Queensland Derby Race Information

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
  • Distance: 2400 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights, 3YOs
  • Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane, Queensland (moved to Doomben for 2017 and 2018)
  • Prizemoney: $1,000,000
  • Date: Saturday 1 June 2024

Queensland Derby Race History

See the 2024 Queensland Derby Preview and results.

See the 2023 Queensland Derby Preview and results.

See the 2022 Queensland Derby Preview and results.

See the 2021 Queensland Derby Preview and results.

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 and 2018 it was switched to 2200m at Doomben because of issues with the track surface at Eagle Farm. In 2020 it was not held because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Useful Facts

Fastest time (2400m): De Gaulle Lane (2001) 2:25:20

Interesting trivia:

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.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Warmonger Moonlight Magic Felix The Scat
2023 Kovalica Fame Stroke Of Luck
2022 Pinarello Paternal Caboche
2021 Kukeracha Senor Toba Explosive Jack
2020  ** Race not run **
2019 Mr Quickie Vow And Declare Aliferous
2018 Dark Dream Heavenly Thought Youngstar
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)
2013 Hawkspur Electric Fusion Honorius
2012 Brambles Quintessential Westsouthwest
2011 Shootoff Shez Sinsational Heidilicious
2010 Dariana Kutchinsky Miss Keepsake
2009 Court Ruler Shocking Larrys Never Late
2008 Riva San Petushki Moatize
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
2000 Freemason Citras Prince Maguire
1999 Camarena Figurehead Skoozi Please
1998 Dodge Melora Bluebird The Word
1997 Yippyio Marble Halls Summer Beau
1996 Valance Super Slew Revenge
1995 Turridu Brave Warrior Starmaker
1994 Tenor Paris Lane What A Poet
1993 Air Seattle Palate Play Or Pay
1992 Royal Magic In The Event Cavallieri
1991 Dorset Downs Lees Bid Moods
1990 Rough Habit Rays Hope Castletown
1989 Hidden Rhythm Chill Factor High Hunter
1988 Bravery Imprecetto Judyann
1987 Princess Gracious Mr Marceau Finezza Belle
1986 Handy Proverb Rising Fear Reputed
1985 Tristina Our Sophia Most Impressive
1984 Librici Laser’s Fury Look Aloft
1983 Strawberry Road Forward Charge Tristram Lad
1982 Our Planet Queen’s Road Mr Digby
1981 Mr. Cromwell Artist Man Around The Traps
1980 Kingston Town Red Kilt Prince Ruling
1979 Double Century He’ll Do Prunella
1978 Lefroy Belmura Lad Marceau
1977 Florissa Zelenski Miner’s Inn
1976 Cheyne Walk Denise’s Joy Our Cavalier
1975 Bottled Sunshine Wild Irish Rose Zasu
1974 Count Rapier Dalrello Asgard
1973 Analie Mighty Keys Gala Red
1972  ** Race not held **
1971 Amby’s Love Manilove Rocky D’Or
1970 Silver Sharpe Sunset Gem Gunsynd
1969 Intrepid Clipper Setaria Paola Pisan
1968 Tails Golven Amati
1967 Minto Crag Right Formula Bright Shadow
1966 Dark Briar Prince Aimar Lord Kearsey
1965 Bahram Star King’s Park Neive’s Choice
1964 Royal Sovereign Park Lane Rocky Court
1963 Confidence Ampass Burning
1962 Honest Man Summer Prince Prunda
1961 Raajpoot Iruklam Moviegoer
1960 Persian Lyric Le Storm Pale Ale
1959 Travel Boy Countwood Natale
1958 Earlwood Grand Garry Drumcondra
1957 Tulloch Mon Frere Wambiri
1956 Book Link Beau Brueghel East Star
1955 Regal Dignity Malkuri Pictawin
1954 The Wash Pride Of Egypt Cool Gent
1953 Castillo Forest Chief Callide River
1952 Headstockman Gallant Archer Kashmir
1951 Forest Beau Heelaman Khazana
1950 Basha Felika Mr. Standby Countess Rivoli
1949 Pocket Money Mr. Sunray Spellman
1948 Blue Slipper Moneith Tru Pash
1947 Sefiona Forge Proud Monash
1946 Te Tana Bon Vite Lord Papyrus
1945  ** Race not held **
1944  ** Race not held **
1943  ** Race not held **
1942  ** Race not held **
1941 Lord Spear Moondarewa Sir Wyvern
1940 Fearless Fox Abspear Bold Step
1939 Spearace Spear Vale Pantius
1938 Hendra Lad Seven Fifty The Albatross
1937 Spear Chief Desolation Buoyant Son
1936 Six Fifty Brownfelt Princess Rivoli
1935 Auto Buz Lominga First Buzzard
1934 Glen’s Spear Wide Bay Pandion
1933 Waikare Soft Step Arboreal
1932 Braeburn Rivalli Star Deer
1931 Lough Neagh Beelbee Ptolemy
1930 Monash Valley Poy Patrol Irish Smile
1929 Bernfield Lady Bine Myles la Coplen
1928 Paddi Eve Royal Flavour Guncraft
1927 High Syce Soulton Stripling
1926 Kitty Paddington Direct Action Chryso
1925 Wee Glen Piastoon Lord Redfern
1924 Serelot Chipper Shoon Memcraft
1923 Ardglen Pallene Gay Song
1922 Kingslot Elpes Hadley
1921 Lawn Mower Ladomond Wogamia
1920 Seremist Muguet Litre
1919 Boy Syce Bright Night Pershore
1918 Syce Lad Woorawa Mabel Syce
1917 Symposium Master Waukon Fisher’s Hope
1916 Lord Acre Lord Vindex Merry Syce
1915 Rascasse Common Law Irish Colleen
1914 Fog Bell Loveacre Home Signal
1913 Signal Lamp Cairn Wallace Dooloogra
1912 King Cleo Koatanui Barambah
1911 Maritoria Yeena Lad Maltabar
1910 Persian Jewel Rosamere Fred Foote
1909 Braw Laddie Lazylad Favour
1908 Flaxen Barallan King Hal
1907 Euroa The Moulder Jack Tar
1906 Togo Inglewood Headlight
1905 Alexis Dalliance Tetupha
1904 Joyance Lord Bernie
The Painter
 * dead-heat 2nd
1903 Fitz Grafton Sir Patrick Whitebait
1902 Balfour Ivan Nimbus
1901 Narelle Coriander Petalite
1900 Musket Zurich Araxes
1899 Master Bernie Notre Dame Arc-en-ciel
1898 Boreas II Archiemore Dundonald
1897 The Guard Rockdove Hector
1896 Greyleg Sir Hugh Capture
1895 Black Diamond Dalnair Archie’s Daughter
1894 Czarina Young Buckthorpe Reconstruction
1893 Triton Orangeskin Capriste
1892 Tridentate Crichton The Wandering Jew
1891 Splendide Babel Prime Minister
1890 Garuda Piora
 * dead-heat 2nd
1889 Fernando King Olaf Governor
1888 Greywing Bendigo Foreman
1887 Lord Headington Jasmine Sir Anthony
1886 Fano Miss Newbold Mincemeat
1885 Elbe Re-Echo Idle Girl
1884 Petronel Ormond Sovereign
1883 Wheatmeat First Water Oliveria
1882 Goldfinder Legacy Sportsman
1881 Legerdemain Silverhair Petrel
1880 Waterloo Canary Galata
1879 Elastic Chorsiter Balthazar
1878 Whisker Sir Andrew Napper Tandy
1877  ** Race not held **
1876  ** Race not held **
1875  ** Race not held **
1874  ** Race not held **
1873  ** Race not held **
1872 J.L. Creole  * only 2 runners
1871 Florence Oakwood  * only 2 runners
1870 Grafton Kathleen  * only 2 runners
1870 Grafton Zenobia Formosa
1869 Zambesi Lady Don  * only 2 runners
1868 Hermit The Rake Escobedo

From the archives:

Queensland Derby Preview & Tips 2018

Track: Soft   Weather: Showers

A full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies were nominated for the $600,000 2018 Channel 7 Queensland Derby, including one filly. Following the early scratching of Tangled, Chris Waller still has 5 runners and Darren Weir, Kris Lees and Hayes/Dabernig each have 2 runners. The market is fairly open with Dark Dreams who came 3rd in the Grand Prix Stakes narrowly ahead of Heavenly Thought who won that race.

Vying for third favouritism are Live And Free who has 3 wins and 2 places from 6 starts, and Lucky For All who has 3 wins from 5 starts. Youngstar is the only filly in the race and has won her last 4 starts, culminating in the Queensland Oaks. Han Xin was 2nd in the Grand Prix Stakes. All other runners are currently $20 or more, including Rezealient who has run 2nd at his last 3 starts, including the SA Derby.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
2 Heavenly Thought
7 Live And Free
16 Youngstar
1 Dark Dream