Queensland Oaks

Queensland Oaks

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021
Location: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Prize Money: $500,000
Distance: 2200m

THE Queensland Oaks is a Group 1 race held at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm for three-year-old fillies at set weights as part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

In 2017 the race has been moved to Doomben and shifted from 2400m to 2200m, due to problems with the condition of the Eagle Farm racetrack. The 2021 Queensland Oaks is set to return to Eagle Farm over the 2200m.

Despite not being the optimal time when the stars of worldwide racing come out to play, some absolute superstars of the turf have gone to the sunshine state and taken out the race.

The Queensland Oaks has been taken out by Winx in 2015, Ethereal in 2001 and Hall of Fame superstar Surround back in 1977.

The 2020 Queensland Oaks was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

2021 Queensland Oaks betting odds

Media Award claimed the Australasian Oaks, can she claim the Queensland Oaks?

The Edward Cummings-trained Duais will be looking to add the Queensland Oaks to her second placed finish in the ATC Australian Oaks. Online bookmakers have her as a $6 favourite in all-in markets.

The only other runner in single figures is the Mark Newnham-trained Bargain who chased home Duais in the Australian Oaks with $8 available for the filly.

Australasian Oaks winner Media Award is a $15 chance.

Best Queensland Oaks bookmakers

The Queensland Oaks is a group one race that takes place at the tail end of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, so other races are usually prioritised before it at the betting agencies.

Given the parameters of the race are set in stone, the racing community invariably has a rough idea who the best three-year-old fillies in the country are and which trainers are prepared to make the trip to Eagle Farm.

A number of bookmakers open all-in markets well in advance of the race day, which means punters that have identified their favourite filly months in advance of the Queensland Oaks can get the best possible odds prior to the jump.

Tote prices and other Fixed Odds markets tend to open when the race is four to five days away.

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Betting on the Queensland Oaks

The Queensland Oaks is not one of the biggest Oaks races when compared to its southern rivals (Sydney and Melbourne), but a number of superstars have launched their careers from the event.

Most notably Winx in 2015 launched its path to greatness following the Queensland Oaks win.

The Oaks typically draws a capacity field, and the barrier draw is incredibly important to your horse’s fortunes. Since 2011 only two runners have won the Queensland Oaks from a double figure barrier.

In terms form for the race, the Doomben Roses is the traditional lead up to the Queensland Oaks.

Nine winners in the period between 2007 and 2019 have come through the Roses, but only Scarlett Lady in 2011 and Youngstar in 2018 has been the only fillies out of those nine to have done the double.

2019 Queensland Oaks result


1stWinning Ways ($21.00)
2ndDawson Diva ($31.00)
3rdLady Cuvee ($31.00)

Recent Queensland Oaks winners

  • The Gary Newnham-trained Winning Ways was gifted an economical run in transit when three back the fence to take out the 2019 Queensland Oaks. It proved the winning move, as she needed to dig deep to hold out two $151 chances in Dawson Diva and Lady Cuvee who were charging home late in the race. On the local tote the trifecta paid a whopping $183,652.00 thanks to a $21 winners, two $151 chances filling the minor placings and a $16 chance running fourth.
  • For the second year in a row the hot-shot Chris Waller prospect saluted, but Youngstar didn’t have it all her own way as Egg Tart did the year before. Stablemate Another Dollar broke away at the 200m and looked hard to beat, but the gun filly surged hard in the latter stages to overcome her fellow filly, which registered a third-straight second placed finish.
  • Egg Tart showed why people have been comparing it to Winx by delivering an easy Queensland Oaks win. The Chris Waller-trained stayer built its momentum throughout the race before looming into it down the straight and showing a destructive turn-of-foot. Read the race report here.
  • Kiwi import Provocative was a $7 shot in the betting heading into the 2016 edition of the race, which made it one of the key elects in a huge field. Under compatriot Leith Innes, the Tony Pike-trained filly stalked the field for the majority of the run and was produced at the head of the straight and booted clear when it mattered.
  • The Winx name has become synonymous with success in Australian racing circles, but the Queensland Oaks is when the then filly started its ascent to greatness. Despite coming into the race as a $1.95 favourite, there were question marks around just how great Winx could potentially be. The superstar put any fears to rest as it entered the 200m mark however, storming to the lead and torching the field to record an impressive win.
  • In what was a different set of tactics for the Queensland Oaks winner, Tinto settled fifth in the running, but got shuffled back in what looked like wretched luck for the $8 chance. The horse kept coming under Timothy Bell however, and found the front late in the piece to streak away in the final 100m.
  • Gondokoro went into the 2013 incarnation of the Queensland Oaks as a chief elect in the market and did not disappoint, taking out the race by just under three lengths at odds of $4.40. Sadly the Kiwi finished in the first half of the field just once in its six subsequent runs following the win and was retired shortly after.

Queensland Oaks winners

Queensland Oaks Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2020 Race Not Held
2019 Winning Ways Matthew McGillivray Garry Newnham
2018 Youngstar Kerrin McEvoy Chris Waller
2017 Egg Tart Kerrin McEvoy Chris Waller
2016 Provocative Leith Innes Tony Pike
2015 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2014 Tinto Timothy Bell Rex Lipp
2013 Gondokoro Rhys McLeod Pat Carey
2012 Quintessential Damian Browne John Sargent
2011 Scarlett Lady James McDonald Graeme Rogerson
2010 Miss Keepsake Chris Munce Andrew Scott
2009 Purple Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden
2008 Riva San Scott Seamer Peter Moody
2007 Eskimo Queen Greg Childs Mike Moroney
2006 Allow Stathi Katsidis Clarry Conners
2005 Vitesse Dane Hugh Bowman Kris Lees
2004 Vouvray Chris Munce Peter Moody
2003 Zagalia Chris Munce Clarry Conners
2002 Mon Mekki Paul Hammersley Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
2001 Ethereal Scott Seamer Sheila Laxon
2000 Giovana Chris Munce Roger James

Queensland Oaks winners pre-2000

Queensland Oaks Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Miss Danehill
1998 Zacheline
1997 Crystal Palace
1996 Arctic Scent
1995 Joie Denise
1994 Booked
1993 Slight Chance
1992 Royal Magic
1991 Triscay
1990 A Little Kiss
1989 Triumphal Queen
1988 Bravery
1987 Round The World
1986 Travel Light
1985 Tristram Rose
1984 Look Aloft
1983 Lady Plutus
1982 Mother Of Pearl
1981 November Rain
1980 Lowan Star
1979 Prunell
1978 Show Ego
1977 Surround
1976 Denise’s Joy
1975 Zasu
1974 Bonnybel
1973 Analie
1972 Meanmi Shadow
1971 Mode
1970 Affectionate
1969 Kazan Retto
1968 Bright Shadow
1967 Ryeleah
1966 Blue Roc
1965 Kulali
1964 Eye Shadow
1963 Aspalita
1962 Hoa Hine
1961 Winnipeg II
1960 Ton
1959 Golden Stockade
1958 Orient
1957 Race Not Held
1956 Urgona
1955 Evening Peal
1954 Mian Mir
1953 Caeneus
1952 Lady Hannah
1951 Malt Maid

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