The 2017 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival is host to all of the best Queensland races across May and June with the focus moving to the Sunshine State after the action in Melbourne & Sydney over the autumn.
The festival – held at Doomben Racecourse & Eagle Farm Racecourse – is part of the larger Queensland Winter Racing Carnival that features earlier Group racing at the Gold Coast. Elite level racing during the winter in Brisbane now kicks off in mid-May with the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) – an early lead-up to the richest event of the carnival – the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) the following month.
For stayers the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) run under weight-for-age conditions in May is the feature, while there has been a prize money boost to the now $700,000 Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) that was formerly known as the BTC Cup.
Stradbroke Handicap Day is the most anticipated meeting of the winter in Brisbane running on a Saturday in early June and featuring a triple shot of Group 1 racing. The Stradbroke Handicap is accompanied by the Queensland Derby (2400m) for three-year-olds and the J.J. Atkins (1600m) for the two-year-old milers.
Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival Race Days
There are a host of Group 1 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival race meetings featuring some lucrative betting opportunities for punters at Ladbrokes.com.au following the form out of the Sydney Autumn Carnival with both local and interstate performers on show.
DOOMBEN 10,000 DAY
Saturday May 13, 2017 – Doomben Racecourse
From 2017 onwards the Doomben 10,000 kicks off Group 1 racing at the Brisbane Winter Carnival. It is now worth $700,000 in prize money and is contested over a genuine 1200m sprint distance at Doomben Racecourse under weight-for-age conditions.
Three other Group status races support the card including the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) for JJ Atkins-bound juveniles and the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) – named after Queensland’s most famous racehorses – serving as an early Queensland Derby lead-up for three-year-olds.
- $700,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m)
- $175,000 Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m)
- $125,000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m)
- $125,000 Group 3 BRC Chairman’s Handicap (2000m)
DOOMBEN CUP DAY
Saturday May 20, 2017 – Doomben Racecourse
The Doomben Cup is a weight-for-age race run over a 2000m distance at Doomben Racecourse. Held late May, the Group 1 event is worth $650,000 in prize money and has been won by several champion horses including Might And Power (1998) and Rough Habit (1991-93).
Raced by three year old fillies only, the Group 2 Doomben Roses (2000m) is the key support act of Doomben Cup Day, the set weights race an ideal lead-up to the Queensland Oaks held the following month at Eagle Farm. Also on the program is the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) for Stradbroke Handicap types.
- $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m)
- $1750,000 Group 2 The Roses (2000m)
- $125,000 Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m)
KINGSFORD SMITH CUP DAY
Saturday May 27, 2017 – Eagle Farm Racecourse
Formerly known as the BTC Cup and contested at Doomben earlier in the month over 1200m, the new-look Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup now runs at Eagle Farm Racecourse kicking off Group 1 racing at the track for the carnival. The Stradbroke Handicap lead-up takes place over 1300m under weight-for-age conditions and now offers an increased $700,000 in total prize money.
A bumper six other Group status Brisbane races also take place on Kingsford Smith Cup Day including the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce (1400m) – a final lead-up to the J.J. Atkins run over a mile on Stradbroke Handicap Day. The Queensland Derby types do battle in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m), which is one of five Group 3 events on the card.
- $700,000 Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup (1300m) – formerly the BTC Cup
- $250,000 Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m)
- $150,000 Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m)
- $150,000 Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1300m)
- $150,000 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1400m)
- $175,000 Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m)
- $125,000 Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m)
QUEENSLAND OAKS DAY
Saturday June 3, 2017 – Eagle Farm Racecourse
The Queensland Oaks takes place at Eagle Farm in early June and is a 2400m staying event for three year old fillies. With set weight conditions, the Group 1 event is worth $500,000 in prize money and is the premier Queensland race for fillies.
Two Group 2 status Brisbane features are also contested on Queensland Oaks Day including the weight-for-age PJ O’Shea Stakes – formerly the Eagle Farm Cup – as a lead-up to the following Saturday’s Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) over the mile and a half. The other key race on the card is the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m).
- $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m)
- $200,000 Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes (2200m) – formerly the Eagle Farm Cup
- $175,000 Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) – run as the Moreton Cup
STRADBROKE HANDICAP DAY
Saturday June 10, 2017 – Eagle Farm Racecourse
Worth $1.5 million, the Stradbroke Handicap is the richest race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and is mid-June. Run over 1400 meters, the Group 1 event is an open handicap that has been won by the likes of Daybreak Lover (1984 & 1986), Rough Habit (1991-92), Dane Ripper (1997), Black Piranha (2009-10), Srikandi (2015) and Under The Louvre (2016).
A total of three Group 1 races take place at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Day with the three-year-old stayers facing off in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) and the top two-year-olds of the season doing battle in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m). Also on the program are three Group 2 events – the Queensland Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs not up to the mile and a half of the Derby, the Brisbane Cup (2400m) offering $300,000 for the stayers and the Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) for fillies & mares.
- $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m)
- $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m)
- $600,000 Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m)
- $350,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m)
- $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m)
- $200,000 Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m)
TATTERSALL’S TIARA DAY
Saturday June 24, 2017 – Eagle Farm Racecourse
Group 1 racing in Brisbane for the winter comes to a close in late June with the running of the Tattersall’s Tiara over 1400m for fillies and mares. The $500,000 race is contested under weight-for-age conditions by a host of female gallopers out of the Stradbroke Handicap and Dane Ripper Stakes a fortnight earlier.
Two Group 3 events are also on the final major meeting of the winter in the form of the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) and Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m).