Grand Prix Stakes

The 2017 Grand Prix Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Kingsford Smith Cup Day each Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival as a Queensland Derby lead-up.

Grand Prix Stakes News

Order Again Revs Up for Queensland Derby 2017 in Grand Prix

Order Again Revs Up for Queensland Derby 2017 in Grand Prix

Brisbane’s Brian Smith is confident his local young stayer Order Again can run a gun Queensland Derby lead-up when he takes on a field of interstate and Kiwi-trained raiders in the 2017 Grand Prix Stakes at home this weekend.

Larry Cassidy rides Queensland Derby hope Order Again in Saturday’s Grand Prix Stakes 2017 at Eagle Farm. Photo: Daniel Costello.

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The 2017 Grand Prix Stakes is a Group 3 race held annually at Eagle Farm Racecourse, from 2017 having previous been run at Doomben, as part of the new-look Kingsford-Smith Cup Day card. Traditionally one of the more popular races on the day, the Grand Prix Stakes pays $150,000 total prize money and is open to 3 year olds. Run under set weight conditions, the Grand Prix Stakes is raced over 2200m and provides a reasonably accurate indication of the horses’ staying abilities across middle distances.

Previously a Group 2 race, the Grand Prix Stakes still retains some of its former glory (if not the purse) and manages to attract quality horses each year. Many trainers use the Grand Prix Stakes as a leadup race to the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) run back at the Eagle Farm track a fortnight later on Stradbroke Handicap Day.

The latest horses to complete the Grand Prix Stakes – Queensland Derby double are Brambles (2012) and Hawkspur (2013), while in 2016 Eagle Way won the Queensland Derby on the back of a Grand Prix second.

The 2017 Grand Prix Stakes will be held on May 27 , 2017.

Grand Prix Stakes Info:

May 27 , 2017
Eagle Farm Racecourse
Race Type:
3YOs – Set Weights
Group 3

2017 Grand Prix Stakes Betting Tips

  • 1st: #3 Veladero
  • 2nd: #5 Shocking Luck
  • 3rd: #14 Lyrids

Read our full Grand Prix Stakes 2017 Tips & Preview now.

2017 Grand Prix Stakes Odds

The season’s top Grand Prix Stakes 2017 betting odds and market links to on the Queensland Derby lead-up will be provided below the week of the race.

2017 Grand Prix Stakes Field

The Grand Prix Stakes field attracts a gun field of three-year-old winter stayers heading towards the Queensland Derby a fortnight later, many of which come off a lead-up run in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben two weeks earlier.

The Grand Prix Stakes 2017 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on Wednesday May 24 and will be published in full below once announced by Racing Queensland.

The official 2017 Grand Prix Stakes Field is now out and features the likes of SA Derby winner Volatile Mix for Darren Weir and last spring’s Victoria Derby champion Prized Icon chasing his first win since.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 351×620272 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Blake Shinn 5 57kg 106
2 2215×51741 VOLATILE MIX (NZ) Darren Weir Damian Lane 15 57kg 99
3 144×488323 VELADERO Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 14 57kg 85
4 624121×161 BLACK ON GOLD Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 1 57kg 81
5 64122×21 SHOCKING LUCK (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 3 57kg 86
6 828×644624 VIOLATE Brent Stanley Noel Callow 16 57kg 73
7 91×31192 SIZZLING BULLET Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 10 57kg 77
8 6441031176 HERE HE COMES (NZ) Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs Leith Innes 4 57kg 73
9 4213×512 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) Brian Smith Larry Cassidy 7 57kg 74
10 1533×01843 VALENTINO ROSSA Jason Coyle 12 57kg 65
11 422×1310 SHADOW VISION Kurt Goldman Corey Brown 8 57kg 64
12 0x115 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 13 57kg 68
13 0950033210 DAZZLE EM SID Matt Kropp Mark Zahra 9 57kg 64
14 36×9751 LYRIDS Michael Costa Paul Hammersley 6 57kg 59
15 7×548616 DRUMMERS CHANCE Brad Herne Brad Pengelly 11 57kg 56
16 31 REGINE (IRE) John Sargent Jim Byrne 2 55kg 62

2017 Grand Prix Stakes Nominations

The early Grand Prix Stakes nominations 2017 will be published below once entries for the Queensland Derby lead-up close the Monday of Kingsford Smith Cup Day week.

The 2017 Grand Prix Stakes Nominations attracted 25 three-year-olds including the Rough Habit Plate winner Shocking Luck who leads early Derby betting for next month’s Group 1 back at Eagle Farm.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 624121×161 BLACK ON GOLD G 3 Chris Waller
2 525×42216 CHARLTON C 3 Robbie Griffiths
3 0950033210 DAZZLE EM SID G 3 Matt Kropp
4 7×548616 DRUMMERS CHANCE G 3 Brad Herne
5 764×170145 GARBHAN G 3 Mitch Newman
6 6441031176 HERE HE COMES (NZ) G 3 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs
7 x67716x158 HUNDRED G 3 Brett Lunney & Thomas Lunney
8 36×9751 LYRIDS G 3 Michael Costa
9 408×113010 MONGOLIAN WOLF G 3 Darren Weir
10 4213×512 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) G 3 Brian Smith
11 54410×4210 PETER JOHN (NZ) G 3 John Sargent
12 351×620272 PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings
13 31 REGINE (IRE) F 3 John Sargent
14 x123x44542 ROCKSTAR REBEL C 3 Darren Weir
15 422×1310 SHADOW VISION G 3 Kurt Goldman
16 93221×4222 SHARP SPEEDO F 3 Chris Anderson
17 16×5062061 SHINE TAK STAR G 3 John Sargent
18 64122×21 SHOCKING LUCK (NZ) G 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
19 91×31192 SIZZLING BULLET C 3 Chris Waller
20 0x115 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney
21 1533×01843 VALENTINO ROSSA G 3 Jason Coyle
22 144×488323 VELADERO C 3 Chris Waller
23 828×644624 VIOLATE C 3 Brent Stanley
24 2215×51741 VOLATILE MIX (NZ) G 3 Darren Weir
25 8462421153 WU GOK G 3 Chris Waller

Grand Prix Stakes History

The Grand Prix Stakes was originally held at Eagle Farm before being shifted to Doomben Racecourse in 2010. From 2017 onwards the race returns to its inaugural home and joins the Kingsford Smith Cup Day card. Inaugurated in 1971 when Mode won, a number of renowned horses can be found among the Grand Prix Stakes results. These include Balmerino (1976), Surround (1977), Kingston Town (1980) and Sirmione (2007).

The Grand Prix Stakes race distance has changed multiple times, and has only retained its current distance of 2200 metres since 2009.

Grand Prix Stakes Race Distance

Period Distance
1971-72 1.5 miles
1973-74 2400m
1975-82 2200m
1983 2232m
1984-89 2200m
1990 2244m
1991 2225m
1992-2001 2200m
2002 2144m
2003 2140m
2004-09 2100m
2009- 2200m

Once a Group 2 race (1979-2005) the Grand Prix Stakes lost its rating and since 2006 has been run as a Group 3 race. The current prize is significantly reduced from the $300,000 offered previously. In spite of its reduced status, the Grand Prix Stakes still attracts some very good horses from all around each year. Recent winners of the Grand Prix Stakes – Queensland Derby double include Brambles (2012) and Hawkspur (2013).

Grand Prix Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Grand Prix Stakes Results





Grand Prix Stakes
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Mackintosh 2:16.4
2nd Eagle Way
3rd Howard Be Thy Name
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Upham 2:04.6
2nd Redoutable Heart
3rd Master Of Arts
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Vilanova 2:14.5
2nd Pinstripe Lane
3rd Rudy
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Hawkspur 2:16.3
2nd Rhythm To Spare
3rd Honorius
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Brambles 2:16.1
2nd Vatuvei
3rd Red Shift
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Turnitup 2:18.0
2nd Mr Light Blue
3rd Alma’s Fury
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Kutchinsky 2:17.0
2nd The Hombre
3rd Landlord
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Saint Minerva 2:19.4
2nd Markus Maximus
3rd The Grogoch
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Bell Academy 2:14.9
2nd Teary Eyed
3rd Petushki
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Sirmione 2:10.3
2nd My Centurion
3rd Currigee
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Ice Chariot 2:10.5
2nd Kincharm
3rd Just Grand
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Spuruson 207.6
2nd Willy Leica
3rd Atapi
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Reclaim 2:08.9
2nd Dodgem
3rd Russian Pearl
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Half Hennessy 2:11.4
2nd General Minolta
3rd Mahtoum
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Distinctly Secret 2:11.7
2nd Cassimir
3rd Arlington Road
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Reenact 2:14.6
2nd Air War
3rd Feed The Meter
Grand Prix Stakes
1st Make Mine Magic 2:14.6
2nd Freemason
3rd Fairway