Queen's Horse Favourite For Her Race

Picture: Adam Taylor/theaustralian.com.au
It's A Dundeel is a live chance in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes this Saturday. Picture: Adam Taylor/theaustralian.com.au

Trained by the 'first lady' of Australian racing, Gai Waterhouse, Carlton House  is favourite for Sydney's richest race, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In an ironic coincidence with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Australia, Carlton House is owned by Prince William's grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

After setting the pace at its past two starts over staying trips, Carlton House has been run down late. A six-year-old son of Street Cry, Carlton House has 14 starts for three wins and five minor placings, earning Her Majesty just over $870,000.

As part of day 2 of the Championships at Randwick on Saturday, this event will be run over 2000m at weight-for-age and carries prizemoney of $4m. 

The horse they all have to beat is Kiwi Silent Achiever . The five-year-old mare is unbeaten in four starts this campaign - two back in New Zealand and two here in Australia. In the Ranvet Stakes, the daughter of O'Reilly nabbed Carlton House right on the line at the end of 2000m. Two weeks later, she strolled home in the BMW over 2400m. Trainer Roger James isn't too concerned his star mare is dropping back in distance and has given punters a good lead preferring the Queen Elizabeth over the easier Sydney Cup. As he has done both starts down under this campaign, Nash Rawiller will partner Silent Achiever on Saturday. Her record now stands at 25 starts or ten wins and five minors, with more than $2.5m in the bank. 

Beaten by Silent Achiever at its past two outings, It's A Dundeel  (another Kiwi) will be hard to beat, especially if the track dries up a bit and he doesn't get too far back. 


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