The Queensland Derby is a traditional 2400m event held at Eagle Farm Racecourse each June as part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. The Group 1 set weight event is specifically for three year old horses and offers $600,000 in prize money.
The Queensland Derby brings a lot of interstate horses that may have previously contested the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) in Sydney over the autumn. The best lead-up races are the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben and the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Eagle Farm in May. Brambles (2012) and Hawkspur (2013) were the last horses to complete the Rough Habit Plate – Queensland Derby double.
Held on Stradbroke Handicap Day, the Queensland Derby runs on the same card as the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) and the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) for two-year-olds.
The 2017 Queensland Derby will be run on Saturday June 10, 2017.
|Date:||Saturday June 10, 2017|
|Track:||Eagle Farm Racecourse|
|Race Type:||3YO – Set Weights|
2017 Queensland Derby Betting
The winter’s best Queensland Derby 2017 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below leading up to the Group 1 mile and a half classic.
2017 Queensland Derby Field
The Queensland Derby field attracts a top line-up of both local Brisbane-trained three-year-olds and interstate visitors chasing the riches in Queensland over the winter. Proven stayers with form over the 2400m often line-up in the QLD Derby field with gallopers having previously run in races like the SA Derby in Morphettville, a race that produced the 2015 Queensland Derby winner Magicool (4th).
The official Queensland Derby 2017 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on Wednesday June 7, 2017 and will be available below.
2017 Queensland Derby Nominations
The official 2017 Queensland Derby nominations close on Wednesday May 3, 2017 followed by first acceptances for all the Group 1 races on Stradbroke Handicap Day on May 31, 2017.
Queensland Derby History
First run in 1868 in Gayndah, the Queensland Derby was won by Hermit. Three years later, in 1871, the race was moved to Eagle Farm in Brisbane and has remained there ever since.
Although the race was not held from 1873-77 and again in 1942-45, the Queensland Derby has been won by many legendary horses including Tulloch in 1957, Kingston Town in 1980 and Rough Habit in 1990. When the Queensland Derby was held twice in 1870, Grafton proved just how good a horse he was by winning both races.
Since 1988, De Gaulle Lane holds the record for the fastest winning time with 2 minutes 25.2 seconds in 2001. The slowest recorded winning time was 2 minutes 39.3 seconds by Rough Habit in 1990.
Recent Queensland Derby Winners
|1st||Eagle Way||2 minutes 32.34 seconds|
|1st||Magicool||2 minutes 15.09 seconds|
|1st||Sonntag||2 minutes 28.3 seconds|
|1st||Hawkspur||2 minutes 27.89 seconds|
|1st||Brambles||2 minutes 29.73 seconds|
|1st||Shootoff||2 minutes 28.7 seconds|
|1st||Dariana||2 minutes 26.49 seconds|
|1st||Court Ruler||2 minutes 34.4 seconds|
|3rd||Larry’s Never Late|
|1st||Riva San||2 minutes 36.9 seconds|
|1st||Empires Choice||2 minutes 32.9 seconds|
|1st||Ice Chariot||2 minutes 30.6 seconds|
|1st||Lachlan River||2 minutes 26.5 seconds|
|2nd||Lords A Leaping|
|1st||Toulouse Lautrec||2 minutes 26.5 seconds|
|1st||Half Hennessy||2 minutes 27.7 seconds|
|3rd||King Of Them All|
|1st||County Tyrone||2 minutes 29 seconds|
|1st||De Gaulle Lane||2 minutes 25.2 seconds|
|1st||Freemason||2 minutes 27.3 seconds|