The Queensland Derby is a three-year-old set weights race over 2400 metres. The race is held in early June each year at Eagle Farm during the Winter Racing Carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1 3YO SW
- Distance: 2,400 metres
- Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane, Queensland (moved to Doomben for 2017)
- Date: Saturday 10 June 2017
The first Queensland Derby was run in 1868 at Gayndah where it was won by Hermit. In 1969 a horse called Zambesi won the race ridden by a local boy called William Harris who was only ten years old. This makes him the youngest jockey in the history of Australian racing to win a race that now has Group 1 status. In 1970 the race was run twice – once at Gayndah and once in Brisbane – and the horse Grafton won both. In 1871 it was moved permanently to Brisbane.
The Queensland Derby has had Group 1 status since 1980. The race carries prizemoney of $600,000 and it is Set Weights over 1600m with a 2 kg allowance for fillies. It was conducted in November until 1972 and was moved from spring to the Winter Carnival in 1973. It was not run during the war years 1942-1945 as Eagle Farm was taken over by the army. In 2017 it was switched to 2200m at Doomben because of issues with the track surface at Eagle Farm.
Queensland Derby Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early betting odds in this years Queensland Derby.‘Odds not currently available’
Queensland Derby Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Fine
A full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies accepted for the $600,000 2017 Channel 7 Queensland Derby, including one filly. Chris Waller has 5 runners and Darren Weir has 3. There are 3 runners very close together in the betting – Shocking Luck won the Group 3 Rough Habit here before a disappointing 6th in the G3 Grand Prix Stakes, Ruthven was 2nd in the SA Derby last start and should collect prizemoney again, the staying-bred Volatile Mix won the SA Derby then was a close 2nd in the Grand Prix, but has drawn barrier 20.
Ana Royale is a tough filly who won the SA Fillies Classic then was hampered when 8th in the Oaks last week and will run well again. Black On Gold had good Sydney form before dropping out in the Grand Prix. Violate ran well for 3rd in the Grand Prix. Mongolian Wolf won the G3 Packer Plate in Sydney but just plugged last start in Melbourne. Fontein Lad won over 2200m at Ipswich last start. All other runners are currently over 16 to 1, including Wu Gok who has already won twice over 2200m.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Volatile Mix||1 Volatile Mix||6 Shocking Luck|
|2 Ruthven||2 Ruthven||4 Mongolian Wolf|
|6 Shocking Luck||16 Ana Royale||2 Ruthven|
|16 Ana Royale||5 Violate||16 Ana Royale|
Previous winners of the Queensland Derby:
The late Tommy Smith trained 12 winners of this race – Dorset Downs (1991), Our Planet (1982), Kingston Town (1980), Cheyne Walk (1976), Analie (1973), Silver Sharpe (1970), Dark Briar (1966), Bahram Star (1965), Travel Boy (1959), Tulloch (1957), Castillo (1963) and Forest Beau (1951). It is hard to imagine this record will ever be broken.
Jockeys who have won the Queensland Derby three times each are Jim Cassidy, Mick Dittman and George Moore.
|2017||Ruthven||Rockstar Rebel||Ana Royale|
|2016||Eagle Way||Rodrico||I’m Belucci|
|2015||Magicool||Werther (NZ)||Jumbo Prince|
|2014||Sonntag||Pinstripe Lane (NZ)||Vilanova (NZ)|
|2009||Court Ruler||Shocking||Larrys Never Late|
|2007||Empires Choice||Volcanic Star||Sirmione|
|2006||Ice Chariot||Cape Breton||Loanhead|
|2005||Lachlan River||Lords A Leaping||Vitesse Dane|
|2004||Toulouse Lautrec||Devastating||Set Up|
|2003||Half Hennessy||Schumpeter||King Of Them All|
|2002||County Tyrone||Galroof||Miss Bussell|
|2001||De Gaulle Lane||Tempest Morn||Lottery Prize|