Queensland Derby

The Group 1 Queensland Derby is a staying race for three-year-old horses held during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

2021 Queensland Derby Results

  • 1st: #3 Kukeracha
  • 2nd: #9 Senor Toba
  • 3rd: #1 Explosive Jack



The Queensland Derby is a traditional 2400m event traditionally 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.

For the 2017 and 2018 Queensland Derby the race ran at Doomben Racecourse over 2200m due to the unsuitable track conditions at Eagle Farm, and there was no 2020 edition of the race due to COVID-19.

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 1 SA Derby (2500m) at Morphettville. Brambles (2012) and Hawkspur (2013) were the last horses to complete the Rough Habit Plate – Queensland Derby double.

Previously held on Stradbroke Handicap Day, the Queensland Derby now takes place a fortnight earlier on the same day as the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m).

The best three-year-olds out of the Queensland Derby field may also now opt to back-up on Stradbroke Handicap Day in the new-look Group 2 The Q22 (2200m) run at weight-for-age and offering $1.2 million in prize money.

The 2021 Queensland Derby ran on Saturday May 29, 2021 and saw Chris Walelr run the quinella with Kukeracha and Senor Toba. 

Queensland Derby 2021
Date: Saturday May 29, 2021
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: 3YO – Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $600,000

2021 Queensland Derby Results

  • 1st: #3 Kukeracha
  • 2nd: #9 Senor Toba
  • 3rd: #1 Explosive Jack

Master horseman Chris Waller celebrated a quinella in the Queensland Derby 2021 results with Kukeracha ($11) narrowly denying stablemate Senor Toba ($6) the win, while the beaten favourite Explosive Jack ($2.50) crossed third on the back of his ATC Derby – SA Derby double.

Click here to read more on the narrow Queensland Derby 2021 win by Kukeracha.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg $11
2 9 SENOR TOBA Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0.1L 18 57kg $6
3 1 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 1.1L 5 57kg $2.50F
4 4 ACHIEVER Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 1.6L 10 57kg $18
5 8 HORRIFYING (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Ms Jamie Kah 4.1L 11 57kg $17
6 5 TOSCANINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Robbie Fradd 5.85L 7 57kg $31
7 7 BUCHAREST Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 7.6L 16 57kg $41
8 14 FORTIFIED (NZ) Chris Waller James Orman 7.8L 14 57kg $17
9 11 SAGACIOUS Matthew Dunn Jason Collett 9.05L 1 57kg $201
10 2 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 9.25L 3 57kg $8
11 6 CRIMINAL DEFENCE Peter & Will Hulbert Jye McNeil 9.45L 4 57kg $31
12 16 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Glen Boss 10.7L 12 57kg $41
13 13 MR GEE John O’Shea Craig Williams 11.7L 6 57kg $101
14 12 MARANOA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 12.95L 8 57kg $17
15 10 BOLD EXECUTIVE Garnett Taylor Ryan Wiggins 13.45L 13 57kg $201
16 18 QUIET MICHAEL (NZ) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 14.2L 9 57kg $41
17 17 MT MORT SHARK (NZ) Matt Kropp Larry Cassidy 23.2L 15 57kg $201
18 15 CALM SEEKER (NZ) Matt Kropp Les Tilley 23.4L 17 57kg $201
21e STYLEBENDER (NZ) Bryce Heys 0
20e OLYMPIC CLASS Michael Costa 0
19e SINO DEFEAT Paul Butterworth 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Queensland Derby Betting

The winter’s best Queensland Derby 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be made available below leading up to the Group 1 mile and a half classic.

Mr Quickie ($2.80 in 2019) was the last favourite in Queensland Derby betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Queensland Derby Form Guide

Stay tuned for our exclusive 2021 Queensland Derby Form Guide Analysis & Betting Preview.

2021 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 2200m – 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) and the 2018 champ Mr Quickie (3rd).

The official Queensland Derby 2021 Final Field & Barriers are set for release the Tuesday leading-up to Kingsford-Smith Cup Day and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Queensland Derby final field features a capacity line-up of young stayers dominated by the brilliant ATC Derby – SA Derby double champion Explosive Jack.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Queensland Derby 2021 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 15113211 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6 57kg 106
2 21025×222 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 3 57kg 82
3 236217×632 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg 79
4 268×661031 ACHIEVER Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 11 57kg 79
5 x113213505 TOSCANINI Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Robbie Fradd 8 57kg 75
6 x144536551 CRIMINAL DEFENCE Peter & Will Hulbert Jye McNeil 4 57kg 81
7 11733×7004 BUCHAREST Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 19 57kg 78
8 2235×51281 HORRIFYING (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Ms Jamie Kah 12 57kg 73
9 41×813 SENOR TOBA Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 21 57kg 79
10 4234131240 BOLD EXECUTIVE Garnett Taylor Ryan Wiggins 15 57kg 68
11 14111×6030 SAGACIOUS Matthew Dunn Jason Collett 1 57kg 73
12 1212 MARANOA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 57kg 69
13 232114×757 MR GEE John O’Shea Craig Williams 7 57kg 67
14 15×3211 FORTIFIED (NZ) Chris Waller James Orman 16 57kg 65
15 3×89627408 CALM SEEKER (NZ) Matt Kropp Les Tilley 20 57kg 59
16 251 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 14 57kg 81
17 61076×1532 MT MORT SHARK (NZ) Matt Kropp Larry Cassidy 17 57kg 61
18 795213 QUIET MICHAEL (NZ) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 10 57kg 63
19e 86×2642085 SINO DEFEAT Paul Butterworth 5 57kg 53
20e 126×174 OLYMPIC CLASS Michael Costa 13 57kg 65
21e 827×796239 STYLEBENDER (NZ) Bryce Heys 18 57kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Queensland Derby First Acceptances

The Queensland Derby 2021 first acceptances close in late May, a fortnight after the nominations are taken, on Wednesday the 19th, 2021.

2021 Queensland Derby Nominations

The official 2021 Queensland Derby nominations close on a Tuesday in early May.

The Queensland Derby 2021 nominations attracted 91 three-year-old entries led in early betting by Chris Waller’s Group 3 Frank Packer Plate winner Senor Toba and the Group 1 SA Derby – ATC Derby champion Explosive Jack.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 8268×66103 ACHIEVER G 3 Chris Waller
2 187x ADELAIDE’S DIAMOND G 3 Les Kelly
3 6x22100x53 ALIRAAJ (NZ) G 3 Matt Kropp
4 5x5212x610 AZALY C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
5 745×4101 BAHAMUT C 3 Daiki Chujo
6 317×916423 BARGAIN (NZ) F 3 Mark Newnham
7 x524455663 BLACK DUKE G 3 Richard Litt
8 6x11x25x52 BLAZE A TRAIL C 3 Matthew Vella
9 4423413124 BOLD EXECUTIVE G 3 Garnett Taylor
10 6815×193 BONDURANT G 3 Stephen Lee
11 7331 BRAVE NICK G 3 Michael Costa
12 11733x700x BUCHAREST C 3 Chris Waller
13 56×41 CALGARY KING C 3 Brad Widdup
14 713×896274 CALM SEEKER (NZ) C 3 Matt Kropp
15 x362252171 CHEQUERBOARD F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
16 73×1445365 CRIMINAL DEFENCE G 3 Peter & Will Hulbert
17 3 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) G 3 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
18 234×118 DEEPSTRIKE (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
19 5641 DO THIS ALL DAY G 3 Clare Cunningham
20 9x85x44 DOMFIORE G 3 Tony Noonan
21 5424×3 DON ARCANGELO G 3 John O’Shea
22 7940×1 DUNE FORTY FIVE G 3 Tony Haydon
23 525×2533 EARL OF SANDWICH G 3 Kristen Buchanan
24 04×31 ECO WARRIOR G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
25 1511321 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
26 15×32 FORTIFIED (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
27 4757538422 GIRRAMAY G 3 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold
28 3121×4 GOOD SOIZE F 3 Tony Gollan
29 142 GREEN FLASH C 3 Chris Waller
30 1 HENGROEN (IRE) C 3 Danny O’Brien
31 31x10800x HERE TO SHOCK (NZ) C 3 Brent Stanley
32 251 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
33 132×8242 HIGH SUPREMACY (NZ) G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
34 06619x HOPKINS G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
35 5x2235x512 HORRIFYING (NZ) G 3 Mark Kavanagh
36 422×43 HUDOO VUDOO G 3 Michael Costa
37 1×2113 I SAY HELLO (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees
38 30×150 IRISH IMPACT G 3 Tony Noonan
39 14×4 JAFFASTOCK (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
40 x7612x3657 KHOEKHOE C 3 Matt Cumani
41 x236217x63 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
42 76×11 LE VIZIR C 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
43 21025×22 LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
44 80 LOVE DEMON G 3 John Symons & Sheila Laxon
45 226×14 MADE BY KHAN (NZ) G 3 Matt Laurie
46 12 MARANOA G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
47 4×21524 MIGHTYBEEL (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
48 7821×417 MILETUS G 3 Jamie Edwards
49 22×211 MIMI’S AWARD F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
50 715×781 MONEY SHOT G 3 Michael Costa
51 232114×75 MR GEE G 3 John O’Shea
52 4x61076x15 MT MORT SHARK (NZ) G 3 Matt Kropp
53 126×1 OLYMPIC CLASS G 3 Michael Costa
54 0x42217x51 PERNELL G 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds
55 52221×2372 PERSONAL F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
56 9442122413 POINT COUNTERPOINT G 3 Stirling Osland
57 11x56590x7 PURE DEAL G 3 Bevan Laming
58 7952 QUIET MICHAEL (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
59 52130×9016 REAL PEACE C 3 Clarry Conners
60 54121 REAL SENSATION G 3 Luke Oliver
61 522×1 RED SANTA (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
62 3140×23 REDWOOD SHADOW (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
63 5305×31 RELIABLE DUDE (NZ) G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
64 2203×71473 REUBER G 3 Cindy Alderson
65 214111×603 SAGACIOUS G 3 Matthew Dunn
66 186×65 SAVAGERY (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
67 23×6857785 SEA OF FLAMES C 3 Brooke Somers
68 41×81 SENOR TOBA G 3 Chris Waller
69 3311366556 SIGNORA NERA (NZ) F 3 Chris Waller
70 5752312 SINGAPURA G 3 Glen Thompson
71 651×730 SINGLETON PARK (NZ) G 3 Phillip Stokes
72 x886x26420 SINO DEFEAT G 3 Paul Butterworth
73 649×87 SIR DIAMOND (NZ) G 3 Scott Singleton
74 234×22 SLY CORNER (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
75 3x2413x322 SOLAR APEX C 3 Chris Waller
76 x7827x7962 STYLEBENDER (NZ) G 3 Bryce Heys
77 x314676x62 SUCCEED INDEED F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
78 2532152 SUPPRESSION (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
79 633121 THROUGH IRISH EYES (NZ) G 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
80 81746×792 TOKEN SPIRIT G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock
81 61 TOO MUCH CAVIAR (NZ) G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
82 2×11321350 TOSCANINI C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
83 014×3251 VANBARI G 3 Kris Lees
84 4412×31 VIGOROUS FLOW G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
85 79240×242 VOLATILE STOCK (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
86 x17600x756 WERTHEIMER (NZ) G 3 Andrew R Campbell
87 45259×17 WISAKA G 3 Michael Moroney
88 22x1x WITHOUT THINKING G 3 John Symons & Sheila Laxon
89 6x255x2316 YANGTZE RAPIDS G 3 Chris Waller
90 86x16x4627 ZALMATIAN G 3 Daniel Williams
91 059631×78 ZOOMERANGO G 3 Paul Perry

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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 except for 2017 and 2018 when held over 2200m at Doomben Racecourse.

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.

There was no 2020 race due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while in 2021 the event was moved forward a fortnight to run in late May as opposed to taking place on Stradbroke Handicap Day in mid-June.

Notable recent Queensland Derby winners include Court Ruler (2009), Shootoff (2011) and Sonntag (2014).

Recent Queensland Derby Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Queensland Derby
1st Kukeracha 2 minutes 30.19 seconds
2nd Senor Toba
Explosive Jack
2020
Queensland Derby
Race Not Held (COVID-19)
1st
2nd
3rd
2019
Queensland Derby
1st Mr Quickie 2 minutes 29.74 seconds
2nd Vow And Declare
3rd Aliferous
2018
Queensland Derby
1st Dark Dream 2 minutes 19.31 seconds
2nd Heavenly Thought
3rd Youngstar
2017
Queensland Derby
1st Ruthven 2 minutes 14.45 seconds
2nd Rockstar Rebel
3rd Ana Royale
2016
Queensland Derby
1st Eagle Way 2 minutes 32.34 seconds
2nd Rodrico
3rd I’m Belucci
2015
Queensland Derby
1st Magicool 2 minutes 15.09 seconds
2nd Werther
3rd Jumbo Prince
2014
Queensland Derby
1st Sonntag 2 minutes 28.3 seconds
2nd Pinstripe Lane
3rd Vilanova
2011
Queensland Derby
1st Hawkspur 2 minutes 27.89 seconds
2nd Electric Fusion
3rd Honorius
2012
Queensland Derby
1st Brambles 2 minutes 29.73 seconds
2nd Quintessential
3rd Westsouthwest
2011
Queensland Derby
1st Shootoff 2 minutes 28.7 seconds
2nd Shez Sinsational
3rd Heidilicious
2010
Queensland Derby
1st Dariana 2 minutes 26.49 seconds
2nd Kutchinsky
3rd Miss Keepsake
2009
Queensland Derby
1st Court Ruler 2 minutes 34.4 seconds
2nd Shocking
3rd Larry’s Never Late
2008
Queensland Derby
1st Riva San 2 minutes 36.9 seconds
2nd Petushki
3rd Moatize
2007
Queensland Derby
1st Empires Choice 2 minutes 32.9 seconds
2nd Volcanic Star
3rd Sirmione
2006
Queensland Derby
1st Ice Chariot 2 minutes 30.6 seconds
2nd Cape Breton
3rd Loanhead
2005
Queensland Derby
1st Lachlan River 2 minutes 26.5 seconds
2nd Lords A Leaping
3rd Vitesse Dane
2004
Queensland Derby
1st Toulouse Lautrec 2 minutes 26.5 seconds
2nd Devastating
3rd Set Up
2003
Queensland Derby
1st Half Hennessy 2 minutes 27.7 seconds
2nd Schumpeter
3rd King Of Them All
2002
Queensland Derby
1st County Tyrone 2 minutes 29 seconds
2nd Galroof
3rd Miss Bussell
2001
Queensland Derby
1st De Gaulle Lane 2 minutes 25.2 seconds
2nd Tempest Morn
3rd Lottery Prize
2000
Queensland Derby
1st Freemason 2 minutes 27.3 seconds
2nd Citras Prince
3rd Maguire

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