The 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes headlines a massive day of racing at Royal Randwick on Saturday and the great mare Winx will have the chance to claim a 25th straight race win – equalling the winning streak of the unbeaten Black Caviar.
It should come as no surprise that Winx is currently a dominant $1.18 in our Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting market, but she will not have things her own way against a stellar field that includes a host of Group 1 winners.
Will Winx’s incredible winning streak continue or will there be a massive upset?
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Happy Clapper could hardly have been more impressive in the Doncaster Mile last weekend and he produced arguably the best performance of his career to win a third Group 1 event. There is no doubt that he is racing in career best form, but I’ve never been entirely convinced that he can run up to his best over this trip. He gave Winx a genuine race over 1500 metres in the George Ryder Stakes, but I would be surprised if he could do the same over 2000 metres.
Gailo Chop drops back to his pet distance after he failed to run out a strong 2400 metres in the Tancred Stakes. His win in the Ranvet Stakes was excellent and he will make his own luck right on the speed with Mark Zahra in the saddle. I don’t think that he is capable of beating Winx, but there is no reason that he can’t finish in the placings.
Humidor is the main danger to Winx in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He had genuine excuses in the Doncaster Mile last weekend and there is no doubt that he is looking for 2000 metres at this stage of his preparation. The last time that he faced Winx, he gave her a genuine scare in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate and he is a horse that is capable of producing a very high-rating performance on his day.
Ambitious was excellent behind Almandin in the Tancred Stakes and there is no doubt that he is a horse with plenty of ability. This race is much tougher and the drop back in trip to 2000 metres may not be ideal, but there is no reason that he can’t run well again.
Success Day will make his Australian racing debut in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He has not been seen at the races since he finished at the tail of the field in both the Irish Champion Stakes and the Champion Stakes at the end of last year. It is tough to back him off those efforts and even his best form wouldn’t be up to winning a race of this quality.
Classic Uniform failed to beat home a single runner in the Ranvet Stakes. He is the extreme outsider in this field for a reason.
Comin’ Through finished a gallant second behind Happy Clapper in the Doncaster Mile last weekend and he has been racing well this preparation. This race is a completely different scenario for him – he meets Happy Clapper 5.5 kilograms worse off at the weights – and this does look beyond him at this stage of his career.
Odeon was unable to beat Shoreham in the Easter Cup. If you can’t do that, you aren’t going to get near Winx in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Winx was not dominant in the George Ryder Stakes, but she still did enough to get the job done and we have seem time and time again that she goes to another level when she steps-up to 2000 metres. The wide barrier draw does mean that Hugh Bowman will need to be at his best and he could be more conservative on her than he was in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate. It is still impossible to bet against her and it is fitting that she will record her 25th straight win – equalling the unbeaten streak of Black Caviar – in such a big race.
Consensus was not disgraced when she made her Australian racing debut in the Ranvet Stakes. This is obviously a much tougher assignment and she has never shown anything to suggest that she is up to this level.