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When is the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot 2022?

Royal Ascot Wednesday 15th June at 3.05pm
The Queen’s Vase (Group 2)
Age: 3yo
Distance: One mile, six furlongs
Weights – 9st 0lbs (3lb allowance for fillies)
Prize: £225,000

Queen Mary Stakes 2019 where Raffle Prize wins
History of the Queen's Vase race at Royal Ascot
The Queen’s Vase is now a flat staying race run over 1m6f, however that is not how it has always been. Established in 1838, the race was originally run over 2 miles. The trophy, the Queen’s Vase, was a gold vase donated by Queen Victoria. The Race changed it’s name in 1903 to become the King’s Vase, but changed back in 1960.

In 2017 the race was elevated to Group 2 status and the distance was reduced to one mile and 6 furlongs. Contesters in the race are 3-year-olds who could develop to participate in the St Leger, though a number of previous winners have returned to Royal Ascot the next year and won the Ascot Gold Cup, these include Leading Light and Estimate with Stradivarius claiming this honour most recently in 2017.

The most successful jockey has been George Fordham with six wins between 1857 and 1882. More recently, Kevin Darley and Ryan Moore have picked up 4 wins each since 2001.

The most successful trainer was Sir Henry Cecil with eight winners between 1972 and 1999.

Sir Henry Cecil's last winner of the Queen's Vase back in 1999 was Endorsement under Keiron Fallon
Royal Ascot Queen's Vase Trends and Statistics
Here are the Queen's Vase 12 year Trends and Statistics:

  • Age – This race is for three-year-olds only.
  • Sex – Eleven of the last twelve winners were colts.
  • Country – Nine of the last twelve winners were bred in Ireland, two in Great Britain and the other in UAE.
  • Colour – Ten of the last twelve winners were bay (b) and the other two were chestnut.
  • Starting Price (SP) – Eleven of the last twelve winners returned a SP of 7/1 or less.
  • Staring Price Rank – Ten of the last twelve winners were in the top three in the betting.
  • Headgear – Ten of the last twelve winners wore no headgear, two wore cheekpieces one of them for the first time and that runner also wore a first time tongue tie. 
  • Draw – Winners have come from all parts of the draw in the last twelve years but the most successful stalls have been 7 (four winners) and 6 (2 winners).
  • Last Run Form – Just three of the last twelve winners won on their latest run but eleven of them finished in the first three. 
  • Days since last run – Ten of the last twelve winners ran between thirteen and forty-seven days ago.
  • Course Form – Only one of the last twelve winners had a previous Ascot run and it didn’t win.
  • Distance Form – None of the last twelve winners had run at one mile six furlongs previously.
  • Flat Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least one previous flat win.
  • Official Rating – Of the eleven winners with a BHA rating, nine of them were rated 99 or higher.
  • Group Wins – Eleven of the last twelve winners had never won a group race.
  • Current Season Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least one run in the current season, seven of them had won at least once.
Recent Winners of The Queen's Vase
DateGoingRunnersWinnerAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsDays
Good To Firm13315/219d
Good To Firm123100/3018d
Good To Firm13311/244d
Good To Soft18333/137d
Good To Firm1335/2237d
Good To Firm1037/241d
Good To Firm1535/426d
Good To Soft1137/213d
Good To Firm1232/161d
Good To Firm1437/135d
Good To Soft1537/120d
Good To Firm1134/113d
Good To Firm1034/141d
Good To Firm1439/141d
Good To Firm16311/135d
Good To Firm1333/117d
Good To Firm1135/132d
Good To Soft836/133d
Good To Firm1139/236d


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What's Our Queen's Vase Tips for Royal Ascot?

We've been studying the cards, form, stats, trends and more for the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot, and here's our thoughts ahead of the race:

This Group 2 contest, which is held over 14f, has tended to be dominated by those towards the top of the market and Sword Fighter’s 33/1 victory in 2016 is the only time in the last 12 years that the winner hasn’t started the day in the top three of the betting.

Aidan O’Brien’s Wordsworth is this year’s favourite and he was last seen finishing narrowly behind stablemate Sir Lucan at Navan in mid-May. Having beaten 20 rivals in a competitive maiden prior to that, he is certainly an exciting prospect.

The Mediterranean was originally in the Derby betting, however, the talented colt has been aimed at this festival instead. He was narrowly beaten in the Nijinsky Stakes at Leopardstown when last seen and is closely matched with the favourite.

Yibir has been gelded since his last outing and has proven versatile ground-wise although Arturo Toscanini may not enjoy the quicker ground.

It may be worth sticking with the extremely progressive Dancing King, who has won four consecutive races for Mark Johnston and with the trainer having won three of the last 12 renewals of this race, he may be able to stretch out his unbeaten streak even further this week. 

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On the day:

DANCING KING 3.05 – Ascot (15/2 each way) – Has been in a rampant mood since returning this year, completing 4-timer in 7-runner handicap at Doncaster 11 days ago, and looks suited by the increase in trip. Further progress today is by no means out of the question.

I expect the winner to come from one of these five, BERKSHIRE ROCCO, AL DABARAN, NOBEL PRIZE, ON GUARD and SANDIAGO.

Keith's final choice

16:10 BERKSHIRE ROCCO 4/1 – Second to Derby favourite English KIng at Lingfield. Will appreciate the step up to 1m 6f and looks like the one they need to try and beat.

How it fared

BERKSHIRE ROCCO 2ND – Followed home SANDIAGO but wasn't reeling him in. It will be no surprise if these two meet again in the St Leger.

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This is what Keith said about the 2019 Queen's Vase:

Leading Contenders
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 3/1 – Third behind the 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Doncaster in October. Has improved for stepping up in trip this season winning a Listed race over one mile five furlongs in May.
JALMOUD 4/1 – Won a Newmarket novice on first start as a three year old and backed that up by winning a Listed race over one mile four at Longchamp on soft going. One to note if there is rain.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 3/1 looks tailor made for this race and with the limited information at time of writing regarding possible runners is the tentative selection.

Royal Ascot Queen's Vase Results

1 Kemari 15/2
2 Wordsworth 10/3F
3 Stowell 12/1
14 ran

1 Santiago 10/3
2 Berkshire Rocco 3/1
3 Al Dabaran 6/1
8 ran NR: London Arch Distances: 2¾l, 8½l, 2½l
Time: 3m 5.67s (slow by 8.17s)

1 Dashing Willoughby 6/1
2 Barbados 20/1
3 Nayef Road 16/1
13 ran Distances: ½l, ½l, 2½l
Time: 3m 7.86s (slow by 10.36s)


Our Verdict:

Nayef Road stayed in front much of the race, and only on the final run in did Dashing Willoughby and Barbados stake their claims to the race. Our selection and the bookies favourite, Western Australia couldn’t get going, and finished second to last. Norway, our members favourite, not much better, finishing in 9th place out of the 13 runners. Dashing Willoughby gave Oisin Murphy and Andrew Balding their first win at Ascot by beating Barbados by half a length.

Queens Vase (Group 2)
Distance: 1m6f (3114 yards +11 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £118400 Dir: Right Handed
Runners: 13    Going: Good To Firm    Class: Class 1 Group 2    Age Restrictions: 3yo
Winners Time: 3 mins 4.02s   Avg OR: 82     Median OR: 97     Stalls: Inside

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
61st3Kemari30Appleby, CharlieBuick, William15/28.892.97
wore hood to post, raced in close 3rd on inside, pushed along and headway between horses over 2f out, soon 2nd, led BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 10.5
142nd1.55Wordsworth (IRE)3104OBrien, A PMoore, Ryan100/30 (Fav)4.261.89
never far away in 5th, headway out wide over 2f out, stayed on into 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner BF IP MIN 3.9 BF IP MAX 1000
123rd1.2512Stowell30Gosden, John and ThadyDettori, L12/116.164.58
held up well off the pace in rear, headway out wide 2f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish BF IP MIN 4.5 BF IP MAX 1000
24th17Benaud (IRE)397OBrien, Joseph PatrickKeane, C T25/131.457.38
slowly into stride, held up and behind, headway out widest over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000
85thHD9Law Of The Sea395Gosden, John and ThadyDoyle, James16/117.344.77
led and dictated steady pace, pushed along and quickened 3f out, headed entering final 2f, soon ridden chasing winner, well held when edged left and lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakened towards finish BF IP MIN 12 BF IP MAX 950
136th0.58Taipan (FR)3103Harrington, Mrs JohnFoley, Shane8/18.763.15
mid-division, pushed along and headway out wide over 2f out, stayed on between horses inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved BF IP MIN 6.8 BF IP MAX 1000
17thSH13Arturo Toscanini (IRE)3105OBrien, A PLordan, W M8/19.513.40
held up towards rear, headway out wide over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders BF IP MIN 9.8 BF IP MAX 950
38th0.51Dancing King (IRE)397Johnston, MSousa, Silvestre De8/18.742.76
raced keenly towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to threaten BF IP MIN 7.6 BF IP MAX 950
119th24Ruling (GER)3104OBrien, Joseph PatrickMurphy, Oisin12/112.954.44
held up in mid-division on inside, headway on heels of leaders over 2f out, went 3rd briefly 2f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 1000
910th1.56Pied Piper386Gosden, John and ThadyHavlin, Robert80/182.0722.37
raced keenly in mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, no progress, ridden and beaten inside final 2f BF IP MIN 12.5 BF IP MAX 1000
1011th614Recovery Run3103Balding, A MProbert, David40/148.8711.29
tracked leaders out wide, ridden inside final 2f, weakened soon after BF IP MIN 16 BF IP MAX 1000
512th1110Golden Flame (IRE)391Johnston, MKirby, Adam25/131.367.86
tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, chased leaders, weakened entering final 2f BF IP MIN 6.6 BF IP MAX 1000
413th1.52Dirham Emirati (IRE)380Simcock, D MMarquand, Tom150/1442.8457.88
raced keenly and always towards rear BF IP MIN 320 BF IP MAX 940

Queens Vase (Group 2)
Distance: 1m6f (3114 yards) Prize (winner): £65120 Dir: Right Handed
Runners: 8    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Group 2    Age Restrictions: 3yo
Winners Time: 3 mins 5.67s   Avg OR: 73     Median OR: 91.5     Stalls: Inside

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
81st5Santiago (IRE)394OBrien, A PMoore, Ryan100/304.531.72
held up in 5th, closed gradually from 6f out, eased out left over 2f out, led well over 1f out, soon edged right, clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, pushed out BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 4.7
22nd2.752Berkshire Rocco (FR)3104Balding, A MMurphy, Oisin3/14.601.70
hampered start, held up in rear, headway over 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, soon checked slightly and switched left, hung left and held by winner inside final furlong, stayed on BF IP MIN 1.56 BF IP MAX 1000
13rd8.54Al Dabaran3107Appleby, CharlieBuick, William6/18.952.73
bumped slightly start, chased leaders, challenged briefly 2f out, not much room and switched left over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong BF IP MIN 6.4 BF IP MAX 1000
94th2.58Born With Pride (IRE)3100Haggas, W JMarquand, Tom11/4 (Fav)3.711.64
chased fast gallop in 2nd, led over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000
55th3.751Nobel Prize (IRE)388OBrien, A PDettori, L8/110.502.48
hung left start, held up in 4th, headway over 4f out, switched left and beaten over 2f out, hung right and weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 6.6 BF IP MAX 1000
76thHD7Punctuation389Balding, A MSousa, Silvestre De20/125.035.03
set fast gallop, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 17 BF IP MAX 1000
37th213Cloud Thunder30Main, Mrs H SEgan, David150/1475.9736.62
hampered start, held up towards rear, pushed along over 5f out, last and losing touch over 3f out BF IP MIN 420 BF IP MAX 1000
68th2.56On Guard30Gosden, John and ThadyDonohoe, Stephen14/118.934.26
took keen hold, held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, no impression BF IP MIN 17 BF IP MAX 1000

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