2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Final Field, Barriers & Betting

April 22nd, 2010

*UPDATE: Pre-race favourite and Doncaster Mile winner Rangirangdoo has been scratched from tomorrow’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes leaving a wide open field.

Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse will be home to a premier line-up of Group races on Saturday as of the autumn carnival’s final race meeting gets underway.

As part of the action on Sydney Cup Day, nine great gallopers will take to the track at 2:55pm when race five, the $350,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), runs.

The 2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes is set to be a scintillating showdown between the two horses that ran the quinella in last Saturday’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile, the Chris Waller-trained Rangirangdoo and Anthony Cummings’ Road To Rock.

Following his win Rangirangdoo will start as the hot favourite currently at $2.35 for a win with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The ever improving five-year-old Pentire gelding will jump out wide from barrier eight on Saturday with in-form hoop Nash Rawiller aboard, which if the track is soft will suit him well as he attempts back-to-back Group 1 glory.

Road To Rock, on the other hand, has drawn on the inside in barrier two. Due to be ridden by Damien Oliver, he has drifted out to $7 in the betting markets with many expecting the 2000m distance to be too testing for the son of Encosta De Lago.

The last run Road To Rock had over 2000m was in the Ranvet Stakes where he placed a well-beaten ninth behind Theseo.

But Road To Rock was beaten by just a half-neck in the Doncaster and Oliver, who has been freed for Saturday’s ride before starting his related suspension, weighed in 1kg over Road To Rock’s allocated Doncaster weight, which many said cost him the win.

Second favourite for the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes currently paying $4.60 with Ladbrokes.com.au is Monaco Consul, also drawn wide in barrier nine, who along with the Lee Freedman-trained Doctor Fremantle is one of only two runners not backing up a run in last weekend’s Doncaster Mile.

The three-year-old High Chaparral colt has had just one start in Australia this year when he placed an eye-catching third to Shoot Out in the Group 1 AJC Derby (2400m).

On Saturday, the Kiwi runner will be ridden by Jay Ford, who has not been aboard Monaco Consol since their upset win in the Spring Champion Stakes last year.

Other runners to watch include Villers Stakes winner Palacio De Cristal in barrier four and Rangirangdoo’s stablemate Triple Honour in barrier five with big race jockey Hugh Bowman aboard.

For more information and the latest news on the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes follow the link or visit Australia’s premier racing site Races.com.au.

There are three other excellent Group 1 races taking place at Randwick on Saturday, with previews for all of them including the $400,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) available on the News page on this site.

2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Final Field & Barriers

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Horse

Trainer

Rider

Br.

Weight (kg)

1
RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)

SCRATCHED

Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 8 59
2
ROAD TO ROCK
Anthony Cummings Damien Oliver 2 59
3
DOCTOR FREMANTLE (GB)
Lee Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 1 59
4
VISION AND POWER (NZ)
Joseph Pride Michael Rodd 6 59
5
VOSNE ROMANEE (NZ)
Jeff Lynds Opie Bosson 7 59
6
TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)
Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 59
7
MISS MARIELLE
Joseph Pride Craig Williams 3 57
8
PALACIO DE CRISTAL
Grahame Begg Peter Wells 4 57
9
MONACO CONSUL (NZ)
Michael Moroney Jay Ford 9 55.5