The Queensland Derby is a Gr 1 Australian horse race that is
contested over 2400m at set weights by three-year-old thoroughbreds
in June every year at Eagle Farm Racecourse in Brisbane. The
Queensland Derby purse is currently AUD$500,000 and, as such,
attracts many talented runners from Brisbane and beyond.
The Queensland Derby was inaugurated in 1868, although it was
initially run at Gayndah Racecourse until 1870. Thereafter it was
shifted to its current venue, Eagle Farm. Undoubtedly one of the
most important races in Queensland, the Queensland Derby is the top
race of the highly-anticipated Brisbane winter carnival.
While traditionally most of the runners in the Queensland Derby are
local, the race often attracts top three-year-olds from other states
that have won other notable Australian Derby races, such as
Melbourne's coveted Victoria Derby and Sydney's auspicious AJC
Derby. There are also many Queensland Derby prep races.
These include the 2020m Rough Habit Plate (Gr 3) held at Doomben
Racecourse two weeks before, as well as the 2100m Grand Prix Stakes
(Gr 3) held at Doomben one week before. Trainers are known to use
theses races to gauge whether their charges are prepped enough to
take on the Queensland Derby.
Notable Queensland Derby winners include Tulloch, who won this race
in 1957. That same year he won the Caulfield Cup, the VRC Derby, the
AJC Derby, the AJC Sires Produce Stakes and the VRC Sires Produce
Stakes and many others. New Zealand-bred gelding Rough Habit
delivered a dazzling win in 1990.