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.
Early market betting odds on the 2021 The Q22 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.
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.
|1||03876×0013||BRANDENBURG (NZ)||G||4||John Sargent||104|
|3||3741311357||HANG MAN (IRE)||G||7||Michael Moroney||103|
|4||x173x31x93||HOMESMAN (USA)||G||7||Anthony & Sam Freedman||110|
|5||43125×5717||LE DON DE VIE (GB)||G||5||Anthony & Sam Freedman||104|
|6||4108x9308x||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||H||7||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||107|
|8||55×7783143||PATHS OF GLORY (GB)||G||6||Richard & Michael Freedman||100|
|9||549×351411||POLLY GREY (NZ)||M||6||Chris Waller||106|
|10||5x05x75810||QUICK THINKER||H||4||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||106|
|12||2211×25021||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||G||6||Mark Newnham||107|
|13||000×405035||THE CANDY MAN||G||7||Barry Baldwin||100|
|14||203×681462||TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ)||M||4||Chris Waller||108|
|15||90399×1704||VANNA GIRL||M||4||Toby & Trent Edmonds||102|
|16||3x7600x051||WARNING||G||4||Anthony & Sam Freedman||105|
|17||x3647x6211||ZAAKI (GB)||G||6||Annabel Neasham||114|
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.
|Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||True Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|2||x3647x6211||ZAAKI (GB)||G||6||Annabel Neasham||1=||59kg||114|
|3||x16x794159||SIR DRAGONET (IRE)||H||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||3||59kg||118|
|4||1124×51460||MUGATOO (IRE)||G||6||Kris Lees||4||59kg||114|
|5||352×720872||FIFTY STARS (IRE)||H||6||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||5||59kg||111|
|6||2605×33546||AVILIUS (GB)||G||7||James Cummings||6||59kg||111|
|7||x173x31x93||HOMESMAN (USA)||G||7||Anthony & Sam Freedman||7||59kg||110|
|9||203×681462||TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ)||M||4||Chris Waller||9||57kg||108|
|10||4108x9308x||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||H||7||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||10||59kg||107|
|11||2211×25021||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||G||6||Mark Newnham||11||59kg||107|
|12||21x0x9721x||SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE)||G||8||Kris Lees||12||59kg||107|
|13||151132113||EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ)||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||13||56kg||106|
|14||5x05x75810||QUICK THINKER||H||4||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||14||59kg||106|
|16||527×120138||SHARED AMBITION (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||16||59kg||106|
|17||549×351411||POLLY GREY (NZ)||M||6||Chris Waller||17||57kg||106|
|18||3x7600x051||WARNING||G||4||Anthony & Sam Freedman||18||59kg||105|
|19||01x79x7788||SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||19||59kg||105|
|20||4599516380||TIPTRONIC (NZ)||G||7||Graham Richardson & Rogan Norvall||20||59kg||105|
|21||03876×0013||BRANDENBURG (NZ)||G||4||John Sargent||21||59kg||104|
|22||21215×1244||PERSAN||H||4||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||22||59kg||104|
|23||082×805224||RONDINELLA (NZ)||M||6||John O’Shea||23||57kg||104|
|24||43125×5717||LE DON DE VIE (GB)||G||5||Anthony & Sam Freedman||24||59kg||104|
|25||9x17x780x9||YOUNG RASCAL (FR)||G||6||Richard & Michael Freedman||25||59kg||104|
|26||3741311357||HANG MAN (IRE)||G||7||Michael Moroney||26||59kg||103|
|27||53x4x11x0x||NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE)||G||5||Peter Moody||27||59kg||103|
|28||90399×1704||VANNA GIRL||M||4||Toby & Trent Edmonds||28||57kg||102|
|29||82327×2046||BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB)||G||7||Chris Waller||29||59kg||102|
|30||13x500x906||RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE)||G||7||Kris Lees||30||59kg||102|
|31||x67079x930||WU GOK||G||7||Chris Waller||31||59kg||101|
|32||3797294424||PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ)||G||5||Barry Lockwood||32||59kg||101|
|33||12x145x306||TWO ILLICIT (NZ)||M||4||Roger James & Robert Wellwood||33||57kg||100|
|34||3×69144121||YONKERS (USA)||G||5||Chris Waller||34||59kg||100|
|35||55×7783143||PATHS OF GLORY (GB)||G||6||Richard & Michael Freedman||35||59kg||100|
|36||000×405035||THE CANDY MAN||G||7||Barry Baldwin||36||59kg||100|
|37||x2117x5030||PURPLE SECTOR (NZ)||G||5||John Thompson||37||59kg||99|
|38||315425×958||GREY LION (IRE)||G||9||Matthew Smith||38||59kg||99|
|39||119×241275||ENTENTE||G||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||39||59kg||98|
|41||1x188x7745||LORD BELVEDERE (GB)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||41||59kg||96|
|42||400×654700||HUSH WRITER (JPN)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||42||59kg||95|
|43||834470×098||MR SATCHMO (FR)||G||6||Chris Waller||43||59kg||94|
|44||5145xL1401||FLASH AAH||G||5||Mitchell Fry||44||59kg||92|
|45||1925308×87||ATTENTION RUN (GER)||M||6||Kris Lees||45||57kg||92|
|47||81x6143x85||KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||47||59kg||91|
|48||12252×8322||PARRY SOUND||G||5||Bjorn Baker||48||59kg||90|
|49||41×8132||SENOR TOBA||G||3||Chris Waller||49||56kg||88|
|50||24x110x165||ITZ LILY||M||5||Kris Lees||50||57kg||88|
|52||x163x5x660||ARAPAHO (FR)||H||4||Bjorn Baker||52||59kg||84|
|53||21025×2220||LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ)||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||53||56kg||82|
|56||11114×7||LOVE TAP||G||3||Richard & Michael Freedman||56||56kg||81|
|57||311031×433||APPROACH DISCREET||G||5||Adrian McGregor||57||59kg||81|
|58||2635×37642||STOCKMAN (NZ)||G||4||Joseph Pride||58||59kg||81|
|60||8x313830x3||FIFTH POSITION (IRE)||G||5||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||60||59kg||79|
|62||18114×9556||AMICA||M||4||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||62||57kg||78|
|63||6331215||THROUGH IRISH EYES (NZ)||G||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||63||56kg||77|
|64||3115×48411||TRADUCE (NZ)||G||4||Maryann Brosnan||64||59kg||76.5|
|65||x434390239||SELICA (NZ)||M||4||Annabel Neasham||65||57kg||76|
|66||132×82426||HIGH SUPREMACY (NZ)||G||3||Richard & Michael Freedman||66||56kg||75|
|67||x0271828x5||SPANISH POINT (GB)||G||6||Kris Lees||67||59kg||72|
|68||x033x70150||MY SWASHBUCKLER (IRE)||G||6||Kris Lees||68||59kg||72|
|69||x736175510||AVION FURY||G||4||Glen Thompson||69||59kg||71|
|70||760511380||DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ)||G||3||Phillip Stokes||70||56kg||71|
|71||126×174||OLYMPIC CLASS||G||3||Michael Costa||71||56kg||65|
|72||522×10||RED SANTA (NZ)||G||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||72||56kg||62|
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
|2021||Zaaki||Homesman||Paths Of Glory||2:15.39|
PJ O’Shea Stakes Winners
|2019||Kenedna||Sixties Groove||Re Edit||2:14.4|
|2017||Single Gaze||Rudy||High Church||2:19.2|
|2012||Lights Of Heaven||Scenic Shot||Ginga Dude||2:19.0|
|2011||Glass Harmonium||Shoot Out||Scenic Shot||2:15.1|
|2009||Scenic Shot||Mirkola Lass||Fulmonti||2:20.9|
|2008||Scenic Shot||Rampant Lion||Dougs Mate||2:19.2|
|2006||Mahtoum||Art Success||Gorgeous George||2:30.7|
|2005||Natural Blitz||Zumanity||Regal Punch||2:30.0|
|2003||Maguire||County Tyrone||Grey Song||2:30.5|
|2002||Hey Pronto||Freemason||Prized Gem||2:28.1|
|2001||Yippyio||Citi Habit||King Keitel||2:25.6|
|2000||Kens Joy||Make Mine Magic||Yippyio||2:28.7|