While many overlook the Winter Racing Carnival and focus on the famous Spring Carnival in Victoria, the Winter Carnival offers some of the country’s best racing action. With fantastic events spaced over May and June, Brisbane’s big event bridges the gap between Autumn and Spring, and allows punters to hone their skills, watch their favourites and prepare for the Melbourne cup later that year. 

Winter Carnival Horse Racing Betting Options

For those that are a little confused by the betting options offered in our featured Winter Carnival tips and betting previews, or would simple like to review the most popular options available to them, here are the most common betting types for punters looking to get involved in Brisbane’s exciting event:


The simplest bet you can make, the win bet will offer great odds if you can pick the horse that will come first in your race of choice.


If you are looking for a better chance to win, and would like to hedge your bets a little, then the place bet allows punters to pick three first to finish in the top three. If any of the horses place in the top positions, you win, but with a smaller dividend than if you made a win bet.

Each Way

For big races the each way bet is a popular option. Combining the win and place bets together, an each way bet will pay out if any of your horses place in the top three, and offer big rewards if you can pick the winner.


The duet bet offers punters the chance to pick two horses. If either of them place in the top three, bookies will pay out.


The quinella is one of the betting world’s most flexible options, allowing punters to choose any number of horses to place in the top two positions. One thing to keep in mind though is that picking more horses will lower the dividends with each additional horse.


The same bet as the quinella but instead of placing in the top two, the horses can place in the top three. Once again the more horses you pick to bet on the smaller the dividend.


Perhaps one of the most rewarding bets in the Winter Carnival, the exacta allows punters to pick the top two horses and the order in which they finish. Getting this right can mean big payout for the participants. 

About the Winter Carnival

The Winter Carnival is Queensland’s big racing period, taking place between May and June each year. Featuring the Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses the Winter Carnival adds a little excitement to the middle of the year. For punters who are new to the event, some of the most exciting races to bet on are the Victory Stakes, Doomben 10,000, Doomben Cup, Stradbroke Handicap, Queensland Derby and Queensland Oaks. 

Winter Carnival Tips and Betting Preview

Take a look at our Winter Carnival tips and betting previews for a great overview of the event and some exciting chances to win. 

Doomben 10,000 Preview

A field of nine will line up in this year’s edition of the…