The Queen of the Turf Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race, held at Royal Randwick Racecourse, on day two of ‘The Championships’. The $1m fillies and mares feature has become a staple on the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival calendar, and act...
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|Date||Saturday, 8th April, 2023|
|Racecourse||Randwick Racecourse, NSW, Australia|
The Queen of the Turf Stakes is a Group 1 race which takes place each year in April. The race in 2023 will be held on Saturday 8th of April at Randwick Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2022, it was won by Nimalee.
Run as the Coolmore Legacy Stakes, it has taken on a grand final like status for the middle distance fillies and mares to end the Sydney Autumn Carnival run on the last day of The Championships.
The race was first run in 1972 and won by Refulgence. Originally the race was over 1500m at Rosehill before taking up a prime position in The Championships and being moved to Randwick over the mile.
Run at weight-for-age, it offers the best fillies and mares to meet on equal terms and as such has produced an impressive honour roll of winners including Excited Angel (1993), Divine Madonna (2007), Forensics (2008), Typhoon Tracy (2010) and Alizee (2018).
Ironically the Queen of the Turf training record is held by Gai Waterhouse who has trained eight winners of the race, and five of those winners have come in the last eleven years.
There has only been one multiple winner of the Queen of the Turf and that was the John Singleton trained More Joyous (2011-2012).
The Queen of the Turf Stakes is an Australian Group 1 held at Randwick Racecourse, it is one of the major races in the Autumn Racing Carnival and the $1 million prizemoney attached to it means the race brings in some of the best horses from across the country, and potentially internationally, to Sydney. It also attracts many Australians who like to have a casual punt on horse racing. Our expert tipsters will compile a list of the best Queen of the Turf Stakes tips so you can bet with confidence.
Due to the fact that nominations are still yet to be accepted for the Queen of the Turf Stakes in 2023, it is hard to provide updates right now about our tips. However, as the Autumn Racing Carnival continues on in Sydney, the horses that are aiming for this Group 1 race will become clearer, and at this time we will be able to provide you with more information. If you are after Queen of the Turf Stakes horse tips, then we will keep you on top of which horses are most likely to get a run.
At this time, there are no online bookies that are providing Queen of the Turf Stakes odds, but we will keep on top of this and provide you with the details as soon as we can. When looking for Queen of the Turf Stakes tips, we have indicated some key factors to success in our betting section below!
We will list The Sharks’ Queen of the Turf Stakes best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back here regularly!
Our tips are not out for the Queen of the Turf Stakes in 2023 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Queen of the Turf Stakes is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the race.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the Queen of the Turf Stakes. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous Queen of the Turf Stakes Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?
There has only been one multiple winner of this race suggesting that the previous year is not a good guide to finding the winner but that is not a true indication.
Many of the fillies and mares that take on this race do return and take on the next season’s race albeit maybe with a larger weight but also with more experience.
When assessing the form for this race, it would be beneficial to watch and see which fillies or mares ran well the previous season.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Queen of the Turf Stakes?
The last few years have seen some blowouts with winners at long odds. Nimalee ($26) won in 2022, Nettoyet ($26) won in 2021, Kenedna ($26) won in 2019 then Con Te Partiro ($9.00) was successful in 2020. Over the last three years, a $26 chance as gone on to win the race, probably not something to take to seriously, but an interesting coincidence nonetheless!
The only favourite to win in the last 10 years was Azkadellia (2015) when she started at $2.80.
Formlines from Lead Up Races
The Coolmore Classic is clearly the ideal lead-up race for the Queen of the Turf Stakes. From the last 25 runnings of this race, 12 winners have come through the Coolmore Classic.
The other race to look at when assessing the form is the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes which is run two weeks prior. Nimalee came 5th in this race before winning the Queen of the Turf Stakes.
The last three-year-old filly to win this race was Alizee (2018). Since then the older mares have dominated. Four and five-year-old mares have the best record and look to get the best chance at the weight scale.
The Queen of the Turf Stakes is run under weight-for-age conditions and offers the best filly or mare their chance to win.
The Queen of the Turf Stakes is restricted to fillies and mares. In the last 28 years, 8 three-year-old fillies have been successful while 20 mares have saluted.
Our Queen of the Turf Stakes best bets for 2023 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
Well before the Queen of the Turf Stakes field is released – lots of bookmakers will open early markets, or all-in markets, for Queen of the Turf Stakes betting. This is the best time to bet on your horse because you might be able to get awesome odds on your horse.
Once the Aussie bookies release their 2023 Queen of the Turf Stakes odds, they will tend to fluctuate. There are a number of things that cause this fluctuation, but when there is a clear picture of the type of horses that will be targeting the Queen of the Turf Stakes, as well as their recent form in races and trials, you will see the odds change dramatically.
If you end up choosing to place bets in these early markets, it means you could find the favourite at a price of $10 or more. So, if your horse does end up winning, you will get more return on your bet! However, there is a lot more risk involved in this option and you should be aware.
Depending on when you put your 2023 Queen of the Turf Stakes futures bet on, your horse may not get a run, but you also won’t get your money back, this occurs when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date. If you are looking to have a punt when it says ‘Before Noms’, then you know you’ll get your stake back if your horse doesn’t run in the Queen of the Turf Stakes.
The 2023 Queen of the Turf Stakes odds not out just yet, please check back here closer to race day for all the details on the odds.
There was a big field for the Queen of the Turf Stakes in 2022, with 18 runners announced. However, like a lot of fields when the track is a Heavy10, there were a few scratchings, which meant the field ended up seeing 14 runners take part.
The favourite heading into the Queen of the Turf Stakes was Colette, at $3.90, and for good reason too. She had just finished second in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and had an awesome Heavy record of 5:3-1-0 before the race. She also had come second in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes, which was run in February.
On the next line of betting there was Icebath and Yonce, both at $6.50. Icebath was coming off a very brave effort in the major Group 1 of the Doncaster Mile, finishing in third place, but only 0.99L behind the leader on that occasion. While never being tried at Group 1 level (or Group 2, or even Group 3), Yonce had a season record of 6:6-0-0. So it should have come to no one’s surprise that she was the equal second favourite.
The next runner in the market was Fangirl, who started at odds of $10. The Chris Waller trained filly had just won the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes the race prior and was ready to go at the Randwick track. She had also won the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes, which was run in mid-February.
With the 2023 Queen of the Turf Stakes field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2022 field, headlined by winner Nimalee:
|1. COLETTE (57kg)||9||James McDonald||James Cummings|
|2. LIGHTHOUSE (USA) (57kg)||12||Jamie Kah||C Maher & D Eustace|
|3. ICEBATH (NZ) (57kg)||15||Kerrin McEvoy||Brad Widdup|
|4. SHOUT THE BAR (57kg) – Scratched||10||Nash Rawiller||G Waterhouse & A Bott|
|5. HUNGRY HEART (57kg) – Scratched||11||Mark Zahra||Chris Waller|
|6. NIMALEE (57kg)||3||Damien Oliver||Matthew Smith|
|7. PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB) (57kg)||4||Hugh Bowman||John O’Shea|
|8. VANGELIC (57kg)||13||Tim Clark||G Waterhouse & A Bott|
|9. ANNAVISTO (NZ) (57kg)||6||Rachel King||M Price & M Kent (Jnr)|
|10. QUANTUM MECHANIC (57kg)||14||Damian Lane||M Price & M Kent (Jnr)|
|11. MIRRA VISION (57kg) – Scratched||2||Sam Clipperton||P & P Snowden|
|12. STEINEM (GB) (57kg)||17||Tommy Berry||C Maher & D Eustace|
|13. LE LUDE (57kg)||18||Brock Ryan||John Thompson|
|14. YONCE (NZ) (57kg)||1||John Allen||C Maher & D Eustace|
|15. FANGIRL (54.5kg)||16||Brenton Avdulla||Chris Waller|
|16. YEARNING (54.5kg) – Scratched||7||William Pike||M, W & J Hawkes|
|17. BARB RAIDER (54.5kg)||8||Craig Williams||Jerome Hunter|
|18. NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ) (54.5kg)||5||Regan Bayliss||G Waterhouse & A Bott|
A solid field filled with quality runners, and the Queen of the Turf in 2022 certainly didn’t disappoint. Although it would have been disappointing for all those favourite backing punters out there, as not only did the favourite Colette not win, she actually ended up coming dead last 22.61L off the pace.
Instead we saw $26 long shot Nimalee cross the finish line first to claim her first Group 1 victory after three attempts. The Matthew Smith trained mare was near the front of the field by the half way mark in the race, and she was able to use the good barrier (2) and a perfect ride from Damien Oliver to finish 2.33L in front of second place.
Rachel King put in a great ride to get Annavisto across the line in second, and she was an $18 chance at the jump. Annavisto was in first place at both the 800m and 400m mark, but just couldn’t continue to hold on and had to settle for second in what was her first crack at Group 1 level.
Coming in third place was Icebath, and she was 2.48L off the pace. She was back in 10th at the 400m mark, and needed a lot to go her way to make it through the field. It pretty much did go her way and along with great thinking from Kerrin McEvoy, Icebath was steaming home, but in the end just had too much ground to make up to Nimalee.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2022 Queen of the Turf Stakes race:
Here are the results from the Queen of the Turf Stakes in 2022:
|1st||6. NIMALEE (57kg)||Damien Oliver||–|
|2nd||9. ANNAVISTO (NZ) (57kg)||Rachel King||2.33L|
|3rd||3. ICEBATH (NZ) (57kg)||Kerrin McEvoy||2.48L|
|4th||14. YONCE (NZ) (57kg)||John Allen||3.24L|
|5th||7. PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB) (57kg)||Hugh Bowman||6.21L|
|6th||8. VANGELIC (57kg)||Tim Clark||6.34L|
|7th||18. NEVER BEEN KISSED (NZ) (54.5kg)||Regan Bayliss||8.41L|
|8th||2. LIGHTHOUSE (USA) (57kg)||Jamie Kah||10.16L|
|9th||12. STEINEM (GB) (57kg)||Tommy Berry||10.35L|
|10th||10. QUANTUM MECHANIC (57kg)||Damian Lane||11.61L|
|11th||17. BARB RAIDER (54.5kg)||Craig Williams||11.87L|
|12th||13. LE LUDE (57kg)||Brock Ryan||17.71L|
|13th||15. FANGIRL (54.5kg)||Brenton Avdulla||20.34L|
|14th||1. COLETTE (57kg)||James McDonald||22.61L|
The results for the upcoming Queen of the Turf Stakes are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2020||Con Te Partiro||Funstar||Danzdanzdance|
|2018||Alizee||Prompt Response||Heavens Above|
|2016||Azkadellia||Heavens Above||Noble Protector|
|2014||Diamond Drille||Gypsy Diamond||Red Tracer|
|2012||More Joyous||Miss Keepsake||King’s Rose|
|2011||More Joyous||Melito||Happy Hippy|
|2010||Typhoon Tracy||Illuminates||Montana Flyer|