Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival 2022

After the autumn racing action in Melbourne and Sydney during the early months of the calendar year, the top-class thoroughbred events move up to Queensland during the cooler months for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Part of the wider-spanning Queensland Winter Racing Carnival that begins in late April, the Brisbane Winter Carnival officially consists of five Group 1 race days from May – June at Doomben Racecourse and Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Leading up to the majors are Victory Stakes Day in late April and the Gold Coast’s AD Hollindale Stakes Day in early May. After the Brisbane classics are run and won, the last of Queensland’s Group 1 meetings is the Tattersall’s Tiara Day, which we cover in this section despite Tatt’s owning rights to events on the card.

That brings the Group 1 Brisbane race meetings up to six and in total there are eight elite level races to enjoy across the Sunshine State’s major racing carnival. Queensland’s richest race is the Group 1 $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) held in early – mid June.

Brisbane Racing Carnival: Key Races

Doomben 10,000

The $1 million weight-for-age Doomben 10,000 kicks off Group 1 racing in Brisbane for the winter and is a popular sprint showdown won by the likes of three-time The Everest hero Redzel (2017) and Eduardo (2021) in recent years.

  • Track: Doomben (Eagle Farm in 2022) 
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Prize: $600,000
  • Sponsor: TAB
  • First Run: 1933
  • Reigning Champion: Mazu (2022)

Doomben Cup

The Doomben Cup is a weight-for-age race and the key staying showdown for gallopers during the winter in Queensland. The million-dollar feature serves as a key lead-up to the $1.2 million The Q22 and was recently won by star import Zaaki (2021). Note, in 2022 the Doomben Cup was moved a week later to run over 2100m at Eagle Farm on Queensland Derby Day due to heavy rainfall in Brisbane.

  • Track: Doomben (Eagle Farm in 2022)
  • Distance: 2000m (2100m in 2022)
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Prize: $600,000
  • Sponsor: TBC
  • First Run: 1933
  • Reigning Champion: Huetor (2022)

Kingsford Smith Cup (Formerly BTC Cup)

The Kingsford-Smith Cup is the race formerly known as the BTC Cup, now run at Eagle Farm in late May over 1300m as a lead-up to the Stradbroke Handicap and held on the same day as the Group 1 Queensland Derby.

  • Track: Eagle Farm
  • Distance: 1300m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $700,000
  • First Prize: $420,000
  • Sponsor: TAB
  • First Run: 1964
  • Reigning Champion: Apache Chase (2022)

Stradbroke Handicap

The Stradbroke Handicap offering $1.5 million in prize money is Brisbane’s richest race and takes place at the tail-end of the carnival on the same day as the JJ Atkins for the two-year-old milers.

  • Track: Eagle Farm
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Prize: $900,000
  • Sponsor: TAB
  • First Run: 1890
  • Reigning Champion: Tofane (2021)

Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival Betting

All-in Queensland betting odds on the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival 2022 Group 1 races are available weeks out from the events with juicy prices on offer for the likely top contenders based on the results out of the Sydney Autumn Carnival lead-up races. A few of these futures Brisbane racing odds can be accessed above by following the links to markets in our “Key Races” section.

Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival betting really starts to heat up once the action gets underway in late May with key early indicators for the upcoming Group 1s like the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m). There are also plenty of promotional betting offers open across the Queensland Racing Carnival including popular Group 1 betting doubles like the Kingsford Smith Cup – Stradbroke Handicap.

Watching the form out of the Sydney races earlier in the season can be key to picking the Group 1 winners in Brisbane over the winter as gallopers head north chasing the lucrative prize money on offer in the Sunshine State.

Major Race Days

See below for the full breakdown of the major Race Days held throughout the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. 

2022 DOOMBEN 10,000 DAY

Racecourse: Eagle Farm Racecourse (moved from Doomben due to heavy rainfall)

Date: Saturday May 14, 2022

Feature Races

  • Group 1 $1,000,000 Doomben 10,000 (1200m)
  • Group 2 $250,000 Champagne Classic (1200m) – run as the Spirit Of Boom Classic
  • Group 3 $250,000 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) – run over 2143m in 2022
  • Group 3 $150,000 BRC Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) – run over 2143m in 2022

A rescheduled Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival calendar from 2017 onwards has Doomben 10,000 Day kick off the elite level racing in Queensland for the season. The day’s feature race is the weight-for-age Doomben 10,000 now run over 1200m – down from 1350m – and featuring a number of graduates out of the Victory Stakes.

The Champagne Classic is a key support act on the card attracting a host of smart two-year-olds that could eventually extend out to a mile for the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) on Stradbroke Handicap Day.

The Rough Habit Plate makes a nice Queensland Derby lead-up for the three-year-old stayers of the winter, while the BRC Chairman’s Handicap is a possible lead-up for gallopers that contest the following weekend’s Doomben Cup.

2022 DOOMBEN CUP DAY

Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse (moved from Doomben due to heavy rainfall)

Date: Saturday May 28, 2022 (moved from Saturday May 21, 2022 to the Queensland Derby Day card due to heavy rainfall)

Feature Races

  • Group 1 $1,000,000 Doomben Cup (2000m) – run over 2100m in 2022
  • Group 2 $250,000 The Roses (2000m) – run over 2100m in 2022
  • Group 3 $250,000 BRC Sprint (1350m) – run over 1300m in 2022

The second Group 1 race meeting of the winter racing season in Brisbane sees the Doomben Cup take centre stage, the weight-for-age feature suited to the staying types after the extra distance. The Group 3 BRC Sprint is an open quality handicap offering good prize money for the second tier types that could still make the Stradbroke Handicap field, while the Group 2 The Roses is the key Queensland Oaks lead-up for three-year-old fillies.

2022 KINGSFORD-SMITH CUP DAY

Racecourse: Eagle Farm Racecourse

Date: Saturday May 28, 2022

Feature Races

Formerly run as BTC Cup Day to kick off Group 1 racing during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, Kingsford Smith Cup Day now takes place in late May and is headlined by the Kingsford Smith Cup. Run over an increased distance of 1300m, the former BTC Cup race is now the last start for gallopers tracking into the iconic Stradbroke Handicap a fortnight later.

The Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) also runs on Kingsford-Smith Cup Day in 2022 giving punters a double-shot of Group 1 racing to enjoy.

The meeting also features the now $1 million BRC Sires Produce Stakes for two-year-olds targeting the Group 1 JJ Atkins over the mile on Stradbroke Handicap Day, as well as the Premier’s Cup and Lord Mayor’s Cup for the staying types.

2022 QUEENSLAND OAKS DAY

Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse

Date: Saturday June 4, 2022

Feature Races

Held the Saturday before Stradbroke Handicap Day, is Queensland Oaks Day at Eagle Farm with racing headlined by the $700,000 Queensland Oaks over 2200m for the season’s top young staying fillies. The Group 2 Moreton Cup (1200m) for the last minute Stradbroke hopes is the key support act on the card.

2022 STRADBROKE HANDICAP DAY

Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse

Date: Saturday June 11, 2022

Feature Races

The biggest race day of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival takes place on the second Saturday of June and is home to an two Group 1 Brisbane races and the $1.2 million Group 2 The Q22 that has replaced the now defunct PJ O’Shea Stakes. Of course the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap is the headline event and the classic has been won by the likes of Under The Louvre (2016), Srikandi (2015), River Lad (2014) and Linton (2013) all at big odds in recent years.

The JJ Atkins sees a field of smart juveniles stretch out over the mile, while The Q22 attracts Doomben Cup graduates. The Queensland Guineas is the alternate race for three-year-olds that are better suited to 1600m than the longer-distanced Derby earlier in the winter, while the Brisbane Cup is the major staying event of the festival held over the two-miles. The other Group event on the card is the Dane Ripper Stakes, which is a lead-up for fillies & mares out to extend their winter with a Tattersall’s Tiara run at the end of the month.

2022 TATTERSALL’S TIARA DAY

Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse

Date: Saturday June 25, 2022

Feature Races –

Tattersall’s Tiara runs in late June two weeks after Stradbroke Handicap Day and is not officially part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. It is host to the last Queensland Group 1 race of the season with the fillies and mares facing off in the Tattersall’s Tiara worth $700,000 in prize money as of 2022. The fillies have a gun record over their older rivals in the race and the Dane Ripper Stakes is the key lead-up, the double most recently achieved by Invincibella (2019).