Queensland Derby 2018

Saturday June 9, 2018

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

Queensland Derby betting odds at Ladbrokes.com.au

Hawkspur (2013) was the last favourite in Queensland Derby betting to salute for the punters at Eagle Farm. Photo Credit: Daniel Costello.


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
17e 22x343x121 CAPTIVATOR Les Kelly 7 57kg 66
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.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
2015 Magicool Werther Jumbo Prince 2:15.0
2014 Sonntag Pinstripe Lane Vilanova 2:28.3
2013 Hawkspur Electric Fusion Honorius 2:27.8
2012 Brambles Quintessential Westsouthwest 2:29.7
2011 Shootoff Shez Sinsational Heidilicious 2:28.7
2010 Dariana Kutchinsky Miss Keepsake 2:26.4
2009 Court Ruler Shocking Larry’s Never Late 2:34.4
2008 Riva San Petushki Moatize 2:36.9
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
2000 Freemason Citras Prince Maguire 2:27.3