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Queensland Derby

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History

DARK DREAM winning the Queensland Derby.
DARK DREAM winning the Queensland Derby. Picture: Racing and Sports

The Queensland Derby is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds conducted by the Brisbane Racing Club as part of the Queensland racing carnival.
The Queensland Derby was first run in 1868 won by Hermit.
The Queensland Derby is run under set weight conditions and is usually run over the mile and a half but in 2017/2018 was over 2200m at Doomben same as in 2015. It’s back to Eagle Farm from 2019.
Most winners of the Queensland Derby come through either the Rough Habit Plate or the Grand Prix Stakes or both. In consecutive years Brambles (2012) and Hawkspur (2013) did the treble.
Before Eagle Way’s win, the previous Queensland trained winner was Ice Chariot in 2006.
Fillies can run well in the race when they attempt it. Dariana, Riva San, Camarena (did not run in the delayed Oaks but chose the Derby instead), Royal Magic in the last 25 years won for the girls but there have been multiple placegetters too.
Rough Habit’s first foray into racing in Queensland was to win the Queensland Derby. He would go onto win multiple Stradbrokes, Doomben Cups and Hollindales.
The last three Derby winners have gone on to race with some distinction in Hong Kong.
In 2009 Court Ruler defeated Shocking in the Queensland Derby. Five months later Shocking would win the Melbourne Cup.
The Queensland Derby is worth $600,000 in 2019.
Past winners include Lough Neagh (1931), Spear Chief (1937), Tulloch (1957), Royal Sovereign (1964), Tails (1968), Analie (1973), Double Century (1979), Kingston Town (1980), Strawberry Road (1983), Handy Proverb (1986), Rough Habit (1990), Yippyio (1997), Freemason (2000), County Tyrone (2002), and Hawkspur (2013).
The 2018 Queensland Derby was won by Dark Dream from Heavenly Thought and Youngstar.


Racing and Sports

Previous Queensland Derby Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
MR QUICKIE (AUS) 3G
SHAMUS AWARD (AUS) - SPECIAL FAVOUR (AUS) GENERAL NEDIYM (AUS)
J ALLEN57.0PHILLIP STOKES3
DARK DREAM (AUS) 3G
ALL AMERICAN (AUS) - BUCHANAN GIRL (AUS) LION HUNTER (AUS)
TIM CLARK57.0KERRY PARKER3
RUTHVEN (AUS) 3C
DOMESDAY (AUS) - RUDDIGORE (AUS) OCTAGONAL (NZ)
J BOWMAN57.0CIARON MAHER8
EAGLE WAY (AUS) 3G
MORE THAN READY (USA) - WEDGETAIL EAGLE (AUS) LURE (USA)
TOMMY BERRY57.0BRYAN GUY11
MAGICOOL (AUS) 3G
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - PERFECT TRUTH (IRE) GALILEO (IRE)
J WINKS57.0MARK KAVANAGH14
SONNTAG (AUS) 3G
TEOFILO (IRE) - PARFAITS (AUS) STRATEGIC (AUS)
CHAD SCHOFIELD57.0HENRY DWYER5
HAWKSPUR (AUS) 3G
PURREALIST (AUS) - MOLLYHAWK (AUS) CATBIRD (AUS)
J CASSIDY57.0CHRIS WALLER3
BRAMBLES (NZ) 3G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - PRICKLE (NZ) PINS (AUS)
B RAWILLER57.0PETER MOODY11
SHOOTOFF (NZ) 3G
DUELLED (AUS) - ATHENRI (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
M RODD56.0GRAEME ROGERSON10
DARIANA (AUS) 3F
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - BELDARIAN (IRE) LAST TYCOON (GB)
M RODD54.0BART CUMMINGS1
COURT RULER (NZ) 3G
VIKING RULER (AUS) - FREE COURT (NZ) POMPEII COURT (USA)
L V CASSIDY56.0J R WHEELER8
RIVA SAN (AUS) 3F
ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (AUS) - BEST RIVER (AUS) BEST WESTERN (AUS)
J BYRNE54.0PETER MOODY6
EMPIRES CHOICE (NZ) 3C
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - ROSIE'S STAR (NZ) STAR WAY (GB)
D OLIVER56.5BART CUMMINGS10
ICE CHARIOT (AUS) 3G
SEMIPALATINSK (USA) - SNOW CHARIOT (AUS) CHARIOT (AUS)
G A LYNCH55.5R E MAUND16
LACHLAN RIVER (NZ) 3G
DESERT KING (IRE) - VIVEASHA (AUS) LAST TYCOON (IRE)
G BOSS55.5JOHN MORRISEY4
TOULOUSE LAUTREC (AUS) 3G
DANEWIN (AUS) - DANCING COLOUR (AUS) VARICK (USA)
C W BROWN55.5JOHN HAWKES5
HALF HENNESSY (AUS) 3C
HENNESSY (USA) - SINGEING LAMP (AUS) BLAZING SADDLES (AUS)
S SEAMER55.5BEDE MURRAY4
COUNTY TYRONE (AUS) 3G
DANEWIN (AUS) - NICE CHOICE (GB) TOUCHING WOOD (USA)
C W BROWN55.5M G LEES2
DE GAULLE LANE (NZ) 3G
THE COMMANDER (NZ) - D'ACCORD (NZ) STRAIGHT STRIKE (USA)
B PREBBLE55.5COLIN ALDERSON4
FREEMASON (AUS) 3G
GRAND LODGE (USA) - SASHED (NZ) SIR TRISTRAM (IRE)
L V CASSIDY55.5JOHN HAWKES14

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