UK import Addeybb has drawn barrier one for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes this Saturday. In what could only be described as a promoter’s dream, three of the four top contenders for the event have drawn barriers one, two and three.
Addeybb had installed himself as favourite with punters after his brilliant win in the Ranvet Stakes two weeks ago. But since the weekend, the weight of money for the Japanese import Danon Premium has increased significantly. Today with Danon Premium drawing barrier 3, the five year old is now favourite for 2000m WFA event.
Meanwhile, Chris Waller (Winx trainer) trained Verry Elleegant has landed barrier 2. Racing fans are licking their lips as the the mare comes into this race in career best form ready to turn the tables on Addeybb who beat her by a small margin when they met in the Ranvet Stakes.
Slightly under the radar is Te Akau Shark, who had enjoyed Queen Elizabeth Stakes favouritism briefly before his last start failure in the 1600m George Ryder. There is no doubt the chestnut with the withering burst will capture a lot of interest on Saturday as punters can’t resist a fast finisher. The Jamie Richards trained Kiwi drew barrier 8, though this is unlikely to affect his chances negatively as his racing pattern is to position himself at the rear or worse than midfield.
If those four top contenders aren’t enough, throw in 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare. He is back after an eye catching 3rd in the Group 1 2000m Australian Cup a month ago. The plan is for Vow And Declare to defend his Melbourne Cup crown later this year, but original plans to head to Queensland for their winter carnival after the Queen Elizabeth Stakes have been thrown into disarray by ‘the virus’. The Aussie stayer drew barrier 6 for the big race this Saturday.
Finally there is Master of Wine. The five year old has won his last four starts, including two on substantially rain affected ground. His biggest win came in his most recent start, the Group 3 Sky High Stakes over 2000m. There he beat Mustajeer and last year he won the 2400m City Tattersells Cup at Randwick. He is currently the Melbourne Cup favourite at Sportsbet, which is not usually an indicator of your prowess in a 2000m WFA event. He picked up barrier 13, but he generally races between midfield and the rear.
Strap yourself in, for one of the most anticipated Group 1 contests in years. It’s time for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes of 2020.