Queensland Derby 2022

Queensland Derby 2022

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      Queensland Derby Quick Facts

      In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Queensland Derby:

      DateSaturday, 28th May, 2022
      Start TimeTBA
      RacecourseEagle Farm Racecourse, QLD, Australia
      Distance2,400 metres
      GradeGroup 1

      Queensland Derby Introduction

      The Queensland Derby is a Group 1 race which takes place each year in May. The race in 2022 will be held on Saturday 28th of May at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2021, it was won by Kukeracha.

      In November 2021, Racing Queensland announced that a number of races in their blossoming Winter Carnival will see an increase in prizemoney. The Queensland Derby is one of the lucky races, having it’s prizemoney increased from $600,000 to $1,000,000.

      Along with this announcement, Racing Queensland also informed the public that in an effort to entice more 3 year olds into their new $1,200,000 race, the Q22, they will be offering $100,000 cash or $250,000 in QTIS vouchers if a horse can finish first or second in the Queensland Derby or Queensland Oaks, then go on to finish in the first three in the Q22.

      Originally run in 1868 at Gayndah Racecourse, over three hundred kilometres northwest of Brisbane, it was first run at its current and spiritual home of Eagle Farm in 1871 where it has remained ever since barring a few occasions where it has taken place across the road at Doomben over 2200m, due to course renovations.

      Whilst it features one of the longest honour rolls among the Group 1 races on the Australian turf, it also features a rich one with the likes of Tulloch, Kingston Town, Strawberry Road and Rough Habit all having claimed the race.

      Issues with the Eagle Farm track surface, the COVID-19 pandemic, and an increasing trend from Australian breeders to produce precocious speed horses, has seen the quality of the winner’s list diminished over recent years, however it now appears at least two of those issues are now somewhat behind us, and buoyed by a recent prize money increase, it is hoped the race can return to something closer to its former glory.

      Queensland Derby Tips 2022

      The Queensland Derby is an Australian Group 1 held at Eagle Farm Racecourse, it is one of the biggest races in the Queensland racing calendar and forms part of the Winter Racing Carnival in the Sunshine State.

      As there is $1,000,000 worth of prizemoney attached to the race, it means the Queensland Derby attracts some of the greatest horses from across the country to Queensland. It also attracts Aussies who enjoy a casual punt on the races. Your trusted expert racing tipsters here at The Shark will compile a list of Queensland Derby tips so you can have more confidence when placing your bets.

      As the nominations are yet to be accepted for the Queensland Derby in 2022, it is hard to provide any updates on our tips. However, as the Winter Racing Carnival in Queensland continues on, the horses that are looking to gain a start in this race will become a lot clearer. If you are looking for Queensland Derby horse tips, then you don’t need to stress as we will keep you updated with all the different horses that are likely to be a part of the race.

      When on the lookout for Queensland Derby tips, be sure to check out our betting section below as we have listed some factors for success in the Queensland Derby.

      We will list The Sharks’ Queensland Derby best tips for the race this year closer to race day. Make sure you check back regularly on this page for updates!

      Queensland Derby Tips From Experts

      Our tips are not out for the Queensland Derby in 2022 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Queensland Derby is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2022 Queensland Derby.

      You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!

      Queensland Derby Betting 2022

      There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the Queensland Derby. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:

      Is Previous Queensland Derby Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?

      This hasn’t been the case in recent years with most of the winners of the Queensland Derby unable to reach the competitive heights of Group 1 level in their four year old season and beyond. Hawkspur and Mr Quickie being the only two real exceptions to the rule.

      Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Queensland Derby?

      Favourites have saluted 16 times since 1983, whilst of the past 10 winners, 7 have been $5 or shorter, only 3 in double figures with the longest price being $14.

      Formlines from Lead Up Races

      Since 2000, six winners have come from the Rough Habit, whilst six winners have come from the Grand Prix.


      The Queensland Derby run at Eagle Farm is a race for three year olds.


      The Queensland Derby run at Eagle Farm is a race run under set weights conditions.


      Whilst some fillies have won the race, an overwhelming majority of entires and geldings have won the race.

      Queensland Derby Best Bets

      Our Queensland Derby best bets for 2022 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.

      You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!

      Queensland Derby Odds 2022

      Well before the Queensland Derby field is released to the public – there are bookmakers that will open up early markets, or all-in markets, for all your Queensland Derby betting needs. The team here at The Shark think this is the ideal time to bet on your chosen horse, this is because you could get tasty odds before they potentially shorten in the days leading up to the big race.

      Once the bookies announce their Queensland Derby odds for 2022, they are likely to fluctuate each day. There are a number of things that cause this, but when we get a clearer picture of the quality of horses targeting the Queensland Derby, along with their recent form, you will see movement in the odds.

      Placing your bets in any of these early markets, means you could find the eventual favourite at double digit odds. Which is obviously something that all us punters are striving to do, because it means if your horse does eventually win, you will get more cash money in your back pocket! However, there is increased risk if you choose this option and therefore you need to be aware of what could happen.

      Depending on when you make your 2022 Queensland Derby futures bet, your horse may not end up getting a run in the race, but you also will not get your cash back. This situation occurs when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the date of the Queensland Derby. If you are looking to have a bet when it is ‘Before Noms’, then this is ideal as you know you’ll get your bet back into your account if your horse doesn’t run in this race.

      The 2022 Queensland Derby odds are out, and Detonator Jack is the $4.80 favourite from Alegron who is on the second line of betting at $6.50. Here are the current odds, courtesy of Neds, as of late-April:

      Detonator Jack$4.80
      Green Belt$9.00
      Amalfi Prince$15
      Prix de Turn$15
      Regal Lion$15
      Sword Point$15

      Queensland Derby Field 2022

      With significant prizemoney increases across the board for the Brisbane Winter Carnival, it is highly likely that we will see some of the strongest fields we have seen north of the border in a number of years.

      The Godolphin trained galloper, Alegron is expected to press on to Brisbane after running third in the Australian Derby and recently claiming the VRC St Leger. Whilst two very strong staying prospects have emerged out of midweek grade in Melbourne and are both heading north for the Winter, being Detonator Jack and Green Belt.

      With the 2022 Queensland Derby field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2021 field, headlined by winner Kukeracha:

      1. EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) (57kg)6John AllenC Maher & D Eustace
      2. LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) (57kg)3Ben AllenC Maher & D Eustace
      3. KUKERACHA (NZ) (57kg)2James McDonaldChris Waller
      4. ACHIEVER (57kg)11Nash RawillerChris Waller
      5. TOSCANINI (57kg)8Robbie FraddC Maher & D Eustace
      6. CRIMINAL DEFENCE (57kg)4Jye McNeilP & W Hulbert
      7. BUCHAREST (57kg)19Kerrin McEvoyChris Waller
      8. HORRIFYING (NZ) (57kg)12Jamie KahMark Kavanagh
      9. SENOR TOBA (57kg)21Hugh BowmanChris Waller
      10. BOLD EXECUTIVE (57kg)15Ryan WigginsGarnett Taylor
      11. SAGACIOUS (57kg)1Jason CollettMatthew Dun
      12. MARANOA (57kg)9Tim ClarkG Waterhouse & A Bott
      13. MR GEE (57kg)7Craig WilliamsJohn O’Shea
      14. FORTIFIED (NZ) (57kg)16James OrmanChris Waller
      15. CALM SEEKER (NZ) (57kg)20Les TilleyMatt Kropp
      16. HEZASHOCKA (NZ) (57kg)14Glen BossM Price & M Kent (Jnr)
      17. MT MORT SHARK (NZ) (57kg)17Larry CassidyMatt Kropp
      18. QUIET MICHAEL (NZ) (57kg)10Joshua ParrChris Waller
      19e. SINO DEFEAT (57kg) – Scratched5Paul Butterworth
      20e. OLYMPIC CLASS (57kg) – Scratched13Michael Costa
      21e. STYLEBENDER (NZ) (57kg) – Scratched18Bryce Heys

      Queensland Derby Results 2022

      With the 2022 Queensland Derby yet to be run and won, let’s have a look back at the 2021 Queensland Derby to see if there are any key performance indicators that can help us find the winner of this year’s Group 1 feature.

      Explosive Jack, who was chasing the remarkable feat of four Derby’s in the one 3YO season was sent out race favourite at $2.50. But outside of that, punters were struggling to pin one down that they wanted to back to beat him, with just two horses started in single figures.

      One of those was Senor Toba who closed late for third in the traditional lead up of the Rough Habit behind despised outsider Criminal Defence who lined up in the Derby at $31. Whilst the runner that split them, the Chris Waller trained Kukeracha was considered an $11 chance.

      As is typical with most Derby’s around the country, the field strung out early with a couple of runners well into double figure odds looking to make it a genuine staying test. They would both finish well down the track.

      Kukeracha landed in a charmed spot midfield the fence off a solid tempo with race favourite, Explosive Jack a pair behind him, with Senor Toba, who was trapped wide early, eventually settling at his girth.

      The field remained relatively unchanged until the 700m when horses from midfield and worse began to commence their runs. Whilst Explosive Jack opted to take inside runs between horses, it was the unmistakable grey, almost white, Senor Toba that presented six wide on the bend and looked the most likely.

      Kukeracha who had enjoyed the run of the race to the corner was momentarily held up turning for home, but was quick to accelerate through a gap when it presented at the 300m.

      From the furlong it was a real battle of attrition to the line with hardened stayer Explosive Jack looking the most likely after securing passages along the inside, however it was Senor Toba, in spite of doing plenty of work in the run, that continued to box on and appeared to have the lead 100m out where he was joined by Kukeracha for an epic tussle to the line.

      Despite seeming to have more momentum, the run appeared to take its toll late with Senor Toba unable to close out the race and Kukerahca getting the bob of the head at the post.

      You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2021 Queensland Derby race:

      Here are the results from the Queensland Derby in 2021:

      1st3. KUKERACHA (NZ) (57kg)James McDonald
      2nd9. SENOR TOBA (57kg)Hugh Bowman0.1L
      3rd1. EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) (57kg)John Allen1.1L
      4th4. ACHIEVER (57kg)Nash Rawiller1.6L
      5th8. HORRIFYING (NZ) (57kg)Jamie Kah4.1L
      6th5. TOSCANINI (57kg)Robbie Fradd5.85L
      7th7. BUCHAREST (57kg)Kerrin McEvoy7.6L
      8th14. FORTIFIED (NZ) (57kg)James Orman7.8L
      9th11. SAGACIOUS (57kg)Jason Collett9.05L
      10th2. LET’S KARAKA DEEL (NZ) (57kg)Ben Allen9.25L
      11th6. CRIMINAL DEFENCE (57kg)Jye McNeil9.45L
      12th16. HEZASHOCKA (NZ) (57kg)Glen Boss10.7L
      13th13. MR GEE (57kg)Craig Williams11.7L
      14th12. MARANOA (57kg)Tim Clark12.95L
      15th10. BOLD EXECUTIVE (57kg)Ryan Wiggins13.45L
      16th18. QUIET MICHAEL (NZ) (57kg)Joshua Parr14.2L
      17th17. MT MORT SHARK (NZ) (57kg)Larry Cassidy23.2L
      18th15. CALM SEEKER (NZ) (57kg)Les Tilley 23.4L

      Queensland Derby Winners

      The results for the upcoming Queensland Derby are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:

      2021KukerachaSenor TobaExplosive Jack
      2020 (cancelled)
      2019Mr QuickieVow And DeclareAliferous
      2018Dark DreamHeavenly ThoughtYoungstar
      2017RuthvenRockstar RebelAna Royale
      2016Eagle WayRodricoI’m Belucci
      2015MagicoolWertherJumbo Prince
      2014SonntagPinstripe LaneVilanova
      2013HawkspurElectric FusionHonorius
      2011ShootoffShez SinsationalHeidilicious
      2010DarianaKutchinskyMiss Keepsake

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