The PJ O'Shea Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held annually in late May or early June at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 2200 metres and worth $250,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 PJ O'Shea Stakes was won by Egg Tart from Tradesman with Megablast third.
Raced recently as the 'Eagle Farm Cup' and usually held on Gr1 Queensland Oaks Day during the three-day Eagle Farm racing carnival. The PJ O'Shea Stakes was abandoned for the 2015/2016 racing season after the Oaks Day meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The 2018 PJ O'Shea Stakes was held at the Sunshine Coast for the 2017-2018 season.
|Date:||Saturday 1st June 2019|
|Track:||Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane|
|2018 Winner:||Egg Tart|
The PJ O'Shea Stakes is a weight-for-age distance race over 2200m that suits the classier types entered due to the level weights conditions of the event. The race often attracts a quality galloper and has been won by some very good horses over the years, including Yippio (2001), Intergaze (1998), The Phantom Chance (1996) and Rough Habit (1995).
Horses from this race may go on to tackle the Gr2 Brisbane Cup over 2400m the following week at the same track. Lights Of Heaven (2012) was the last galloper to take out the PJ O'Shea Stakes & Brisbane Cup double, while Scenic Shot (2009) also managed the same feat three years earlier. Moriarty (4th in 2013) won the Brisbane Cup at his next start after running fourth in this race.
The Gr1 Doomben Cup has proven to be a reliable guide to this race over the years and Scenic Shot (2009) was the last galloper to win the Doomben Cup & PJ O'Shea Stakes double, while Lights Of Heaven (2012) finished runner-up on her way to scoring in this race.
In recent times Glass Harmonium (2011), Triple Honour (2010), Natural Blitz (2005) and Pentastic (2004) all placed in the Doomben Cup before winning this race, while Rampant Lion (2nd 2008) & Gaze (2nd 2007) placed in both the Doomben Cup & PJ O'Shea Stakes
Egg Tart (2018) ran second behind Comin' Through in the Gr1 Doomben Cup over 2000m at Doomben before proving much too good for her rivals in this event and recent PJ O'Shea Stakes winners include Single Gaze (2017) and Werther (2015).
1. $2.30 Egg Tart 57.0 Leith Innes
2. $6.50 Tradesman 59.0 Dean Yendall
3. $5.50 Megablast 59.0 Damian Browne
4. $19.00 Smart As You Think 57.0 James Orman
5. $5.00 Gallic Chieftain 59.0 Jeff Lloyd
6. $101.00 Kaharau 59.0 Laura Cheshire
7. $26.00 Karavali 57.0 Michael Walker
8. $15.00 Man Of His Word 59.0 Michael Cahill
Margins: 2.5 len, 0.1 len
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|2017||Single Gaze||Rudy||High Church||2:19.2|
|2012||Lights Of Heaven||Scenic Shot||Ginga Dude||2:19.0|
|2011||Glass Harmonium||Shoot Out||Scenic Shot||2:15.1|
|2009||Scenic Shot||Mirkola Lass||Fulmonti||2:20.9|
|2008||Scenic Shot||Rampant Lion||Dougs Mate||2:19.2|
|2006||Mahtoum||Art Success||Gorgeous George||2:30.7|
|2005||Natural Blitz||Zumanity||Regal Punch||2:30.0|
|2003||Maguire||County Tyrone||Grey Song||2:30.5|
|2002||Hey Pronto||Freemason||Prized Gem||2:28.1|
|2001||Yippyio||Citi Habit||King Keitel||2:25.6|
|2000||Kens Joy||Make Mine Magic||Yippyio||2:28.7|
|1997||Pakaraka Star||Desert Chill||Sharscay||2:36.6|
|1996||The Phantom Chance||French Resort||Dupain||2:28.2|
|1995||Rough Habit||Oppressor||Desert Chill||2:26.7|
|1994||Full Suit||Potential Star||Cross Swords||2:27.1|
|1993||Dark Ksar||Air Seattle||Cool Affair||2:30.3|
|1992||Mountain Rule||Mr Eurostar||Zinders||2:29.5|
|1991||Magnolia Hall =1||Spring Thaw =1||Aquidity||2:32.6|
|1990||Shuzohra||Chill Factor||Dr Grace||2:32.2|
|1988||Lord Hybrow||Cark Shark||Colour Page||2:31.6|
The PJ O'Shea Stakes was not run in 2016.