The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is a prestigious horse race held in the UK. It is classified as Group 1 flat horse race and is open to horses aged 3 or older. The race is held at the legendary Ascot racehorse in Berkshire, where 13 out of the 36 annual British Group 1 races are held. The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes horse race was found in 1955 and is run over a mile. It is held every year in October.
The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes race wasn’t called like that in the beginning. Originally, the race was held each September and called the Knights’ Royal Stakes. However, it was renamed to Queen Elizabeth II Stake in honour of the British Queen, which skyrocketed its popularity. Until 1987, the race was considered Group 2 before being promoted to a Group 1 flat horse race. In 2008, it was added to the Breeder’s Cup Challenge, so every winner automatically qualified for a spot in the Breeder’s Cup Mile. This, however, lasted only until 2012.
In 2011, the race moved from September to October and became a part of the British Champions Day. There were changes made to the prize fund, which was now increased to £1,000,000, making QEII one of the most lucrative horse races in the UK.
The first winners at the Ascot racecourse were trained in France. The race was won by legendary horses and jockeys over the course of its history, with racehorse Brigadier Gerard being the most successful with 2 wins. When it comes to jockeys, Willie Carson has managed to win the Queen Elizabeth II stakes on 8 occasions.
The current champion is Persuasive, who was ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori in 2017. This year, Persuasive is not among the entries, meaning that the race will get a new winner.
Recoletos – the Bookie’s Favourite
A year ago, Recoletos wasn’t considered much of a betting favourite in most races – trainer Carlos Laffron-Parias wasn’t sure if the horse should race at the Arc or the British Champion Stakes. A year later, Recoletos won the Prix de Moulin de Longchamp, getting his second group 1 in 2018 and racing to the top bookie favourite spot for QEII.
Jockey Olivier Peslier and Recoletos’ trainer Laffron-Parias were over the moon with the victory Prix de Moulin. Recoletos left favourites such as Wind Chimes behind him, which makes his first-place finish all the more important. The two group 1 wins in 2018 have made Whipper’s son the main favourite for the upcoming Queen Elizabeth II Stakes race, which will be held on October 20 in Ascot.
Recoletos is currently available at 11/4 for the QEII at RedZoneSports, MansionBet, SportNation, Fun88, and SportPesa, and we must all agree that these odds are quite good. Favourites usually aren’t given such great odds – betting on Recoletos may bring you almost 4 times your stake if he goes through the finish line first.
The horse is the odds-on favourite for this year’s edition of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, but like always, you can never know for sure how a race unfolds.
Expert Eye and Roaring Lion Share the Second Spot
Sir Michael Stoute will have two horses in this year’s race – Expert Eye and Regal Reality, with the former being considered a second favourite for the QEII, just a spot behind Recoletos. Expert Eye shares the second spot with another horse, Roaring Lion, which was the top-rated British 2-year old horse last year. This means that the competition is crowded this year, with more than a few horses fighting for the top spot.
Both Expert Eye and Roaring Lion are available at 13/2 at SportPesa, RedZoneSports, Fun88, SportNation, and MansionBet. As you can see for yourself, they aren’t that close to Recoletos, but their odds are even more enticing. Horse races are full of surprises – there are a lot of factors which can give an edge to one horse or another. If Recoletos disappoints fans with a subpar performance, you can be sure that Expert Eye and Roaring Lion will take the lead.
Roaring Lion and Expert Eye were both top prospects in the past and will undoubtedly be among the first horses at the finish line. Placing a wager on either of them will fill your pockets with quite a lot of money, so if you think they’ve got what it takes, don’t hesitate to place the bet.
Lord Glitters – A Dark Horse Favourite?
If it wasn’t for some unfortunate circumstances and the poor showing at the Woodbine Mile in Canada, Lord Glitters may have been the top favourite for the QEII Stakes this October. According to trainer David O’Meara, everything went wrong for the horse before the race, from the trip to Canada to the 4-day lay-off in Amsterdam. The trainer thinks this is what caused the subpar Canada showing, but he’s sure that Lord Glitters will have a stellar run at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
At the moment, Lord Glitters is right behind Expert Eye and Roaring Lion on the list of favourites. He’s pretty close to the second spot with odds of 7/1 at MansionBet, RedZoneSports, SportPesa, SportNation, and Fun88. It’s pretty obvious that these odds don’t make the 4-year old a favourite, but maybe with a bit of luck, he can run the fastest mile.
If this happens and you’ve placed a wager on Lord Glitters, you could be looking at thousands in return. Although Recoletos is the bookie’s favourite, there’s no telling how he’ll perform. If you ask us, we’d place a small bet on Lord Glitters – in this way, you might still end up winning a nice sum.
Can Lightning Spear Race His Way to Victory?
Similar to Lord Glitters, Lightning Spear was the odds-on favourite for many experts prior to the odds being unveiled. After winning the Sussex Stakes and leaving Expert Eye and Lord Glitters behind, it’s clear that the 7-year old’s chances shouldn’t be diminished. Yes, the horse might not be the main favourite, but his odds are the most lucrative of all, so if Lightning Spear races his way to the top, you could win a substantial amount of money even for a tiny bet.
Lightning Spear is currently available at 9/1 at SportNation, Mansion Bet, Fun88, SportPesa, and RedZoneSports. He’s placed right behind Lord Glitters and ahead of horses such as Addeybb, Beat the Bank, and Accidental Agent (10/1, 11/1 and 12/1 respectively). Considering his track record and the current form he’s in, however, it might be smart to place a bet on Lightning Spear.
In this way, if all the horses fail and the Sussex champion heads the race, you will surely have more than a thousand reasons to celebrate.