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Queensland Derby

The Queensland Derby is a Group 1 classic race for three-year-olds that takes place annually each June at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 2200 metres under set weight conditions and worth $600,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Queensland Derby was won by Dark Dream from Heavenly Thought with Youngstar third.

The Queensland Derby is held on Eagle Farm's premier race day of the year which is Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap day, and also includes the Group 1 The TJ Smith for two-year-olds.

2018 Queensland Derby info

Date: Saturday 9th June 2018
Track: Doomben racecourse, Brisbane
Distance: 2200 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $600,000
2018 Winner: Dark Dream

The Queensland Derby was first run in 1871 and is the premier staying event for three-year-olds during the Brisbane winter carnival. It is a set weight race over the traditional Derby distance of 2400m. The race typically attracts local three-year-olds and any interstate horses aiming to win an easier Derby event than the AJC Derby in Sydney or the Victoria Derby in Melbourne.

The Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes and Gr3 Rough Habit Plate held earlier in the winter carnival at Doomben are the most common Derby lead up races. Both have provided multiple Derby winners of late, including Hawkspur (2013) & Brambles (2012), who took out all three races.

In recent times Kutchinsky (2nd in 2010) ran second in the Grand Prix Stakes before finishing runner-up in the Queensland Derby, while Ice Chariot (2006) managed to win the Grand Prix Stakes & Queensland Derby double and Empires Choice (2007) claimed the Rough Habit & Qld Derby double.

Talented stayer Shocking (2nd in 2009) ran second in the Queensland Derby before going on to win the Gr1 Melbourne Cup in November of that year at Flemington racecourse during the Melbourne spring carnival.

Dark Dream (2018) finished runner-up in the Grand Prix Stakes over 2200m at Doomben before capturing this event and recent Queensland Derby winners include Ruthven (2017) and Eagle Way (2016).

2018 Queensland Derby result

1. $4.20 Dark Dream 57.0 Tim Clark
2. $8.00 Heavenly Thought 57.0 Brad Rawiller
3. $6.50 Youngstar 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy

then followed
4. $101.00 Augustus 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
5. $21.00 Mahamedeis 57.0 James Winks
6. $51.00 Rezealient 57.0 Jamie Kah
7. $4.40 Lucky For All 57.0 Damian Lane
8. $14.00 Han Xin 57.0 Mark Zahra
9. $151.00 Almighty Crown 57.0 Ben Melham
10. $31.00 Merovee 57.0 Blake Shinn
11. $41.00 Banner Season 57.0 Jeff Lloyd
12. $151.00 Turnberry 57.0 Damian Browne
13. $5.50 Live And Free 57.0 James McDonald
14. $201.00 Captivator 57.0 Leith Innes
15. $91.00 California Turbo 57.0 Corey Brown
16. $91.00 Won Won Too 57.0 Jim Byrne

Margins: 0.2 len, 2.75 len
Time: 2:19.31

The Gr2 Brisbane Cup and Gr2 Dane Ripper Quality are also held on the same day as the Queensland Derby.

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Queensland Derby recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Dark Dream Heavenly Thought Youngstar 2:19.3
2017 Ruthven Rockstar Rebel Ana Royale 2:14.4
2016 Eagle Way Rodrico I'm Belucci 2:32.8
2015 Magicool Werther Jumbo Prince 1:35.4
2014 Sonntag Pinstripe Lane Vilanova 2:28.3
2013 Hawkspur Electric Fusion Honorius 2:27.8
2012 Brambles Quintessential Westsouthwest 2:29.7
2011 Shootoff Shez Sinsational Heidilicious 2:28.7
2010 Dariana Kutchinsky Miss Keepsake 2:26.4
2009 Court Ruler Shocking Larry's Never Late 2:34.4
2008 Riva San Petushki Moatize 2:36.9
2007 Empires Choice Volcanic Star Sirmione 2:32.9
2006 Ice Chariot Cape Breton Loanhead 2:30.6
2005 Lachlan River Lords A Leaping Vitesse Dane 2:26.5
2004 Toulouse Lautrec Devastating Set Up 2:26.5
2003 Half Hennessy Schumpeter King Of Them All 2:27.7
2002 County Tyrone Galroof Miss Bussell 2:29.0
2001 De Gaulle Lane Tempest Morn Lottery Prize 2:25.2
2000 Freemason Citras Prince Maguire 2:27.3
1999 Camarena Figurehead Skoozi Please 2:33.6
1998 Dodge Melora Bluebird The Word 2:29.1
1997 Yippyio Marble Halls Summer Beau 2:31.9
1996 Valance Super Slew Revenge 2:29.6
1995 Turridu Brave Warrior Starmaker 2:25.9
1994 Tenor Paris Lane What A Poet 2:26.4
1993 Air Seattle Palate Play Or Pay 2:29.4
1992 Royal Magic In The Event Cavallieri 2:29.1
1991 Dorset Downs Lees Bid Moods 2:34.0
1990 Rough Habit Rays Hope Castletown 2:39.3
1989 Hidden Rhythm Chill Factor High Hunter 2:35.2
1988 Bravery Imprecetto Judyann 2:29.0

The 2015 and 2018 Queensland Derby were run over 2200m at Doomben.