The Queensland Oaks is a Gr 1 Australian thoroughbred horserace
at set weights contested by three-year-old fillies over 2400m at
Eagle Farm Racecourse in Brisbane in late May or early June every
year. Inaugurated in 1951, the Queensland Oaks currently offers a
purse of AUD$400,000.
It is considered to be one of the most important staying races for
three-year-old fillies during the exciting Brisbane winter carnival.
As a result, it usually draws top fillies from across Queensland and
even further afield. Most would agree, however, that the Queensland
Oaks is not as highly-regarded as other Gr 1 Oaks races.
For instance, Melbourne's Crown Oaks and Sydney's AJC Oaks are
considered more prestigious than the Queensland Oaks. In preparation
for this race, trainers often enter their charges in the 2020m
Doomben Roses (Gr 3) at Doomben Racecourse. In six years, three
Doomben Roses winners have placed in the Oaks.
These include The Jewel in 2003, Cinque Cento in 2005 and Heavenly
Glow in 2008. However, the last filly to win both the Doomben Roses
and the Queensland Oaks in the same year was Ethereal in 2001. Out
of Romanee Conti by Rhythm, Ethereal had a phenomenal career,
winning many top Australian races.
Bred by Peter Vela and Phillip Vela in New Zealand, Ethereal's most
notable wins include the Caulfield Cup in 2001, the Melbourne Cup in
2001 and the BMW Stakes in 2002. In 2002, the filly was named
Waikato Horse of the Year Award, as well as Australian Champion