The Queensland Derby is a Group 1 race staged at Eagle Farm Racecourse each June and is the premier contest for three-year-old stayers held during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Carrying a prize fund of $500,000, 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 staged at Eagle Farm and the Doomben Classic at Doomben Racecourse, 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.
Ice Chariot is the last horse to do the Grand Prix Stakes-Queensland Derby double in 2006, while Empires Choice is the most recent to land the Rough Habit Plate-Queensland Derby double in 2007. 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.