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Queen's Vase - 20th June, 2014

John Gosden's Marzocco has been a model of consistency this year, but he has just found one too good on his two starts and he will be aiming to go one better on day four of Royal Ascot as he lines up in the Queen's Vase, which will attract some potential staying stars of the future.

A narrow second in the Derby Trial at Epsom on his first start, he was then beaten a neck in the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood and now he will be hoping for more luck as he steps up in trip to 2m for the first time and he certainly sets the standard.

Aidan O'Brien won this event 12 months ago with Leading Light and he will saddle Century who was last seen finishing fourth in the Dee Stakes at Chester, but he could relish the step up in distance and has to be respected from a top class stable.

Mark Johnston's Hartnell finished behind Marzocco when fifth in the Derby Trial, but built on that effort when second to Snow Sky in the Lingfield Derby Trial and he is of interest here, whilst Marco Botti's Min Alemarat impressed when breaking his maiden tag at Haydock Park last month and could be a potential raider on the upgrade.

William Haggas's Gold Approach is another lining up on the back of a win and could be open to more improvement, whilst the likes of The Corsican and Big Orange are just another brace of runners doing battle in this marathon contest on Friday afternoon.

Latest Betting for 2014 Queen's Vase

5/2 Marzocco

10/3 Hartnell

4/1 Century

6/1 Min Alemarat

12/1 Gold Approach

12/1 Montaly

14/1 The Corsican

16/1 Big Orange

25/1 Anglo Irish

33/1 God's Speed

50/1 Hatsaway

100/1 Loving Your Work

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Queen's Vase History

The Queen's Vase is a Group Three race run at Royal Ascot over two miles for three-year-old horses and is one of the highlights on the fourth day of the five-day extravaganza.

Established in 1838, the Queen's Vase has had various names over the last two centuries, but it has been kept with its current name since 1960 and was eventually handed Group Three status in 1991 and attracts some of the leading stayers of the Classic generation.

Trainers will often use the race as a springboard to staying glory later on in their career and it is often seen that contenders in this race will return to Royal Ascot and the top class horses will take part in the Ascot Gold Cup.

Sir Henry Cecil has a phenomenal record in the contest and the Warren Place handler saddled his first victory in 1972 when Falkland notched up victory in the race, whilst 1999 winner Endoresement handed the legendary trainer his eighth winner in the race.

Recent notable winners of the race include Saeed Bin Suroor's Mamool, who used his victory in 2002 as a stepping stone to Cup races and he managed to bag success in the 2003 Yorkshire Cup at the Ebor Festival.

Mark Johnston gained a brace of successes in 2009 and 2011 as Holberg and Namibian stormed to victory and they went on to be names to follow in the staying division.

Recent Winners of Queen's Vase

  • 2000 - Dalampour
  • 2001 - And Beyond
  • 2002 - Mamool
  • 2003 - Shanty Star
  • 2004 - Duke Of Venice
  • 2005 - Melrose Avenue
  • 2006 - Soapy Danger
  • 2007 - Mahler
  • 2008 - Patkai
  • 2009 - Holberg
  • 2010 - Mikhail Glinka
  • 2011 - Namibian
  • 2012 - Estimate
  • 2013 - Feel Like Dancing