The Q22 2023

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.

2022 The Q22 winner Numerian
2022 The Q22 winner Numerian (pictured in Sydney). Photo: Steve Hart.

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 10th, 2023 at Eagle Farm Racecourse and saw the Melbourne Cup-bound Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained favourite Without A Fight ($2.80F) salute for the punters in impressive style.

The Q22 Race Info

  • Date: Saturday June 10th, 2023
  • 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)

2023 The Q22 Results

  • 1st: #3 Without A Fight
  • 2nd: #5 Nonconformist
  • 3rd: #12 Duais

The Group 1 Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November is calling for classy import Without A Fight ($2.80F) who backed-up from an impressive Lord Mayors Cup win to salute at Eagle Farm again in style dominating The Q22 2023 results at just his third Australian start.

The official The Q22 2023 results & finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday June 10th, 2023.

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.

Without A Fight (2023) is the last horse to complete the Lord Mayor’s Cup – The Q22 double winning both events impressively to take his Australian race record up to two wins from three starts down under.

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) and Without A Fight ($2.80 in 2023) are the last The Q22 betting favourites 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.

2023 The Q22 Odds

The season’s best The Q22 2023 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 2024 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 the Monday of race week before the final acceptances are released along with the barrier draw on the Wednesday before the race runs on the Saturday.

2023 The Q22 Field

The official The Q22 2023 Final Field & Barriers will be posted here once released on the Wednesday of Stradbroke Handicap Day week.

The Q22 2023 final field features a class field of winter runners including two-time Doomben Cup hero Huetor, the reining champ Numerian, and narrow favourite Without a Fight coming off a big Lord Mayor’s Cup win at the track for Anthony & Sam Freedman.

2023 The Q22 Nominations

The early The Q22 2023 nominations close the Monday of race week with the full entries to be announced below once released by Racing Queensland.

The 2023 The Q22 nominations close on Monday the 5th of June, 2023.

The Q22 2023 nominations feature 15 early entries for the Stradbroke support act led in all-in betting by Peter & Paul Snowden’s dual Doomben Cup champ Huetor and Numerian who ran a brave second in the Doomben Cup narrowly beaten last time out.

Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerHcp Rating
1261×636259BANKERS CHOICE (NZ)G5Michael Moroney103
217x06880x4DUAISM5Edward Cummings114
3x322x64112FAMEG3Peter G Moody
48x8x065321HUETOR (FR)G6Peter & Paul Snowden112
52x0000x878KOLDING (NZ)G7Chris Waller102
690627×0531KUKERACHA (NZ)G5Chris Waller102
7x0025x8002LION’S ROAR (NZ)G5John O’Shea102
82x26922x22LUNCIES (GB)G6Kris Lees
980x080x047MEDIA AWARDM5Glenn Thornton94
1036107×2048NO COMPROMISE (NZ)G6Chris Waller107
1187670×1840NONCONFORMISTG6Grahame Begg105
12x2250x4262NUMERIAN (IRE)G7Annabel Neasham111
130x09020x12SERPENTINE (IRE)G6Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott103
1420311x20x1WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE)G6Anthony & Sam Freedman
15300x6746x4YOUNG WERTHER (NZ)G5Danny O’Brien102

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.

2023 The Q22 Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Q22 2023 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.

2023 The Q22 Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Q22 2023 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: #1 Huetor ($5 at time of publish) – BET NOW

More than happy to take the $5 on offer for the in-form Huetor who is peaking at the right time for another million-dollar race victory. The consistent Team Snowden-trained import was last seen successfully defending his Doomben Cup title. He won that race last year before an eighth to Numerian in this event with excuses. He is back up in distance now for the first time since, but does have previous winning form up to 2400m. The reigning The Q22 champ Numerian was right on his heels in the Doomben Cup and presents as the danger again here so expecting a nail-biter. Staying on Huetor to atone for last year.

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.

Past The Q22 Winners

Recent The Q22 winners and place-getters are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Without A Fight Nonconformist Duais 2:16.84
2022 Numerian Kolding Yonkers 2:16.98
2021 Zaaki Homesman Paths Of Glory 2:15.39

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