Queen's Vase
Group 2, Ascot 17:35
£90,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 6f, Class 1  
Friday 16th June 2017

The European Pattern Committee has announced that the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot will be upgraded from Listed to Group Two class, with its distance altered from two miles to a mile and three-quarters.

2016 winner Sword Fighter
© Caroline Norris
Sword Fighter

Kavanagh added: "The reduction in trip for the Queen's Vase should help to make it more of a target for a greater number of quality young horses.
"The European programme needs to be ambitious enough to capture people's attention and start to change behaviour, by making the breeding and buying of stayers a more attractive option.

"Our aim was to embrace a small number of meaningful enhancements to the Pattern for 2017, with scope for further developments in the years to come."

William Haggas, trainer and member of the BHA’s Flat Pattern Committee, said of the Queen’s Vase changes: “In my view having the race as a Group 2 should make a noticeable difference and the reduction in distance is something that I support strongly. The existing trip of two miles is a very stiff test for a three-year-old in mid-June, whereas the slightly reduced distance will see the race appeal to a wider pool of young horses with potential to be high-class stayers of the future.”

John Gosden, two-time British Champion trainer, said: “Any action taken to promote and improve the staying programme can only be of benefit to racing and to the breed and I welcome the news.”

Simon Crisford, trainer and member of the BHA’s Flat Pattern Committee, added: “This is an exciting and important project. As we all know, talented staying horses are a really vital aspect of British racing. Any improvements to the stayers’ programme will naturally take time to bear fruit, but the programme should be ambitious enough and knit together well in order to really encourage the development of horses with an aptitude for stamina.

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Queen's Vase 2016 (Listed)
£90,000 added, 3yo only, 2m, Class 1
18 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (4) Sword Fighter (IRE) 33/1 C O'Donoghue
9-3
A P O'Brien 3
2nd (13) ¾ Harbour Law 8/1 G Baker
9-3
Mrs L J Mongan 3
3rd (19) ¾ Twilight Payment (IRE) 20/1 K J Manning
9-3
J S Bolger 3
4th (11) nk Landofhopeandglory (IRE) 10/3f R L Moore
9-3
A P O'Brien 3
5th (6) ½ Ebediyin (IRE) 4/1 P J Smullen
9-3
D K Weld 3
6th (15) Gunnery (FR) 9/1 J P Spencer
9-3
P W Chapple-Hyam 3
7th (17) 2 The Tartan Spartan (IRE) 33/1 T P O'Shea
9-3
J P Shanahan 3
8th (3) 2 Girling (IRE) 14/1 F M Berry
8-12
R M Beckett 3
9th (5) Beaverbrook 33/1 W Buick
9-3
M Johnston 3
10th (10) hd Soldier In Action (FR) 16/1 J Fanning
9-3
M Johnston 3
11th (1) 6 Ormito (GER) 5/1 David Probert
9-3
A M Balding 3
12th (18) Cole Porter (IRE) 16/1 J A Heffernan
9-3
A P O'Brien 3
13th (12) 10 Opposition 10/1 L Dettori
9-3
E A L Dunlop 3
14th (14) 14 Daphne 20/1 P Cosgrave
8-12
W J Haggas 3
15th (8) 13 Saga Sprint (IRE) 66/1 K Fallon
8-12
J R Finn 3
16th (7) 3 Birthplace (IRE) 50/1 Anastasia O'Brien
9-3
Joseph P O'Brien 3
17th (9) King Julien (IRE) 100/1 A Kirby
9-3
J Ryan 3
18th (16) Magnum (IRE) 40/1 J Fortune
9-3
B J Meehan 3
NR (2) Goldmember 14/1 Oisin Murphy
9-3
D M Simcock 3