Queensland Derby 2021

Saturday May 29, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The SA Derby in Adelaide is a key lead-up into the Queensland Derby 

The Queensland Derby is a Group 1 race for three-year-old stayers traditionally run at Eagle Farm Racecourse Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

The event was previously conducted on a Saturday in early – mid June on Stradbroke Handicap Day but was moved forward a fortnight in 2021 to run in late May alongside the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m).

A set weights clash for three-year-old stayers, the Queensland Derby now serves as a key next-up option for youngsters out of Adelaide’s Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) and the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m). 

The 2017 & 2018 editions of the Queensland Derby were moved from Eagle Farm to Doomben Racecourse and contested over 2200m instead of 2400m, while there was no 2020 edition of the race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Colts and geldings carrying 57kg and fillies 55kg in the Queensland Derby field over 2400m. The race offers $600,000 in total prize money including $360,000 for the winning connections.

Some of the three-year-old stayers out of the Queensland Derby field may opt to take on the older horses in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) on Tiara Day with Vow And Declare (2nd in 2019) the last Derby graduate to win that event. 

The latest edition of the Queensland Derby ran on Saturday May 29, 2021 and saw trainer Chris Waller prepare three of the first four over the line led by Kukeracha. 

Queensland Derby Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 29, 2021
  • Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $600,000
  • First Run: 1868

Queensland Derby 2021 Results

  • 1st: #3 Kukeracha
  • 2nd: #9 Senor Toba
  • 3rd: #1 Explosive Jack

Kukeracha ($11) enjoyed a narrow upset in the 2021 Queensland Derby results, the Rough Habit Plate runner-up going one better than his Doomben lead-up when just denying the fellow Chris Waller-trained Senor Toba the win. The ATC Derby – SA Derby champion Explosive Jack rounded out the trifecta in third as the beaten favourite. 

The official 2021 Queensland Derby Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday May 29, 2021.

Queensland Derby Odds

Queensland Derby betting opens at pre-field prices weeks ahead of the race date offering juicy futures odds on the likely runners in the race.

Three-year-olds that run well in the traditional lead-up races typically dominate the Queensland Derby odds, and more often than not the Grand Prix Stakes winner of the season will start favourite in the Group 1 over the mile and a half.

Favourites have a fair record in the Queensland Derby with six saluting for the punters from 2011 – 2021 including Ruthven (2017), Dark Dream (2018) and Mr Quickie (2019), but there is often value further down the markets.

2021 Queensland Derby Betting

The winter’s latest Queensland Derby 2021 betting odds will be available below once the markets are released on the Kingsford-Smith Cup Day event so you can check out the QLD Derby odds on your favourite staying three-year-olds of the season.

Queensland Derby 2021 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Queensland Derby will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

Queensland Derby Field

Queensland Derby betting odds at Ladbrokes.com.au

Hawkspur (2013) is a recent favourite in Queensland Derby betting to salute for the punters at Eagle Farm. Photo Credit: Daniel Costello.

The Queensland Derby field attracts a collection of the season’s most promising staying types. The majority of acceptors are colts and geldings, but previously fillies backed up out of the Queensland Oaks the weekend prior to take on the boys before the Derby was rescheduled in 2021 to run before the Oaks.

The last filly to win the Queensland Derby was Dariana (2010), while in 2017 the only filly in the field Ana Royale ran a brave third. The fillies came close again in 2018 when that year’s Queensland Oaks winner Youngstar ran a luckless third, while the 2019 Queensland Derby trifecta was also rounded-out by a filly – Aliferous.

The largest Queensland Derby field had a previous capacity of 20 runners, the last of this size field lining up in 2008 when Riva San won. Now a maximum of 18 starters can take to the track. The smallest Queensland Derby field in recent history saw only eight runners take to the barriers in 1990 when Rough Habit won.

Queensland Derby nominations close in early May, four – five weeks before the final field of acceptances is taken and released the Tuesday prior to the race running on the Saturday.

2021 Queensland Derby Field

The official Queensland Derby 2021 Field & Barriers will be announced below once the final acceptances are out so bookmark this page to see what three-year-old winter stayers make the line-up on Kingsford-Smith Cup Day.

The 2021 Queensland Derby final field features a capacity line-up of three-year-old stayers dominated by the brilliant ATC Derby – SA Derby double champion Explosive Jack

2021 Queensland Derby First Acceptances

First acceptances for the Queensland Derby in 2021 are taken on Wednesday the 19th of May, 2021. 

2021 Queensland Derby Nominations

Early Queensland Derby 2021 nominations are taken on a Tuesday at the start of May. 

The 2021 Queensland Derby nominations are now out featuring a bumper 91 young stayers including the ATC Derby – SA Derby hero Explosive Jack

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 8268×66103 ACHIEVER G 3 Chris Waller  
2 187x ADELAIDE’S DIAMOND G 3 Les Kelly  
3 6x22100x53 ALIRAAJ (NZ) G 3 Matt Kropp  
4 5x5212x610 AZALY C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes  
5 745×4101 BAHAMUT C 3 Daiki Chujo  
6 317×916423 BARGAIN (NZ) F 3 Mark Newnham  
7 x524455663 BLACK DUKE G 3 Richard Litt  
8 6x11x25x52 BLAZE A TRAIL C 3 Matthew Vella  
9 4423413124 BOLD EXECUTIVE G 3 Garnett Taylor  
10 6815×193 BONDURANT G 3 Stephen Lee  
11 7331 BRAVE NICK G 3 Michael Costa  
12 11733x700x BUCHAREST C 3 Chris Waller  
13 56×41 CALGARY KING C 3 Brad Widdup  
14 713×896274 CALM SEEKER (NZ) C 3 Matt Kropp  
15 x362252171 CHEQUERBOARD F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes  
16 73×1445365 CRIMINAL DEFENCE G 3 Peter & Will Hulbert  
17 3 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman  
18 234×118 DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
19 5641 DO THIS ALL DAY G 3 Clare Cunningham  
20 9x85x44 DOMFIORE G 3 Tony Noonan  
21 5424×3 DON ARCANGELO G 3 John O’Shea  
22 7940×1 DUNE FORTY FIVE G 3 Tony Haydon  
23 525×2533 EARL OF SANDWICH G 3 Kristen Buchanan  
24 04×31 ECO WARRIOR G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra  
25 1511321 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
26 15×32 FORTIFIED (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller  
27 4757538422 GIRRAMAY G 3 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold  
28 3121×4 GOOD SOIZE F 3 Tony Gollan  
29 142 GREEN FLASH C 3 Chris Waller  
30 1 HENGROEN (IRE) C 3 Danny O’Brien  
31 31x10800x HERE TO SHOCK (NZ) C 3 Brent Stanley  
32 251 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
33 132×8242 HIGH SUPREMACY (NZ) G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman  
34 06619x HOPKINS G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
35 5x2235x512 HORRIFYING (NZ) G 3 Mark Kavanagh  
36 422×43 HUDOO VUDOO G 3 Michael Costa  
37 1×2113 I SAY HELLO (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees  
38 30×150 IRISH IMPACT G 3 Tony Noonan  
39 14×4 JAFFASTOCK (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
40 x7612x3657 KHOEKHOE C 3 Matt Cumani  
41 x236217x63 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller  
42 76×11 LE VIZIR C 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou  
43 21025×22 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
44 80 LOVE DEMON G 3 John Symons & Sheila Laxon  
45 226×14 MADE BY KHAN (NZ) G 3 Matt Laurie  
46 12 MARANOA G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
47 4×21524 MIGHTYBEEL (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller  
48 7821×417 MILETUS G 3 Jamie Edwards  
49 22×211 MIMI’S AWARD F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes  
50 715×781 MONEY SHOT G 3 Michael Costa  
51 232114×75 MR GEE G 3 John O’Shea  
52 4x61076x15 MT MORT SHARK (NZ) G 3 Matt Kropp  
53 126×1 OLYMPIC CLASS G 3 Michael Costa  
54 0x42217x51 PERNELL G 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds  
55 52221×2372 PERSONAL F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes  
56 9442122413 POINT COUNTERPOINT G 3 Stirling Osland  
57 11x56590x7 PURE DEAL G 3 Bevan Laming  
58 7952 QUIET MICHAEL (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller  
59 52130×9016 REAL PEACE C 3 Clarry Conners  
60 54121 REAL SENSATION G 3 Luke Oliver  
61 522×1 RED SANTA (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
62 3140×23 REDWOOD SHADOW (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
63 5305×31 RELIABLE DUDE (NZ) G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra  
64 2203×71473 REUBER G 3 Cindy Alderson  
65 214111×603 SAGACIOUS G 3 Matthew Dunn  
66 186×65 SAVAGERY (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller  
67 23×6857785 SEA OF FLAMES C 3 Brooke Somers  
68 41×81 SENOR TOBA G 3 Chris Waller  
69 3311366556 SIGNORA NERA (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller  
70 5752312 SINGAPURA G 3 Glen Thompson  
71 651×730 SINGLETON PARK (NZ) G 3 Phillip Stokes  
72 x886x26420 SINO DEFEAT G 3 Paul Butterworth  
73 649×87 SIR DIAMOND (NZ) G 3 Scott Singleton  
74 234×22 SLY CORNER (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
75 3x2413x322 SOLAR APEX C 3 Chris Waller  
76 x7827x7962 STYLEBENDER (NZ) G 3 Bryce Heys  
77 x314676x62 SUCCEED INDEED F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens  
78 2532152 SUPPRESSION (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller  
79 633121 THROUGH IRISH EYES (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
80 81746×792 TOKEN SPIRIT G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock  
81 61 TOO MUCH CAVIAR (NZ) G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
82 2×11321350 TOSCANINI C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
83 014×3251 VANBARI G 3 Kris Lees  
84 4412×31 VIGOROUS FLOW G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden  
85 79240×242 VOLATILE STOCK (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
86 x17600x756 WERTHEIMER (NZ) G 3 Andrew R Campbell  
87 45259×17 WISAKA G 3 Michael Moroney  
88 22x1x WITHOUT THINKING G 3 John Symons & Sheila Laxon  
89 6x255x2316 YANGTZE RAPIDS G 3 Chris Waller  
90 86x16x4627 ZALMATIAN G 3 Daniel Williams  
91 059631×78 ZOOMERANGO G 3 Paul Perry  

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Queensland Derby Form Guide

The Queensland Derby form guide provides punters with all of the must know information like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field. From 2011 – 2021 five of the Queensland Derby winners jumped from a double digit barrier, the distance of the race proving a wide gate is a non-issue results wise.

Interstate-trained three-year-olds also have a dominant recent record in the race, so watch the Queensland Derby form guide for Sydney and Melbourne visitors with form in Brisbane that season.

2021 Queensland Derby Form Facts

  • Wide barriers 10 or above produced five Queensland Derby winners from 2011 – 2021
  • Dariana (2010) was the last filly to beat home the boys in the Queensland Derby results
  • From 2011 – 2021 six Queensland Derby betting favourites saluted for the punters including three on the trot from 2017-19
  • The Grand Prix Stakes was previously the key Queensland Derby form race to follow and last produced a winner of the Group 1 with Eagle Way (2nd in 2016) before a change to the race schedule in 2021 

2021 Queensland Derby Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Queensland Derby 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Queensland Derby Tips

Looking for horses that ran top three in a race like the Rough Habit Plate at Doomben and keeping an eye on the prices of runners with proven form over at least 2000m are good Queensland Derby tips.

From 2006 – 2021 five of the Queensland Derby winners won their lead-up race, so a good tip is looking for a last start winner.

Brisbane lead-up races have provided the majority of the Queensland Derby champions in the past 30 years, so another tip is to watch for horses proven at either Doomben or Eagle Farm Racecourse.

2021 Queensland Derby Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Queensland Derby 2021 tips and betting selections on the youngsters to back and sack in the mile and a half classic will be detailed below the week of the race so check back to uncover the value in the Group 1 showdown this season.

  • To Win: #1 Explosive Jack ($2.90 at time of publish)

Really hard to bet against a young stayer in this vein of form. He’s won the Tasmanian Derby, ATC Derby and the South Australian Derby. He has nothing to prove so connections obviously think he’s going well enough to travel again and shoot for an incredible rare Derby four-peat. 

Queensland Derby Results

Single-figure runners have dominated the Queensland Derby results over the past three decades, but recent winners to jump at over $10 for the win include Sonntag (2014) and Magicool (2015) who both saluted at 12/1 prices, and the Chris Waller-trained Kukeracha ($11 in 2021). 

Notable recent Queensland Derby winners include Mr Quickie (2019), Hawkspur (2013), Brambles (2012) and Shootoff (2011).

Queensland Derby Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Kukeracha Senor Toba Explosive Jack 2:30.1


Race Not Held

2019 Mr Quickie Vow And Declare Aliferous 2:29.7
2018 Dark Dream Heavenly Thought Youngstar 2:19.3
2017 Ruthven Rockstar Rebel Ana Royale 2:14.4
2016 Eagle Way Rodrico I’m Belucci 2:32.8
2015 Magicool Werther Jumbo Prince 2:15.0
2014 Sonntag Pinstripe Lane Vilanova 2:28.3
2013 Hawkspur Electric Fusion Honorius 2:27.8
2012 Brambles Quintessential Westsouthwest 2:29.7
2011 Shootoff Shez Sinsational Heidilicious 2:28.7
2010 Dariana Kutchinsky Miss Keepsake 2:26.4
2009 Court Ruler Shocking Larry’s Never Late 2:34.4
2008 Riva San Petushki Moatize 2:36.9
2007 Empires Choice Volcanic Star Sirmione 2:32.9
2006 Ice Chariot Cape Breton Loanhead 2:30.6
2005 Lachlan River Lords A Leaping Vitesse Dane 2:26.5
2004 Toulouse Lautrec Devastating Set Up 2:26.5
2003 Half Hennessy Schumpeter King Of Them All 2:27.7
2002 County Tyrone Galroof Miss Bussell 2:29.0
2001 De Gaulle Lane Tempest Morn Lottery Prize 2:25.2
2000 Freemason Citras Prince Maguire 2:27.3