Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Preview
Last updated: October 18, 2019 by Leon Marshal
The 3.20 at Ascot on Saturday is the £1.1 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile. The race was upgraded to the highest level in 1987 and is now established as one of the most prestigious one mile races in Europe. Famous past winners include Kris (1979), Zilzal (1989), Dubai Millennium (1999) and Frankel (2011). Last year’s race was won by John Gosden and Oisin Murphy with Roaring Lion.
The Revenant tops the betting at Ascot
French raider The Revenant dominates the betting here after winning his last six races. The four-year-old Dubawi gelding was particularly impressive last time when beating Olmedo by four and a half lengths at Longchamp. That was in the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein in very soft ground so the ground holds no fears for him. That was his first race since narrowly beating Imaging in May so he could improve further on Saturday.
Benbatl emerged as a serious contender here when slamming King Of Comedy by five lengths at Newmarket last month. He was also coming back after a lengthy absence having not raced since October last year. On that occasion he finished runner-up to Australian ace Winx in the Group 1 Cox Plate. The ground could be a concern for Benbatl as he was well beaten on his only previous race in such conditions.
Lord Glitters will handle the soft ground, a six-year-old gelding by Whipper. David O’Meara’s grey claimed Group 1 glory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on good ground. He has since run respectably in the Sussex Stakes and the York International. He was quietly fancied in this race last season when finishing a close sixth behind Roaring Lion.
Magna Grecia won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, beating King Of Change by two and a half lengths. He subsequently disappointed when only fifth to Phoenix Of Spain in the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh. Aidan O’Brien has not raced him since and the son of Invincible Spirit is yet to race on ground this testing.
James Doyle aboard Phoenix Of Spain
Charles Hills has booked James Doyle to ride Phoenix Of Spain, a grey colt by Lope De Vega. He takes over the reins from Jamie Spencer who rode the colt to victory in the Irish Guineas. He has since run slightly below par at Royal Ascot and was a close fifth behind Circus Maximus at Longchamp. The going was good to firm for the Irish Guineas so the ground is a slight worry.
King Of Comedy has looked a tricky ride and Frankie Dettori will need to be at his best on Saturday. The colt could not quite get to Circus Maximus at Royal Ascot and was no match for Benbatl last time. King Of Change reappeared after a 176-day absence to beat Turgenev at Sandown in a Listed race. Richard Hannon’s colt was a 66-1 chance when second in the Guineas.
Safe Voyage will like the soft ground but his form suggests that he is a specialist seven-furlong horse. There are also stamina concerns for Greenham Stakes winner Mohaather who has not been seen since April. Veracious ran well in defeat when second to Billesdon Brook in the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month. She had previously beaten One Master in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes and has place claims on her best form.
Magna Grecia @6-1 at Coral.
Phoenix Of Spain @16-1
Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2,3
The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is due off at 3.20 at Ascot on Saturday 19th October and will be televised live on ITV.