Held at Eagle Farm Racecourse in late May or early June each year, the Group 1 Queensland Oaks is the premier staying race for three-year-old fillies staged during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
The last female Classic before the end of season's major action, the Group 1 race attracts some of the smartest performers to Eagle Farm chasing a prize fund of $400,000 each year.
It is a set-weights race staged over the staying distance of 2400m and is the feature race on the opening day of Eagle Farm's carnival with the earlier meetings during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carival having been staged at Doomben Racecourse.
The Queensland Oaks was first run in 1951 when won by Maltmaid and earned Group 1 status in 1979, the year in which Prunella was successful. There have been some major names on the roll of honour since including that of Ethereal, who won the Queensland Oaks in 2001 before taking out the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup last that year.
Race record holder Arctic Scent (1988), Triscay (1991), Slight Chance (1993), The Jewel (2003), Cinque Cento (2005), Heavenly Glow (2008), Purple (2009) and Scarlett Lady (2009) are among the other familiar names to have won the Queensland Oaks during their careers. There have, however, been plenty of upsets down the years with the Queensland Oaks no stranger to big priced winners.
The traditional lead-up race to the Queensland Oaks is the Group 3 Doomben Roses over 2000m, staged at Doomben Racecourse two weeks earlier. Ethereal and Scarlett Lady are the most recent fillies to have completed the Doomben Roses-Queensland Oaks double.
Queensland Oaks Day doubles up as Ladies Day at Eagle Farm Racecourse with the racing programme also including the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m), the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m), the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) and the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m).