|Date||Saturday, May 26, 2018|
|Location||Eagle Farm Racecourse|
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 race traditionally takes place at Eagle Farm as the last headline event of the Brisbane carnival. 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.
2017 Queensland Oaks result
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.
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. In the period between 2001 and 2016 just three horses saluted in 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 2016 have come through the Roses, but only Scarlett Lady in 2011 has been the only filly out of those nine to have won both races.
Queensland Oaks betting odds
Gun Chris Waller filly Youngstar comes into the Queensland Oaks as the $2.30 favourite for online bookmaker Ladbrokes.
Superstar in the making Aloisia is also in the frame at the $7 mark, while Kiwi product Savacool is slightly behind the compatriot at the $7.50 quote at Crownbet.
Recent Queensland Oaks winners
- 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.
Previous Queensland Oaks winners
|Year||Queensland Oaks Past Winner|
|1990||A Little Kiss|
|1987||Round The World|
|1982||Mother Of Pearl|
|1957||Race Not Held|