“And the dragon will come when he hears the drum, at a minute or two at two today, at a minute or two today!” The Crown presents the field for the 2021 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes. One hopes Her Majesty is amused.

When the gates crash back, and the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes gets under way at Randwick on Saturday, Sir Dragonet will attempt to match the feats of Tulloch, Summer Regent, Our Poetic Prince and Winx, each of which won the WS Cox Plate and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the same season.

But Sir Dragonet will line up against several high-quality gallopers in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the second day of The Championships, including eight-time Group One winner Verry Elleegant and defending champion Addeybb.

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