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The Queen of the Turf Stakes

Rosehill Race Track

The Queen of the Turf Stakes is exclusively for fillies and mares and it is staged over 1500 metres at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse every April. The Queen of the Turf Stakes is held at the same day as the BMW Stakes, the George Ryder Stakes, the Storm Queen Stakes and the Golden Slipper Stakes. The Queen of the Turf Stakes was first held in 1972 with Refulgence winning the inaugural race.

During Refulgence’s win, the race had a distance of eight furlongs or about 1600 meters. The following year, the race distance was adjusted to exactly 1500 metres following Australia’s conversion to the metric system. That year, the race was won by Millefleurs and the race distance was used ever since. In 1979, the race was elevated from a Principal race to a Listed race with Never Despair winning that year.

In 1985, the Queen of the Turf Stakes was once again elevated to Group 3 status with Casual winning the race that year. In 1991, the race was promoted to Group 2 status and Ricochet Rosie won that year. Finally, the Queen of the Turf Stakes reached Group 1 status in 2005 with Ike’s Dream winning that year. No filly or mare has won the Queen of the Turf Stakes more than once.

Rosehill Garden, the home turf of the Queen of the Turf Stakes, is a grass track that has a circumference of 2048 metres in circumference and a home straight of 408 metres with sweeping turns. Races here are staged clockwise. Other Group 1 races that are held in Rosehill Garden are the Coolmore Stud Classic, the Ranvet Stakes and the Golden Rose.

The $400,000 Queen of the Turf Stakes is a hotly contested race among competing fillies and mares and trainers often have their female thoroughbreds tune-up at the 1500-metre Coolmore Classic. In the 2000 Queen of the Turf Stakes, Danglissa won in 1 minute, 28.27 seconds over runner-up Gilded Angel and third place finisher Zatella.

The 2001 Queen of the Turf Stakes went to Sorrento in 1 minute, 27.7 seconds and she won over Poppett and Belle Du Jour.  Ugachaka won the 2002 Queen of the Turf Stakes in 1 minute, 28.41 seconds over Miss Zoe and Snow Hero. The 2003 Queen of Turf Stakes is Hossanah’s crowning glory as she won over Arrabeea and Faith Hill in 1 minute, 27.91 seconds.

The 2004 Queen of the Turf Stakes went to In a Bound in 1 minute, 28.01 seconds with Heck of a Party coming in at second while Ain’t Seen Nothin’ finishing third. Ike’s Dream fulfilled her dream as she won the 2005 Queen of the Turf Stakes in 1 minute, 28.77 seconds while Tui Song and Danni Martine finished in second and third place respectively.

The Queen of the Turf Stakes of 2006 was claimed by Mnemosyne as she finished the race in 1 minute, 28.21 seconds over Regal Cheer and Shania Dane. The following year, Divine Madonna won the Queen of the Turf Stakes in 1 minute, 30.65 second and she won over Cheeky Choice and Beauty Watch. The 2008 Queen of the Turf Stakes went to Forensics in 1 minute, 31.5 seconds.

Finishing behind Forensics are runner-up Perfect Drop and third place finisher Occurrence. Neroli is the queen of the 2009 Queen of the Turf Stakes after finishing the race in front of Hot Danish and Imananabaa in 1 minute, 31.2 seconds. The 2010 Queen of the Turf Stakes went to Typhoon Tracy in 1 minute, 29.95 seconds over Illuminates and Montana Flyer.

The 2011 Queen of the Turf Stakes was won by More Joyous which garnered her fifth Group 1 victory in dominating fashion. The Gai Waterhouse-trained race horse won over Melito by 2 ¾ lengths while Happy Hippy finished in third place. Jockey Nash Rawiller is More Joyous’ partner to victory and the female race horse had the shortest betting odds coming into the race.

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