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Queensland Derby 2023 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

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Last updated: 25 May 2023
Rick Morris 25 May 2023
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  • The Queensland Derby is a three-year-old feature run over the Brisbane Winter Carnival
  • This Group 1 is contested over 2400m at Eagle Farm
  • The 2023 edition will be run on Saturday, May 27
  • Rick Morris provides his Queensland Derby preview
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QLD Derby Tips
The Queensland Derby is the first of two Group 1's run on Saturday's Eagle Farm meeting. (Getty)
 

The Queensland Derby is a famous three-year-old event, with this 2400m Group 1 run under set weights conditions at Eagle Farm.
  • Queensland Derby 2023 Field & Odds
  • Queensland Derby 2023 Tips

Notable early winners include all time champions, Tulloch in 1957, Kingston Town in 1980 and Strawberry Road in 1983. Some of the more recent famous victors were Dark Dream in 2018 and Mr Quickie in 2019.

Kovalica heads the betting for the 2023 Queensland Derby with $1.80 the quote via BetRight 

Queensland Derby 2023 Field & Odds

No
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Barrier
Weight
Odds
1Kovalica (NZ)Chris Waller James McDonald 557kg$1.80
2The VowelsToby & Trent EdmondsJames Orman1457kg $12
3Aberfeldie BoyRobbie Griffiths & Mathew de KockCraig Newitt857kg $13
4Promises KeptCiaron Maher & David EustaceMark Zahra157kg $7
5Andalus (NZ)John O'SheaBlake Shinn1957kg $34
6Tapildoodledo (NZ)Kerry TaplinBen Thompson 757kg $51
7Waitak (NZ)Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott Jake Bayliss1557kg $81
8Special Swey (NZ)Chris Waller Nash Rawiller1757kg $9
9Stroke Of LuckJohn O'Shea Ben Melham457kg $19
10SmartawiGregory HickmanTyler Schiller (a)1857kg$71
11Arby (NZ)Darryn & Briar WeatherleySam Weatherley 1657kg $101
12Cut On A DimeBryce HeysDamien Thornton257kg $61
13The Englishman (NZ)Peter & Paul SnowdenChad Schofield1357kg$81
14FamePeter G MoodyJason Collett1257kg$23
15XtrarevzJohn SargentJoshua Parr657kg$41
16Sacred Mission (NZ)David VandykeCraig Williams1057kg $51
17AmalgamationMarcus WilsonSamantha Collett2057kg $101
18True BlueMatthew SmithOpie Bosson1157kg $251
19eSubarcticMatthew Smith TBA957kg $301
20eArtful GirlKevin KempMarnu Potgieter (a)355kg$251
Odds courtesy of BetRight & correct at 1.15am on 25/05/2023.

Queensland Derby 2023 Tips


2023 Queensland Derby Best Bet - Special Swey

It took him seven runs to win his maiden in New Zealand before being transferred across the ditch to Chris Waller’s stable.

His past four runs have been over 2000m and he was a convincing winner of the Group 3 Rough Habit, at Doomben, which is the traditional lead-up.

In a positive move, apprentice Tyler Schiller sent him around the outside from the 1000 metres marker and took up the running. 

He sustained the run and booted clear in the straight, holding his ground in what was a strong staying performance, with the 2400m ideal now.


2023 Queensland Derby Favourite - Kovalica

The more fancied of the Chris Waller’s runners, Kovalica really can’t really be faulted, although he does have to handle th seven day turanround.

He ran third in the Doomben Cup last week, having contested that WFA contest against older rivals as he missed the Rough Habit due to a foot abscess.

The son of Ocean Park is unbeaten from two Eagle Farm attempts and ran out a strong 2100m when taking out the Grand Prix here in December.

Kovalica’s breeding suggests he should stay and while class could see him home, his price is rock bottom now at $1.80.


2023 Queensland Derby Value Bet - The Vowels

He’s a horse you would love to have in your backyard (386k in prize money), as he gives his all every time he goes to the races.

The Edmonds stable have placed him nicely, winning five on the trot prior to his Queensland Guineas attempt, where he got home nicely behind Kovalica.

The Vowels chased hard behind Special Swey last start and finished second, so a 2400m tilt is in ordernow he's hard fit.

This gelding is very genuine and has clearly been set for the Queensland Derby, running here as clearly the pick of the local hopes.

   

Verdict

Kovalica is the one to beat, but I want $2.50+ and not sure we'll get that.

Each-way, Special Swey is our main play, while The Vowels can also be backed at decent odds.

Best Bet: Special Swey Each Way @8/1 at Bet Right - 3 Units
Value Bet: The Vowels Each Way @11/1 at Bet Right - 1 Unit
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