Ladbrokes Tip: The Grand Prix Stakes – Queensland Derby double is a popular betting option during the winter carnival
The Queensland Derby is a Group 1 race for three-year-old stayers traditonally run at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Stradbroke Handicap Day during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Conducted on a Saturday in early – mid June, the set weights clash is one of three Group 1 features at the meeting along with the JJ Atkins for the two-year-olds and the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), which is Queensland’s richest race.
The 2017 & 2018 editions of the Queensland Derby was moved from Eagle Farm to Doomben Racecourse and was contested over 2200m instead of 2400m.
Colts and geldings carrying 57kg and fillies 55kg in the Queensland Derby field over 2400m, or 2200m if held at sister track Doomben. The race offers $600,000 in total prize money including $366,000 for the winning connections.
A number of lead-up races offer a ballot exemption to the winner into the Queensland Derby including the NZ Derby and Auckland Racing Club Championships Stakes in New Zealand. Back home the winner/s of the Rough Habit Plate, Grand Prix Stakes and the Queensland Oaks for the fillies are also all exempt from Queensland Derby ballot.
Of these the key lead-up historically is the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) and the last horse to complete the double was Hawkspur (2013).
The next edition of the Queensland Derby runs on Saturday June 9, 2018.
Queensland Derby Race Info
- Date: Saturday June 9, 2018
- Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse (Doomben in 2017 & 2018)
- Distance: 2400m (2200m in 2017 & 2018)
- Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $600,000
- First Run: 1868
Queensland Derby Odds
Queensland Derby betting opens at pre-field prices weeks ahead of the race date offering juicy futures odds on the likely runners in the race.
Three-year-olds that run well in the traditional lead-up races typically dominate the Queensland Derby odds, and more often than not the Grand Prix Stakes winner of the season will start favourite in the Group 1 over the mile and a half.
Favourites have a fair record in the Queensland Derby with four saluting for the punters from 2011-2017 including Ruthven (2017), but there is often value further down the markets.
2018 Queensland Derby Betting
The winter’s latest Queensland Derby 2018 betting odds are available now as the field has been released so check out the QLD Derby odds on your favourite staying three-year-olds of the season.
Queensland Derby Field
The Queensland Derby field attracts a collection of the season’s most promising staying types. The majority of acceptors are colts and geldings, but fillies sometimes back up out of the Queensland Oaks the weekend prior to take on the boys. The last filly to win the Queensland Derby was Dariana (2010), while in 2017 the only filly in the field Ana Royale ran a brave third.
The largest Queensland Derby field had a previous capacity of 20 runners, the last of this size field lining up in 2008 when Riva San won. Now a maximum of 18 starters can take to the track. The smallest Queensland Derby field in recent history saw only eight runners take to the barriers in 1990 when Rough Habit won. Queensland Derby nominations close in early May, four – five weeks before the final field of acceptances is taken and released the Wednesday prior to the race running on the Saturday.
2018 Queensland Derby Field
The official Queensland Derby 2018 Field & Barriers are now released in full below so bookmark this page to see what three-year-old winter stayers make the line-up on Stradbroke Handicap Day.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1221×22213||DARK DREAM||Kerry Parker||Tim Clark||6||57kg||93|
|2||4x14L47211||HEAVENLY THOUGHT||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||1||57kg||88|
|3||220×602320||TANGLED||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||5||57kg||95|
|4||21221×0135||MAHAMEDEIS||Nick Ryan||James Winks||20||57kg||75|
|5||84251222||REZEALIENT||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jamie Kah||17||57kg||85|
|6||13×11630||CALIFORNIA TURBO||Peter & Paul Snowden||Corey Brown||13||57kg||79.5|
|7||2×51211||LIVE AND FREE (NZ)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||12||57kg||79.5|
|8||3x4x413132||HAN XIN||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Mark Zahra||18||57kg||82|
|9||07×1029185||WON WON TOO (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jim Byrne||2||57kg||78|
|10||7312×15310||ALMIGHTY CROWN||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||11||57kg||74|
|11||4×1117||LUCKY FOR ALL (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||19||57kg||74|
|12||x122x56x43||MEROVEE||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||15||57kg||71|
|13||3217×41081||AUGUSTUS||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||9||57kg||74|
|14||31x43x5411||BANNER SEASON||Kris Lees||Jeff Lloyd||8||57kg||72|
|15||121×342324||TURNBERRY||Kris Lees||Damian Browne||14||57kg||67|
|16||54×31111||YOUNGSTAR||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||21||55kg||100|
|18e||65553×2312||OMBUDSMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||16||57kg||67|
|19e||7414×26178||DESTINY’S HERO||Jason Coyle||Ms Kathy O’Hara||3||57kg||67|
|20e||452319×222||SURPRISE BULLET||Barry Lockwood||10||57kg||65|
|21e||3x185x1917||BART||Joe Cleary||Ms Jess Taylor||4||57kg||65|
2018 Queensland Derby First Acceptances
First acceptances for the Queensland Derby 2018 close on Wednesday May 30, 2018 and will be announced below.
2018 Queensland Derby Nominations
The early Queensland Derby 2018 nominations close on a Tuesday in early May and the full list of potential runners in the three-years-old winter staying classic will be published right here.
The 2018 Queensland Derby Nominations drew 121 hopefuls including the Chris Waller-trained Frank Packer Plate winner Higher Ground who leads early betting for horseman of Winx fame.
Queensland Derby Form Guide
The Queensland Derby form guide provides punters with all of the must know information like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field. From 2011 – 2017 four of the seven Queensland Derby winners jumped from a double digit barrier, the distance of the race proving a wide gate is a non-issue results wise.
Interstate-trained three-year-olds also have a dominant recent record in the race, so watch the Queensland Derby form guide for Sydney and Melbourne visitors with form in Brisbane that season.
2018 Queensland Derby Form Facts
- Wide barriers 10 or above produced four of the seven Queensland Derby winners from 2011 – 2017
- Dariana (2010) was the last filly to beat home the boys in the Queensland Derby results
- From 2011 – 2017 four of the seven Queensland Derby betting favourites saluted for the punters
- The Grand Prix Stakes is the key Queensland Derby form race to follow and last produced a winner of the Group 1 with Eagle Way (2nd in 2016)
2018 Queensland Derby Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Queensland Derby 2018 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.
Queensland Derby Tips
Looking for horses that ran top three in a race like the Grand Prix Stakes and keeping an eye on the prices of runners with proven form over at least 2000m are good Queensland Derby tips.
From 2006 – 2017 five of the Queensland Derby winners won their lead-up race, so a good tip is looking for a last start winner. Brisbane lead-up races have provided the majority of the Queensland Derby champions in the past 30 years, so another tip is to watch for horses proven at either Doomben or Eagle Farm Racecourse.
2018 Queensland Derby Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Queensland Derby 2018 tips and betting selections on the youngsters to back and sack in the mile and a half classic will be detailed below the week of the race so check back to uncover the value in the Group 1 showdown this season.
Queensland Derby Results
Single-figure runners have dominated the Queensland Derby results over the past three decades, but recent winners to jump at over $10 for the win include Sonntag (2014) and Magicool (2015) who both saluted at 12/1 prices.
Notable recent Queensland Derby winners include Hawkspur (2013), Brambles (2012) and Shootoff (2011).
Queensland Derby 2018 Results
The official 2018 Queensland Derby Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday June 9, 2018.
|1||1||DARK DREAM||Kerry Parker||Tim Clark||–||3||57kg||$4.20F|
|2||2||HEAVENLY THOUGHT||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||0.2L||1||57kg||$8|
|3||16||YOUNGSTAR||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||2.95L||16||55kg||$6.50|
|4||13||AUGUSTUS||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||3.25L||6||57kg||$101|
|5||4||MAHAMEDEIS||Nick Ryan||James Winks||3.75L||15||57kg||$21|
|6||5||REZEALIENT||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jamie Kah||4.5L||12||57kg||$51|
|7||11||LUCKY FOR ALL (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||4.8L||14||57kg||$4.40|
|8||8||HAN XIN||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Mark Zahra||4.9L||13||57kg||$14|
|9||10||ALMIGHTY CROWN||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||5.65L||7||57kg||$151|
|10||12||MEROVEE||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||6.9L||11||57kg||$31|
|11||14||BANNER SEASON||Kris Lees||Jeff Lloyd||12.4L||5||57kg||$41|
|12||15||TURNBERRY||Kris Lees||Damian Browne||13.65L||10||57kg||$151|
|13||7||LIVE AND FREE (NZ)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||14.9L||8||57kg||$5.50|
|14||17e||CAPTIVATOR||Les Kelly||Leith Innes||18.15L||4||57kg||$201|
|15||6||CALIFORNIA TURBO||Peter & Paul Snowden||Corey Brown||22.65L||9||57kg||$91|
|16||9||WON WON TOO (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jim Byrne||25.65L||2||57kg||$91|
Queensland Derby Winners
|2018||Dark Dream||Heavenly Thought||Youngstar||2:19.3|
|2017||Ruthven||Rockstar Rebel||Ana Royale||2:14.4|
|2016||Eagle Way||Rodrico||I’m Belucci||2:32.8|
|2009||Court Ruler||Shocking||Larry’s Never Late||2:34.4|
|2007||Empires Choice||Volcanic Star||Sirmione||2:32.9|
|2006||Ice Chariot||Cape Breton||Loanhead||2:30.6|
|2005||Lachlan River||Lords A Leaping||Vitesse Dane||2:26.5|
|2004||Toulouse Lautrec||Devastating||Set Up||2:26.5|
|2003||Half Hennessy||Schumpeter||King Of Them All||2:27.7|
|2002||County Tyrone||Galroof||Miss Bussell||2:29.0|
|2001||De Gaulle Lane||Tempest Morn||Lottery Prize||2:25.2|