In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Q22:
|Date||Saturday, 11th June, 2022|
|Racecourse||Eagle Farm Racecourse, NSW, Australia|
|Grade||Not a Group 1|
Q22 is a major race that is included in Queensland’s Winter Carnival throughout June. The race in 2022 will be held on Saturday 11th of June at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2021, it was won by Zaaki.
In November 2021, Racing Queensland announced that a couple of races in their blossoming winter carnival will see an increase in prizemoney. These races include the Doomben Cup and the Queensland Derby, which have seen their prizemoney increased to $1,000,000 each.
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 QTISx 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.
This race was previously known as the Pat O’Shea Stakes. Patrick O’Shea was a former treasurer of the QTC. It was first run in 1947 and has an honour roll of impressive winners including a number of horses that have gone on to win Melbourne Cup winners.
The first winner of the P.J. O’Shea Stakes was 1946 Melbourne Cup winner Russia, other notable winners were Dark Marne (1949), Hydrogen (1953), Redcraze (1956 & 1957), Tulloch (1960 & 1961), Baghdad Note (1973) and Rough Habit (1995).
The P.J. O’Shea Stakes was often used as a lead up race for the Brisbane Cup. The last horse to complete the O’Shea/ Brisbane Cup double was Scenic Shot (2008).
One of the most memorable editions of the Pat O’Shea Stakes was when Rough Habit finished his career in Australia with a last to first win in a field of 20 to win this race.
The Q22 is a major Australian race, although it is not classified as a Group 1, 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 $1.2 million worth of prizemoney attached to the race, it means the Q22 attracts a quality field of 3YOs to Queensland. It also attracts many Australians who enjoy a casual punt on the races. The team here at The Shark will compile a detailed list of Q22 tips so you can have some guidance on who we think are the biggest chances to win the race.
As the nominations are yet to be accepted for the Q22 in 2022, we cannot provide our tips right now. However, as the Winter Racing Carnival in Queensland goes to another level, the 3YOs that are looking to gain a start will become a lot clearer. If you are looking for Q22 horse tips, then you have certainly come to the right place! We will keep you updated with all the horses that could be running in this race.
However, at the moment no Australian bookies are offering Q22 odds. But we will take care of this for you and provide the odds in the relevant section below once they become available. Before you place your bets on your Q22 tips, be sure to check out our betting section, which you can find below, as we have listed some factors for success.
We will list The Sharks’ Q22 best tips for the new race closer to the time of the big day. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the Q22 in 2022 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Q22 is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2022 Q22.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available so make sure you check back closer to race day.
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the Q22. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous Q22 Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?
The Q22 has been revamped by Racing Queensland since last season when run at weight-for-age over the 2200m at Eagle Farm.
We would suggest that in future seasons, the previous running of this race will be a major guide to future editions.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Q22?
Zaaki started a long odds on favourite ($1.26) winning the first running of the Q22. As with most of the weight-for-age races run over a staying distance, the best horse in the race will get their chance so favourites must be respected.
Formlines from Lead Up Races
Racing Queensland has identified six races that are exempt from the ballot for this race and they offer the best guide to this race. Those races are Queensland Guineas, Doomben Cup, Queensland Derby, Lord Mayor’s Cup, Queensland Sapphire Stakes and Queensland Oaks.
Another race that is always a good guide to this race is the Hollindale Stakes run at Gold Coast over 1800m.
With the revamping of this race, the end-of-season weight-for-age final should attract some of the best weight-for-age gallopers. Three year olds may become much more significant as this race develops and they get exemption through the Queensland Guineas, Derby and Oaks, and that could be an enticing end to the season for the younger horses.
Weight-for-age gives all horses a fair shot at the weight scale and usually favours the best horse in the race.
Before this race was revamped, mares had won the last three runnings of this race.
Our Q22 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!
Well before the Q22 field is announced – there are bookmakers that will open up early markets, or all-in markets. We believe this is the ideal time to punt on your chosen horse, as you could get juicy odds before they could potentially shorten in the final days leading up to the race.
After the bookies announce their Q22 odds for 2022, they are likely to fluctuate all the time. There are a number of factors that can cause this, but when we get a better idea of the quality of horses targeting the race, along with their recent races and trials, you will see movement in the odds.
By placing your bets in these early markets, it means you could find the favourite at odds of $10 or more. This is obviously something that we want to achieve as it means if your horse does win, you will get more return on your bet! Despite this, there is increased risk with this option and you need to be aware of both the positives and negatives.
Depending on when you place your 2022 Q22 futures bet, your horse may not end up targeting the race and therefore not run, but you also will not get your money back. This situation occurs when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the Q22. If you wish to have a bet when it is ‘Before Noms’, then this is great because you know you’ll get your stake back if your horse doesn’t run.
The 2022 Q22 odds are out, and Zaaki (who is also listed as doubtful) is the $2.00 favourite from Ayrton and Polly Grey who are on the second line of betting at $6.00. Here are the current odds, courtesy of Neds, as of mid-May:
Will be interesting to see the make-up of the field for the Q22 and which horses take up the exemption from winning one of the six races Racing Queensland have deemed as ballot free races.
Annabel Neasham has stated that Zaaki would be set for the Doomben Cup as his target and unlikely to take on the Q22. I am sure that if she decides to change mind and take this race on, he will be a short priced favourite and can make it two in a row.
The Hollindale Stakes proved the best guide to this race in its inaugural running and it may be the best guide for this year. Zaaki may not be there but if he does not make the trip, the horses that finished behind him could be the ones to follow in this year’s edition.
Chris Waller looks to have a strong hand. Polly Grey relished the heavy track when finishing second behind Zaaki in the Hollindale Stakes, while stablemate Kukeracha was brave running into minor spot. They both look major chances in this year’s Q22.
With the 2022 Q22 field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2021 field, headlined by winner Zaaki:
|1. ZAAKI (GB)||9||James McDonald||Annabel Neasham|
|2. HOMESMAN (USA)||11||Jye McNeil||A & S Freedman|
|3. MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||1||Glen Boss||T Busuttin & N Young|
|4. SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||2||Joshua Parr||Mark Newnham|
|5. QUICK THINKER – Scratched||12||Opie Bosson||M Baker & A Forsman|
|6. WARNING||6||Jim Byrne||A & S Freedman|
|7. BRANDENBURG (NZ)||10||Rachel King||John Sargent|
|8. LE DON DE VIE (GB)||8||Kerrin McEvoy||A & S Freedman|
|9. RELOADED||5||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller|
|10. HANG MAN (IRE)||3||Ben Thompson||Michael Moroney|
|11. PATHS OF GLORY (GB)||13||Craig Williams||R & M Freedman|
|12. THE CANDY MAN||16||Brad Stewart||Barry Baldwin|
|13. NETTOYER||7||Tommy Berry||Wendy Roche|
|14. TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ)||15||Nash Rawiller||Chris Waller|
|15. VANNA GIRL – Scratched||4||Brad Stewart||T & T Edmonds|
|16. CELLARMAID||14||James Orman||Kelly Schweida|
Both horse and trainer announced themselves to the Australian turf during the Brisbane Winter Carnival of 2021. Annabel Neasham went to Queensland with a British import named Zaaki who had been competitive first-up in Australia in a Doncaster Handicap but nothing could have prepared for what he did during the Brisbane Carnival.
He had his first Queensland run in the Hollindale Stakes at Gold Coast and went to the line winning with ease. Next he went to Doomben and demolished a quality Doomben Cup field winning by an amazing 7 lengths and if extended could have won by a bigger margin.
The temptation for Annabel Neasham to take on the inaugural $1.2 million Q22 was too much and she took her gelding to Eagle Farm, and although the margin was not as great he was never going to lose at the prohibitive odds of $1.26.
Lloyd Williams had sent his honest stayer in Homesman up to take on the boom gelding and although he lacked the same finishing dash, he chased home bravely into second spot with Paths Of Glory making some late ground into a brave minor placing.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2021 Q22 race:
Here are the results from the Q22 in 2021:
|1st||1. ZAAKI (GB)||James McDonald||–|
|2nd||2. HOMESMAN (USA)||Jye McNeil||1.5L|
|3rd||11. PATHS OF GLORY (GB)||Craig Williams||1.7L|
|4th||7. BRANDENBURG (NZ)||Rachel King||1.8L|
|5th||13. NETTOYER||Tommy Berry||7.55L|
|6th||6. WARNING||Jim Byrne||9.3L|
|7th||4. SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||Joshua Parr||9.4L|
|8th||3. MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||Glen Boss||11.65L|
|9th||9. RELOADED||Hugh Bowman||13.65L|
|10th||8. LE DON DE VIE (GB)||Kerrin McEvoy||14.9L|
|11th||10. HANG MAN (IRE)||Ben Thompson||18.15L|
|12th||16. CELLARMAID||James Orman||22.9L|
|13th||12. THE CANDY MAN||Brad Stewart||41.9L|
|14th||14. TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ)||Nash Rawiller||–|
The results for the upcoming Q22 are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2021||Zaaki||Homesman||Paths of Glory|