Queensland Derby 2021 – Field Preview, Odds & Tips

We have expert betting tips for the 2021 Queensland Derby this Saturday at Eagle Farm which features a field of 21.

The Group 1 has a rich history of champion winners and leading the field is South Australian Derby winner Explosive Jack.

We have a runner-by-runner betting guide for the Queensland Derby.

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Best bets for Queensland Derby


Best Bet:

Explosive Jack @ $2.90 Bet @ Sportsbet


Best Each Way Bet:

Senor Toba @ $5 Bet @ Sportsbet


Best Roughie:

Achiever @ $15 Bet @ Sportsbet


Queensland Derby Trifecta Tips

Punters should have six runners on their ticket for the Queensland Derby trifecta.

  • Explosive Jack
  • Senor Toba
  • Achiever
  • Let’s Karaka Deel
  • Maranoa
  • Kukeracha

Queensland Derby First-Four Tips

We have included eight runners in our first-four selections for the Queensland Derby on Saturday.

  • Explosive Jack
  • Senor Toba
  • Achiever
  • Let’s Karaka Deel
  • Maranoa
  • Kukeracha
  • Horrifying
  • Fortified

Queensland Derby Form Guide & Tips

1. Explosive Jack (Best Bet – $2.90) Bet @ Sportsbet

Explosive Jack comes off a win in the South Australian Derby and he looks capable of winning another Derby.

He now owns five wins from eight starts and he could be a Melbourne Cup horse in the making. Expect another top effort against similar opposition.

2. Let’s Karaka Deel ($8) Bet @ Sportsbet

A must-include in trifecta and first-four bets are chasing Explosive Jack for second last start.

It was a tough effort and he is easily good enough to beat this field. The $8 is well worth taking he’s bred to win at this distance.

3. Kukeracha ($13) Bet @ Sportsbet

Another runner coming a solid placing and he hit the line nicely behind Criminal Defence last time out.

No easier here but James McDonald rides and he’s in red-hot form. Include for first-four bets at double-figure odds.

4. Achiever (Best Roughie – $15) Bet @ Sportsbet

He comes off a win at Rosehill when beating a solid field. Rising in distance shouldn’t be a problem and punters have to respect the stable.

He has been specked at nice odds and we wouldn’t be leaving him off our ticket.

5. Toscanini ($61) Bet @ Sportsbet

Likely to struggle over this distance after running only fifth last start. Better suited to something much easier.

6. Criminal Defence ($23) Bet @ Sportsbet

Scored an upset win at Doomben last start and although this is much harder, he can’t be discounted based on that performance.

Barrier four is ideal and he could set them up in front and be tough to run down.

7. Bucharest ($41) Bet @ Sportsbet

Turned his form around when running fourth last start, but we don’t think he’s improving enough to take this out.

Big odds and rightfully so.

8. Horrifying ($18) Bet @ Sportsbet

Comes off a driving win at Flemington and although facing a rise in class, he showed good fight close to the line.

Jamie Kah comes to Queensland for the ride and she is riding very well this season. We wouldn’t be surprised if the son of Shocking got the win.

9. Senor Toba (Best Each Way – $5) Bet @ Sportsbet

Hit the line with purpose when running third two weeks back and it was a quality run from this progressive type.

The son of Toronado looks like a Derby contender and it could pay to follow the money coming for him.

10. Bold Executive ($201) Bet @ Sportsbet

Paying huge odds and it shouldn’t come close to winning. Leave off the ticket.

11. Sagacious ($126) Bet @ Sportsbet

Another runner paying huge odds and it comes off a poor run, so expect another poor finish in the Queensland Derby.

12. Maranoa ($18) Bet @ Sportsbet

Just run down in Sydney last week and although there is more depth to this field, we wouldn’t leave him out.

He is bred to stay and his mother was an Oaks winner, so the breeding lines read well. $18 is good shopping.

13. Mr Gee ($81) Bet @ Sportsbet

Not the worst runner in this field, but we don’t think he’s a Derby type. Wait until he races in something shorter and easier.

14. Fortified ($17) Bet @ Sportsbet

Comes into the race with back-to-back wins at Ipswich and Eagle Farm. He relished the rise in distance last start and he could be an overlooked runner.

Include in first-four selections from the Waller stable.

15. Calm Seeker ($126) Bet @ Sportsbet

Unlikely to trouble them given his recent form.

16. Hezashocka ($27) Bet @ Sportsbet

Broke maiden grades at Ellerslie and the Kiwi comes to Australia with a Group 1 win mind.

Bred to stay and although his form is tough to line up, he wouldn’t look out of place winning.

17. Mt Mort Shark ($126) Bet @ Sportsbet

Beaten easily by Fortified last start and we can’t see that result turning around. Big odds are there for a reason.

18. Quiet Michael ($31) Bet @ Sportsbet

A winner two back but against much easier opposition. A Waller-trained runner, but we would need to see a big betting push.

19. Sino Defeat ($91) Bet @ Sportsbet

Not showing good form this season and he’s unlikely to get a run.

20. Olympic Class ($101) Bet @ Sportsbet

Had his chance last start but failed to take the opportunity. Unlikely to get one here.

21. Stylebender ($201) Bet @ Sportsbet

Won’t be troubling them.

Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.



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