The Q22 2022

Saturday June 11th, 2022

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

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 10HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightTrue WeightPenaltyHcp Rating
1205×133305THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)H6Andrew Forsman159kg110
2599×048003KOLDING (NZ)G6Chris Waller259kg109
3013×202128POLLY GREY (NZ)M7Chris Waller357kg109
419x111x341HUETOR (FR)G5Peter & Paul Snowden459kg108
59×12211259COVENTINA BAY (NZ)M6Robbie Patterson557kg107
6558x7x6021NUMERIAN (IRE)G6Annabel Neasham659kg106
7682×526617YONKERS (USA)G6Chris Waller759kg105
85510×43824GREAT HOUSE (IRE)G5Chris Waller859kg104
928057×6130KUKERACHA (NZ)G4Chris Waller959kg104
10170x5054x1LE DON DE VIE (GB)G6Ciaron Maher & David Eustace1059kg103
11242x6x00x2MAXIMAL (GB)H4John O’Shea1159kg102
124110x4x805BERDIBEK (FR)G8John O’Shea1259kg102
138x11x80x02BALLISTIC BOYG5Chris Anderson1359kg101
148301173×21HOPEFUL (FR)G5Annabel Neasham1459kg100
1513511×7214DARK DESTROYER (NZ)G3Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott1556kg95
167x5832x008CRIADERASG5James Cummings1659kg94
1721111×8054LONDON BANKER (NZ)G6Kelly Schweida1759kg92
18x42x7x9566ESTI FENY (HUN)G7Matthew Smith1859kg92

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 10HorseSexAgeTrainerHcp Rating
115432×8031ALEGRONG3James Cummings
2105x41261xALNASEEM (GB)M6Michael Freedman
3141600x6P3ATISHU (NZ)M4Chris Waller
41x121x13x1AYRTON (NZ)G4Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
5158x11x80xBALLISTIC BOYG5Chris Anderson
6264110x4x8BERDIBEK (FR)G8John O’Shea
727x5832x00CRIADERASG5James Cummings
8313511×72DARK DESTROYER (NZ)G3Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
91400x900x7DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB)G6Sam Kavanagh
1043x9564x06DICK WHITTINGTON (FR)G5Matthew Smith
1111x42x7x95ESTI FENY (HUN)G7Matthew Smith
1215510x438xGREAT HOUSE (IRE)G5Chris Waller
131813x7635xGROVE FERRY (IRE)G5Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
141111x132xGYPSY GODDESS (NZ)F3David Vandyke
15x8301173x2HOPEFUL (FR)G5Annabel Neasham
160019x111x3HUETOR (FR)G5Peter & Paul Snowden
17x84837x4x0HUNGRY HEARTM4Chris Waller
181x599x0480KOLDING (NZ)G6Chris Waller
191x28057x61KUKERACHA (NZ)G4Chris Waller
200x1641123xLA DRAGONTEA (GB)M5Anthony & Sam Freedman
213321111×80LONDON BANKER (NZ)G6Kelly Schweida
22x47x458372MAURICE’S MEDADG3Bjorn Baker
232242x6x00xMAXIMAL (GB)H4John O’Shea
24124x51460xMUGATOO (IRE)G7Kris Lees
25x558x7x602NUMERIAN (IRE)G6Annabel Neasham
265x013x2021POLLY GREY (NZ)M7Chris Waller
2707400×3141REGGIEWOOD (NZ)G5Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
2817x200x694SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)G7Mark Newnham
29205x13330xTHE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)H6Andrew Forsman
30355417x9x1TOKORANGI (NZ)M4Michael Moroney
31863×065194TRADUCE (NZ)G5Maryann Brosnan
321x30x16x31UNCLE BRYN (GB)G4Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
33516x00119xWARNINGG5Anthony & Sam Freedman
341682x5266xYONKERS (USA)G6Chris Waller
35x1131x212xZAAKI (GB)G7Annabel Neasham
367227179×90ZUDING4Lauri Parker

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

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