Don’t overlook It’s A Dundeel in the Queen Elizabeth

It’s A Dundeel has a score to settle in the Gr. 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and co-trainer Murray Baker has him primed for the task at Randwick on Saturday.

Last year It’s A Dundeel was the champion three-year-old at the Sydney Autumn Carnival, winning the Randwick and Rosehill Guineas and the ATC Derby (in runaway style), but he was beaten by the Chris Waller-trained import Reliable Man in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Now 12 months later It’s A Dundeel is chasing an unbelievable A$2.4 million first prizemoney in the weight-for-age 2000 metres and unlike last year he has been set for the race.

Since the revamped Sydney carnival was announced with the Championships and a top prize of A$4 million for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the event has been the target for It’s A Dundeel.

He is the winner of half his 18 starts and over $3 million in prizemoney and is the only horse to have ever beaten Atlantic Jewel, having done so in the Gr. 1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield last September.

Despite all those credentials, he has been overshadowed in the weeks leading up to Saturday’s defining moment. Silent Achiever, deservedly so after her wins in the Ranvet Stakes and BMW, is the talk horse and now even she has been overshadowed by The Queen’s horse, Carlton House.

But when it comes down to a tooth and nail fight on Saturday, Baker knows It’s A Dundeel won’t let him down.

“This is the race he’s been set for and I think he’s improved with the run the other day,” said Baker. “He’s ready. I presume this will be his last go and it would be good to go out on a winning note. Winning a $4 million race wouldn’t be a bad way to end it.”

It’s A Dundeel has been placed in each of his runs this campaign (all Group Ones) and the manner in which he finished strongly into second behind Silent Achiever in the BMW proved to Baker and regular rider, James McDonald, he is on target for the race that counts most.