The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes
Group 1, Ascot 15:40
£1,000,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
6f, Class 1     
Saturday 24th June 2023


1 Khaadem 80/1
2 Sacred 9/1
3 Highfield Princess 11/4F
16 ran Distances: nk, 1¼l, 1½l
Time: 1m 12.42s (slow by 0.12s)

Khaadem became the longest-priced winner of the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes thanks to a textbook hold-up ride from Jamie Spencer.

The Fitri Hay-owned seven-year-old, who was withdrawn from last year’s King’s Stand Stakes after sitting down in the stalls, was ridden cold by Spencer before latching on to the strong-travelling Sacred with two furlongs remaining.

Sacred made her bid for glory soon after but Khaadem always looked to have the move covered, ultimately wearing her down in the closing strides to score by a neck. The third home Highfield Princess did best of those nearest the stands’ side, following up her second in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes.

The race set a new turnover record for a World Pool race, with the HK$66.2m (£6.6m) wagered topping the previous record of HK$66.1m bet on the 2022 Derby. 


Winning trainer Charlie Hills said: “Khaadem does have his quirks but most sprinters do. It’s just amazing that we’ve got to where we have now at his age. I have always had massive faith in this horse, that’s why I’ve kept him for so long. 

“He won a Group 2 last year over five, and that’s what we were sort of doing. But this year, I wanted to try and race him properly again, drop him in, and make sure we got the six furlongs well. He won the Stewards’ Cup as a three-year-old, so the trip was never a concern, but he is very fast.

“He is a high-energised horse, who has just taken time to come to himself. Jamie Insole rides him out every morning and there has been a great team effort with this horse through his career. It really is the icing on the cake today.

He added: “We have been trying to win this for a while and had some good chances over the years. We’ve had a tough week this week and to win a race like this – the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee – is just fantastic.”

Spencer said: “I felt no pressure. I followed Frankie [Dettori on Kinross] and Tom [Marquand on runner-up Sacred] and could see Tom was going well at halfway. So just like in a cycling race you let him do the work for you and, you hope that when you pull out, you have a little bit to fire.

"It is difficult for me to put into words what Jim and Fitri [Hay] have been like as friends to me for a long time. Even my children are watching now and, in years before, when I was flying at this meeting, they were too young to understand – now it's nice when you get texts from them saying well done.

"Winning Group Ones is hard, and getting on the horses in Group Ones is the hardest part, but it's a fantastic day and I'm going to enjoy it. I sit beside Frankie in the weighing room. It was looking bleak in the last few days having to listen to him, and even one of my friends said 'he's going to be insufferable’ after Coppice won [yesterday's Sandringham Stakes] – at least I've had a little bit of a fightback."

Trainers Quotes

Sacred’s trainer William Haggas said: “It is mixed emotions. I am thrilled with the way she has run, but gutted that she has got caught. She got left a bit in front, that was the problem. She was travelling so well, and she has gone to win her race but didn't win! That's racing. She has run a great race and I am very proud of her.”

Tom Marquand added: “Sacred has run superbly but you can't help but feel a bit sick about it.”

Jason Hart said of Highfield Princess: “Funny kind of thing – I don't know how many times we have run against Khaadem but every time we have beaten him. Maybe it is down to different track position, and they were always up on me on the other side. I felt her battle for me all the way to the line, and she has run her race.”

Australian raider Artorius finished fourth. Co-trainer Sam Freedman said: “He has run another good, honest race. It probably didn’t pan out exactly how we wanted. He began really well – he had two stalls empty next to him [due to the configuration of the stalls], which got him into a great spot. He probably needed something in front of him for that last 100-150m. 

“James [McDonald] got him into a good spot and he finished off really well. He has run another good race against the best sprinters over here and, if that’s a bad day for Artorius, he is still running fourth in a G1. I would say that’s him off to stud now and it has been a pleasure.”

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QEII Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
(British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge)
£1,000,000 guaranteed, 4yo+, 6f, Class 1
16 ran
Going: Good to Firm

1 (2)    Khaadem 7 9-5 Charles Hills Jamie Spencer 80/1
2 (3) nk Sacred 5 9-2 William Haggas Tom Marquand 9/1
3 (16) Highfield Princess 6 9-2 John Quinn Jason Hart 11/4F
4 (8) Artorius 4 9-5 Anthony & Sam Freedman James McDonald 4/1
5 (6) The Astrologist 6 9-5 Leon & Troy Corstens Damian Lane 50/1
6 (12) ¾ Al Suhail 6 9-5 Charlie Appleby William Buick 14/1
7 (1) nse Kinross 6 9-5 Ralph Beckett Frankie Dettori 6/1
8 (5) hd Coeur De Pierre 7 9-5 M Delcher Sanchez Tony Piccone 80/1
9 (13) nk Run To Freedom 5 9-5 Henry Candy Dane O'Neill 28/1
10 (15) hd Wellington 6 9-5 Richard Gibson Ryan Moore 7/1
11 (14) ¾ Emaraaty Ana 7 9-5 Kevin Ryan Neil Callan 33/1
12 (11) Art Power 6 9-5 Tim Easterby Oisin Murphy 12/1
13 (7) Big Invasion 4 9-5 Christophe Clement Jim Crowley 12/1
14 (9) nse Sandrine 4 9-2 Andrew Balding David Probert 50/1
10 (10) 1 Rohaan 5 9-5 David Evans Adam Kirby 12/1
UR(4) Cannonball 3 9-5 Peter & Paul Snowden Daniel Tudhope 50/1


Past Results

2022-WINNER-NAVAL CROWN Godolphin Charlie Appleby James Doyle 4 9-05 33/1

2021-WINNER-DREAM OF DREAMS Mr Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 7 9-03 3/1F

2020-WINNER-HELLO YOUMZAIN Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott Haras d’Etreham & Cambridge Stud 4-9-03 4/1

2019-WINNER-BLUE POINT Charlie Appleby James Doyle Godolphin 5-9-03 6/4F

2018-WINNER-MERCHANT NAVY Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Mechant Navy Synd/Smith/Magnier/Tabor 4-9-03 4/1

2017-WINNER-THE TIN MAN 5-9-03 Owner-Fred Archer Racing – Ormonde; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-
2ND-Tasleet 4-9-03 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-William Haggas; Jockey-Jim Crowley; SP-7/1
3RD-Limato 5-9-03 Owner-Paul Jacobs; Trainer-Henry Candy; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-2/1 Fav
19 ran; Time-1m 12.02s; Dist-nk, ¾

2016-WINNER-TWILIGHT SON 4-9-03 Owner-Godfrey Wilson & Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-Henry Candy; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-7/2
2ND-Gold-Fun 7-9-03 Owner-Sutong Pan; Trainer-Richard Gibson HK; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-7/1
3RD-Signs Of Blessing 5-9-03; Owner-I Corbani/Pandora Racing/A Mouknass; Trainer-Francois Rohaut FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP- 25/1
9 ran; Time-1m 13.44s; Dist-nk, sh 3/1 Fav Magical Memory (4th)

2015-WINNER-UNDRAFTED 5-9-03 Owner-Wes Welker & Sol Kumin; Trainer-Wesley Ward USA; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP- 14/1
2ND-Brazen Beau 3-9-03 Owner-On Track Racing; Trainer-Chris Waller AUS; Jockey-Craig Williams; SP-7/2 Jt Fav
3RD-Astaire 4-9-03 Owner-Angie Bailey; Trainer-Kevin Ryan; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-25/1
15 ran; Time-1m 12.69s; Dist-1⁄2, 13⁄4 7/2 Jt Fav Mustajeeb (5th)

2014-WINNER-SLADE POWER 5-9-04 Owner-Sabena Power; Trainer-Edward Lynam IRE; Jockey-Wayne Lordan; SP-7/2F
2ND-Due Diligence 3-8-11 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magner; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-5/1
3RD-Aljamaaheer 5-9-04 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-Roger Varian; Jockey-Paul Hanagan; SP-4/1
14 ran; Time-1m 12.40s; Dist-1½; hd

2013-WINNER-LETHAL FORCE 4-9-04 Owner-Alan Craddock; Trainer-Clive Cox; Jockey-Adam Kirby; SP-11/1
2ND-Society Rock 6-9-04 Owner-Simon Gibson; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-4/1 Fav
3RD-Krypton Factor 5-9-04 Owner-Fawzi Abdulla Nass; Trainer-Fawzi Nass BAH; Jockey-Luke Morris; SP-25/1
18 ran; Time-1m 13.36s; Dist-2, 1¾

2012-WINNER-BLACK CAVIAR 6-9-01 Owner-G J Wilkie, Mrs K J Wilkie et al; Trainer-Peter Moody AUS; Jockey-Luke Nolen; SP-1/6
2ND-Moonlight Cloud 4-9-01 Owner-George Strawbridge; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Thierry Jarnet; SP-5/1
3RD-Restiadargent 3-8-08 Owner-Guy Pariente; Trainer-Alex Pantall FR; Jockey-Maxime Guyon; SP-40/1
14 ran; Time-1m 14.10s; Dist-hd, nk

2011-WINNER-SOCIETY ROCK 4-9-04 Owner-Simon Gibson; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Pat Cosgrave; SP-25/1
2ND-Monsieur Chevalier 4-9-04 Owner-Valerie Hubbard & Ian Higginson; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-25/1
3RD-Star Witness 4-9-04 Owner-Widden Stud; Trainer-Danny O’Brien AUS; Jockey-Steven Arnold; SP-4/1
16 ran; Time-1m 17.22s; Dist-½, 1¼ 3/1 Fav Bewitched (14th)

2010-WINNER-STARSPANGLEDBANNER 4-9-04 Owner-Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Ms Massey; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien
IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-13/2 Jt Fav
2ND Society Rock 3-8-11 Owner-Simon Gibson; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Pat Cosgrave; SP-50/1
3RD Kinsale King 5-9-04 Owner-Sheehy LLC; Trainer-Carl O’Callaghan USA; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-8/1
24 ran; Time-1m 12.57s; Dist-1¾, hd 13/2 Jt Fav Fleeting Spirit (4th)

2009-WINNER-ART CONNOISSEUR 3-8-11 Owner-Richard Green; Trainer-Michael Bell; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-20/1
2ND-Cannonball 4-9-04 Owner-Ken & Sarah Ramsey; Trainer-Wesley Ward USA; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-11/1
3RD-Lesson In Humility 4-9-01 Owner-Michael Nelmes-Crocker; Trainer-Karl Burke; Jockey-Andrew Elliott; SP-33/1
14 ran; Time-1m 14.90s; Dist-nk, 2½ 5/2 Fav J J The Jet Plane (4th)

2008-WINNER-KINGSGATE NATIVE 3-8-11 Owner-John Mayne; Trainer-John Best; Jockey-Seb Sanders; SP-33/1
2ND-War Artist 5-9-04 Owner-Vintage Thoroughbreds; Trainer-James Eustace; Jockey-Kerrin McEvoy; SP-8/1
3RD-Sir Gerry 3-8-11 Owner-Mrs Gerry Galligan; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-20/1
17 ran, Time-1m 13.33s, Dist-1¼, ¾ 4/1 Fav Takeover Target (4th)

2007-WINNER-SOLDIER’S TALE 6-9-04 Owner-Budget Stable; Trainer-Jeremy Noseda; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-9/1
2ND-Takeover Target 8-9-04 Owner-Joe & Ben Janiak; Trainer-Joe Janiak AUS; Jockey-Jay Ford; SP-8/1
3RD-Asset 4-9-04 Owner-Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXVI; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-14/1
21 ran, Time-1m 14.51s, Dist-hd, ½ 2/1 Fav Miss Andretti (15th)

2006-WINNER-LES ARCS 6-9-04 Owner-Willie McKay; Trainer-Tim Pitt; Jockey-John Egan; SP-33/1
2ND-Balthazaar’s Gift 3-8-11 Owner-Ryder Racing Ltd; Trainer-Kevin Ryan; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-50/1
3RD-Takeover Target 7-9-04 Owner-Joe & Ben Janiak; Trainer-Joe Janiak AUS; Jockey-Jay Ford; SP-7/2 Fav
18 ran, Time-1m 13.12s, Dist-nk, 2

2005-WINNER-CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 7-9-04 Owner-Exors of the late R Carstairs; Trainer-David Oughton HK;
Jockey-Michael Kinane; SP-6/1
2ND-Galeota 3-8-11 Owner-John Lazzari; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-15/2
3RD-Balmont 4-9-04 Owner-Sanford Robertson & Hatta Bloodstock; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-9/2 Fav
15 ran, Time-1m 8.58s Dist-hd, 1½ (run at York)

2004-WINNER-FAYR JAG 5-9-04 Owner-Jonathan Gill; Trainer-Tim Easterby; Jockey-Willie Supple; SP-12/1
2ND-Crystal Castle 6-9-04 Owner-J Raw; Trainer-John Hammond FR; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-8/1
3RD-Cape Of Good Hope 6-9-04 Owner-Exors of the late R Carstairs; Trainer-David Oughton HK; Jockey-Michael Kinane; SP-13/2
14 ran, Time-1m 13.35s Dist-hd, hd 100/30 Fav Avonbridge (5th)

2003-WINNER-CHOISIR 4-9-04 Owner-Terry Wallace and Partners; Trainer-Paul Perry AUS; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-13/2
2ND-Airwave 3-8-08 Owner-Henry Candy and Partners; Trainer-Henry Candy; Jockey-Dane O’Neill; SP-11/8 Fav
3RD-Baron’s Pit 3-8-11 Owner-Jeff and Kath Thomas; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-50/1
17 ran, Time-1m 12.23s Dist-½, 1

2002-WINNER-MALHUB 4-9-04 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Kevin Darley; SP-16/1
2ND-Danehurst 4-9-01 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-Sir Mark Prescott; Jockey-Seb Sanders; SP-13/2
3RD-Three Points 5-9-04 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-4/1
12 ran, Time-1m 14.34s, Dist- 1½, ½ 3/1 Fav Johannesburg (9th)