queensland derby

The Queensland Derby is Group 1 set-weights race for three-year-olds over 2400 metres, held at Eagle Farm Racecourse during Brisbane’s Winter Carnival. Total prizemoney is $600,000.

Queensland Derby: Key runners

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EXPLOSIVE JACK is going for his fourth Derby in his three-year-old year. He won the Australian Derby strongly at Randwick two back, going 112, then was too strong in Adelaide even though he raced wide there. If he holds his form he’s the one to beat again. That said, the prep is getting long now (this is his ninth run in his first prep) and you can’t just keep going to the well with them. But he keeps performing!

I would be a lot keener on SENOR TOBA if he hadn’t drawn so poorly! He’ll have to go well back from the gate now, but at least it’s 2400m and he looks like he’ll eat that up. He got too far back last time in the Rough Habit but came home well, and was good the start before winning in Sydney. Goes well.

KUKERACHA is a solid chance on his run here two back in the Queensland Guineas, when he did 108, and closed it out well in the Rough Habit going 105. He’s itter for three runs back and set to peak. Trip looks okay. Goes well.

LETS KARAKA DEEL keeps improving with every run. He was no match for EXPLOSIVE JACK in Adelaide though and it’s hard to see him turning the tables on that horse unless he fails to fire. However this guy is fitter and keeps getting better. Alegit chance.

CRIMINAL DEFENCE got up to a big new peak last start, winning the Rough Habit going 107. That makes him some chance, here but he has to hold it. He does map ideally however.

MARANOA is a consistent Gai & Adrian runner on the up and backing up. This is the type of runner that historically she can produce a new peak out of. So I’m definitely not ruling this guy out. Expect a big forward run here.

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