Queen Alexandra Stakes

The Queen Alexandra Stakes is the longest flat race in Britain and takes place over two and three-quarter miles.

The Queen Alexandra Stakes takes place on Saturday 24th June 2023 at 6:10 pm.

It is now established as the final race of Royal Ascot on the closing Saturday. Brown Jack won this race a record six times between 1929 and 1934.

Other notable winners include Sprowston Boy (1987), Caracciola (2009), Simenon (2012) and Oriental Fox (2015 and 2017).

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Famous Queen Alexandra Stakes Winners

Brown Jack is best remembered for his remarkable record of six victories in this race between 1929 and 1934. His other career victories on the flat included the Goodwood Cup (1930), Doncaster Cup (1930), Chester Cup (1931) and Ebor Handicap (1931). He also won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 1928. There is a statue of Brown Jack at Ascot racecourse and a staying handicap named in his honour takes place at the July meeting every year.

Valuable Witness won for Trainer Jeremy Tree and jockey Pat Eddery in 1985 and followed up in the Goodwood Cup.

Gay Kelleway rode her father’s Sprowston Boy to victory in the 1987 Queen Alexandra Stakes, the first of her sex to ride a winner at the Royal meeting.

Sprowston Boy showed his versatility by going on to win the Imperial Cup over hurdles at Sandown Park.

San Sebastian won the Ascot Stakes in 1998 and added the Queen Alexandra Stakes the following season. He produced one of the biggest shocks in racing history when beating Persian Punch in the Prix Du Cadran in 2000, returning at the enormous odds of 122-1!

Cover Up won in consecutive seasons in 2002 and 2003 for Sir Michael Stoute and Kieren Fallon.

Mark Johnston’s Oriental Fox added his name to the list of multiple winners when scoring in 2015 and 2017. 2012 winner Simenon won the Ascot Stakes and Queen Alexandra Stakes in the same season in 2012. He returned to the Royal meeting 12 months’ later and almost spoiled the party when finishing a neck second to Her Majesty The Queen’s Estimate.

Key Queen Alexandra Stakes Trials

The Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket was won by Caracciola (2008) and Stratum (2019), winners here in 2009 and 2021 respectively.

With this race being over such an extreme distance, form clues come as much from National Hunt racing as from the flat.

Some horses run earlier in the week in the Ascot Stakes over two and a half miles. Willie Mullins trained Simenon to both races in 2012 and his Thomas Hobson finished first and second in 2017.

Although a marathon such as this may be out of fashion, it can prove to be a stepping-stone for top-flight staying races. As well as finishing second in the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup, Simenon finished a close fourth in the 2014 Melbourne Cup behind Fiorente. Thomas Hobson, runner-up in 2017 to Oriental Fox, won the Group 2 Doncaster Cup and was sixth in the Melbourne Cup in 2018.

Queen Alexandra Stakes Betting Trends

There has been a wide range of successful ages in this race.

Caracciola won as a veteran of twelve years in 2009. Oriental Fox (2017) and Pallasator (2018) were both successful at the age of nine. Recent winners Who Dares Wins (2020) and Stratum (2021) were eight years of age.

There have only been two winning favourites in the Queen Alexandra Stakes in the past twelve seasons; Simenon (2012) at 11-4 and Who Dares Wins (2020) at Evens.

Looking further back, Cover Up (2003) and Honolulu (2008) were well-backed favourites. Five of the twelve were either second or third favourite and major shocks are relatively rare.

Corrib Eclipse sprang a 25-1 surprise in 2004 having previously raced in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.

Commissioned (2016) returned at 12-1 while Bergo (2010) and Oriental Fox (2017) both returned at 10-1.

An official rating of 95 or higher is usually required to win this race. Swingkeel (2011) and Simenon (2012) were both on that mark while the highest rated was 2021 winner Stratum (rated 107).

Queen Alexandra Stakes Odds 2023

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Queen Alexandra Stakes 2023 Tips

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Queen Alexandra Stakes Previous Winners

Take a look at the previous winners from the Chesham Stakes:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1977John Cherry6Lester PiggottHarry Thomson Jones
1978Mountain Cross6John LoweBill Watts
1979John Cherry8Greville StarkeyHarry Thomson Jones
1980Balinger4Willie CarsonDick Hern
1981Donegal Prince5Paddy YoungPaul Kelleway
1982Ore4Bruce RaymondKevin Prendergast
1983Sandalay5Willie CarsonPeter Cundell
1984Erins Invader7Declan GillespieHugh McCaffrey
1985Valuable Witness5Pat EdderyJeremy Tree
1986Otabari4Richard QuinnPaul Cole4:51.32
1987Sprowston Boy4Gay KellewayPaul Kelleway5:21.58
1988Overdrive4Steve CauthenHenry Cecil5:01.91
1989Ala Hounak5Billy NewnesFrankie Durr5:00.63
1990Regal Reform7Dean McKeownGeorge M. Moore5:05.65
1991Easy to Please4Christy RocheJim Bolger5:01.10
1992Romany Rye4Walter SwinburnGeoff Wragg4:54.15
1993Riszard4Christy RocheJim Bolger5:18.57
1994Cuff Link4Pat EdderyDick Hern4:57.66
1995Cuff Link5Paul EdderyDick Hern4:56.73
1996Admiral's Well6Richard QuinnReg Akehurst4:52.05
1997Canon Can4Kieren FallonHenry Cecil5:07.37
1998Dovedon Star4Frankie DettoriAnthony Kelleway5:02.44
1999San Sebastian5Michael KinaneMichael Grassick4:55.32
2000Dominant Duchess6Richard QuinnJohn Hills4:56.57
2001Life Is Life5Philip RobinsonMichael Jarvis4:51.26
2002Cover Up5Kieren FallonSir Michael Stoute4:53.89
2003Cover Up6Kieren FallonSir Michael Stoute4:47.89
2004Corrib Eclipse5John EganJamie Poulton4:57.41
2005Cruzspiel [a]5Johnny MurtaghJames Fanshawe4:47.15
2006Baddam4Ian MonganMick Channon5:04.06
2007Enjoy the Moment4Jamie SpencerJamie Osborne4:56.25
2008Honolulu4Johnny MurtaghAidan O'Brien4:49.07
2009Caracciola12Eddie AhernNicky Henderson4:53.90
2010Bergo7Ryan MooreGary L. Moore4:47.79
2011Swingkeel6Ted DurcanJohn Dunlop5:02.73
2012Simenon5Ryan MooreWillie Mullins4:48.67
2013Chiberta King7Jimmy FortuneAndrew Balding4:51.49
2014Pique Sous7Ryan MooreWillie Mullins4:49.82
2015Oriental Fox7Joe FanningMark Johnston4:45.67
2016Commissioned6Adam KirbyGordon Elliott5:00.77
2017Oriental Fox9Joe FanningMark Johnston4:49.09
2018Pallasator9Jamie SpencerGordon Elliott4:45.24
2019Cleonte6Silvestre de SousaAndrew Balding4:51.22
2020Who Dares Wins8Tom MarquandAlan King4:59.88
2021Stratum8Ryan MooreWillie Mullins4:57.04
2022Stratum9William BuickWillie Mullins4:54.69

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Queen Alexandra Stakes – Top Trainers and Jockeys

The unusual distance of this race has made it appealing to National Hunt trainers who have farmed it successfully in recent years. Seven of the last twelve winners have been provided by predominately National Hunt trainers.

Willie Mullins won here with Simenon (2012), Pique Sous (2014) and Stratum (2021), putting him within one of the record four victories of Major Dick Hern. Hern trained Grey Of Falloden (1965), Balinger (1980), Cuff Link (1994 and 1995).

Gordon Elliott won it for the first time with Commissioned in 2016 and again in 2018 with Pallasator. Nicky Henderson trained Caracciola in 2009 while 2020 winner Who Dares Wins was in the care of another specialist jumps trainer in Alan King.

Ryan Moore has a good record in this event, winning it four times between 2010 and 2021; Bergo (2010), Simenon (2012), Pique Sans (2014) and Stratum (2021).

Betting on the Queen Alexandra Stakes

The Queen Alexandra Stakes brings the curtain down on the Royal Ascot Festival.

National Hunt trainers have been plundering the staying handicaps at the festival meetings in recent seasons and this race is no exception. The trend looks set to continue with Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott among those targeting this race months in advance.

The Queen Alexandra Stakes takes place on the same day as the Chesham Stakes and the Wokingham Stakes.

Popular Questions

Where is the Queen Alexandra Stakes held?

The Queen Alexandra Stakes is held at Ascot Racecourse.

When is the Queen Alexandra Stakes ran?

The Queen Alexandra Stakes is run in June each year.

Summary of the Queen Alexandra Stakes

Thank you for reading our guide to the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

It is one of the main races at Royal Ascot ran over an extreme marathon trip.

It has proved a successful race for many big national hunt trainers over the year.

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