Queensland Derby 2018

DateSaturday, June 9, 2018
TrackDoomben Racecourse
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet Weights

Queensland Derby Betting Selections and Tips

Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Queensland Derby betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Queensland Derby pointers are:

  • Runners are single figure odds are the ones to focus on
  • Barriers 1-5 have the best record
  • The Grand Prix Stakes is traditionally the best guide

Where to bet on the Queensland Derby

Bookmakers LadbrokesWilliam Hill and CrownBet offer some of the best odds on Queensland racing throughout the year. Or take advantage of the top 5 bookmaker deals below.

For the best way to make a profit, read our guide on "How to make money betting online" or visit our Betting Masterclass section.

Queensland Derby History and Guide

The Queensland Derby is a Group 1 race staged each June and is the premier contest for three-year-old stayers held during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

It is a set-weights race run over the 2400m distance and attracts some of the best of the three-year-old generation to Queensland each year.

The Queensland Derby dates back to 1868 when first run at Gayndah and won by Hermit before being switched to Eagle Farm three years later. It has remained at the track ever since.

The route to the Queensland Derby usual takes in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes and the Doomben Classic, both of which are three-year-old races held during the earlier weeks of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. The Group 3 Rough Habit Plate, held at Doomben in May, is another key lead-up race. Fillies may run in the Derby a week after contesting the Queensland Oaks over course and distance.

Some notable names have won the Queensland Derby during their careers including Tulloch (1957), Royal Sovereign (1964), Kingston Town (1980), Strawberry Road (1983), Rough Habit (1990), Yippyjo (1997) and Court Ruler, who defeated subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Shocking into second place in 2009. 

Hawkspur is the last horse to do the Grand Prix Stakes-Queensland Derby double in 2013, while Mackintosh is the most recent to land the Rough Habit Plate-Queensland Derby double in 2016. Brambles usurped both in 2012 when winning all three races to complete the Rough Habit-Grand Prix Stakes-Queensland Derby treble.

It forms part of the richest day of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, joining the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, Group 1 JJ Atkins, Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes, Group 2 Brisbane Cup and four other listed races.

Queensland Derby Winners (Since 2000)

2001De Gaulle Lane
2002County Tyrone
2003Half Hennessy
2004Toulouse Lautrec
2005Lachlan River
2006Ice Chariot
2007Empires Choice
2008Riva San
2009Court Ruler
2016Eagle Way


Races are run in a clockwise direction, while the track is a turf track and is banked at varying degrees around the course proper. 

Front runners have a distinct advantage at Doomben, especially when the track is rain-affected.


Doomben Racecourse is located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and is the smaller of Brisbane’s two metropolitan tracks. 

It is situated in the suburb of Ascot, approximately 7 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD.

The racecourse’s construction was completed in 1933 and was subsequently shut down during the Second World War, when it was used by allied troops during the Pacific War. 

The course reopened in 1946 when the TM Ahern Cup and the Doomben Cup were held for the first time. The Doomben Cup is now considered to be one of the best middle-distance racing events in the country.

Doomben received a major upgrade in 1982, and is now home to world class facilities. 


*Over 18s only. Wagering requirements apply. State exclusions apply to some offers. Exc. NSW, SA, WA & VIC. Please read the T&Cs of each offer with each bookmaker.

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