The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes With DG Tips

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

Won last year by Minding the QEII is one of many highlight races on Champions day and this year is shaping up to be a vintage renewal. Last year’s 2nd Ribchester is back for more and currently heads the market however there is a whole host of progressive three years olds ready to challenge Richard Fahey’s stable star, and we take a look at some of the main contenders below:

Prices correct at the time of writing 10:30am Friday 20th October



Trainer: Richard Fahey

Jockey: William Buick 

Current price 2-1

Last year’s 2nd, he has progressed this year adding 3 group 1s to his already impressive record. There was a blemish to his season when defeated at Goodwood by Here Comes When. People have blamed the ground however he won nicely enough at Newbury under similar conditions and as much as I respect his record this season he looks vulnerable to an improver and given his price I am quite happy to oppose him today.

Beat The Bank

Trainer: Andrew Balding

Jockey: Jim Crowley

Current price 9-2

Beat The Bank is a very interesting runner in here for Andrew Balding’s fantastic yard. He’s been beaten just once in his career but on his latest 3 starts he has took his form to another level. Given a break since his commanding victory at Goodwood he reappeared just a few weeks back at Newmarket with a very impressive performance in the Shadwell. He put 5l’s between himself and any other rival, he needs to progress again however that is very possible given his improvement this season and he will give Ribchester a lot to think about. Jim Crowley is an interesting booking.


Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Current price 4-1

Churchill is never missed in the market. He is a classic winner over this trip and has run well all season in top grade 1s. I’ve never really been convinced by him if I’m honest but he is probably a better horse back at 1 mile than the trips he has been tried over recently and we know he goes well over a straight mile. Aidan will no doubt have a plan set up with his other runners in the race and you can never discount any of Aidan’s runners. Worth noting Churchill and Lancaster Bomber are drawn away from the other major challengers.

Al Wukair

Trainer: Andre Fabre 

Jockey: Gregory Benoist 

Current price 13-2

Al Wukair comes over for this from France. A big talking horse going into the 2000 guineas and didn’t disappoint in 3rd under a pretty poor ride. He has only raced twice since, firstly beaten by Taareef in a group 3 and then he won at Deauville in a group 1 beating the aforementioned Taareef easily. He had Thunder Snow just in behind and a form line through Taareef actually gives both Al Wukair and Thunder Snow very good claims of beating Ribchester here. Truth to be told it is very difficult to split the three however I do think Ascot as a track should suit Al Wukair and for that reason his price looks rather lenient. He has the cheek-pieces on the first time and looks a good bet at the prices.

Thunder Snow

Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor

Jockey: Christophe Soumillon

Current price 14-1

He wasn’t beaten far behind Al Wukair last time out after giving it a bolt sight from the front and on that form he has a chance. I do however feel he may have been flattered by the result and given he was quite easily beaten by Churchill at the Curragh it is hard to see him winning this. He is sure to run his race but is probably best overlooked as a betting proposition.

Lightning Spear 

Trainer: David Simcock 

Jockey: Oisin Muprhy 

Current price 25-1

Lightning Spear hasn’t quite hit the same heights as last season however he is a folly to ignore given his ideal conditions and at a huge price he could easily sneak a place in here. This is a very strong renewal of the race and given his form this year he certainly looks opposable from a win point of view.

How we bet:

Beat The Bank is a strong bet for me in here. I am keen to take on both Ribchester and Churchill and at each way prices this horse alongside Al Wukair look solid each way plays.

Beat The Bank 0.5pts E/W

Al Wukair 0.5pts E/W

Good Luck 

DG Tips.


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