2020 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Preview


The 2020 Queen Elizabeth Stakes headlines a huge day of racing at Royal Randwick on Saturday and a star-studded field will contest the Group 1 event.

There is very little between all the leading contenders in Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting and it shapes as one of the most interesting races of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

We have analysed every single horse in the field and our complete 2020 Queen Elizabeth Stakes tips can be found below.

Danon Premium

Danon Premium is a star and he is a deserving favourite in our Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting market. He showed his quality when he beat subsequent Ladbrokes Cox Plate winner Lys Gracieux to win The Kinko Sho in Japan last year and he followed that up with second place finishes in the Tenno Sho and The Mile Championship. That is truly elite form and if he brings that to Australia he will prove very tough to beat. The obvious concern is the potential wet weather in Sydney. He is used to running on very firm tracks in Japan and he isn’t going to get that on Saturday. That does make it tough to get him as short as his current quote, but he is still right in this contest.


Addeybb has clearly settled into Australia nicely and he goes into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the back of a fighting victory over Verry Elleegant in the Ranvet Stakes. There was plenty to like about the toughness that he showed in that race and he might have even taken some improvement from that run. Tom Marquand will be able to ride him aggressively from barrier one and there are few jockeys in better form at the moment.

Happy Clapper

Happy Clapper is showing some signs that his best days might be behind him. He finished a disappointing eighth in the George Ryder Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes is tougher again.

Te Akau Shark

It is tough to know what to make of Te Akau Shark heading into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He looked set for an enormous campaign when he showed a blistering turn-of-foot to win the Chipping Norton Stakes before he was beaten as a short-priced favourite in the George Ryder Stakes. There is no doubt that he will be better suited over 2000 metres, but this race is tougher again and he will be giving some of his rivals a decent head start. I am happy to take him on at his current price.

Vow And Declare

Vow And Declare has been freshened-up for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes since he finished a more than credible third behind Fifty Stars and Regal Power in the Australian Cup. The form coming out of that race has been strong, Regal Power went on to win The All-Star Mile, but there is no doubt that this is a tougher assignment. Vow And Declare may already be a Melbourne Cup winner, but I still think that he will need to produce a career-best performance to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.


Kolding has failed to replicate his Spring form in the Autumn. The Epsom Handicap winner hasn’t been disgraced in any of his race starts this campaign, but he hasn’t taken the leap expected of him when he won The Golden Eagle during the Spring. It will be interesting to see how he fares in his first race start over 2000 metres.

Gailo Chop

I don’t see Gailo Chop as a legitimate winning chance in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but he could prove a pivotal runner in this field. Gailo Chop does have the ability to lead this field at a very strong tempo and if connections elect to ride him aggressively that could change the complexion of the race. I would suggest with Adam Hyeronimus in the saddle that leading could very well be the plan.

Kings Will Dream

Kings Will Dream found the line nicely to finish a more than credible fifth in the Doncaster Mile and the step back-up to 2000 metres should suit him. He is another galloper that would probably need to go to another level to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, but I still expect him to run better than his current price suggests.


Imaging finished a disappointing 16th in the Doncaster Mile and this race is tougher again. He is one of the outsiders of this field for a reason.

Master Of Wine

Master Of Wine just keeps winning and Team Hawkes have elected to give him an opportunity at Group 1 level. He could hardly have been more impressive in the Sky High Stakes and the sting out of the track will suit, but this is easily the toughest test of his racing career to date and he would need to improve again significantly to be a genuine winning chance. I am happy to take him on at his current price.

Life Less Ordinary

Life Less Ordinary looked well-placed in the Neville Sellwood Stakes, but he produced a very poor performance in a much weaker race than this. It is impossible to back him in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the back of that effort.

Verry Elleegant

Verry Elleegant is the value runner in Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting. Her form this campaign has been nothing short of outstanding. She finished a strong second behind Te Akau Shark in the Chipping Norton Stakes and was narrowly denied in the Ranvet Stakes by Addeybb before she gave her rivals a touch-up in the Tancred Stakes. I like the fact that she is dropping back to 2000 metres on the back of that dominant win and any give in the track is an advantage for her. The $6.50 currently available is over the odds.

Melody Belle

Melody Belle never runs a bad race and she wasn’t beaten far with the top-weight in the Doncaster Mile last weekend. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a tougher assignment again though and I’m not sure that she is quiet up to the likes of Danon Premium and even Verry Elleegant over this trip. I expect her to run well again, but I’m not sure that she has the upside to win.

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