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Queensland Derby 2021 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The Queensland Derby is one of the feature Group One's of the Brisbane Winter Carnival
  • This feature is run over 2400m at Eagle Farm
  • The 2021 edition will be contested on Saturday, May 29
  • Preview and tips are included below
Queensland Derby
Explosive Jack (outisde) is looking for a fourth Derby title (Getty)
Justin Darcy 26 May 2021
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With previous feature triumphs in Hobart, Sydney and Adelaide, Explosive Jack is aiming for an incredible fourth Derby win this Saturday.

John Allen will once again partner up with him from barrier six, the perfect gate for the Derby King.

Runner-up in the SA Derby to him was Let's Karaka Deel who is priced an $8 chance while Senor Toba ran well in the Rough Habit Plate, rated the second chance in the market at $4.80.

Criminal Defence won the Rough Habit Plate, and is still rated a $23 chance while second in that race was Kukeracha who is now at $14.

2021 Queensland Derby Odds

1Explosive Jack (NZ)Ciaron Maher & David EustaceJohn Allen657kg$2.90
2Let's Karaka Deel (NZ)Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen357kg $8
3Kukeracha (NZ)Chris WallerJames McDonald257kg $13
4AchieverChris WallerNash Rawiller1157kg $16
5ToscaniniCiaron Maher & David Eustace Robbie Fradd857kg $51
6Criminal DefencePeter & Will HulbertJye McNeil457kg $23
7BucharestChris WallerKerrin McEvoy1957kg $34
8Horrifying (NZ)Mark KavanaghJamie Kah1257kg $16
9Senor TobaChris WallerHugh Bowman2157kg $5
10Bold ExecutiveGarnett TaylorRyan Wiggins1557kg $126
11SagaciousMatthew DunnJason Collett157kg $101
12MaranoaGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark957kg$18
13Mr GeeJohn O'SheaCraig Williams757kg $81
14Fortified (NZ)Chris WallerJames Orman1657kg $16
15Calm Seeker (NZ)Matt Kropp
2057kg $126
16Hezashocka (NZ)Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Mark Zahra1457kg $26
17Mt Mort Shark (NZ)Matt Kropp
1757kg $126
18Quiet Michael (NZ)Chris WallerJoshua Parr1057kg $26
19eSino DefeatPaul Butterworth
557kg $81
20eOlympic ClassMichael Costa
1357kg $91
21eStylebender (NZ)Bryce Heys
1857kg $126
Odds courtesy of BlueBet & correct at 8.50pm on 26/05/2021.

2021 Queensland Derby Tips

Queensland Derby 2021 Best Bet - Explosive Jack

It is near impossible to knock this colt other than the price on offer, seeing as he has already won three Derbies in Australia and now looking for a fourth.

He was dominant when wide the entire journey in the SA Derby and beating rival Let's Karaka Deel fair and square, so it is hard to see the the latter turning the tables.

From barrier six, we are going to see a similar ride from John Allen, however he is highly unlikely to be caught in the three-wide line, hopefully extending his turn-of-foot over the final 200m.

Queensland Derby 2021 Next Best Bet - Let's Karaka Deel

If it's a case of one run too many for the favourite, I do feel that this is the next most progressive horse in the race who is drawn to get the suck run behind him, following Jack wherever he goes.

This is the third Derby he has contested, finishing just off the place getters in the VRC Derby in the sprint as well as his last start run in the SA Derby.

If he has taken the necessary improvement, Let's Karaka Deel s going to prove a force to be reckoned with in the Queensland Derby, drawing kinder than he did in Adelaide.

Queensland Derby 2021 Value Bet - Fortified

This gelding was too good for them two back in much weaker grade, but an impressive win all the same with the blinkers on for the first time there.

He then went up in trip and put away an 'ok' field in good manner, held-up for clear galloping room on the inside before bursting through and lapping up the trip at Ipswich.

We can only imagine that 2400m is only going to suit him more, with the main issue being the wide gate, but if he finds cover, he is going to run a much bigger race than what the market expects.

Queensland Derby 2021 FAQs

When is the 2021 Queensland Derby?

The 2021 Queensland Derby is scheduled to run on Saturday, May 29.

What distance is the Queensland Derby?

The Queensland Derby is run over a distance of 2400 metres.

How can I live stream the Queensland Derby?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Queensland Derby and all other Australian horse races.

Who won the 2020 Queensland Derby?

The Queensland Derby was not run in 2020.

Mr Quickie (2019) was the last horse to win the Queensland Derby.

What is the Queensland Derby worth?

The Queensland Derby is worth a total of $600,000.

$360,000 of that goes to the winner.



We will be backing Explosive Jack to win, Let's Karaka Deel to save and Fortified for a small profit.

Best Bet: Explosive Jack To Win @190.00 at BetMGM - 10 Units
Next Best Bet: Let's Karaka Deel To Win @700.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 2 Units
Value Bet: Fortified Each-Way @1500.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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