Queensland Derby

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

2024 Queensland Derby Results

  • 1st: #2 Warmonger
  • 2nd: #17 Moonlight Magic
  • 3rd: #7 Felix The Scat




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 $1 million 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.

In 2021 the ATC Derby – SA Derby double champion Explosive Jack went on to run third in the Queensland Derby trifecta.

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 2024 Queensland Derby ran on Saturday May 25, 2024 on Brisbane’s Kingsford Smith Cup Day card and was won in a powerhouse 10-length romp home by Warmonger ($10).

Queensland Derby 2024
Date: Saturday May 25, 2024
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: 3YO – Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2024 Queensland Derby Results

  • 1st: #2 Warmonger ($10)
  • 2nd: #17 Moonlight Magic
  • 3rd: #7 Felix The Scat
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 WARMONGER (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Blake Shinn 18 57kg $10
2 17 MOONLIGHT MAGIC (NZ) Andrew Forsman Michael Dee 10.4L 15 55kg $26
3 7 FELIX THE SCAT Tony Gollan Kyle Wilson-Taylor 13.17L 17 57kg $61
4 14 SABAN Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ms Jamie Kah 14.21L 13 57kg $14
5 10 AGITA David Payne Jason Collett 15.22L 4 57kg $21
6 3 ENCODERQTISx Lee Freedman Damien Thornton 15.77L 14 57kg $101
7 12 FIRST INNINGS (NZ) Andrew Forsman Jim Byrne 15.88L 9 57kg $21
8 11 WARIALDA WARRIOR John Ramsey Jake Bayliss 16.4L 5 57kg $41
9 18 AUTUMN ANGEL Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Mark Zahra 16.7L 1 55kg $2.35F
10 5 NAVY KING (NZ) Symon Wilde Craig Williams 17.68L 10 57kg $14
11 1 TANNHAUSER Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 20.47L 2 57kg $4.60
12 9 BULLETS HIGH (NZ) Joseph Pride Tyler Schiller 20.63L 11 57kg $31
13 8 SONOFDEC Jay Hopkins Regan Bayliss 24.8L 16 57kg $21
14 16 PURVEYOR Bevan Laming Michael Cahill 26.79L 8 57kg $201
15 13 SHY GUY Chris Waller Tommy Berry 30.46L 3 57kg $101
16 15 ANDERSON BRIDGE (NZ) Chris Waller Vlad Duric 47.34L 12 57kg $101
17 6 KIRIKAN (NZ) Chris Waller James Orman 51.77L 6 57kg $101
18 4 GOLD BULLION (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 64.35L 7 57kg $41
22e KADAVAR (NZ) Chris Waller 0
23e KAIROS LOUIE (NZ) Christos Zintilis 0
21e SAXON BRAVE Daiki Chujo Noriyuki Masuda 0
19e MANNERHEIM Chris Waller Ryan Maloney 0
20e MISTERKIPCHOGE (NZ) Chris Waller 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Queensland Derby Betting

The winter’s best Queensland Derby 2024 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) followed by Kovalica ($1.70 in 2023) are the last favourites in Queensland Derby betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ALL-IN 2024 QUEENSLAND DERBY ODDS (Post-Nominations)

2024 Queensland Derby Form Guide

Stay tuned for our exclusive 2024 Queensland Derby Form Guide Analysis & Betting Preview.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 QUEENSLAND DERBY FORM GUIDE

2024 Queensland Derby Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Queensland Derby 2024 Tips on the million-dollar staying showdown in Brisbane this winter.

  • To Win: TBD

2024 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), the 2018 champ Mr Quickie (3rd), and 2024’s runaway hero Warmonger (2nd in 2024).

The official Queensland Derby 2024 Final Field & Barriers are set for release the Tuesday leading-up to Kingsford Smith Cup Day and will be published in full below.

2024 Queensland Derby First Acceptances

The Queensland Derby 2024 first acceptances close in late May, a fortnight after the nominations are taken, on Wednesday the 22nd of May, 2024.

2024 Queensland Derby Nominations

The official 2024 Queensland Derby nominations close on a Tuesday in early May.

The Queensland Derby 2024 nominations close on Tuesday the 7th of May, 2024.

The 2024 Queensland Derby nominations attracted 108 young stayers led in all-in betting by ATC Oaks winning The Autumn Sun filly Autumn Angel.

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.

In 2024 Warmonger won the Queensland Derby by an historic margin of 10.4 lengths.

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

Recent Queensland Derby Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Queensland Derby
1st Warmonger 2 minutes 32.04 seconds
2nd Moonlight Magic
Felix The Scat
2023
Queensland Derby
1st Kovalica 2 minutes 29.63 seconds
2nd Fame
Stroke Of Luck
2022
Queensland Derby
1st Pinarello 2 minutes 29.53 seconds
2nd Paternal
Caboche
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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