The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is a Group One race run at Ascot on British Champions Day over one mile for horses aged three years or older.
Established in 1955, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes now makes up part of Ascot's British Champions Day which sees some of the top thoroughbreds in action throughout a top day's racing.
Since its inception the QEII has had some superstars of the turf bag glory in the eight furlong contest with the incomparable Brigadier Gerard winning back-to-back contests in 1971 and 1972. The race has continued its meteoric rise over the last 20 years with such winners as Dubai Millennium in 1999, George Washington in 2006 and RIp Van Winkle in 2009.
Godolphin, in particular, have an excellent record in the race as they have owned five winners of the race all trained by master handler Saeed Bin Suroor, who is the most successful trainer in the race's history.
Now with £1 million in prize money being shared out the QEII has become one of the most valuable races in the calendar and that lofty prize will certainly continue to attract the stars of flat racing to Ascot at the end of the season.