The Q22 2021

Saturday June 12th, 2021

The Q22 race has replaced the now defunct PJ O’Shea Stakes

The Q22 race is a new-look feature event contested at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Stradbroke Handicap Day during the annual Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Conducted on a Saturday in early – mid June, the weight-for-age showdown has replaced the race previously known as the PJ O’Shea Stakes. For the history of that race please click here.

The Q22 is one of the key features at the Stradbroke Handicap Day meeting along with the lucrative $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) and the $1 million Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) for two-year-olds.

A key end of carnival target for stayers out of lead-up events including the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) – the latter previously held on Stradbroke Day – The Q22 offers a generous $1.2 million in prize money.

There are a number of lead-up races that also offer a ballot exemption into The Q22 field including the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup at Eagle Farm on Kingsford-Smith Cup Day and the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) run earlier during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

The official first edition of the weight-for-age The Q22 ran on Saturday June 12th, 2021 and was won by the odds-on favourite Zaaki ($1.26).

The Q22 Race Info

  • Date: Saturday June 12th, 2021
  • Replaces: The now defunct PJ O’Shea Stakes
  • Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Distance: 2200m 
  • Conditions: 3YOs and above – Weight-For-Age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $1,200,000 
  • First Run: 2021 (as The Q22); 1947 (as the PJ O’Shea Stakes)

2021 The Q22 Results

  • 1st: #1 Zaaki
  • 2nd: #2 Homesman
  • 3rd: #11 Paths Of Glory

The official The Q22 2021 results & finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday June 12th, 2021.

Zaaki ($1.26F) was far too good for his rivals yet again, Annabel Neasham’s flying import making it three on the trot in Queensland backing-up from his seven-length Doomben Cup win to salute for the punters in the 2021 The Q22 results.

The Q22 Betting & Odds

Futures The Q22 odds on the likely runners open weeks in advance of the race offering generous ante-post or pre-field prices for the punters.

The markets firm once The Q22 final field is released and provides more security and betting options for the Stradbroke Handicap Day feature.

Horses coming off good lead-up runs in events like the Doomben Cup, Queensland Derby and Lord Mayor’s Cup lead The Q22 odds.

Kenedna (2019) was the last runner to complete the Doomben Cup – PJ O’Shea Stakes double before the latter was revamped. Zaaki (2021) then won the Doomben Cup – The Q22 double when the latter ran for the first time as The Q22.

Proven staying types, class horses suited to the WFA conditions and past Group 1 performers down in grade dominate The Q22 betting markets.

2021 The Q22 Odds

The season’s best The Q22 2021 betting odds and Group 2 Brisbane racing markets will be available below so make sure you bookmark this page for access to the top prices on your The Q22 betting selections.

The Q22 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 The Q22 will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

The Q22 Field

The Q22 field attracts a line-up of the winter’s best stayers and middle-distance weight-for-age horses. The runners may come off a number of different runs including the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m), while three-year-olds that contested either the Queensland Derby or Queensland Oaks could take on the older horses in the end-of-carnival feature.

The final acceptances are set to feature a host of interstate-trained visitors chasing the spoils of the $1.2 million showdown.

The Q22 nominations are taken in early May five weeks before the final acceptances are released along with the barrier draw on the Tuesday before the race runs on the Saturday.

2021 The Q22 Field

The official The Q22 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be posted here once released on the Tuesday of Stradbroke Handicap Day.

The 2021 The Q22 field has drawn a quality line-up of 16 hopefuls dominated by the Doomben Cup champion Zaaki drawn in gate nine with the season’s top Group 1 hoop James McDonald to ride.

  • Scratched: #15 Vanna Girl (4) has been withdrawn due to a foot abscess. #5 Quick Thinker (12) is also out needing a softer track to perform at his best.

2021 The Q22 First Acceptances

The first acceptances for The Q22 2021 are taken on a Wednesday, 10 days out from the event and will be available in full below.

The 2021 The Q22 first acceptances attracted just 17 hopefuls with Doomben Cup winner Zaaki already odds-on to win the lucrative feature on Straddie Day this winter.

Last 10
HorseSexAgeTrainerHcp Rating
103876×0013BRANDENBURG (NZ)G4John Sargent104
266221×7625CELLARMAIDM4Kelly Schweida80
33741311357HANG MAN (IRE)G7Michael Moroney103
4x173x31x93HOMESMAN (USA)G7Anthony & Sam Freedman110
543125×5717LE DON DE VIE (GB)G5Anthony & Sam Freedman104
64108x9308xMIRAGE DANCER (GB)H7Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young107
7900×879104NETTOYERM7Wendy Roche110
855×7783143PATHS OF GLORY (GB)G6Richard & Michael Freedman100
9549×351411POLLY GREY (NZ)M6Chris Waller106
105x05x75810QUICK THINKERH4Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman106
115046×94211RELOADEDG4Chris Waller103
122211×25021SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)G6Mark Newnham107
13000×405035THE CANDY MANG7Barry Baldwin100
14203×681462TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ)M4Chris Waller108
1590399×1704VANNA GIRLM4Toby & Trent Edmonds102
163x7600x051WARNINGG4Anthony & Sam Freedman105
17x3647x6211ZAAKI (GB)G6Annabel Neasham114

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 The Q22 Nominations

The early The Q22 2021 nominations close at the start of May followed by first acceptances later that month with the full entries to be announced below once released by Racing Queensland.

The 2021 The Q22 nominations attracted 72 hopefuls including the Doomben Cup champion Zaaki and former Group 1 winning mare Toffee Tongue for Chris Waller who ran second in the same key lead-up.

Last 10
HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightTrue WeightPenaltyHcp Rating
15046×94211RELOADEDG4Chris Waller1=59kg103
2x3647x6211ZAAKI (GB)G6Annabel Neasham1=59kg114
3x16x794159SIR DRAGONET (IRE)H5Ciaron Maher & David Eustace359kg118
41124×51460MUGATOO (IRE)G6Kris Lees459kg114
5352×720872FIFTY STARS (IRE)H6Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes559kg111
62605×33546AVILIUS (GB)G7James Cummings659kg111
7x173x31x93HOMESMAN (USA)G7Anthony & Sam Freedman759kg110
8900×879104NETTOYERM7Wendy Roche857kg110
9203×681462TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ)M4Chris Waller957kg108
104108x9308xMIRAGE DANCER (GB)H7Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young1059kg107
112211×25021SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)G6Mark Newnham1159kg107
1221x0x9721xSIXTIES GROOVE (IRE)G8Kris Lees1259kg107
13151132113EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ)C3Ciaron Maher & David Eustace1356kg106
145x05x75810QUICK THINKERH4Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman1459kg106
1553221114×3PARADEEM4Danny O’Brien1557kg106
16527×120138SHARED AMBITION (IRE)G5Chris Waller1659kg106
17549×351411POLLY GREY (NZ)M6Chris Waller1757kg106
183x7600x051WARNINGG4Anthony & Sam Freedman1859kg105
1901x79x7788SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)G6Ciaron Maher & David Eustace1959kg105
204599516380TIPTRONIC (NZ)G7Graham Richardson & Rogan Norvall2059kg105
2103876×0013BRANDENBURG (NZ)G4John Sargent2159kg104
2221215×1244PERSANH4Ciaron Maher & David Eustace2259kg104
23082×805224RONDINELLA (NZ)M6John O’Shea2357kg104
2443125×5717LE DON DE VIE (GB)G5Anthony & Sam Freedman2459kg104
259x17x780x9YOUNG RASCAL (FR)G6Richard & Michael Freedman2559kg104
263741311357HANG MAN (IRE)G7Michael Moroney2659kg103
2753x4x11x0xNICKAJACK CAVE (IRE)G5Peter Moody2759kg103
2890399×1704VANNA GIRLM4Toby & Trent Edmonds2857kg102
2982327×2046BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB)G7Chris Waller2959kg102
3013x500x906RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE)G7Kris Lees3059kg102
31x67079x930WU GOKG7Chris Waller3159kg101
323797294424PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ)G5Barry Lockwood3259kg101
3312x145x306TWO ILLICIT (NZ)M4Roger James & Robert Wellwood3357kg100
343×69144121YONKERS (USA)G5Chris Waller3459kg100
3555×7783143PATHS OF GLORY (GB)G6Richard & Michael Freedman3559kg100
36000×405035THE CANDY MANG7Barry Baldwin3659kg100
37x2117x5030PURPLE SECTOR (NZ)G5John Thompson3759kg99
38315425×958GREY LION (IRE)G9Matthew Smith3859kg99
39119×241275ENTENTEG4Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott3959kg98
4016116642×4CREEDENCEG6Matt Cumani4059kg98
411x188x7745LORD BELVEDERE (GB)G7Ciaron Maher & David Eustace4159kg96
42400×654700HUSH WRITER (JPN)G6Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott4259kg95
43834470×098MR SATCHMO (FR)G6Chris Waller4359kg94
445145xL1401FLASH AAHG5Mitchell Fry4459kg92
451925308×87ATTENTION RUN (GER)M6Kris Lees4557kg92
46387×402482ALIFEROUSM5Kris Lees4657kg92
4781x6143x85KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE)G6Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott4759kg91
4812252×8322PARRY SOUNDG5Bjorn Baker4859kg90
4941×8132SENOR TOBAG3Chris Waller4956kg88
5024x110x165ITZ LILYM5Kris Lees5057kg88
517612×36577KHOEKHOEC3Matt Cumani5156kg84
52x163x5x660ARAPAHO (FR)H4Bjorn Baker5259kg84
5321025×2220LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ)C3Ciaron Maher & David Eustace5356kg82
54x70x901833SKELMG6Terry Kelly5459kg82
55371411×804SIGNIFICANCEH4Peter Moody5559kg82
5611114×7LOVE TAPG3Richard & Michael Freedman5656kg81
57311031×433APPROACH DISCREETG5Adrian McGregor5759kg81
582635×37642STOCKMAN (NZ)G4Joseph Pride5859kg81
5966221×7625CELLARMAIDM4Kelly Schweida5957kg80
608x313830x3FIFTH POSITION (IRE)G5Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)6059kg79
611733×70047BUCHARESTC3Chris Waller6156kg78
6218114×9556AMICAM4Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou6257kg78
636331215THROUGH IRISH EYES (NZ)G3Ciaron Maher & David Eustace6356kg77
643115×48411TRADUCE (NZ)G4Maryann Brosnan6459kg76.5
65x434390239SELICA (NZ)M4Annabel Neasham6557kg76
66132×82426HIGH SUPREMACY (NZ)G3Richard & Michael Freedman6656kg75
67x0271828x5SPANISH POINT (GB)G6Kris Lees6759kg72
68x033x70150MY SWASHBUCKLER (IRE)G6Kris Lees6859kg72
69x736175510AVION FURYG4Glen Thompson6959kg71
70760511380DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ)G3Phillip Stokes7056kg71
71126×174OLYMPIC CLASSG3Michael Costa7156kg65
72522×10RED SANTA (NZ)G3Ciaron Maher & David Eustace7256kg62

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The Q22 Form Guide

The Q22 form guide provides all the key information such as jockeys, trainers, barriers and the lead-up runs of the runners in the field.

Looking at the form on the old PJ O’Shea Stakes race that The Q22 now replaces, the form shows a good recent record by the mares with three saluting on the trot with Single Gaze (2017), Egg Tart (2018) and Kenedna (2019).

Interstate raiders dominate The Q22 form and results without a locally-trained winner in over 20 years.

The Q22 Form Facts

  • The Doomben Cup is the key lead-up into the race with Kenedna (2019) the last to do the double (when The Q22 ran as the PJ O’Shea Stakes) before Zaaki (2021)
  • Mares have a dominant recent record in the race
  • There’s not been a locally-trained winner of the event in over 20 years
  • Sydney-trained raiders have an outstanding record in the race in recent years

2021 The Q22 Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Q22 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Q22 Tips

The Q22 race tips include looking for the season’s best weight-for-age performers, in-form fillies / mares coming off lead-up races like the Queensland Oaks or Doomben Cup and backing the interstate visitors.

2021 The Q22 Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Q22 2021 betting tips and exotic Group 2 winter racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the runenrs to back and sack.

  • To Win: #1 Zaaki ($1.50 at time of publish)

What beats Zaaki in this? Probably nothing. There’s no value on the in-form Neasham-trained favourite and no doubt this is a tougher assignment going up to 2200m, but after the runaway 7 length lead-up win over 2000m in the Doomben Cup can’t see anything turning the tables or any other form stacking up.

The Q22 Results

The Q22 results for the weight-for-age feature now run in place of the PJ O’Shea Stakes will be detailed below from the first running in 2021.

For past PJ O’Shea Stakes winners prior to 2020 see the table further down.

The Q22 Winners

2021ZaakiHomesmanPaths Of Glory2:15.39

PJ O’Shea Stakes Winners

2019KenednaSixties GrooveRe Edit2:14.4
2018Egg TartTradesmanMegablast2:20.7
2017Single GazeRudyHigh Church2:19.2
2014MoriartyMr O’CeirinFloria2:16.3
2013QuintessentialManigharVoila Ici2:19.5
2012Lights Of HeavenScenic ShotGinga Dude2:19.0
2011Glass HarmoniumShoot OutScenic Shot2:15.1
2010Triple HonourRaffaelloNewport2:14.3
2009Scenic ShotMirkola LassFulmonti2:20.9
2008Scenic ShotRampant LionDougs Mate2:19.2
2007PentathonGazeGrand Zulu2:17.9
2006MahtoumArt SuccessGorgeous George2:30.7
2005Natural BlitzZumanityRegal Punch2:30.0
2004PentasticMazeAnother Warrior2:28.7
2003MaguireCounty TyroneGrey Song2:30.5
2002Hey ProntoFreemasonPrized Gem2:28.1
2001YippyioCiti HabitKing Keitel2:25.6
2000Kens JoyMake Mine MagicYippyio2:28.7