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
- Date: Saturday 11 June 2016
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.
Queensland Derby Final Field & Odds 2016
See below for early betting odds in this years Queensland Derby.‘Odds not currently available’
Queensland Derby Preview & Tips 2016
Track: Good Weather: Fine
A full field of 18 plus an emergency accepted for the $600,000 2016 Channel 7 Queensland Derby and Colonel Custer has been scratched meaning Slaughter Bay will get a run. There are no fillies and there are 3 runners very close together in the betting. Howard Be Thy Name won 4 races in a row, including the SA Derby over 2500m before a close 3rd in the Grand Prix Stakes. Mackintosh won that race after winning his 2 starts before that. Eagle Way flew home for 3rd and is capable of being the winner here.
Eschiele was 4th in the Grand Prix and should be well suited by the distance. Encosta Line won by 4 lengths over 1900m at Rosehill last start, but this is much harder. Etymology was 2nd in the VRC St Leger then 2nd in the SA Derby and will have no problems with the distance. All other runners are currently at 20 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Howard Be Thy Name||1 Howard Be Thy Name||13 Eschiele|
|3 Mackintosh||7 Eagle Way||1 Howard Be Thy Name|
|7 Eagle Way||3 Mackintosh||3 Mackintosh|
|2 Etymology||13 Eschiele||7 Eagle Way|
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.
|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|