The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is a Group 1 race at Ascot that allows horses that are at least three years old to enter.
It takes place over a mile and is part of the British Champions Day every October. The first rendition of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes came in 1955 when it was called the Knights’ Royal Stakes. This straight race has a handicap system and the prize purse is often over the £1 million mark.
For a few years starting in 2008, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes was a part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. It is now the final of the mile-category for the British Champions Series.
Two horses have won this race twice, with Willie Carson having been the jockey in eight wins. Saeed bin Suroor holds the distinction of having trained the winning horse five different times, with Godolphin being the owner of each of the winning Suroor-trained horses.