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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 2017 Queensland Derby was won by Ruthven from Rockstar Rebel with Ana Royale 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: Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane
Distance: 2200 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $600,000
2017 Winner: Ruthven

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 and both races 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.

Ruthven (2017) ran second in the Gr1 SA Derby over 2500m at Morphettville in Adelaide, SOuth AUstralia before heading to Brisbane to win this event in easy style and recent Queensland Derby winners include Eagle Way (2016) and Magicool (2015).

2017 Queensland Derby result

1. $3.40 Ruthven 57.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $15.00 Rockstar Rebel 57.0 Brad Rawiller
3. $8.00 Ana Royale 55.0 Mark Zahra

then followed
4. $16.00 Violate 57.0 Noel Callow
5. $41.00 Here He Comes 57.0 Leith Innes
6. $6.50 Volatile Mix 57.0 John Allen
7. $51.00 Fontein Lad 57.0 Ms Nikita Beriman
8. $41.00 Wu Gok 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
9. $21.00 Mongolian Wolf 57.0 Damian Lane
10. $19.00 Black On Gold 57.0 Tommy Berry
11. $4.80 Shocking Luck 57.0 Damian Browne
12. $201.00 Shine Tak Star 57.0 Robbie Fradd
13. $151.00 Garbhan 57.0 Corey Brown
14. $51.00 Monasterio 57.0 Tye Angland
15. $31.00 Sizzling Bullet 57.0 Craig Williams
16. $201.00 Dazzle Em Sid 57.0 Luke Nolen

Margins: 3.8 len, 0.8 len
Time: 2:14.45

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
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 Queensland Derby was run over 2200m at Doomben.