WJ Healy Stakes 2022

Saturday June 25th, 2022

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

WJ Healy Stakes Winners - Hay List | Photo: (c) Steven Dowden | Ladbrokes.com.au
Hay List (pictured at Flemington) is one of the most notable WJ Healy Stakes winners in history. Photo: Steve Dowden.

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 10HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightTrue WeightPenaltyHcp Rating
11x3220x881BALLERG6Tony Gollan160kg60kg105
2306719×082PRIME CANDIDATEG7Bjorn Baker256.5kg56.5kg98
39x555x7155WRITTEN BEAUTYM4Chris Waller354kg54kg97
4243x88x155BLONDEAUG4Chris Waller455.5kg55.5kg96
5x162413x31RANGESG5Peter & Paul Snowden5=55kg55kg95
6111x35x244SHOOTING FOR GOLDG4Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted5=55kg55kg95
733119×0450DIRTY THOUGHTSM4Ciaron Maher & David Eustace7=54kg52kg93
860x70x8500GREYWORMG7Neville Boyle7=54kg54kg93
961243x319xKING OF SPARTAG3Peter & Paul Snowden7=54kg53.5kg93
102457x615x2GARIBALDIG5Tony Gollan1054kg53kg91
11375213x7x7DOCTOR ZOUSG6Darryl Hansen11=54kg52kg89
1225276×7472SIMPLY FLYG4Rex Lipp & Nicholas Hahn11=54kg52kg89
137x1240x665ALPINE EDGEC3Toby & Trent Edmonds13=54kg51kg88
140x2144x144JUAN DIVAM5Richard & Will Freedman13=54kg49.5kg88
153x7151x533MASS DESTRUCTIONG4Tony Gollan1554kg51kg87
1674×1424807THE BOPPERG4Kris Lees1654kg50kg85
17134110×332LADY OF LUXURYM4Bjorn Baker1754kg47.5kg84
1822136×3211THE BIG GOODBYEG4Robert Heathcote1854kg49kg83
19220x06030xTRAMONTOG4Jonny Field1954kg47kg79
206x1121x1x1JOY TOO ALLM5David Vandyke2054kg44.5kg78
215x294x9206APRIL RAINM5Chris Waller2154kg48.5kg86

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

YearWinnerTrainerJockeyWeightTime
2022Juan DivaRichard & Will FreedmanJason Collett54 kgs1:10.81
2021Away GameCiaron Maher & David EustaceStephanie Thornton54.5 kgs1:11.48
2020
Race Not Held
2019Brave SongPeter & Paul SnowdenBlake Shinn58 kgs1:10.22
2018SprightGarry FrazerMichael Cahill55 kgs1:09.03
2017Burning PassionJames CummingsMichael Cahill54.5 kgs1:09.60
2016Into The RedKelso WoodLuke Dittman56 kgs1:12.51
2015DothrakiPaul SnowdenDamian Browne58 kgs1:11.33
2014Big MoneyRodney NorthamRobert Thompson54 kgs1:09.35
2013HowmuchdoyoulovemeTina CotsiopoulosNash Rawiller60 kgs1:11.46
2012River LadNatalie McCallTimothy Bell54 kgs1:10.00
2011PinwheelPeter SnowdenDamian Browne58 kgs1:09.54
2010Hay ListJohn McNairChris Munce53 kgs1:08.69
2009News AlertCon KarakatsanisTye Angland54.5 kgs1:09.30
2008Nuclear MedicineGordon YorkeScott Thurlow53 kgs1:11.38
2007The JackalPaul St VincentRobert Thompson57 kgs1:09.59
2006Natural DestinyGordon YorkeMichael Rodd52 kgs1:10.63
2005Poetic PapalDavid KellyYoshi Yamazaki52 kgs1:09.40
2004LamondShaun DwyerMichael Rodd52 kgs1:09.50
2003Super ElegantTony VasilMark Zahra58 kgs1:09.60
2002Jar Jar BinksBryan GuyMichael Rodd51.5 kgs1:10.40
2001CitichyNick FlouskosBrett Prebble52.5 kgs1:09.20
2000El MiradaBart CummingsMichael Cahill55 kgs1:09.20