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Queen Alexandra Stakes - 21st June, 2014

Tiger Cliff showed last season when finishing second in the Ascot Stakes that he can produce the goods in a Royal Ascot marathon and now the Alan King-trained raider will step up to 2m 5f in the final race of the 2014 meeting as he lines up in the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

A race that always sees a host of national hunt trainers target it, Tiger Cliff has yet to be seen over timber, but put up a creditable placed effort in the Henry III Stakes last time out and a repeat of that should see him go close.

Andrew Balding will aim to bag more Royal success with Whiplash Willie, who is another who shows great stamina at this sort of level and will be aiming to outbattle his rivals in what will be an energy-sapping finish, whilst Aidan O'Brien will be another aiming to land the spoils for the Flat brigade with El Salvador.

Nicky Henderson's Royal Irish Hussar competed in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March and will now take his chance on the level, whilst the likes of Willie Mullins's Pique Sous and the John Gosden-trained Brass Ring will add more depth to a cracking finale on Saturday afternoon.

Latest Betting for 2014 Queen Alexandra Stakes

11/4 Tiger Cliff

4/1 Whiplash Willie

6/1 Pique Sous

7/1 El Salvador

7/1 Brass Ring

8/1 Mubaraza

10/1 Statutory

12/1 Royal Irish Hussar

25/1 First Avenue

33/1 Number One London

40/1 BAR

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Queen Alexandra Stakes History

The Queen Alexandra Stakes is a race run at Royal Ascot over two miles, five furlongs and 159 yards for horses aged four years or older.

Established in 1864, this contest has traditionally been run as the last race of the entire five-day festival and attracts both flat and jumping stars as the extreme distance means that trainers will need a real staying type to win this contest.

It is the longest race on the flat racing calendar and can see runners who have competed in the Ascot Stakes earlier in the Royal meeting line up to try and grab another staying crown.

The last horse to manage to win the Ascot Stakes on the first day of the meeting and then come back four days later to lift the Queen Alexandra Stakes was Mick Channon's Baddam, who landed the coveted double in 2006.

One horse that dominated this contest in the 1920s and 1930s was Brown Jack who during his cracking career won the Queen Alexandra Stakes on six occasions to cement his place as one of the leading stayers of all time.

Sir Michael Stoute's Cover Up was a dual winner of the race in 2002 and 2003, whilst some recent classy winners of the race include Nicky Henderson's Caracciola, who won the race in 2009 at the veteran age of 12-years-old to show that national hunt stars can also bag victory in the contest.

Recent Winners of Queen Alexandra Stakes

  • 2000 - Dominant Duchess
  • 2001 - Life Is Life
  • 2002 - Cover Up
  • 2003 - Cover Up
  • 2004 - Corrib Eclipse
  • 2005 - Cruzspiel
  • 2006 - Baddam
  • 2007 - Enjoy The Moment
  • 2008 - Honolulu
  • 2009 - Caracciola
  • 2010 - Bergo
  • 2011 - Swingkeel
  • 2012 - Simenon
  • 2013 - Chiberta King