The Queensland Derby is a group 2 greyhound race run over the 520m trip at Albion Park, the only metropolitan track in the Sunshine State positioned just outside of Brisbane.
The race is open to the best male greyhounds which are nominated and under 30 months of age at the time.
The Queensland Derby has been won by some of the best sprinters the sport has seen, with many going on to have highly successful careers after winning the feature, some even going on to become leading sires.
The most recent edition of the Queensland Derby took place on Thursday April 19 and it was won by NSW greyhound Two Times Twice.
Betting on the Group 2 Queensland Derby
Many punters invest their hard earned coin on the Queensland Derby each and every year, with the feature always attracting plenty of quality.
With a number of great greyhounds in the series each year, there is value to be found within the betting markets for the feature.
Many of our recommended online bookmakers offer fixed odds betting on the heats in the days leading up to the series commencing, with markets normally released once the box draw has been finalised.
Bookmakers such as Sportsbet also offer all in markets on the winner of the final prior to the heats which is where the main value can be found if you think you can spot the victor before the opening round of the series, however if you prefer to wait until after the qualifiers you will have plenty of time to pick the winner prior to the final, with fixed odds markets usually opened around five days prior to the decider.
There are no odds currently available for the 2019 QLD Derby, however we will continue to update this page in the lead up to the feature.
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History of the Group 2 Queensland Derby
The Queensland Derby was run for the first time in 1972, at which point greyhound racing was still being run at the Gabba, with the inaugural running taken out out by Dixie’s First.
The last race meeting took place at the Gabba on February 4, 1993, after which racing moved to the current Albion Park circuit, with the race taken out in that year by former top Queensland chaser Dagenham.
The feature was sponsored by Ardath between the years 1983 and 1985 and by the ANZ Bank in 1986, 1987 and 1988. The race is currently sponsored by Brandon Electrics, Queensland’s largest electoral contractor, which is operated by Paul Felgate, an icon of the greyhound racing industry. Brandon Electrics have now been sponsoring the race since 1999.
Other notable sprinters to have won the Derby since its inception include Melbourne Cup winner Roanokee in 1997, Topgun and National Sprint Championship victor Placard in 2000, Winter Cup champ Awesome Machine in 2002, Topgun winner Black Enforcer in 2005, brilliant Queensland speedster Size Can Matter in 2008, former all-time highest prize money earner High Earner in 2009 and Group 1 Winter Cup winner Flash Reality in 2014.
Recent years of the Group 2 Queensland Derby
Two Times Twice was able to avoid significant interference in a keenly contested race when saluting in the most recent edition of the Queensland Derby. Trained in NSW by John Finn, Two Times Twice used box eight to his advantage and strode clear in the home straight to win by four and one quarter lengths in 30.04.
2018 Queensland Derby results
April 19, 2018. Albion Park BGRC. First Prize: $40,250.
Winner: Two Times Twice (Fernando Bale x Chica Destacada). April 2016 White and Brindle Dog.
Owner: Dee and Pee Syndicate. Trainer: John Finn
Time: 30.04; Margins: 4.25 x 1
Others in finishing order: Alpha Valentine, Pittsburgh Phill, Blue Moon Rising, Kenatay, Rev Fred Sloy, Rockford (fell), Dyna Forrest (fell).
John McCarthy collected top honours in the 2017 Queensland Derby with his talented pup Rather Dapper. The white and black dog appreciated box one and was too strong at the finish, crossing the line one and one quarter lengths clear in a smart 29.98.
2017 Queensland Derby results
May 4, 2017. Albion Park BGRC First Prize $40,000
Winner: Rather Dapper (Dyna Lachlan x Pearl Za Zinger) Born: April 2015 Black and White Male
Owner/Trainer: John McCarthy
Time: 29.98 Margins: 1.25 x 2.25.
Others in finishing order: Fire To Rain, Captain Til, Anabelle’s Boy, Roll So Deep, Cosmic Bonus, Fast Times, Alpha Georgiou.
France Soir scored a stunning win in the 2016 edition of the QLD Derby, stalking the leading division throughout the majority of the race before railing along the fence in the home straight to assume the lead and score. The son of Magic Sprite and Magic Capers defeated Victorian greyhound My Silver Chisel by three quarters of a length in 30.08.
2017 Queensland Derby results
April 21, 2016. Albion Park BGRC First Prize $47,250
Winner: France Soir (Magic Sprite x Magic Capers) Born: Nov 2013 Black Dog
Owner: Brave Gambler Syndicate, Trainer: Robert Cooke.
Time: 30.08. Margins: 0.75L x Head.
Others in finishing order: My Silver Chisel, Thirty Talks, Magic Yessam, Dundee Osprey, Zabdon Ferrari, Gelantipy Gold, Fabulous Bill.
Dyna Villa made an appearance in Queensland for a tilt at the 20015 Derby and left having won the final in devastating fashion. The son of Collision and Roxio Bale, already a winner of the Melbourne Cup and the Paws of Thunder, defeated No Donuts by three and a half lengths on the line in a sizzling 29.70.
2015 Queensland Derby results
April 23, 2015. Albion Park BGRC $48,475
Winner: Dyna Villa (Collision x Roxio Bale) Born: Oct 2012 Black Dog
Owner: Brendan Wheeler, Trainer: Andrea Dailly.
Time: 29.70. Margins: 3.5L x 3.25L.
Others in finishing order: No Donuts, Fabulous Storm, Up the Attitude, Elusive Desire, Don’t Go Quietly, Bago Kusam, Quasi Bale.
Champion sprinter Keybow loomed as the one to beat in the 2014 QLD Derby, with the dual group 1 upstaged on the final night by Flash Reality. The victory gave leading Queensland conditioner Tony Brett his second Derby triumph, having also won the 2005 edition of the race with Black Enforcer. The son of Premier Fantasy and Orara Flash later went on to win the Group 1 Winter Cup, defeating a star studded field including Buckle Up Wes and Awesome Project.
2014 Queensland Derby results
May 1, 2014. Albion Park, BGRC. First Prize: $40,000
Winner: Flash Reality (Premier Fantasy x Orara Flash) Dec 2011 Black Dog
Owner: Marlene Ellis. Trainer: Tony Brett.
Time: 29.69. Margins 0.75 x 2.5
Others in finishing order: Keybow, Peter’s Pick, Grand Roman, Angvella, Size Does Matter, Tejay’s Grand.
Group 2 Queensland Derby honour roll
1972 Dixie’s First
1973 Dan Meadow
1974 Ben Hamilton
1975 High Climax
1976 Irish Outlaw
1977 Rebel Attack
1978 Iron Hawk
1979 Smart Mission
1981 Hatari Chief
1984 Magic Gull
1985 Kismet Range
1986 Raging Rajah
1987 Track Trump
1989 Nifty Business
1990 Mr Alert
1991 Your Attention
1992 Tears Finito
1994 Jurassic Vapour
1995 Dallas Man
1996 Fear No Judge
1998 Mighty McClurg
1999 Fiery Asset
2002 Awesome Machine
2003 Road Closed
2004 Art Mann
2005 Black Enforcer
2007 Big Swell
2008 Size Can Matter
2009 High Earner
2010 Franklin Style
2011 Bogie King
2012 Bellagio Lad
2013 Hello Good Bye
2014 Flash Reality
2015 Dyna Villa
2016 France Soir
2017 Rather Dapper
2018 Two Times Twice