Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival

The Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival takes place at Doomben and Eagle Farm from 10 May - 7 June 2014. The carnival features eight Group 1 events including the Stradbroke Handicap, the BTC Cup and the Doomben 10,000.

Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival News

2016 Spear Chief Weight Challenge for Hopfgarten

2016 Spear Chief Weight Challenge for Hopfgarten

Robert Heathcote is annoyed with the hefty handicaps allocated to local Queensland gallopers during the Winter Carnival including Hopfgarten who jumps top-weight in the Spear Chief Handicap 2016 on Saturday.

Trainer Robert Heathcote is concerned how top weight Hopfgarten will handle the kilos in the 2016 Spear Chief Handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Heathcote expressed ...

BTC Cup Day

Doomben Racecourse

The BTC Cup is a 1200m weight-for-age race held at Doomben Racecourse in early May. Worth $400,000 in prize money, the Group 1 is the first major race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Worth $125,000 in prize money, the Group 3 Doomben Classic is a 1615m set weight race for horses aged three years old. The event attracts horses which would go on to the 2020m Rough Habit Plate in a few weeks time.

The Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap has a distance of 2020 meters and is a quality handicap worth $100,000 in prize money.

Doomben Cup Day

Doomben Racecourse

The Doomben Cup is a weight-for-age race run over a 2020m distance at Doomben Racecourse. Held mid-May, the Group 1 event is worth $500,000 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 Doomben Roses is a 2020m set weight race which is the ideal lead-up to the Queensland Oaks held in two weeks time. The Group 3 event is worth $175,000 in prize money and is primarily made up of local talent.

As the first two year old group race held at Doomben, the Champagne Classic attracts a good group of sprinters capable of racing the 1200 meters under set weight conditions. Worth $150,000 in prize money, the Group 2 race is the lead-up race to the Sires Produce Stakes held in two weeks time at Eagle Farm.

The BTC Cup is a Group 3 Quality Handicap worth $125,000 in prize money. Run over 1350 meters, the event is the same distance as the Group 1 Doomben 10,000.

Held specifically for three year old horses, the Group 3 BTC Classic is a 1350m set weights race worth $125,000 in prize money.

The last major race held on the Doomben Cup Day is the Group 3 Lord Mayors Cup worth $100,000 in prize money. The 1615m weight-for-age race was won in 2001 by 1999 Caulfield Cup winner Sky Heights.

Doomben 10,000 Day

Doomben Racecourse

The Doomben 10,000 is the second richest race in the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, worth $650,000 in prize money. Held at Doomben Racecourse in May, the Group 1 event is a 1350m weight-for-age race and is regarded as the premier sprint event of the carnival.

The Group 3 Premier’s Cup is a Group 3 Open Handicap run over a 2200m distance. Worth $125,000 in prize money, the event is the ideal lead-up race to the Brisbane Cup.

Named after Queensland’s most famous racehorses, the Rough Habit Plate is a Group 3 set weight race for three year old horses. Worth $125,000 in prize money, the 2020m event is regarded as a good Derby lead-up race.

Queensland Oaks Day

Eagle Farm Racecourse

The Queensland Oaks takes place at Eagle Farm during May and is a 2400m staying event for three year old fillies. With set weight conditions, the Group 1 event is worth $400,000 in prize money and is the premier Queensland race for fillies.

The Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes is a set weight event for two year old horses worth $250,000 in prize money. Run over 1400m, the event is the perfect lead-up race to the Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m) held one week later.

The PJ O’Shea Stakes is a 2200m weight-for-age race which is worth $250,000 in prize money. The event has Group 2 status and features many horses which go on to the 2400m Brisbane Cup and 2200m Tattersall’s Cup.

Offering $200,000 in prize money, the Dane Ripper Quality is a 1400m event specifically for fillies and mares. With set weight and penalty conditions, the Group 2 event attracts plenty of local talent.

The Group 2 QTC Cup is a 1300m quality handicap which offers $150,000 in prize money. The track is generally made up of local horses with a few interstate runners making the trip to Queensland for the event.

Run over a 2100m distance, the Grand Prix Stakes is a set weights and penalties event for all horses aged three years and older. Worth $125,000 in prize money, the Group 3 event is the lead-up race to the 2400m Queensland Derby held one week later.

Stradbroke Handicap Day

Eagle Farm Racecourse

Worth $1 million, the Stradbroke Handicap is the richest race in the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and is held in early June. Run over 1400 meters, the Group 1 event is an open handicap which was won by racing elite Black Piranha in 2009.

The TJ Smith is a 1600m set weight event worth half a million dollars in prize money. It is a Group 1 race held for two-year old horses and has become an elite race within the Winter Carnival.

The Queensland Derby is a classic Group 1 race for three year old horses and is worth half a million in prize money. Run over a 2400m distance, the set weights race is contested by local and interstate horses not yet ready for the tougher AJC or Victoria Derby.

Run over 2400 meters, the Group 2 Brisbane Cup is a $300,000 open handicap race won by Melbourne Cup winner Viewed in 2008.

The Group 2 Queensland Guineas is a 1600m set weights race for three year old horses. Worth $250,000 in prize money, the event attracts horses not yet ready for the distance of the Queensland Derby.