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 and was first won in 2021 by that year’s Doomben Cup champion Zaaki. In 2022 Zaaki’s trainer, Annabel Neasham, returned for back-to-back wins enjoying an upset with stablemate Numerian ($21).
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 latest edition of the weight-for-age The Q22 ran on Saturday June 11th, 2022 and was won by Numerian ($21) in an upset for last year’s winning trainer Annabel Neasham.
The Q22 Race Info
- Date: Saturday June 11th, 2022
- 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)
2022 The Q22 Results
- 1st: #4 Numerian ($21)
- 2nd: #2 Kolding
- 3rd: #5 Yonkers
Last year’s winning trainer Annabel Neasham returned to go back-to-back in The Q22 2022 results with an upset win by her last start Gosford Cup winning import Numerian ($21).
The official The Q22 2022 results & finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday June 11th, 2022.
The Q22 Betting
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.
Zaaki ($1.26 in 2021) was the last The Q22 betting favourite to salute for the punters.
There was a notable upset the following year with Zaaki’s stablemate Numerian winning at $21 in The Q22 betting.
2022 The Q22 Odds
The season’s best The Q22 2022 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 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 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.
2022 The Q22 Field
The official The Q22 2022 Final Field & Barriers will be posted here once released on the Tuesday of Stradbroke Handicap Day week.
The Q22 2022 final field features a quality line-up of WFA stayers led by Peter & Paul Snowden’s impressive Group 1 Doomben Cup winning import Huetor.
2022 The Q22 First Acceptances
The first acceptances for The Q22 2022 are taken on a Wednesday, 10 days out from the event and will be available in full below.
The 2022 The Q22 first acceptances close on Wednesday the 1st of June, 2022 and will be updated in full below.
The 2022 The Q22 first acceptances attracted 18 hopefuls led by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Doomben Cup winning import Huetor.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||True Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||205×133305||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||H||6||Andrew Forsman||1||59kg||110|
|2||599×048003||KOLDING (NZ)||G||6||Chris Waller||2||59kg||109|
|3||013×202128||POLLY GREY (NZ)||M||7||Chris Waller||3||57kg||109|
|4||19x111x341||HUETOR (FR)||G||5||Peter & Paul Snowden||4||59kg||108|
|5||9×12211259||COVENTINA BAY (NZ)||M||6||Robbie Patterson||5||57kg||107|
|6||558x7x6021||NUMERIAN (IRE)||G||6||Annabel Neasham||6||59kg||106|
|7||682×526617||YONKERS (USA)||G||6||Chris Waller||7||59kg||105|
|8||5510×43824||GREAT HOUSE (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||8||59kg||104|
|9||28057×6130||KUKERACHA (NZ)||G||4||Chris Waller||9||59kg||104|
|10||170x5054x1||LE DON DE VIE (GB)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||10||59kg||103|
|11||242x6x00x2||MAXIMAL (GB)||H||4||John O’Shea||11||59kg||102|
|12||4110x4x805||BERDIBEK (FR)||G||8||John O’Shea||12||59kg||102|
|13||8x11x80x02||BALLISTIC BOY||G||5||Chris Anderson||13||59kg||101|
|14||8301173×21||HOPEFUL (FR)||G||5||Annabel Neasham||14||59kg||100|
|15||13511×7214||DARK DESTROYER (NZ)||G||3||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||15||56kg||95|
|17||21111×8054||LONDON BANKER (NZ)||G||6||Kelly Schweida||17||59kg||92|
|18||x42x7x9566||ESTI FENY (HUN)||G||7||Matthew Smith||18||59kg||92|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2022 The Q22 Nominations
The early The Q22 2022 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 2022 The Q22 nominations close on Tuesday the 3rd of May, 2022.
Last year’s Hollindale Stakes – Doomben Cup – The Q22 treble winner Zaaki headlines the 2022 The Q22 nominations to successfully defend his title in the $1.2 million feature this winter in Brisbane.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|2||105x41261x||ALNASEEM (GB)||M||6||Michael Freedman|
|3||141600x6P3||ATISHU (NZ)||M||4||Chris Waller|
|4||1x121x13x1||AYRTON (NZ)||G||4||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)|
|5||158x11x80x||BALLISTIC BOY||G||5||Chris Anderson|
|6||264110x4x8||BERDIBEK (FR)||G||8||John O’Shea|
|8||313511×72||DARK DESTROYER (NZ)||G||3||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott|
|9||1400x900x7||DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB)||G||6||Sam Kavanagh|
|10||43x9564x06||DICK WHITTINGTON (FR)||G||5||Matthew Smith|
|11||11x42x7x95||ESTI FENY (HUN)||G||7||Matthew Smith|
|12||15510x438x||GREAT HOUSE (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller|
|13||1813x7635x||GROVE FERRY (IRE)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|14||1111x132x||GYPSY GODDESS (NZ)||F||3||David Vandyke|
|15||x8301173x2||HOPEFUL (FR)||G||5||Annabel Neasham|
|16||0019x111x3||HUETOR (FR)||G||5||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|17||x84837x4x0||HUNGRY HEART||M||4||Chris Waller|
|18||1x599x0480||KOLDING (NZ)||G||6||Chris Waller|
|19||1x28057x61||KUKERACHA (NZ)||G||4||Chris Waller|
|20||0x1641123x||LA DRAGONTEA (GB)||M||5||Anthony & Sam Freedman|
|21||3321111×80||LONDON BANKER (NZ)||G||6||Kelly Schweida|
|22||x47x458372||MAURICE’S MEDAD||G||3||Bjorn Baker|
|23||2242x6x00x||MAXIMAL (GB)||H||4||John O’Shea|
|24||124x51460x||MUGATOO (IRE)||G||7||Kris Lees|
|25||x558x7x602||NUMERIAN (IRE)||G||6||Annabel Neasham|
|26||5x013x2021||POLLY GREY (NZ)||M||7||Chris Waller|
|27||07400×3141||REGGIEWOOD (NZ)||G||5||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou|
|28||17x200x694||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||G||7||Mark Newnham|
|29||205x13330x||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||H||6||Andrew Forsman|
|30||355417x9x1||TOKORANGI (NZ)||M||4||Michael Moroney|
|31||863×065194||TRADUCE (NZ)||G||5||Maryann Brosnan|
|32||1x30x16x31||UNCLE BRYN (GB)||G||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young|
|33||516x00119x||WARNING||G||5||Anthony & Sam Freedman|
|34||1682x5266x||YONKERS (USA)||G||6||Chris Waller|
|35||x1131x212x||ZAAKI (GB)||G||7||Annabel Neasham|
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 from 2021 was franked with the winner Zaaki going on to take out Melbourne’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes – Mackinnon Stakes double in the spring. He also returned in 2022 and won the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington that autumn.
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
2022 The Q22 Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive The Q22 2022 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.
2022 The Q22 Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Q22 2022 betting tips and exotic Group 2 winter racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the runners to back and sack.
- To Win: #3 Huetor ($3.20 at time of publish)
Peter & Paul Snowden’s French import stole the show in the Doomben Cup scoring an impressive upset and now gets a shot to do the double Zaaki completed last year. He beat that horse home in the Group 1 over 2000m and presents rock hard fit fourth up. With winning form up to the mile and a half, the extra furlong here looks ideal and he looks well rated here ready to salute for the punters at a shorter price this time round.
The Q22 Results
The Q22 results for the weight-for-age feature now run in place of the PJ O’Shea Stakes are detailed below from the first running in 2021 won by star import Zaaki followed in 2022 by his stablemate Numerian (2022).
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|