The Q22 is a 2200m WFA race held at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap day. Although a Group 2, the $1.2m contest has become a real highlight on the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival calendar since its first running in 2019. Last year's edition was take...
In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about The Q22:
|Date||Saturday, 10th June, 2023|
|Racecourse||Eagle Farm Racecourse, NSW, Australia|
The Q22 is a major race that is included in Queensland’s Winter Carnival throughout June. The race in 2023 will be held on Saturday 10th of June at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2022, it was won by Numerian.
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 classified as a Group 2, 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 2023, 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 The 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 The 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 The 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’ The 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 2023 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 2023 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 The 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. In 2022, it was in fact a double digit odds winner, Numerian, who was a $14 chance.
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. Before The Q22 in 2022, Numerian won the Listed Gosford Gold Cup.
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. In 2022, Numerian won this race as a 6YO.
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, but in 2022, The Q22 was won by a gelding.
Our The Q22 best bets for 2023 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 The Q22 odds for 2023, 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 2023 The 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 Q22 odds for the race in 2023 are yet to be released. Please check back closer to the race day for more information.
There was a field of 16 runners announced to contest The Q22 in 2022 and there were no emergencies. With the scratching of Polly Grey, there ended up only being 15 runners that jumped. In the end the market for The Q22 was fairly open and there were three runners under double digit odds.
The pre-race favourite was Huetor, who was listed at $3.10. It was easy to see why Huetor was the favourite, as the 5YO had just come through the Group 1 Doomben Cup, a race he won by 0.4L. As well as this, his record for the season is pretty solid, and stood at 6:4-0-1 before the race.
Maximal was on the second line of betting, and was priced at $5.50 before the race. Like Huetor, Maximal contested the Group 1 Doomben Cup prior to The Q22, and the colt was the runner that finished 0.4L behind Huetor in that race (meaning he finished in second place). Other than his second place in the Doomben Cup, Maximal hasn’t placed so far this season in his first four attempts.
The final runner that punters thought were worth a look was Hopeful, who started as a $8.50 chance. Hopeful had just won the Listed Lord Mayors Cup in his previous race, and in the race before that, he finished a solid second place in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. The 5YO’s season record is solid as well, sitting at 4:1-1-1 before The Q22, but this is his first crack at Group 2 level (and he has also never contested a Group 1).
It was all Numerian in The Q22 for 2022, who was pretty much able to get a barrier to finishing post win. The 6YO started from the favourable barrier 4, and jumped very well. Jockey Tommy Berry was able to quickly put about 1L distance between Numerian and the second placed runner.
Down the straight, there were challenges coming at Numerian left and right, but at the end of the day, no one had the speed to catch the gelding. You would have to say it would have been one of the easier rides for Berry, and easy viewing if you were one of the punters who backed Numerian for The Q22.
In second place, Kolding had put in a great effort, but really could never click into the same gear as Numerian, and the 6YO gelding ended up finishing 1L off the pace. Kolding was put in a slightly difficult position coming around the final bend, as he was three wide with no cover, but he had enough speed to put distance between himself and the rest of the field (other than Numerian). By the 300m mark, Kolding had moved up into second place, and that’s where he would finish.
Rounding out the minor placings was Yonkers, who finished 1.75L off the pace. Yonkers started from one of the wider barriers (12), but that ended up working to his advantage as he was able to get some cover when going around the final bend and still have space to move forward once the field straightened. He was on the tail of Kolding from the 300m mark and tried to go with him, but just didn’t have the speed in the final 50m of the race.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at The 2022 Q22 race:
A very strong win by Numerian for @ANeashamRacing!
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) June 11, 2022
The results for the upcoming The 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|