British Champions Day, Saturday 19th October – Ascot 3:20pm 1m (Str) Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1) (Sponsored By QIPCO) (British Champions Mile) (Class 1) (3yo+)
The race was established in 1955 when the Knights Royal Stakes was renamed in honour of The Queen. When the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971 the QEII was designated as a Group 2 event, becoming a Group 1 race in 1987.
The race has been won by some notable horses over the years including Brigadier Gerard (who won it twice), Kris, Selkirk, Dubai Millennium Frankel in 2011.
The race is open to horses aged three years old plus and in the 48 renewals since 1970 has only been won five times by a horse over the age of four, most recently in 2015 when Solow won as a five year old. No horse over the age of five has won the event since 1970.
The betting is a good guide to finding the winner with 11 of the last 12 winners being found in the first three in the betting and six of the last 12 favourites winning. The highest priced winner over the period was Persuasive who was returned at 8/1 when winning the 2017 renewal.
Eight of the last 12 winners won on their previous start so current winning form is worth considering. Also, look out for horses with a recent run, as eight of the last 12 winners ran within 35 days of the race. A previous run at Ascot is useful with seven of the last 12 winners having run previously run over the course. Five of the last 12 winners also had winning form at the track. Winning form over the race distance of 1 mile is a very important factor when considering a runner, with 11 of the last 12 winners previously winning at least once over the trip.
Experienced horses do well in the event so look out for runners with at least eight previous career runs, as 11 of the last 12 winners had run a minimum of eight times prior to the race. Ten of the last 12 winners has also won at least four times before the race.
Look for horses who have run at least four times earlier in the season as 11 of the last 12 winners had run four times or more before the race and 11 of the 12 had at least one win earlier in the campaign.
An Official Rating of 120 of higher has been required to win the race in 10 of the last 12 renewals and nine of the last 12 winners had also previously won a Group 1 race.
French raider The Revenant has very good claims. The four year old chestnut gelding has won on all of his last six starts and has not looked back since having a gelding operation in the winter. He has been backed into favouritism based on the easy manner in which he won the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp on Arc weekend and his excellent form in Heavy ground.
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