Chris Waller looks poised to claim another Group 1 victory in the Queen of the Turf Stakes 2024 this Saturday at Royal Randwick.

Coolmore Classic 2024 winner Zougotcha

Zougotcha chases back-to-back Group 1 Sydney wins when she lines-up favourite in the 2024 Queen Of The Turf Stakes field this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Zougotcha, the stable’s star four-year-old, is the current favorite at $3.80 with Ladbrokes.

This year’s Queen of the Turf Stakes (1600m) is one of the four elite-level races featured on Day 2 of The Championships in Sydney.

Waller boasts four entries, with Zougotcha leading the charge.

Originally slated to run in the Doncaster Mile last weekend, Zougotcha was scratched due to the heavy track conditions.

This Queen of the Turf Stakes entry presents a golden opportunity for the Zoustar mare to secure her third consecutive win.

Zougotcha boasts an impressive record at Randwick (three wins from seven starts), and jockey James McDonald retains the ride.

Starting from the coveted inside barrier (one), the pair is a formidable force to be reckoned with.

Waller has additional contenders in the race, including the reigning champion Atishu.

A back-to-back victory for Atishu would mark a historic feat, with More Joyous (2011-2012) the latest to achieve this accomplishment in the Queen of the Turf Stakes.

However, Atishu is also entered in the Group 1 $5 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), so a final decision on her participation awaits.

Waller’s other entries are Olentia ($9) and Madame Pommery ($51).

Olentia, another talented four-year-old by Zoustar, has strong recent form, including a dominant win in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes.

The challenge for Zougotcha won’t be insignificant.

Tropical Squall ($7), trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, is a strong contender.

This filly by Prized Icon finished a close fourth to Zougotcha in the Coolmore Classic, and a better barrier draw this time around (three) could give her an edge.

Co-trainer Waterhouse has a rich history in the Queen of the Turf Stakes, boasting eight victories, and will be looking to add another with Tropical Squall.

Other notable entries include Makarena ($9), representing Team Hawkes.

The Queen of the Turf Stakes promises an exciting race, with Zougotcha aiming to maintain her winning streak and Waller strategizing for potential glory.

2024 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x52021x813 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 2 57kg 114
2 419x646x11 ZOUGOTCHA Chris Waller James McDonald 1 57kg 112
3 x501119213 CAMPIONESSA (NZ) Mark Walker Opie Bosson 13 57kg 109
4 50x7527x83 RUTHLESS DAME (NZ) Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 16 57kg 109
5 21215×2112 SEMANA Ciaron Maher Dylan Gibbons (a) 4 57kg 107
6 x15800x241 OLENTIA Chris Waller Tommy Berry 10 57kg 105
7 x15x515411 ETERNAL FLAME (NZ) Michael Kent Damian Lane 6 57kg 104
8 16x0301x48 FOXY FRIDA Andrew Noblet Billy Egan 15 57kg 103
9 4x5120x873 RENAISSANCE WOMAN (NZ) Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 7 57kg 103
10 7x28047x30 MADAME POMMERY Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 12 57kg 102
11 344x032x21 OSMOSE (FR) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 11 57kg 101
12 17420×0507 BARBIE’S FOX Ben, Will & JD Hayes Mark Zahra 9 57kg 99
13 353x530x30 MORE SECRETS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 57kg 95
14 1x13120x14 TROPICAL SQUALL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 3 54.5kg 104
15 x1165x7052 ARCTIC GLAMOUR Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Jason Collett 14 54.5kg 93
16 211×2524 MAKARENA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tyler Schiller 8 54.5kg 92
17 x11169x688 TIZ INVINCIBLE Ciaron Maher Zac Lloyd (a) 17 54.5kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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