04/09/2015 5:02PM

Breeders' Cup Turf berth up for grabs in Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Four Footed Fotos
Adelaide, shown winning the Secretariat at Arlington last summer, will face 12 rivals in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Australia..

Adelaide, the winner of the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park last summer and the Group 1 Cox Plate in Australia last October, is among 13 runners in Saturday’s $3,076,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Australia.

The winner of the race receives an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland on Oct. 31, provided the horse is nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program.

The Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes is run at 1 1/4 miles. The field is led by Contributer, a 5-year-old by High Chaparral who has won three consecutive group stakes in Australia this year. Contributer, who races for the Maktoum family’s Godolphin Racing and is trained by James McDonald, won the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill Racecourse in Australia on March 21.

Contributer won the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot in England last June.

Other notable runners in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes are To the World and the well-traveled Red Cadeaux.

To the World was second in the Grade 1 Arima Kinen in Japan in December and second to Hartnell in the Group 1 BMW Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on turf at Rosehill on March 28. Red Cadeaux, a 9-year-old gelding, will have his 50th start in the Queen Elizabeth. He was second in the Melbourne Cup last November, and has raced in Australia, England, Hong Kong, and Japan in the last year.

Last Monday, the winners of two major stakes in Australia received berths to Breeders’ Cup races at Keeneland. Kermedec won the Doncaster Mile, earning a berth to the BC Mile.  Chautauqua won the T.J. Smith Stakes, earning a berth to the BC Turf Sprint.


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william More than 1 year ago
how many Australian based horses have run in the Breeders' Cup? I can't recall any.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strawberry Road So You Think
Rhonda Taylor More than 1 year ago
James MacDonald rides while John O'Shes trains.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Adelaide is an amazing turf horse !!!! Australia is also a good horse. One of them will win. !
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
But do they have Enough VO 2 max?And what about their lactos intolerance?
Timothy Wheelster More than 1 year ago
Australia is a good horse? Where does it say there is a horse named Australia? Do trainers from Australia ever send you e-mails like trainers from the US? If they ever heard about your vo2 max formula they would probably ban them from training because they would never lose a race.