Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is the finale of the mile distance series and is part of Qipco British Champions Day. The race brings together Europe’s best milers in a £1.1 million showdown at Ascot. It has been won by some of the biggest names in racing including the legendary Frankel.

Length of the race – One mile.
Where to watch – RTV and ITV.
When to watch – Saturday, October 19 at 3.15pm.
Prize-money – The race is worth £1,100,000, with £623,810 going to the winner.
Course – The race is run at Ascot racecourse.
Race type – Group 1.
Weights –Three-year-olds carry 9st 1lb, horses aged four and older carry 9st 4lb. There is a 3lb weight allowance for fillies and mares.
Ages – The race is open to horses aged three and older.
Sponsor – Qipco have sponsored the race since 2011.

The Punt

Previous Winners 

wdt_ID Year Horse Form Age Price Trainer Jockey
2 2018 Roaring Lion 513111 3 2-1f John Gosden Oisin Murphy
3 2017 Persuasive 112-532 4 8-1 John Gosden Frankie Dettori
4 2016 Minding 121113 3 7-4f Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore
5 2015 Solow 1-11111 5 11-10f Freddy Head Maxime Guyon
6 2014 Charm Spirit 3-15111 3 5-1 Freddy Head Olivier Peslier
7 2013 Olympic Glory 11-1022 3 11-2 Richard Hannon snr Richard Hughes
8 2012 Excelebration 12-1221 4 10-11f Aidan O’Brien Joseph O'Brien
9 2011 Frankel 11-1111 3 4-11f Sir Henry Cecil Tom Queally
10 2010 Poet’s Voice 14-8921 3 9-2 Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori
11 2009 Rip Van Winkle 17-4421 3 8-13f Aidan O’Brien Johnny Murtagh

Key trials

Three-year-olds may have contested the 1,000 or 2,000 Guineas at the start of the season if they have been kept in the mile category. From there, the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, the Prix Rothschild in France and the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown provide one-mile markers. Horses can drop down from a mile and two furlongs, so the Eclipse, Juddmonte and Irish Champion Stakes can provide winners of the QEII.

What happened last year?

On his final start on British turf, the 2018 Cartier champion three-year-old Roaring Lion was bold and brave when staying on the best to win by a neck from I Can Fly. He had a clear run down the standside but had to dig deep to catch Century Dream, who set and maintained a strong gallop before weakening in the final furlong, eventually finishing third.

Where can I get Champions Day tickets?

Champions Day tickets can be purchased from the Ascot website here.