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Queen Elizabeth II Cup

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History

LUCKY LILAC winning the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Kyoto, Japan.
LUCKY LILAC winning the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Kyoto, Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year olds and above fillies and mares at Kyoto racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Queen Elizabeth II Cup is run over 2200m. It was first run in 1976 and was won by Diamante.
This was previously known as the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup until 2012.
It was originally for fillies only as the third leg of the Japanese Fillies Triple Crown. In 1996 it was opened to older female horses and was reduced to its present distance. In the same year the Shuka Sho was established and became the third leg.
It is the only Grade 1 restricted to fillies and mares. The other Grade 1 race for female horses in Japan, the Victoria Mile, excludes three-year-olds.
Since 1999 it turned into an international Grade 1 race.
In 2010 great English mare Snow Fairy became the first winner from outside Japan. She then won it again in 2011. That made Japanese flat racing history being the first ever non-Japanese trained horse to win the same Grade 1 flat race back-to-back. (Grand Australian jumper Karasi had won the Nakayama Grand Jump from 2005 to 2007).
The Queen Elizabeth II Cup was worth JPY226,800,000 in 2019 (approx. AUD2.8million).
Kyoto racecourse is a right handed course with the start at the top of the home straight.
Fillies have won many times but the 4yo mares have taken five of the last six renewals.
Yutaka Take won four straight QEII Cups from 2001.
Multiple trainers have multiples wins including obviously Ed Dunlop from Snow Fairy.
Notable winners of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup include Lys Gracieux (2018), Meisho Mambo (2013), Snow Fairy (2010/2011), Daiwa Scarlet (2007), Admire Groove (2003/2004), Mejiro Dober (1998/1999) and Dance Partner (1996).
The 2019 Queen Elizabeth II Cup was won by Lucky Lilac from Crocosmia and Loves Only You.
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Previous Queen Elizabeth II Cup Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
LUCKY LILAC (JPN) 4F
ORFEVRE (JPN) - LILACS AND LACE (USA) FLOWER ALLEY (USA)
C SOUMILLON56.0MASAHIRO MATSUNAGA2
LYS GRACIEUX (JPN) 4F
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - LILISIDE (FR) AMERICAN POST (GB)
J MOREIRA56.0Y YAHAGI12
MOZU KATCHAN (JPN) 3F
HARBINGER (GB) - SITE DEALER (JPN) KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN)
M DEMURO54.0I SAMESHIMA5
QUEENS RING (JPN) 4F
MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN) - AQUA RING (JPN) ANABAA (USA)
M DEMURO56.0KEIJI YOSHIMURA3
MARIALITE (JPN) 4M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - CHRYSOPRASE (JPN) EL CONDOR PASA (USA)
M EBINA56.0T KUBOTA12
LACHESIS (JPN) 4M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MAGIC STORM (USA) STORM CAT (USA)
Y KAWADA56.0KATSUHIKO SUMII1
MEISHO MAMBO (JPN) 3F
SUZUKA MAMBO (JPN) - MEISHO MOMOKA (JPN) GRASS WONDER (USA)
K TAKE54.0A IIDA3
RAINBOW DAHLIA (JPN) 5M
BRIAN'S TIME (USA) - AROME (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
Y SHIBATA56.0Y NINOMIYA15
SNOW FAIRY (IRE) 4M
INTIKHAB (USA) - WOODLAND DREAM (IRE) CHARNWOOD FOREST (IRE)
RYAN MOORE56.0ED DUNLOP18
SNOW FAIRY (IRE) 3F
INTIKHAB (USA) - WOODLAND DREAM (IRE) CHARNWOOD FOREST (IRE)
RYAN MOORE54.0ED DUNLOP6
QUEEN SPUMANTE (JPN) 5M
JUNGLE POCKET (JPN) - SEMBON ZAKURA (JPN) SAKURA YUTAKA O (JPN)
HIROYASU TANAKA56.0S KOJIMA7
LITTLE AMAPOLA (JPN) 3F
AGNES TACHYON (JPN) - LITTLE HARMONY (JPN) COMMANDER IN CHIEF (GB)
C P LEMAIRE54.0H NAGAHAMA16
DAIWA SCARLET (JPN) 3F
AGNES TACHYON (JPN) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO54.0K MATSUDA7
FUSAICHI PANDORA (JPN) 3F
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - LOTTA LACE (USA) NUREYEV (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA54.0T SHIRAI15
SWEEP TOSHO (JPN) 4M
END SWEEP (USA) - TABATHA TOSHO (JPN) DANCING BRAVE (USA)
K IKEZOE56.0A TSURUDOME8
ADMIRE GROOVE (JPN) 4M
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - AIR GROOVE (JPN) TONY BIN (IRE)
YUTAKA TAKE56.0M HASHIDA12
ADMIRE GROOVE (JPN) 3F
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - AIR GROOVE (JPN) TONY BIN (IRE)
YUTAKA TAKE54.0M HASHIDA7
FINE MOTION (IRE) 3F
DANEHILL (USA) - COCOTTE (GB) TROY (GB)
YUTAKA TAKE54.0YUJI ITO12

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