Moreton Cup

The QTC Cup is now known as the Moreton Cup and runs during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival on Queensland Oaks Day.

2019 Moreton Cup Results

  • 1st: #9 Pretty In Pink
  • 2nd: #4 Brave Song
  • 3rd: #6 Winter Bride



Held on the Queensland Oaks Day, the Group 2 QTC Cup is now known as the Moreton Cup and is one of the key Group status races on the card held at Doomben Racecourse in late May or early June during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

The race offers $200,000 in prize money and was previously contested over 1300m when held at Eagle Farm as a quality handicap event. Since 2017 however the race has run over 1200m at Doomben Racecourse under set weights plus penalties conditions. The other features on the program are the Group 1 Queensland Oaks and the Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes (formerly the Eagle Farm Cup).

The Moreton Cup 2019 ran at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday June 1, 2019 and saw the filly Pretty In Pink salute and earn a shot at the following weekend’s Stradbroke Handicap. 

2019 Moreton Cup
Date: Saturday June 1, 2019
Track: Doomben Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Set Weights plus Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize money: $200,000

2019 Moreton Cup Results

  • 1st: #9 Pretty In Pink
  • 2nd: #4 Brave Song
  • 3rd: #6 Winter Bride

The Moreton Cup 2019 Results saw the John O’Shea-trained filly Pretty In Pink hold off a late charge from Brave Song to enjoy a narrow victory in the Group 2 earning a ballot-free-ride into the Stradbroke Handicap field at Eagle Farm.

Read more on the gutsy 2019 Moreton Cup win by Pretty In Pink now.

Finish # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 PRETTY IN PINK John O’Shea Robbie Fradd 2 53kg $14
2 4 BRAVE SONG Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 0.1L 8 56kg $4
3 6 WINTER BRIDE Toby Edmonds Blake Shinn 0.3L 7 55.5kg $4.40
4 1 VIRIDINE James Cummings Tim Clark 1.05L 5 58kg $2.80F
5 3 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Damien Oliver 1.55L 6 56.5kg $7
6 7 DIVINE DICE John & Chris Meagher Tegan Harrison 2.3L 4 55kg $15
7 8 ECHO EFFECT Kristen Buchanan Jackson Murphy (a) 3.55L 3 55kg $101
8 5 HANDSOME THIEF (IRE) John & Chris Meagher Corey Brown 5.05L 1 56kg $26
10 SHE’S A THIEF (NZ) Michael Moroney Jake Bayliss 0
2 ASTORIA Diane Murphy 0

2019 Moreton Cup Odds

The Moreton Cup 2019 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the old QTC Cup race will be provided for punters below as soon as available.

2019 Moreton Cup Field

The Moreton Cup field attracts a smart line-up of winter sprinters that may have had a lead-up run earlier in the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival in a race like the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) at Doomben a fortnight before and is announced the Wednesday of race week.

It is a small 2019 Moreton Cup Final Field this winter with only 10 sprinters paid up for at acceptance stage. Peter & Paul Snowden’s in-form four-year-old Brave Song is out wide in barrier nine coming off back-to-back second placings, while the outside alley (10) belongs to the returning Astoria prepared by Diane Murphy at Beaudesert.

Update: Two horses have been scratched from the Moreton Cup 2019 field – #2 Astoria (10) and #10 She’s A Thief (8) – leaving just eight contenders for the final Stradbroke Handicap lead-up of the carnival.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 0x4x0x3041 VIRIDINE James Cummings Tim Clark 5 58kg 105
2 044235463x ASTORIA Diane Murphy TBA 10 57kg 83
3 2413×36810 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Damien Oliver 6 56.5kg 108
4 x133415x22 BRAVE SONG Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 9 56kg 101
5 16177x657x HANDSOME THIEF (IRE) Chris Meagher Corey Brown 1 56kg 94
6 11x110x134 WINTER BRIDE Toby Edmonds Blake Shinn 7 55.5kg 107
7 214×541601 DIVINE DICE Chris Meagher Tegan Harrison 4 55kg 90
8 x50023x006 ECHO EFFECT Kristen Buchanan Michael Murphy (a) 3 55kg 84
9 11x339x5 PRETTY IN PINK John O’Shea Robbie Fradd 2 53kg 82
10 42×7412065 SHE’S A THIEF (NZ) Michael Moroney Jake Bayliss 8 52kg 77.5

2019 Moreton Cup Nominations

The official Moreton Cup 2019 nominations close the Monday leading-up to Queensland Oaks Day and will be released below once early entries are taken by Racing Queensland.

The 2019 Moreton Cup Nominations attracted 15 early entries including three for the Godolphin stable led by Stradbroke Handicap hopeful Viridine.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 2413×36810 I AM EXCITED M 4 David Pfieffer 1 56.5kg 108
2 1230x214x7 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) G 7 James Cummings 2 58kg 110
3 0x4x0x3041 VIRIDINE G 4 James Cummings 3 58kg 105
4 11x110x134 WINTER BRIDE M 4 Toby Edmonds 4 55.5kg 107
5 11012×7701 MOONLOVER M 5 Matt Laurie 5 54kg 95
6 18×7251116 INTUITION G 4 James Cummings 6 56kg 97
7 x133415x22 BRAVE SONG G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 7 56kg 101
8 16177x657x HANDSOME THIEF (IRE) G 6 Chris Meagher 8 56kg 94
9 30×2707063 IN GOOD TIME M 4 Tracey Bartley 9 54kg 86
10 40×1213174 EVERYDAY LADY M 4 Will Clarken 10 54kg 94
11 11x339x5 PRETTY IN PINK F 3 John O’Shea 11 53kg 82
12 214×541601 DIVINE DICE G 5 Chris Meagher 12 55kg 90
13 x50023x006 ECHO EFFECT G 5 Kristen Buchanan 13 55kg 84
14 044235463x ASTORIA G 4 Diane Murphy 14 57kg 83
15 42×7412065 SHE’S A THIEF (NZ) F 3 Michael Moroney 15 52kg 77.5

QTC Cup / Moreton Cup History

First won by Famoso Gris in 1979, the QTC Cup was originally a 1200m sprint until 2005 when it was changed to its current distance of 1300m. Not held in 1988 or 1999, the Group 2 event was a Group 3 event until 1983. From 2017 the race became known as the Moreton Cup and that year was contested over 1200m at Doomben (instead of Eagle Farm).

QTC Cup / Moreton Cup Winners Since 2000:

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Moreton Cup
1st Pretty In Pink 1 minute 09.28 seconds
2nd Brave Song
3rd Winter Bride
2018
Moreton Cup
1st The Monstar 1 minute 10.12 seconds
2nd Platinum Angel
3rd Calanda
2017
Moreton Cup
1st Deploy 1 minute 09.19 seconds (run over 1200m)
2nd Dothraki
3rd Perfect Dare
2016
QTC Cup
1st Spill The Beans 1 minute 17.23 seconds
2nd Federal
3rd Stratum Star
2015
QTC Cup
1st Ball Of Muscle 1 minute 8.46 seconds
2nd That’s A Good Idea
3rd Kuro
2014
QTC Cup
1st Sacred Star 1 minute 17.1 seconds
2nd Masthead
3rd Bennetta
2013
QTC Cup
1st Galah 1 minute 17.6 seconds
2nd Conservatorium
3rd Griffon
2012
QTC Cup
1st Celtic Dancer 1 minute 20.9 seconds
2nd Belltone
3rd Joint Chiefs
2011
QTC Cup
1st Varenna Miss 1 minute 16.1 seconds
2nd Phelan Ready
3rd Zingaling
2010
QTC Cup
1st Catapulted 1 minute 15.1 seconds
2nd Border Rebel
3rd Ego’s Dare
2009
QTC Cup
1st Ortensia 1 minute 19.1 seconds
2nd Maxison
3rd Mr Baritone
2008
QTC Cup
1st Chinchilla Rose 1 minute 19.3 seconds
2nd Black Ink
3rd Easy Rocker
2007
QTC Cup
1st Nova Star 1 minute 17.6 seconds
2nd Rasmussen
3rd Son Of Dane
2006
QTC Cup
1st Messiaen 1 minute 16.5 seconds
2nd Consular
3rd Spuruson
2005
QTC Cup
1st Sir Breakfast 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd Beautiful Gem
3rd All Bar One
2004
QTC Cup
1st Falkirk 1 minute 8.8 seconds
2nd Patpong
3rd Bomber Bill
2003
QTC Cup
1st Into The Night 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Bomber Bill
3rd Polygram
2002
QTC Cup
1st Pembleton 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Maitland Gold
3rd Machtig Mini Panis
2001
QTC Cup
1st Century Kid 1 minute 8.1 seconds
2nd Super Impressive
3rd Federal Agent
2000
QTC Cup
1st Gallopini 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Super Espion
3rd Antiquity

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