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Queen Elizabeth Stakes VRC
Not to be confused with the Australian Turf Club Group 1 race of the same name, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) is a Group 3 event contested over 2,600m at Flemington Racecourse on the first Saturday of November annually.

The race has recently been run as the Queen’s Cup.

A key support act on the Champion Stakes Day program, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes makes a nice consolation race for stayers that failed to gain a start in the coveted Melbourne Cup race the Tuesday before.

A quality handicap event also known as the Queen’s Cup, the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes also offers a bonus to any horse that was paid up for at final acceptances stage but was balloted out of the Melbourne Cup field. Irish-trained mare True Self (2019) was the last Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner to take out the bonus. She returned in 2020 and improved on a lead-up 13th in the Caulfield Cup to successfully defend her Queen Elizabeth Stakes title at Flemington.

Good lead-up races into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes include the Caulfield Cup and the Moonee Valley Gold Cup.

Horses that do well in this race often go on to enter the Zipping Classic at Sandown. In 2021 the Queen Elizabeth Stakes runner-up at Flemington, Sound, went on to win that year’s Zipping Sandown Classic. 

The 2022 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) form was franked with the winner Soulcombe returning the following spring to run second to Without A Fight in the 2023 Melbourne Cup results

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) 2023 – Quick Information

  • Recent Race Name: Queen’s Cup
  • Race Day: Saturday, November 11th, 2023
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,600 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over (excluding maidens)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 3
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $300,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1854
  • 2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Winner: Muramasa

vrc queen elizabeth stakes 2023 RESULTS

The official 2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) results  will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday November 11, 2023. 

  1. #9 Muramasa
  2. #1 Ladies Man
  3. #2 Duke De Sessa

The 2023 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner was the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained favourite Muramasa ($4.40F) who made it three wins on the trot backing-up from a Group 3 Coongy Cup victory to storm home the closing stages for an impressive 2.5 length win for the punters on Stakes Day.

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Betting 2023

There are many different ways to bet on the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC), and we have included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC).
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC). Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC), you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC), in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC), in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Queen Elizabeth Stakes VRC

  1. Login at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Betting (above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) 2024 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

Timezone: all times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Favourites 2023

Favourites in 2023 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting include Duke De Sessa from the stables of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, the Kris Lees-trained Luncies last seen running fourth in the Bendigo Cup, and the in-form Group 3 Coongy Cup winner last time out Muramasa chasing a third won on the trot. 

Warning ($3.40 in 2021), Soulcombe ($3 in 2022) and Muramasa ($4.40 in 2023) are the latest Queen Elizabeth Stakes favourites to win.

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) 2023 Field

The official 2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) field of final acceptances is released the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) 2023 final field features a quality line-up of spring stayers including Geelong Cup winner Amade and the in-form Coongy Cup champ Muramasa chasing a third win on the trot.

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) 2023 Tips

Favourite: #9 Muramasa ($4.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #5 Amade ($9 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Roughie: #13 Taramansour ($14 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our exclusive 2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview available on the Neds Blog.


Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Race Day 2023

The 2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) takes place on Saturday the 11th of November, 2023 as one of the key support acts on Flemington’s Stakes Day program. The other Group status races on the card include the:

VRC Champions Stakes Day in Melbourne takes place on the same date as Sydney’s $1 million Golden Gift and the newly-created $2 million The Five Diamonds.

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Nominations 2023

2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) nominations close 12PM, Monday the 6th of November, 2023. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x69x00x059 ALENQUER (FR) G 6 Michael Moroney 1 59.5kg 59.5kg 109
2 6x50x49621 CLEVELAND (IRE) H 6 Kris Lees 2 57.5kg 57.5kg 105
3 1413×32216 LADIES MAN (NZ) G 6 Allan Sharrock 3 57.5kg 57.5kg 105
4 5x0x06x906 MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE) M 5 Chris Waller 4 55kg 55kg 104
5 x131x8x069 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 57kg 57kg 104
6 x22418x984 LUNCIES (GB) G 7 Kris Lees 6 57kg 57kg 104
7 9x8663x000 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 9 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 7 57kg 57kg 104
8 213x3L7331 KALAPOUR (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 8 56.5kg 56.5kg 103
9 2x295x0808 SHERAZ (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 9 55.5kg 55.5kg 101
10 x83300x951 AMADE (IRE) G 10 Phillip Stokes 10 55.5kg 55.5kg 101
11 1265x728x5 MORE FELONS (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 11 55kg 55kg 100
12 05420×8070 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) G 6 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 12 55kg 55kg 100
13 x70x050296 REGAL POWER G 8 John Leek (Jnr) 13 54kg 54kg 98
14 725x900x11 MURAMASA G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 14 54kg 53.5kg 97
15 05314×7096 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 15 54kg 53.5kg 97
16 19x64x069x THIRD REALM (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 16 54kg 53.5kg 97
17 7043100×00 TIMOUR (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 17 54kg 52kg 94
18 820200×705 SO DAZZLING (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 18 54kg 49kg 92
19 22110×8038 REBEL RACER G 7 Amy & Ash Yargi 19 54kg 50.5kg 91
20 12x18x7404 MR WATERVILLE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 20 54kg 49.5kg 89
21 3x0100x758 PORT PHILIP (IRE) G 6 Julius Sandhu 21 54kg 49kg 88
22 x6925x1153 TARAMANSOUR (IRE) G 7 Phillip Stokes 22 54kg 47.5kg 85
23 05926×4617 PESTO (GB) G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 23 54kg 47kg 84
24 7x51330x78 HARMYSIAN (GB) G 7 Clayton Douglas 24 54kg 44kg 78
25 14×31122 INSULATION (GB) G 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 25 54kg 40.5kg 71

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Weights 2023

Quality handicap conditions apply to this race. 2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) weights will be declared by 4 PM, Monday, the 6th of November, 2023 with weights on the final acceptances listed in our above Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Field section. 

Warning (59kg in 2021) was the last Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) top-weight to win.

2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Top-Weight:

  • #1 Ladies Man (58kg)

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Acceptances 2023

2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) final acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 8th of November, 2023 –  one day after the iconic Melbourne Cup race is run and won on the first Tuesday of November –  and published in our above Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Field section. 

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) jockeys 2023

Riders must be declared by 1 PM Wednesday, the 8th of November, 2023 and the official 2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) jockeys will be published in our above Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Field section. 

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Scratchings 2023

2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 11th of November, 2023. 

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Prize Money 2023

The 2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) prize purse is worth $300,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $180,000
2nd $54,000
3rd $27,000
4th $13,500
5th $7,500
6th $6,000
7th $6,000
8th $6,000


Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Race Number 2023

The 2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) race number is scheduled as Flemington Race 4 at 2:30pm (AEDT) on VRC Champions Stakes Day, Saturday November 11, 2023. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Form Guide 2023

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) Live 2023

You can watch or listen to the 2023 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Free to air: Network 10

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Racing.com

MobileNeds App

Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) / Queen’s Cup Winners

Winners of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) / Queen’s Cup going back to 1999 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC) / Queen’s Cup winners, going all the way back to 1854, please visit our winners page.

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Time
2023 Muramasa Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 2:42.26
2022 Soulcombe Chris Waller Craig Williams 2:43.87
2021 Warning Anthony & Sam Freedman Nash Rawiller 2:44.69
2020 True Self Willie Mullins Hugh Bowman 2:44.99
2019 True Self Willie Mullins Ryan Moore 2:45.42
2018 Jaameh David Hayes Mark Zahra 2:45.09
2017 Vengeur Masque Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 2:42.99
2016 Francis Of Assisi Charlie Appleby William Buick 2:41.13
2015 Dandino Darren Weir Ben Melham 2:46.93
2014 Le Roi Tony McEvoy Damien Oliver 2:43.13
2013 Precedence Bart Cummings Craig Williams 2:46.45
2012 Puissance De Lune Darren Weir Glen Boss 2:44.23
2011 Ironstein Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 2:44.81
2010 Moudre Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 2:45.22
2009 Sterling Prince Wayne Hillis Hugh Bowman 2:34.58
2008 Capecover Alexander R Fieldes Craig Williams 2:38.89
2007 Zavite Anthony Cummings Nash Rawiller 2:38.57
2006 Gallant Guru Lee Freedman Steven Arnold 2:40.67
2005 Our Smoking Joe Lee Freedman Noel Callow 2:33.81
2004 Fantastic Love Saeed Bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy 2:44.80
2003 Zazzman Tony Vasil Kerrin McEvoy 2:37.52
2002 Makybe Diva David Hall Luke Currie 2:35.78
2001 Hatha Anna Saeed Bin Suroor Patrick Payne 2:40.98
2000 Savrocca Jeff Rogers Brett Prebble 2:37.81
1999 Zerpour David Hall Brett Prebble 2:41.04


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