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Queensland Derby

The 2018 Queensland Derby is a Group 1 race that is run as part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival in June of each year. Worth $600,000, this year the Queensland Derby is run at Doomben Racecourse under set-weight conditions with the distance being reduced from 2400m to 2200m. The Queensland Derby is open to three-year-old horses only. The Queensland Derby is run on the same day as both the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap and the Group 1 The TJ Smith (JJ Atkins).

The first Queensland Derby was run in 1871 when it was won by Hermit. The race was held in Gayndah for the first three years of its running, but was moved to Eagle Farm in 1871. The race was held twice in 1870, with both races being won by the same horse; Grafton. The Queensland Derby was not held from 1873-1877 and then again from 1942-1946 due to the Second World War. The race was not held for the last time in 1972. De Gaulle Lane holds the record for the fastest winning time of 2 minutes and 25.2 seconds, while the slowest winning time was posted by Rough Habit (1990) who passed the post in 2 minutes and 39.3 seconds.

The most commonly used lead-up races to the Queensland Derby are the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate, which takes place two weeks prior at Doomben Racecourse, and the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes the week before. Empire Choice (2007) has taken out the Rough Habit Plate and Queensland Derby double, while Ice Chariot (2006) picked up the Grand Prix Stakes double. Other notable winners of the Queensland Derby include Tulloch (1957), Kingston Town (1980), Strawberry Road (1983) and Dariana (2010).

2018 Queensland Derby Field

The 2018 Queensland Derby field will undoubtedly be the cream of the crop. A number of very talented three years olds are potential inclusions in the 2018 Queensland Derby field. Final acceptances for the 2018 Queensland Derby field are announced on Wednesday, June 3rd.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1221×22213 DARK DREAM Kerry Parker Tim Clark 6 57kg 93
2 4x14L47211 HEAVENLY THOUGHT Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 1 57kg 88
3 220×602320 TANGLED Chris Waller Michael Walker 5 57kg 95
4 21221×0135 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan James Winks 20 57kg 75
5 84251222 REZEALIENT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 17 57kg 85
6 13×11630 CALIFORNIA TURBO Peter & Paul Snowden Corey Brown 13 57kg 79.5
7 2×51211 LIVE AND FREE (NZ) John O’Shea James McDonald 12 57kg 79.5
8 3x4x413132 HAN XIN Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Mark Zahra 18 57kg 82
9 07×1029185 WON WON TOO (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jim Byrne 2 57kg 78
10 7312×15310 ALMIGHTY CROWN Chris Waller Ben Melham 11 57kg 74
11 4×1117 LUCKY FOR ALL (NZ) Darren Weir Damian Lane 19 57kg 74
12 x122x56x43 MEROVEE Chris Waller Blake Shinn 15 57kg 71
13 3217×41081 AUGUSTUS Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 9 57kg 74
14 31x43x5411 BANNER SEASON Kris Lees Jeff Lloyd 8 57kg 72
15 121×342324 TURNBERRY Kris Lees Damian Browne 14 57kg 67
16 54×31111 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 21 55kg 100
17e 22x343x121 CAPTIVATOR Les Kelly 7 57kg 66
18e 65553×2312 OMBUDSMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 16 57kg 67
19e 7414×26178 DESTINY’S HERO Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 3 57kg 67
20e 452319×222 SURPRISE BULLET Barry Lockwood 10 57kg 65
21e 3x185x1917 BART Joe Cleary Ms Jess Taylor 4 57kg 65

2018 Queensland Derby Nominations

Queensland Derby Winners & Results

Below you will find a list of previous winners of the Queensland Derby since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2018 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2017 1 Ruthven 2 Rockstar Rebel 3 Ana Royale 2:14.45
2016 1 Eagle Way 2 Rodrico 3 I’m Belucci 2:32.34
2015 1 Magicool 2 Werther 3 Jumbo Prince 2:15.09
2014 1 Sonntag 2 Pinstripe Lane 3 Vilanova 2:28.3
2013 1 Hawkspur 2 Electric Fusion 3 Honorius 2:27.89
2012 1 Brambles 2 Quintessential 3 Westsouthwest 2:29.7
2011 1 Shootoff 2 Shez Sinsational 3 Heidilicious 2:28.73
2010 1 Dariana 2 Kutchinsky 3 Miss Keepsake 2:26.4
2009 1 Court Ruler 2 Shocking 3 Larry’s Never Late 2:34.4
2008 1 Riva San 2 Petushki 3 Moatize 2:36.9
2007 1 Empires Choice 2 Volcanic Star 3 Sirmione 2:32.9
2006 1 Ice Chariot 2 Cape Breton 3 Loanhead 2:30.6
2005 1 Lachlan River 2 Lords A Leaping 3 Vitesse Dane 2:26.5
2004 1 Toulouse Lautrec 2 Devastating 3 Set Up 2:26.5
2003 1 Half Hennessy 2 Schumpeter 3 King Of Them All 2:27.7
2002 1 County Tyrone 2 Galroof 3 Miss Bussell 2:29.0
2001 1 De Gaulle Lane 2 Tempest Morn 3 Lottery Prize 2:25.2
2000 1 Freemason 2 Citras Prince 3 Maguire 2:27.3

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