Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday, May 29, 2021|
|Location:||Eagle Farm Racecourse|
The Group 1 Queensland Derby is a distance race of 2400m for three-year-olds, held at Eagle Farm every June.
The $600,000 feature staying event was one of the must-win races throughout the 80’s and 90’s, but the form has fallen away over the past few years. Horses such as Kingston Town, Rough Habit and Strawberry Road used the Queensland Derby to springboard their champion careers and that form will stand the test of time, but recent results are concerning.
Regardless of the quality of recent winners, the Queensland Derby gives punters of all varieties a chance at making some money. Favourites do have quite the handy record over the years in the Queensland Derby.
The 2020 Queensland Derby was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021 Queensland Derby Betting Odds
Sharing the top line of betting at $6 is Liquero and Senor Toba who will be looking to bring their strong form to Queensland after putting in strong black-type wins in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.
Best Queensland Derby bookmakers
All of our recommended bookmakers have markets for the Queensland Derby.
Most of the Brisbane winter carnival races are covered early and the Group 1 Queensland Derby is no exception.
Queensland Derby betting guide
Due to the timing of the Queensland Derby in the first week of June, the absolute elite calibre of three-year-old runners are already in the paddock, spelling ahead of a spring campaign.
For runners continuing their three-year-old campaigns a run in the South Australian Derby or the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes at Eagle Farm at fortnight prior seems to be the best form references to follow for the QLD Derby.
A filly has not taken out the Queensland Derby since Dariana took out the race in 2010, making it nine wins in a row for the colts/geldings.
The Queensland Derby has been a sucessful race for favourite punters, with the last three winners of the QLD Derby saluting as the pre-race favourite.
2019 Queensland Derby result
Recent Queensland Derby winners
- It took a patient steer from John Allen to hand Mr Quickie the Group 1 Queensland Derby. Having been shuffled back in the field during the race, Mr Quickie needed plenty to go his way if he was to claim Group 1 success. He managed to get the luck at the 300m mark and sprinted to clear to hold a length’s margin over eventual Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare in a dramatic edition of the Queensland Derby.
- Dark Dream bounced back sharply from a disappointing showing in the Group 3 Grand Prix at Doomben to win the Queensland Derby. Toppling the horse that beat him that day in Heavenly Thought, the gelding settled midfield before being unleashed to close late and win it by a neck. This was the last time the horse would race in Australia after getting purchased by Hong Kong interests.
- Ruthven was the well-backed favourite to win the 2017 Queensland Derby and it didn’t disappoint. The Ciaron Maher-trained colt was given a forward ride by Hugh Bowman, who took off around the home turn at Doomben and didn’t look back. Placegetters Rockstar Rebel and Ana Royale gave the Victorians the trifecta in a dominant result of staying power. Read the race report.
- Eagle Way was a dominant winner of the Derby and was subsequently sold to Hong Kong where it performed at high levels. The Bryan Guy-trained gelding by More Than Ready showed its class over a questionable field on three-year-old stayers, but it headed the field near the line to score by 1.75 lengths. Rodrico and I’m Belucci added some value to the multiples.
- The win of Magicool might not stand the test of time, but he defeated a more-than-handy field which included Hong Kong Derby winner Werther. Magicool’s career might have come to a premature end, but it lived up to its hefty price tag of $250,000 by winning the Queensland Derby and it was made more special by being run at Doomben instead of the usual Eagle Farm.
- The Henry Dwyer-trained Sonntag took full advantage of the dry Eagle Farm surface by sprinting nicely over the last 100m. The son of Teofilo had drawn wide and was forced to travel wide throughout parts of the race, but the three-year-old powered past Pinstripe Lane and Vilanova to record a narrow win. The beaten brigade also included the well-performed Kiwis Rock Diva and Telepathic which have both won multiple times since.
- Hawkspur’s win in 2013 was one of the most impressive in history. The Chris Waller-trained gelding settled midfield before improving quickly around the final turn. It then took over in the straight to record an effortless victory over Electric Fusion and Honorius. That win paved a good career for Hawkspur, which wasn’t as good as many had hoped, but a handy career all the same. The 2013 field was one of the weakest in history, however, with the majority of the runners disappearing from the racing scene.
Queensland Derby winners
|Queensland Derby Past Winners|
|2020||Race Not Held|
|2019||Mr Quickie||John Allen||Phillip Stokes|
|2018||Dark Dream||Tim Clark||Kerry Parker|
|2017||Ruthven||Hugh Bowman||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|2016||Eagle Way||Tommy Berry||Bryan & Daniel Guy|
|2015||Magicool||James Winks||Mark Kavanagh|
|2014||Sonntag||Chad Schofield||Henry Dwyer|
|2013||Hawkspur||Jim Cassidy||Chris Waller|
|2012||Brambles||Brad Rawiller||Peter Moody|
|2011||Shootoff||Michael Rodd||Graeme Rogerson|
|2010||Dariana||Michael Rodd||Bart Cummings|
|2009||Court Ruler||Larry Cassidy||John Wheeler|
|2008||Riva San||Jim Byrne||Peter Moody|
|2007||Empires Choice||Damien Oliver||Bart Cummings|
|2006||Ice Chariot||Glen Lynch||Ron Maude|
|2005||Lachlan River||Glen Boss||John Morrisey|
|2004||Toulouse Lautrec||Corey Brown||John Hawkes|
|2003||Half Hennessy||Scott Seamer||Bede Murray|
|2002||County Tyrone||Corey Brown||Max Lees|
|2001||De Gaulle Lane||Brett Prebble||Cindy Alderson|
|2000||Freemason||Larry Cassidy||John Hawkes|
Queensland Derby winners pre-2000
|Queensland Derby Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1972||Race Not Held|
|1945-42||Race Not Held|
|1877-73||Race Not Held|