Queensland Guineas 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Queensland Guineas serves as a good Queensland Derby lead-up each season

The Queensland Guineas is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds previously held at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Stradbroke Handicap Day during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival each June.

2022 Queensland Guineas winner Character

2022 Queensland Guineas winner Character (pictured in Sydney). Photo: Steve Hart.

After the event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the new-look Winter Carnival for 2021 had the Queensland Guineas taking place on its own feature race day in early May.

Run at set weights over 1600m, the mile showdown is now one of two Group 2 races held at the meeting in late April or early May at Eagle Farm along with the Group 2 Victory Stakes for Stradbroke Handicap types.

In 2017 and 2018 the Queensland Guineas and other Stradbroke Handicap Day races, many of which also changed distances to accommodate the change of location, ran at Doomben.

Offering $350,000 in total prize money, the Queensland Guineas is a lucrative race for middle-distance three-year-olds that now serves as a lead-up into the mile-and-a-half of the Group 1 Queensland Derby.

The Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1400m) at Doomben was considered a key lead-up to the Queensland Guineas before its rescheduling.

The Queensland Guineas winner also now earns a ballot free ride into the $1.2 million Group 2 The Q22 (2200m) – a rebranded weight-for-age race held at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Stradbroke Day in mid-June.

The latest edition of the Queensland Guineas took place on Saturday April 29, 2023 at Eagle Farm Racecourse and saw the Chris Waller-trained favourite Kovalica ($2.40F) narrowly salute for the punters. 

2023 Queensland Guineas Results

The official Queensland Guineas 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be published in full below once the race is run and won on Saturday April 29, 2023.

  • 1st: #3 Kovalica
  • 2nd: #1 Perfect Thought
  • 3rd: #5 The Vowels

Chris Waller’s consistent Ocean Park gelding Kovalica ($2.40F) returned to winning form in arrogant fashion posting a narrow but impressive Group 2 win in the Queensland Guineas 2023 results ahead of a likely Derby bid this winter.

Queensland Guineas Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 29, 2023
  • Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $350,000
  • First Run: 1896

Queensland Guineas Betting

Queensland Guineas odds are usually dominated by smart three-year-olds with proven ability over the mile (1600m).

Previous winning form in Brisbane and Group 1 race experience in tougher company also help determine the runners sitting at the top of the Queensland Guineas betting markets each winter.

Kovalica ($2.40 in 2023) was the last Queensland Guineas favourite to win.

2023 Queensland Guineas Odds

The season’s updated Queensland Guineas 2023 odds on the hopeful three-year-olds targeting the Group 2 event will be available right here leading-up to the race so stay tuned for the best Brisbane betting markets.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Queensland Guineas 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 Guineas Field

Queensland Guineas betting at Ladbrokes

Tsaritsa (2016) beat home the boys in the Queensland Guineas results. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Queensland Guineas field attracts a collection of promising three-year-old milers from both local Brisbane stables and interstate.

Three-year-olds could also have previous Guineas experience in the previous spring’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne before progressing onto the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m).

Queensland Guineas nominations close the Monday before the race runs that Saturday followed by the final field of acceptances on the Wednesday.

2023 Queensland Guineas Field

The official Queensland Guineas 2023 Final Field & Barriers will be published in full below on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned to see what three-year-olds make the cut for the $350,000 event.

The 2023 Queensland Guineas final field features a quality line-up of three-year-olds led in betting by Chris Waller’s Grand Prix Stakes winner from the summer Kovalica.

2023 Queensland Guineas Nominations

The Queensland Guineas 2023 nominations are taken by Racing Queensland on the Monday of race week.

Queensland Guineas Form Guide

The Queensland Guineas form guide details all the essential information for punters including the trainers, jockeys, barriers and lead-up runs of the three-year-olds in the field. When doing the Queensland Guineas form it is good to look for horses with a good record over the mile and previous winning form in Queensland.

The Queensland Guineas form has also stacked up in tougher races in recent years including in 2012 when the filly Pear Tart backed up from her win over the boys to take out the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m). In 2016 Tsaritsa also saluted in the Queensland Guineas as a filly, so looking for the in-form female gallopers on the Queensland Guineas form guide could prove crucial.

The 2021 Queensland Guineas form was franked with the winner Private Eye later winning Sydney’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) that spring.

The 2022 Queensland Guineas runner-up Dark Destroyer franked the form winning the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate next start. He then ran fourth in the Queensland Derby results before a Group 1 win in New Zealand later that year.

2023 Queensland Guineas Form Guide

Punters can access a full Queensland Guineas 2023 Form Guide complete with race commentary the week of the event by following the provided link.

Queensland Guineas Tips

Looking for three-year-olds with form over the track and distance or that come off a top three Brisbane lead-up run are good Queensland Guineas betting tips.

Other tips for picking the season’s Queensland Guineas winner are keeping an eye on the results of the Sydney autumn races, as well as gallopers that may have run over a mile in Group 1 company earlier in the season.

2023 Queensland Guineas Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Queensland Guineas 2023 betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race with the three-year-olds to back and sack in the Group 2 Brisbane event.

  • To Win: #3 Kovalica ($2.20 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Sticking with the favourite in the QLD Guineas on Saturday and have the ultra-consistent Chris Waller-trained Kovalica on top to return to winning form second-up. The progressive Ocean Park gelding won four on the trop over a strong spring / summer campaign including the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2100m) here at Eagle Farm as the odds-on elect. The winning streak came to an end for him first-up when third in a Randwick Listed race over an unsuitably short 1400m run on a Heavy (8) on April 8. He presents fitter for the run, gets out over a more suitable trip now, and the form of that lead-up race was franked last weekend with the winning filly Razeta running third in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas. Big chance.

Queensland Guineas Results

Queensland Guineas results have been mixed for punters in recent years with the longest priced champ from the past decade being Jabali ($31) in 2015. Sir Moments ($14 in 2014) also scored an upset Queensland Guineas result as did Salsonic ($14 in 2017).

Notable Queensland Guineas winners include Private Eye (2021), Sizzling (2013), Pear Tart (2012), Rothesay (2010) and Turffontein (2008).

Past Queensland Guineas Winners

Recent Queensland Guineas winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Kovalica Perfect Thought The Vowels 1:36.4
2022 Character Dark Destroyer Ashgrove 1:35.8
2021 Private Eye Apache Chase Kukeracha 1:37.6

Race not held

2019 Kolding Baccarat Baby Pohutukawa 1:35.3
2018 Sambro Seaway Magnufighter 1:38.0
2017 Salsonic Volpino Niccanova 1:34.8
2016 Tsaritsa Denmagic Sold For Song 1:36.9
2015 Jabali Bachman Merion 1:34.6
2014 Sir Moments Liberty’s Choice Ryker 1:22.9
2013 Sizzling Dances On Stars Lucky Hussler 1:24.2
2012 Pear Tart Free Wheeling Stradon 1:26.1
2011 Torio’s Quest Benny’s Buttons Spot The Rock 1:35.4
2010 Rothesay Launay Fifteen Carat 1:33.7
2009 Express Air Marveen La Etoile 1:39.8
2008 Turffontein Royal Discretion Pepperwood 1:40.4
2007 Sequential Charm J Adane Danleigh 1:35.5
2006 Nova Star Fashions Afield Funlove 1:36.5
2005 Saxon Hit The Road Special Times 1:35.9
2004 Winning Belle Toulouse Lautrec Little Punc 1:40.3
2003 True Glo Sportsman King Of Them All 1:33.3
2002 Regent Street Galroof Deuxienne 1:35.6
2001 Heroism Yoruba Pimpala Player 1:34.3
2000 Magnifier Fairway Make Mine Magic 1:34.8