It's A Dundeel stars in Queen Elizabeth Stakes
Report: Australia, Saturday
Randwick: Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+
CARLTON HOUSE made a valiant attempt to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the race named after his owner, but after trying to make all he was run down in the straight and was well beaten in third behind a classy winner in the outstanding It's A Dundeel (Murray Baker/James McDonald).
Despite a pre-race drama in which the four-year-old slipped in the saddling boxes and had to pass the vet before being allowed to race, It's A Dundeel was sent off favourite for the A$4 million (£2.22m) centrepiece of the inaugural Championships meeting at Randwick in Sydney.
The race itself - now the most valuable 1m2f turf race in the world - was to prove rather more straightforward for the New Zealand-trained son of High Chaparral, who was settled in third by rising star McDonald as the former Sir Michael Stoute-trained Carlton House strode on at a generous clip.
There were gaps throughout the entire field as they turned into the straight where McDonald asked It's A Dundeel to quicken and he easily made up the deficit to swamp the leader as they approached the final furlong before holding the late charge of last week's Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Falls, who claimed second.
Royal Ascot could now be on the agenda for It's A Dundeel, who completed a top-level hat-trick culminating in the Australian Derby as a three-year-old at last year's Sydney autumn carnival before finishing runner-up to French Derby winner Reliable Man in this race 12 months ago.