The Queen’s Vase
The Queen’s Vase is a Group 3 race run on day four at the Royal Ascot meeting.
The Queen’s Vase dates back to 1838, and was named after Queen Victoria. In 1908 the name of the race changed to the King’s Vase, before switching back to the Queen’s Vase in 1960. The race was initially run as a listed event, before being upgraded to a Group 3 race in 1991.
The Queen’s Vase was originally run over a distance two miles and 45 yards, but following the two mile running of the race in York in 2005 the distance was changed permanently to two miles, making it one of the most important stayers’ events at the Royal Meeting. The Queen’s Vase is open to all three-year-old thoroughbreds.
Queen’s Vase Betting
The Queen’s Vase offers an interesting variation on the typical Royal Ascot races, as it takes place over a stayer’s distance of two miles. Many of the contestants will be racing the two-mile distance for the first time, which makes picking a winner very tricky. One Queen’s Vase betting tactic is to put your money on horses with experience over two miles.
Queen’s Vase betting trends indicate that the horses with the shortest odds tend to show, making the betting markets a reliable guide to Queen’s Vase betting.
Queen’s Vase Winners
The quality of the runners in the Queen’s Vase has varied somewhat over the race’s history as repeated changes to the event’s status determined the type of horses that competed.
The Queen’s Vase has developed into something of an arm wrestle between jockies Michael Kinane and Kevin Darley. Darley has dominated the event in recent years, taking his fourth race victory in 2006. Kinane pulled a race back in 2007 to take his win total in the Queen’s Vase to three.
Although Henry Cecil has the best record of any trainer in the Queen’s Vase, having trained five Queen’s Vase winners, the years following his retirement have been dominated by Mark Johnston. Johnston has trained an impressive total of four Queen’s Vase winners since taking the race for the first time in 2001.