Queen Mary Stakes Tips, Free Bets, Betting Offers
Day two at Royal Ascot (Royal Ascot offers and free bets) sees the flying fillies take to the track in the Queen Mary Stakes. Read on for the best odds, offers and betting tips surrounding this historic contest.
First run at the course in 1921, this Group 2 event for two year old fillies is held over Ascot’s flying 5f and now offers £100,000 in total prize money. Read on for our preview or alternatively grab a free bet for the race to boost your odds of success!
Queen Mary Stakes Ante Post Tips and Betting Offers, 2:30 at Royal Ascot, 19 June 2019
Two-year-old fillies get the action underway on Day Two of Royal Ascot with the Queen Mary Stakes. This Group 2 contest has been used by some extremely high class fillies as a stepping stone to success at the very top level and connections of each of those in the field for the 2019 renewal are excited about the future for their horses.
Steeliness an Important Attribute for the Queen Mary
The Queen Mary Stakes is run over the minimum distance of 5 furlongs. That means something quite different for a two-year-old filly with only very limited racecourse experience than a big five-year-old with success at the top level.
Royal Ascot brings with it thousands of fans creating a huge amount of noise which is sometimes very difficult for younger horses to cope with. Then there’s the testing nature of the track at Ascot which means that 5 furlongs for those running at the pace of those in the field for the Queen Mary can often be quite a test of stamina.
It’s for that reason that horses who have already competed in a challenging race and who have a certain amount of stamina in their breeding should be favoured in the Queen Mary betting.
Hardy Pair Should Contend
Signora Cabello ended a run of well fancied winners in the Queen Mary last year with her win at 25/1 but it the race could get to its usual pattern on Wednesday as Final Song looks a worthy favourite.
There is obviously a concern in that Saeed bin Suroor’s filly has only run once before but it was the nature of her performance over a soft 5 furlongs at Ascot five weeks ago that really caught the eye. Oisin Murphy was confident enough to send Final Song to the front and then let her use her pace and power to see off her challengers in the final furlong. It was exactly the sort of performance you’d look for in a potential Queen Mary winner which is what Final Song could be come Wednesday afternoon.
The Aidan O’Brien trained Tango hasn’t quite shown the same performance levels as Final Song – which is why she’s available at a much bigger price – but there is a lot to like about her chances of claiming at least a place. She showed almost no signs of being green in her two performances to date, was a very good winner over 5 ½ furlongs at Navan and has bags of stamina in her breeding so rates a real danger.
The market looks to have the Queen Mary Stakes well judged. Final Song’s sole performance must rate as the best by and of the 28 horses in the field and it was a course and distance success. Getting a repeat performance will be no mean feat but it’s one the bin Suroor yard is up to so the favourite is rightly getting plenty of support at 11/2 with BetVictor.
Those looking to be on board another bigger odds winner of the Queen Mary should look no further than an each way bet on Tango. She has the right pedigree for this race and her two performances to date were more impressive than they first look so is well worth support at 16/1 with bet365.
Queen Mary Stakes Previous Winners
- 2018 – Signora Cabello – jockey Oisin Murphy trainer John Quinn
- 2017 – Heartache – jockey Adam Kirby, trainer Clive Cox
- 2016 – Lady Aurelia – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Wesley Ward
- 2015 – Acapulco – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Wesley Ward
- 2014 – Anthem Alexander – jockey Pat Smullen, trainer Edward Lynam
- 2013 – Rizeena – jockey James Doyle, trainer Rizeena
- 2012 – Ceiling Kitty – jockey Richard Kingscote, trainer Tom Dascombe
- 2011 – Best Terms – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
- 2010 – Maqaasid – jockey Richard Hills, trainer John Gosden
- 2009 – Jealous Again – jockey John Velazquez, trainer Wesley Ward
- 2008 – Langs Lash – jockey Alan Munro, trainer Mick Quinlan
- 2007 – Elletelle – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Ger Lyons
- 2006 – Gilded – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
Race History and Facts
This contest first made an appearance on the Royal Ascot scene in 1921 and was named in honour of Queen Mary, wife of the reigning Monarch of the day, King George V.
One of the most notable winners in the early years of the race was 1923 heroine Mumtaz Mahal. Sired by The Tetrarch, who was one of the most remarkable two year olds to ever set foot on the track, Mumtaz Mahal clearly inherited a fair portion of her father’s blistering speed. In addition to her win here, the filly also won the Molecomb Stakes and Champagne Stakes in an excellent juvenile season. The one mile trip of the 1000 Guineas proved too much, but she did add the Nunthorpe Stakes to her haul as a three year old, before embarking on a highly successful career as a broodmare.
1941 saw King George VI win the race named in honour of his mother with the superstar filly Sun Chariot. Brilliant at two, Sun Chariot then refused to race on her first start at three! That, however, proved to be only a momentary blip, as the daughter of Hyperion subsequently went on to famously claim the fillies’ Triple-Crown.
The flow of quality winners continued with the introduction of modern race grading in 1971, with the smart Forest Flower (1986) and Dead Certain (1989) being amongst the scorers. Whilst Forest Flower went on to land the Irish 1000 Guineas, Dead Certain went the way of a number of the other winners here, achieving little of note beyond her precocious two year old campaign.
1991 winner Marling certainly did deliver on the promise she showed in winning this, going on to take the Irish 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and Sussex Stakes in her three year old campaign. Even better was to follow 12 years later in the form of a most unlikely looking racing star.
It remains something of a mystery how Attraction’s legs managed to move in the right direction at such speed, despite having the appearance of going in all directions at once. No matter how they looked though, those legs propelled Mark Johnston’s filly to victory here as part of her Champion Two Year Old campaign in 2003, as well as wins in both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas as a three year old. The achievements of Attraction no doubt had some bearing on the upgrading of this race to Group 2 status in 2004.
Best Jockeys and Trainers in the Race
Champion a remarkable 26 times, and still considered by many to be the greatest jockey of all time, it is Sir Gordon Richards who, with five victories who has won this race more times than any other.
Fred Darling was the trainer to provide Sir Gordon with each of his five winners. Having also won the race twice without the assistance of Richards, Darling’s seven wins represent the best training performance here.