Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival Tips & Betting Advice

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The Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival is Queensland's top thoroughbred festival and the highlight of gallops action in Australia in the colder months.

Highlighted by Stradbroke Handicap and the Doomben 10,000, the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival is a top tier festival on our racing calendar.

Brisbane Winter Racing Schedule

  • Date Race Name State Prize Money Distance Track

May 2023

June 2023

Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival Betting Odds

Check the individual races pages for the latest betting markets, news and tips on the big Group One races of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

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Major races of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival


The major race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival is the Group One Stradbroke Handicap, which is the only race in Queensland that has prizemoney in seven figures ($1.5 million).

The Doomben 10,000 is the other major sprint of the carnival, with the JJ Atkins (1600m) the premier mile event of the winter. 

Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival History


In the months of May and June, Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses come alive for five days of thoroughbred action in the state of Queensland.

The highlight of the carnival is the Group One Stradbroke Handicap, which was first run and won back in 1890 with Pyrrhus taking out the prize. Since that running the festival has grown in stature every year, culiminating in the 2019 edition of the Stradbroke being run for $1.5 million.

Today the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival is Australia's top colder month festivals and a must-watch for thoroughbred enthusiasts.

Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival FAQ

When does the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival take place?

The Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival kicks off earnestly in May with the Doomben 10,000 the first of a number of major races. It concludes in June.

Where is the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival held?

Eagle Farm and Doomben are the venues that host the main races of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

When is the Stradbroke Handicap?

The Stradbroke Handicap is without question the most recognisable race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. It is traditionally held at the start of June each year.