The United States will run, a Japanese raider won’t and one of New Zealand’s finest horses is still a chance to start in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Tosen Stardom will head back to Japan after stewards determined he had suffered a bleeding attack following track work at Canterbury on Tuesday.
Former Irish galloper The United States will be a late entry into the field after a win in the Group One Ranvet Stakes convinced connections to push on to the Queen Elizabeth at Randwick on Saturday week.
“He’s still got a couple of pieces of work to get through but assuming that goes smoothly he’ll take his place in the field,” co-owner Nick Williams told Sky Sports Radio.
“We were kicking ourselves because we hadn’t put this horse in the Queen Elizabeth.
“We didn’t think there was any late entry so that was why the plan was for the horse to go to the paddock.”
Meanwhile, Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan remains a chance to run in the $4 million race, with trainer Murray Baker set to return from New Zealand to make a decision in the coming days.
Outstanding mare Winx, the $1.60 favourite for the Queen Elizabeth, will need to show trainer Chris Waller a strong recovery after Saturday’s Doncaster Mile to confirm a start.
Her stablemate Preferment is also targeting the race after victory in the BMW at his last start.
Godolphin’s entries into the race are headed by Ranvet runner-up Hauraki and Neville Sellwood Stakes winner It’s Somewhat.
Criterion will have the chance to defend his Queen Elizabeth crown at his final start before he goes to stud.
Australian Cup runner-up Awesome Rock will head to Sydney for the race, while Happy Trails will also come from interstate as trainer Paul Beshara hopes for an elusive dry Sydney autumn carnival track.
Star jockey Damien Oliver will reunite with Lucia Valentina for their first pairing since the mare finished fifth in the Hong Kong Cup in December.
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