.
Last year’s event saw three-time champion jockey Ryan Moore gain a first QEII victory, riding Minding to victory and setting a record QEII winning time at Ascot in the process. The three year old was trained by Aidan O’Brien, who took his total successes in the event up to four wins.
Minding was forced into an early retirement shortly after last season’s event, but that victory over Ribchester and co will never be forgotten. The intensity of last year’s field becomes more obvious when you consider that Ribchester is ranked as the favourite going into the 2017 race, priced at around 9/4 with most bookmakers.
Since that race, Ribchester has cruised to victory in the Lockinge Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes in Britain, along with the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp in France. In its last four races, Ribchester has been successful three times at similar prices, although a second place finish behind Here Comes When at Goodwood saw a growing reputation diminish slightly. Here Comes When runs in Saturday’s race, priced as high as 25/1 – which tells you all you need to know about that Goodwood failure.
Aidan O’Brien, chasing consecutive wins, has the second shortest priced runner in the early betting this year in Churchill, who defeated Barney Roy and Thunder Snow respectively in the English and Irish 2000 Guinea races – the latter of which is an opponent in this Saturday’s race.
Churchill looked superb in both Guinea’s victories and was thought to have a huge future ahead, though his loss to Barney Roy at Royal Ascot in the St James’s Palace Stakes caused many to rethink. The rivalry between Churchill and Barney Roy has been fascinating throughout this racing season, with the former looking superior in races of this distance, so it will be a shame not to see them battle it out again here.
The last major competitor in the field is likely Beat the Bank. Four wins from his first five races have seen his price plummet heading into the weekend, and he has the credentials to be somewhat of a surprise package. However, at the prices on offer Beat the Bank and the rest of the field are far behind the leading two in terms of quality.
It’s a tough one, but we’re keen to back Ribchester here. The Richard Fahey trained son of Iffraaj ran ever-so-well in second place last year and has enough left in the tank to bounce back from that Goodwood loss on soft ground with a huge win at Ascot.