Queen’s Vase

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The Queen’s Vase is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds over a mile and three-quarters at Royal Ascot. The race is currently held on day 2 of the meeting and has become a serious St Leger trial in recent years.

The Queen’s Vase takes place on Wednesday 21st June 2023 at 3:05 pm.

Notable past winners include Le Moss (1978), Mamool (2002), Estimate (2012), Leading Light (2013), Hartnell (2014), Stradivarius (2017) and Santiago (2020).

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Queen’s Vase

Race Overview – Queens Vase

The Queen’s Vase is a Group 2 flat horse race for three-year-olds held in the United Kingdom. Every year in June, it takes place at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs, and 34 yards as part of the Royal Festival.

Check out our guides to all the other Group 2 horse races.

Queen’s Vase 2023 Odds

Here are the latest odds for the Queen’s Vase in June 2023:

These odds have not yet been released.

Here is the full list of betting odds at Ascot Races today.

Queen’s Vase Tips

Here are some tips for Queen’s Vase in June 2023:

  • 2 points to win for TBC
  • 1 point each way for TBC

Some of the horses in the Queen’s Vase will run in other events later in the year. Stay updated on the horses and place ante-post bets if you want to wager on them.

For all Ascot racing events, our top racing tipsters offer racing tips!

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Queen’s Vase Previous Winners

Take a look at the previous winners from the Queen’s Vase:

1978Le MossGeoff BaxterHenry Cecil
1979ButtressWillie CarsonDick Hern
1980ToondraPaul CookMichael Jarvis
1981OreWillie CarsonKevin Prendergast
1982EvzonLester PiggottClive Brittain
1983Santella ManGreville StarkeyGuy Harwood
1984BaynounWillie CarsonFulke Johnson Houghton3:30.69
1985Wassl MerbayehRichard HillsHarry Thomson Jones
1986StavordaleMichael RobertsHarry Thomson Jones3:28.38
1987ArdenSteve CauthenHenry Cecil3:37.02
1988Green AdventureGreville StarkeyGuy Harwood3:24.40
1989WeldBruce RaymondWilliam Jarvis3:20.54
1990River GodSteve CauthenHenry Cecil3:26.15
1991JendaliSteve CauthenHenry Cecil3:31.26
1992LandownerRay CochraneJohn Gosden3:25.29
1993InfrasonicPat EdderyAndré Fabre3:46.47
1994Silver WedgeMichael HillsGeoff Lewis3:29.65
1995StelvioMichael KinaneHenry Cecil3:28.64
1996GordiMichael KinaneDermot Weld3:28.75
1997Windsor CastleRichard QuinnPaul Cole3:29.48
1998MaridpourWalter SwinburnSir Michael Stoute3:40.23
1999EndorsementKieren FallonHenry Cecil3:33.28
2000DalampourKieren FallonSir Michael Stoute3:36.27
2001And BeyondKevin DarleyMark Johnston3:31.45
2002MamoolFrankie DettoriSaeed bin Suroor3:29.45
2003Shanty StarKevin DarleyMark Johnston3:29.12
2004Duke of VeniceFrankie DettoriSaeed bin Suroor3:29.14
2005Melrose Avenue [a]Kevin DarleyMark Johnston3:21.20
2006Soapy DangerKevin DarleyMark Johnston3:25.60
2007MahlerMichael KinaneAidan O'Brien3:32.65
2008PatkaiRyan MooreSir Michael Stoute3:27.86
2009HolbergJoe FanningMark Johnston3:24.13
2010Mikhail GlinkaJohnny MurtaghAidan O'Brien3:27.98
2011NamibianSilvestre de SousaMark Johnston3:40.97
2012EstimateRyan MooreSir Michael Stoute3:34.05
2013Leading LightJoseph O'BrienAidan O'Brien3:25.26
2014HartnellJoe FanningMark Johnston3:24.73
2015AloftRyan MooreAidan O'Brien3:28.40
2016Sword FighterColm O'DonoghueAidan O'Brien3:34.55
2017StradivariusAndrea AtzeniJohn Gosden3:01.47
2018Kew GardensRyan MooreAidan O'Brien3:00.89
2019Dashing WilloughbyOisin MurphyAndrew Balding3:07.86
2020SantiagoRyan MooreAidan O'Brien3:05.67
2021KemariWilliam BuickCharlie Appleby3:04.02
2022Eldar EldarovDavid EganRoger Varian3:01.33
2023GregoryFrankie DettoriJohn & Thady Gosden3:03.13

Queen’s Vase Previous Result

Famous Queen’s Vase Winners

The Queen’s Vase was first run over a distance of two miles in 1838 and remained at this trip until 2017. The race was opened to older horses in 1840 but restricted to three-year-olds again in 1987. It only had listed status in 2014 but was upgraded to Group 2 at the shorter trip in 2017 in an attempt to create opportunities for higher class staying three-year-olds.

1978 winner Le Moss is best remembered for his clashes with Ardross. He won the Stayers’ Triple Crown of Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and Doncaster Cup in 1979 and 1980. He was also second to Julio Mariner in the 1978 St Leger.

Godolphin won the race for the first time with Mamool in 2002, trained by Saeed bin Suroor. He would go on to win the Yorkshire Cup in 2003 and German Group 1 races the Grosser Preis von Baden and Preis von Europa.

The Queen’s Estimate won this race in 2012 and famously gave Her Majesty a much cherished victory in the Ascot Gold Cup the following season. It was the first time that the Gold Cup had been won by a reigning monarch. Estimate’s other victories included the Sagaro Stakes (2013) and the Doncaster Cup (2014).

2012 winner Leading Light would go on to win the St Leger for Aidan O’Brien. He then returned to Royal Ascot in 2014 to win the Gold Cup and was named Cartier Champion Stayer. His other victories included the Gallinule Stakes (2013) and the Vintage Crop Stakes (2014).

2014 winner Hartnell would go on to become a multiple Group 1 winner in Australia. He won four Group 1 races “Down under”; The BMW (2015), Turnbull Stakes (2016), C F Orr Stakes (2018) and the Epsom Handicap (2018). He was also known for his clashes with the brilliant Winx, finishing runner-up on three occasions.

2017 winner Stradivarius needs no introduction, the winner of three Ascot Gold Cups (2018-2020), four Goodwood Cups (2017-2020) and countless other top staying prizes. John Gosden’s chestnut has earned over £3 million in prize money and £2 million in bonuses and has been Cartier Champion Stayer on three occasions.

Aidan O’Brien has plundered the race successfully in recent years and his last two winners have both gone on to Classic success. Kew Gardens won the 2018 St Leger and Santiago won the 2020 Irish Derby.

Key Queen’s Vase Trials

The Queen’s Vase is currently enjoying a new lease of life as a St Leger trial. Four recent winners had run in the Lingfield Derby Trial on their previous outing, perhaps not showing enough to warrant a run at Epsom and being re-routed to Doncaster. Races over this trip are rare at this level so it may not be a complete surprise than none of the last twelve winners had even raced over a mile and three-quarters prior to Royal Ascot.

Two of the twelve ran in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on their next outing but both were beaten. Namibian (2011) won the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, Sword Fighter (2016) won the Curragh Cup, Stradivarius (2017) won the Goodwood Cup, Kew Gardens (2018) won the Grand Prix de Paris and Santiago (2020) won the Irish Derby.

Seven of the last twelve winners went on to make the line-up for the St Leger with two of them winning; Aidan O’Brien’s Leading Light (2012) and Kew Gardens (2018).

Five out of six favourites won this race between 2010 and 2015; Mikhail Glinka (2010), Namibian (2011), Estimate (2012), Leading Light (2013) and Aloft (2015).

There has only been one winner from outside the top three in the betting in the last twelve seasons. That was Aidan O’Brien’s Sword Fighter who sprang a 33-1 surprise in 2016.

A rating of 94 or higher is usually required to win this race.

The highest-rated recent winner was Leading Light (110) in 2013, 24lbs higher than Estimate’s official rating a year earlier.

Queen’s Vase – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Sir Henry Cecil retains the honour of leading trainer in the history of the Queen’s Vase with eight winners; Falkland (1972), General Ironside (1976), Le Moss (1978), Arden (1987), River God (1990), Jendali (1991), Stelvio (1995) and Endorsement (1999). The 2013 running was named after Sir Henry who had sadly passed away earlier that month. At the time of his death, Cecil was the winning-most trainer in the history of Royal Ascot with 75 winners.

Aidan O’Brien is closing in on his tally and reached seven when Santiago came home in front in 2020. With all seven having come since Mahler (2007), there is a certain inevitability about O’Brien reaching and surpassing Cecil’s tally.

Mark Johnson won this race four times in a six-year spell between 2001 and 2006 and later added wins five and six, courtesy of Holberg (2009) and Hartnell (2014).

Riding honours in the Queen’s Vase currently rest with George Fordham who rode six winners between 1857 and 1882. Ryan Moore needs one more to equal his record after victories on Patkai (2008), Estimate (2012), Aloft (2015), Kew Gardens (2018) and Santiago (2020).

Betting on the Queen’s Vase

The Queen’s Vase has been one of the more predictable races of Royal Ascot with only Sword Fighter’s 2016 victory providing an upset.

Aidan O’Brien is rapidly closing in on Sir Henry Cecil’s race record of eight victories and is certain to provide a leading contender from his vast resources of staying three-year-olds.

Recent winners of this race have also gone on to do well in top staying events, including the St Leger and the Cup races.

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Popular Questions

What distance is the Queen’s Vase?

The Queen’s Vase is 1 mile, 6 furlongs, and 34 yards long.

When does the Queen’s Vase take place?

The Queen’s Vase takes place every year in June.

Summary of Queen’s Vase

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