Ladbrokes Tip: A number of Sydney-trained horses have won the WJ Healy Stakes in recent years.
The WJ Healy Stakes is held on the final Group 1 race meeting of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival – Tattersall’s Tiara Day – taking place on a Saturday in late June at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse.
A quality handicap sprint contested over 1200m, the event was first run in 1979 and gained Group 3 status in 1997.
The WJ Healy Stakes currently offers a total of $175,000 in prize money and attracts a strong line-up of winter sprinters each year. It takes place on the same day as the $700,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) for fillies and mares and the $200,000 Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) for the stayers.
A good lead-up race is the Group 2 Moreton Cup (1200m) run at the same track and distance earlier in the carnival, with Brave Song (2019) the last horse to do the double.
The WJ Healy Stakes winner is also exempt from ballot for the upcoming Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton with Big Money (2014) the last sprinter to do the double.
The latest edition of the WJ Healy Stakes ran on Saturday June 25th, 2022 and was won by the Richard Will Freedman-trained mare Juan Diva ($11).
2022 WJ Healy Stakes Results
The official WJ Healy Stakes 2022 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the Group 3 Brisbane race is run and won on Saturday June 25th, 2022.
- 1st: #13 Juan Diva ($11)
- 2nd: #2 Prime Candidate
- 3rd: #4 Ranges
Richard & Will Freedman’s five-year-old Snitzel mare out of Sydney, Juan Diva ($11) improved on back-to-back Listed fourths at the Eagle Farm track to power home off a wide run and salute in the 2022 WJ Healy Stakes results to finish off the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
WJ Healy Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday June 25th, 2022
- Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: Quality Handicap
- Status: Group 3
- Prize Money: $175,000
- First Run: 1979
WJ Healy Stakes Betting
The WJ Healy Stakes betting markets are dominated by in-form winter sprinters coming off good lead-up runs in events such as the Group 2 Moreton Cup (1200m) or even the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
Favourites have a solid strike-rate in the race with Brave Song ($3 in 2019) the last to salute for the punters.
2022 WJ Healy Stakes Odds
The latest WJ Healy Stakes 2022 betting odds will be provided below as soon as markets on the end-of-carnival event in Brisbane over the winter are announced.
Early market betting odds on the 2022 WJ Healy Stakes 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.
WJ Healy Stakes Field
The WJ Healy Stakes field draws a quality line-up of winter sprinters from both local and interstate stables.
Runners may come via a number of different lead-up races including the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes for fillies and mares that last produced a WJ Healy Stakes winner in Spright (6th in 2018).
WJ Healy Stakes nominations close the Monday of race week with final acceptances revealing the field released on the Wednesday before the race runs on the Saturday.
2022 WJ Healy Stakes Field
The official WJ Healy Stakes 2022 field of final acceptors is announced by Racing Queensland on the Wednesday of race week and will be published below along with the confirmed jockeys and barriers.
Tony Gollan’s last start Group 2 Moreton Cup winner Baller carrys the 60kg top-weight in a quality WJ Healy Stakes 2022 final field at Eagle Farm on Tiara Day this weekend.
2022 WJ Healy Stakes Nominations
Early WJ Healy Stakes 2022 Nominations close the Monday leading-up to Tattersall’s Tiara Day, which is the last major event of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, and will be provided in full below.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||True Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|2||306719×082||PRIME CANDIDATE||G||7||Bjorn Baker||2||56.5kg||56.5kg||98|
|3||9x555x7155||WRITTEN BEAUTY||M||4||Chris Waller||3||54kg||54kg||97|
|5||x162413x31||RANGES||G||5||Peter & Paul Snowden||5=||55kg||55kg||95|
|6||111x35x244||SHOOTING FOR GOLD||G||4||Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted||5=||55kg||55kg||95|
|7||33119×0450||DIRTY THOUGHTS||M||4||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||7=||54kg||52kg||93|
|9||61243x319x||KING OF SPARTA||G||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||7=||54kg||53.5kg||93|
|11||375213x7x7||DOCTOR ZOUS||G||6||Darryl Hansen||11=||54kg||52kg||89|
|12||25276×7472||SIMPLY FLY||G||4||Rex Lipp & Nicholas Hahn||11=||54kg||52kg||89|
|13||7x1240x665||ALPINE EDGE||C||3||Toby & Trent Edmonds||13=||54kg||51kg||88|
|14||0x2144x144||JUAN DIVA||M||5||Richard & Will Freedman||13=||54kg||49.5kg||88|
|15||3x7151x533||MASS DESTRUCTION||G||4||Tony Gollan||15||54kg||51kg||87|
|16||74×1424807||THE BOPPER||G||4||Kris Lees||16||54kg||50kg||85|
|17||134110×332||LADY OF LUXURY||M||4||Bjorn Baker||17||54kg||47.5kg||84|
|18||22136×3211||THE BIG GOODBYE||G||4||Robert Heathcote||18||54kg||49kg||83|
|20||6x1121x1x1||JOY TOO ALL||M||5||David Vandyke||20||54kg||44.5kg||78|
|21||5x294x9206||APRIL RAIN||M||5||Chris Waller||21||54kg||48.5kg||86|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
WJ Healy Stakes Form Guide
The WJ Healy Stakes form guide lists for punters all the crucial pre-betting information like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the female sprinters in the field.
Runners trained outside of Brisbane have a credible recent record the race, so looking at the interstate runners with a lead-up run in Queensland is essential when doing the WJ Healy Stakes form.
Single-figure fancies have had a big run of wins in the event too so look on the form for runners under $10 with a good Brisbane lead-up run and single-digit barrier draw.
The WJ Healy Stakes form was subsequently franked in 2021 with the winning filly Away Game going on to perform highly in a number of tougher races including Group 1 seconds in Melbourne’s Oakleigh Plate and the Robert Sanger Stakes in Adelaide the following year.
The 2021 WJ Healy Stakes third placed Bella Nipotina further franked the form with placings in events including the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (2nd) and Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (3rd) in Melbourne that spring.
2022 WJ Healy Stakes Form
A link to our comprehensive WJ Healy Stakes 2022 form guide and race betting preview will be provided for punters below the week of the event.
WJ Healy Stakes Tips
WJ Healy Stakes tips include looking for in-form winter sprinters coming off a win in a Brisbane race, graduates that finished in the money in the Dane Ripper Stakes or Moreton Cup and tipping single-figure fancies drawn in barrier seven or below.
Avoiding the three-year-old historically has been a solid WJ Healy Stakes betting tip with Away Game (2021) the first three-year-old to win since Natural Destiny (2006).
2022 WJ Healy Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive WJ Healy Stakes 2022 betting tips on the Group 3 race at the end of the Brisbane winter racing season will be detailed below the week of the race so, stay tuned for those to back and sack this season.
- To Win: #4 Ranges ($14 at time of publish)
Going for a bit of value in the other Snowden runner, Ranges, who comes off a good win in the Listed Hinkler Handicap at this track / distance on Stradbroke Day. Carried 54.5kg for that half-length success and remains okay weight-wise with 55kg in the Group 3. Fit third-up with a previous third-up win, and gets a good run from the barrier (6) with Ryan Maloney coming aboard. Going well enough to win this at a price.
WJ Healy Stakes Results
The WJ Healy Stakes results show a strong mix of both locally-trained and visiting interstate winners. Horses allocated heavy weights have also had a strong recent record with wins by the likes of Brave Song (58kg in 2019), Dothraki (58kg, 2015) and Howmuchdoyouloveme (60kg in 2013).
Note: There was no 2020 WJ Healy Stakes held with a reduced Brisbane Winter Carnival that season due to COVID-19.
WJ Healy Stakes Winners
|2022||Juan Diva||Richard & Will Freedman||Jason Collett||54 kgs||1:10.81|
|2021||Away Game||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Stephanie Thornton||54.5 kgs||1:11.48|
Race Not Held
|2019||Brave Song||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||58 kgs||1:10.22|
|2018||Spright||Garry Frazer||Michael Cahill||55 kgs||1:09.03|
|2017||Burning Passion||James Cummings||Michael Cahill||54.5 kgs||1:09.60|
|2016||Into The Red||Kelso Wood||Luke Dittman||56 kgs||1:12.51|
|2015||Dothraki||Paul Snowden||Damian Browne||58 kgs||1:11.33|
|2014||Big Money||Rodney Northam||Robert Thompson||54 kgs||1:09.35|
|2013||Howmuchdoyouloveme||Tina Cotsiopoulos||Nash Rawiller||60 kgs||1:11.46|
|2012||River Lad||Natalie McCall||Timothy Bell||54 kgs||1:10.00|
|2011||Pinwheel||Peter Snowden||Damian Browne||58 kgs||1:09.54|
|2010||Hay List||John McNair||Chris Munce||53 kgs||1:08.69|
|2009||News Alert||Con Karakatsanis||Tye Angland||54.5 kgs||1:09.30|
|2008||Nuclear Medicine||Gordon Yorke||Scott Thurlow||53 kgs||1:11.38|
|2007||The Jackal||Paul St Vincent||Robert Thompson||57 kgs||1:09.59|
|2006||Natural Destiny||Gordon Yorke||Michael Rodd||52 kgs||1:10.63|
|2005||Poetic Papal||David Kelly||Yoshi Yamazaki||52 kgs||1:09.40|
|2004||Lamond||Shaun Dwyer||Michael Rodd||52 kgs||1:09.50|
|2003||Super Elegant||Tony Vasil||Mark Zahra||58 kgs||1:09.60|
|2002||Jar Jar Binks||Bryan Guy||Michael Rodd||51.5 kgs||1:10.40|
|2001||Citichy||Nick Flouskos||Brett Prebble||52.5 kgs||1:09.20|
|2000||El Mirada||Bart Cummings||Michael Cahill||55 kgs||1:09.20|