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.
|Date:||Saturday 9th June 2018|
|Track:||Doomben racecourse, Brisbane|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|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).
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
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
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|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|
|2009||Court Ruler||Shocking||Larry's Never Late||2:34.4|
|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|
|1998||Dodge||Melora||Bluebird The Word||2:29.1|
|1997||Yippyio||Marble Halls||Summer Beau||2:31.9|
|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|
The 2015 and 2018 Queensland Derby were run over 2200m at Doomben.