Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival 2018

After the autumn racing action in Melbourne and Sydney during the early months of the calendar year, the top class thoroughbred events move up to Queensland during the cooler months for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Part of the wider-spanning Queensland Winter Racing Carnival that begins in late April, the Brisbane Winter Carnival officially consists of five Group 1 race days from May – June at Doomben Racecourse and Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Leading up to the majors are Victory Stakes Day in late April and the Gold Coast’s AD Hollindale Stakes Day in early May. After the Brisbane classics are run and won, the last of Queensland’s Group 1 meetings is the Tattersall’s Tiara Day, which we cover in this section despite Tatt’s owning rights to events on the card.

That brings the Group 1 Brisbane race meetings up to six and in total there are eight elite level races to enjoy across the Sunshine State’s major racing carnival. Queensland’s richest race is the Group 1 $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) held in early – mid June.

Brisbane Racing Carnival: Key Races

Doomben 10,000

The $700,000 weight-for-age Doomben 10,000 kicks off Group 1 racing in Brisbane for the winter.

  • Track: Doomben
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $700,000
  • First Prize: $448,000
  • Sponsor: James Boag
  • First Run: 1933
  • Reigning Champion: English (2018)

Doomben Cup

The Doomben Cup is a weight-for-age race and the key staying showdown for gallopers during the winter in Queensland.

  • Track: Doomben
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $650,000
  • First Prize: $416,000
  • Sponsor: Hardy Brothers
  • First Run: 1933
  • Reigning Champion: Comin’ Through (2018)

Kingsford Smith Cup (Formerly BTC Cup)

The Kingsford-Smith Cup is the race formerly known as the BTC Cup, now run at Eagle Farm in late May over 1300m as a lead-up to the Stradbroke Handicap.

  • Track: Eagle Farm (Doomben for 2018)
  • Distance: 1300m (1350m for 2018)
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $700,000
  • First Prize: $448,000
  • Sponsor: Darley
  • First Run: 1964
  • Reigning Champion: Impending (2018)

Stradbroke Handicap

The Stradbroke Handicap offering $1.5 million in prize money is Brisbane’s richest race and takes place at the tail-end of the carnival on the same day as the JJ Atkins and Queensland Derby.

  • Track: Eagle Farm (Doomben for 2018)
  • Distance: 1400m (1350m for 2018)
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Prize: $1 million
  • Sponsor: UBET
  • First Run: 1890
  • Reigning Champion: Santa Ana Lane (2018)

2018 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival Betting

All-in Queensland betting odds on the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival 2018 Group 1 races are available weeks out from the events with juicy prices on offer for the likely top contenders based on the results out of the Sydney Autumn Carnival lead-up races. A few of these futures Brisbane racing odds can be accessed above by following the links to markets in our “Key Races” section.

Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival betting really starts to heat up once the action gets underway in late May with key early indicators for the upcoming Group 1s like the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m). There are also plenty of promotional betting offers open across the Queensland Racing Carnival including popular Group 1 betting doubles like the Kingsford Smith Cup – Stradbroke Handicap.

Watching the form out of the Sydney races earlier in the season can be key to picking the Group 1 winners in Brisbane over the winter as gallopers head north chasing the lucrative prize money on offer in the Sunshine State.

2018 Major Race Days

See below for the full breakdown of the major Race Days held throughout the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival 2018.

DOOMBEN 10,000 DAY

Date: Saturday May 12, 2018

Racecourse: Doomben Racecourse

Feature Races

  • Group 1 $700,000 Doomben 10000 (1200m)
  • Group 2 $175,000 Champagne Classic (1200m)
  • Group 2 $175,000 The Roses (2000m)
  • Group 3 $125,000 Rough Habit Plate (2000m)
  • Group 3 $125,000 BRC Chairman’s Handicap (2000m)

A rescheduled Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival calendar from 2017 onwards has Doomben 10,000 Day kick off the elite level racing in Queensland for the season. The day’s feature race is the weight-for-age Doomben 10,000 now run over 1200m – down from 1350m – and featuring a number of graduates out of the Victory Stakes.

In 2018 the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) is the other feature on the card, moved up one week, contested by Queensland Oaks-bound fillies.

The Champagne Classic is another key support act on the card attracting a host of smart two-year-olds that could eventually extend out to a mile for the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) on Stradbroke Handicap Day. The Rough Habit Plate makes a nice Queensland Derby lead-up for the three-year-old stayers of the winter, while the BRC Chairman’s Handicap is a possible lead-up for gallopers that contest the following weekend’s Doomben Cup.

DOOMBEN CUP DAY

Date: Saturday May 19, 2018

Track: Doomben Racecourse

Feature Races

  • Group 1 $650,000 Doomben Cup (2000m)
  • Group 3 $125,000 BRC Sprint (1350m)

The second Group 1 race meeting of the winter racing season in Brisbane sees the Doomben Cup take centre stage, the weight-for-age feature suited to the staying types after the extra distance. The Group 3 BRC Sprint is an open quality handicap offering good prize money for the second tier types that could still make the Stradbroke Handicap field.

KINGSFORD-SMITH CUP DAY

Date: Saturday May 26, 2018

Racecourse: Eagle Farm Racecourse (Doomben Racecourse for 2018)

Feature Races

  • Group 1 $700,000 Kingsford Smith Cup (1350m) – Previously the BTC Cup
  • Group 1 $500,000 Queensland Oaks (2200m)
  • Group 2 $250,000 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m)
  • Group 3 $150,000 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m)
  • Group 3 $150,000 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m)
  • Group 3 $150,000 Fred Best Classic (1350m)
  • Group 3 $125,000 Premier’s Cup (2200m)
  • Group 3 $125,000 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m)

Formerly run as BTC Cup Day to kick off Group 1 racing during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the Darley-sponsored Kingsford Smith Cup Day now takes place in late May and is headlined by the Kingsford Smith Cup. Run over an increased distance of 1300m, 1350m in 2018 at Doomben instead of Eagle Farm, the former BTC Cup race is now the last start for gallopers tracking into the iconic Stradbroke Handicap a fortnight later.

The Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2000m) also runs on Kingsford-Smith Cup Day in 2018 giving punters a double-shot of Group 1 racing to enjoy.

The meeting also features the BRC Sires Produce Stakes for two-year-olds targeting the Group 1 JJ Atkins over the mile on Stradbroke Handicap Day as well as the Grand Prix Stakes for the Queensland Derby-bound three-year-olds stayers of the season.

P.J. O’SHEA STAKES DAY

Date: Saturday June 2, 2018

Track: Sunshine Coast Racecourse (for 2018)

Feature Races

  • Group 2 $200,000 PJ O’Shea Stakes (2200m) – Previously the Eagle Farm Cup
  • Group 2 $175,000 Moreton Cup (1300m) – Formerly the QTC Cup

Held the Saturday before Stradbroke Handicap Day, this meeting was formerly Queensland Oaks Day. The Oaks now runs the Saturday prior leaving this race day without a Group 1 feature. For 2018 the new look P.J. O’Shea Stakes Day also moved from Brisbane to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. A few other recent changes has the Eagle Farm Cup revert back to the PJ O’Shea Stakes, while the QTC Cup is now run as the Moreton Cup.

2018 PJ O’SHEA STAKES GUIDE

STRADBROKE HANDICAP DAY

Date: Saturday June 9, 2018

Track: Doomben Racecourse (for 2018)

Feature Races

The biggest race day of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival takes place on the second Saturday of June and is home to an incredible three Group 1 Brisbane races. Of course the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap is the headline event and the classic has been won by the likes of Under The Louvre (2016), Srikandi (2015), River Lad (2014) and Linton (2013) all at big odds in recent years.

The JJ Atkins sees a field of smart juveniles stretch out over the mile, while the Queensland Derby attracts the three-year-olds including fillies that may be on the fortnight back-up out of the Oaks field. The Queensland Guineas is the alternate race for three-year-olds that are better suited to 1600m, while the Brisbane Cup is the major staying event of the festival. The other Group event on the card is the Dane Ripper Stakes, which is a lead-up for fillies & mares out to extend their winter with a Tattersall’s Tiara run at the end of the month.

TATTERSALL’S TIARA DAY

Date: Saturday June 23, 2018

Track: Doomben Racecourse

Feature Races –

  • Group 1 $500,000 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) – 1350m for 2017
  • Group 3 $200,000 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m)
  • Group 3 $175,000 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m)

Tattersall’s Tiara runs in late June two weeks after Stradbroke Handicap Day and is not officially part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. It is host to the last Queensland Group 1 race of the season with the fillies and mares facing off in the Tattersall’s Tiara worth half-a-million in prize money. The fillies have a gun record over their older rivals in the race and the Dane Ripper Stakes is the key lead-up, the double most recently achieved by Cosmic Endeavour (2014).