Australia: Day Two Of The Championships Features The Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Less than a week since the British monarch’s rare address to her subjects in the UK and Australia, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) will be run at “Royal Randwick” in Sydney. Another quartet of Group One races adorns Friday night’s card, matching Day 1 of “The Championships” last week, with the first post at 9:35pm EST/6:35pm PST.

First staged in 1851 as the Queen’s Plate, in honor of Queen Victoria, the weight-for-age Queen Elizabeth Stakes has soared in stature to become the showpiece of The Championships. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II witnessed the 1954 running, and the race has been graced by racing royalty much more recently. Its past three editions were won by Winx, who cemented her unsurpassable legacy in the 2019 renewal – her final start and 33rd consecutive victory. Unforgettable scenes unfolded in front of a rapturous, capacity crowd of 42,000 fans – a surreal contrast to this year’s spectator-free event.

A world-class field of 13 entered for the Queen Elizabeth, the 8th of 10 races on Friday night, and it is a wide open affair. The 3/1 favorite is Danon Premium, a lightly raced Japanese 5-year-old who makes his 2020 and Australian debut. The son of Deep Impact ended 2019 with a pair of Group One placings, one at the Queen Elizabeth’s 1-1/4 miles distance behind champion filly Almond Eye.

Connections spent two weeks in a self-isolation facility that was set up next to the equine quarantine center. The prized mount has been awarded to the hottest jockey of the “Autumn Carnival,” Sydney-based James McDonald, who has ridden nine winners across the past two weekends. McDonald worked Danon Premium six furlongs last week, and was highly complimentary of the horse’s “class, balance and execution.”

The second wagering choice at 7-2 is English gelding Addeybb, who, like his Japanese rival, ended last season as runner-up in a Group One at this distance behind a high-quality filly (in this case, Magical). However, Addeybb has the benefit of a race in Australia – in which he defeated subsequent G1 winner Verry Elleegant, a 6-1 shot for their rematch on Friday night. In a race of tremendous depth, New Zealand stablemates Te Akau Shark (5-1) and Melody Belle (10-1) merit great respect, while rising star Master of Wine (8-1) continues his exciting journey to the upper reaches of the sport.

Addeybb’s English trainer and jockey, William Haggas and Tom Marquand, have a strong hand at Royal Randwick, also combining with 8-5 Sydney Cup favorite Young Rascal. Both horses won their Australian and 2020 debuts on the same card, at Rosehill three weeks ago. As a two-mile handicap, the G1 Sydney Cup (Race 7) mirrors the conditions of its world-famous Melbourne counterpart. Mustajeer is 4-1 second elect, off a pair of second place finishes behind the aforementioned Verry Elleegant and Master of Wine.

The G1 Coolmore Legacy (Race 9) features fillies and mares at weight-for-age. Funstar (2-1) had developed a compelling rivalry with Probabeel that was building toward the Australian Oaks. However, the pair is now taking divergent paths after trainer Chris Waller decided that Funstar is too brilliant for the Oaks distance. Thus, the 3-year-old will take on her elders at a mile.

In the 1 1/2 mile G1 Australian Oaks (Race 6), emerging stayer Colette showed she was ready for the big leagues with a slashing win in last week’s Group Three prep race. The lightly raced Godolphin filly is 2-1 favorite ahead of Probabeel (3-1) and Shout the Bar (7-2).

The latter name translates to buying a round of drinks for the bar, a gesture which the owners will sadly be unable to perform should their filly triumph at Royal Randwick on Friday night. They – like all of us – can draw upon the Queen’s closing remarks in last week’s address: “Take comfort, we will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again.”

The Randwick card will be broadcast live on TVG this Friday night alongside cards from Doomben, Newcastle and Ascot. All races will be live-streamed in HD on skyracingworld.com and major ADW platforms such as TVG, TwinSpiresXpressbet, NYRABets, WatchandWagerHPIbetAmWager, and BetAmerica. Wagering is also available via these ADW platforms. Fans can get free access to live-streaming, past performances and expert picks on all races at skyracingworld.com.

A native of Brisbane, Australia, Michael Wrona has called races in six countries. Michael’s vast U.S. experience includes; race calling at Los Alamitos, Hollywood Park, Arlington and Santa Anita, calling the 2000 Preakness on a national radio network and the 2016 Breeders’ Cup on the International simulcast network. Michael also performed a race call voiceover for a Seinfeld episode called The Subway.

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