Kingsford Smith Cup

The BTC Cup is now known as the Kingsford Smith Cup and takes place in late May in Brisbane as a lead-up to the Stradbroke Handicap.

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Results

  • 1st: #9 Vega One
  • 2nd: #10 Jonker
  • 3rd: #11 Signore Fox



The  BTC Cup is now known as the Kingsford Smith Cup and is no longer the first Group 1 race held at the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Instead, since 2017, it runs a fortnight after its former spot on the carnival line-up and has been moved from Doomben Racecourse to Eagle Farm. For the 2013 running of the BTC Cup the race was moved to neighbouring Eagle Farm Racecourse in a bid to lure Black Caviar to the event and this track has been the race’s permanent home since 2017.

Formerly run over 1200m, the new-look Kingsford Smith Cup is contested in late May over 1300m and remains weight-for-age race feature. Offering $700,000 in prize money, the race now serves as a final stepping stone into Queensland’s richest race – the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

The new lead-up race into the Kingsford Smith Cup field is the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) a fortnight earlier and the Doomben 10,000 – Kingsford Smith Cup double was achieved in 2019 by Kiwi galloper The Bostonian.

Many top horses, usually locally-trained, have run and won the BTC Cup over the years but none as notable as the mighty Black Caviar who travelled to Queensland to take out the classic over Hay List back in 2011 attracting a capacity crowd at Doomben decked out in her famous salmon and black polka dot colours.

In 2018 the Kingsford-Smith Cup took place over 1350m distance back at Doomben Racecourse due to the ongoing issues at Eagle Farm and was won by the previous year’s Stradbroke Handicap champ Impending.

There was no 2020 Kingsford-Smith Cup held due to COVID-19.

The 2021 Kingsford Smith Cup (formerly the BTC Cup) ran on Saturday May 29, 2021 and saw the Tony Gollan-trained Vega One defeat stablemate Jonker. 

Kingsford Smith Cup 2021
Date: Saturday May 29, 2021
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 1300m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $700,000

2021 Kingsford Smith Cup Results

  • 1st: #9 Vega One
  • 2nd: #10 Jonker
  • 3rd: #11 Signore Fox

The Tony Gollan-trained Vega One ($12) is onto the Stradbroke Handicap again after the comeback galloper enjoyed a late win over his nearly all-the-way stablemate Jonker ($15) in the 2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup results thanks to a gun ride by the now the record holding six-time Group 1 winning female hoop Jamie Kah.

Click here to read more on the thrilling Kingsford-Smith Cup 2021 win by Vega One.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 9 VEGA ONE Tony Gollan Ms Jamie Kah 13 59kg $12
2 10 JONKER Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 0.5L 4 59kg $15
3 11 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 0.6L 5 59kg $51
4 1 TREKKING James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 0.8L 12 59kg $8
5 6 VICTOREM Jenny Graham Mark Du Plessis 1L 2 59kg $26
6 3 SAVATOXL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 1.2L 14 59kg $15
7 14 OUTBACK BARBIE Tony Gollan Brenton Avdulla 1.4L 9 57kg $31
8 16 DAME GISELLE Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 1.7L 6 55kg $17
9 13 SAVATIANO James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1.8L 8 57kg $4F
10 8 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea James Orman 1.9L 11 59kg $7.50
11 5 KEMENTARI James Cummings Joshua Parr 2.65L 1 59kg $19
12 2 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Jason Collett 2.85L 15 59kg $6
13 12 BLAZEJOWSKI Greg Eurell Jye McNeil 3.6L 10 59kg $51
14 7 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Craig Williams 3.8L 3 59kg $21
15 15 PENNINO Darryl Hansen Ms Tiffani Brooker 4.2L 7 57kg $201
4 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Kingsford Smith Cup Odds & Betting

Formerly the BTC Cup – the Kingsford Smith Cup 2021 betting odds on the hopeful winter sprinters plus market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be detailed below as soon as released.

Impending ($4.20 equal favourite in 2018) was the last favourite or equal favourite in Kingsford-Smith Cup betting to win and the first since Black Caviar (2011) when the event was run over 1200m as the BTC Cup.

2021 Kingsford Smith Cup Form Guide

Stay tuned for our comprehensive 2021 Kingsford Smith Cup Form Guide & Preview on all the horses in the mix for the weight-for-age Group 1.

2021 Kingsford Smith Cup Field

The Kingsford Smith Cup Field – formerly the BTC Cup – is set to attract a class line-up of local and interstate sprinting talent heading towards the Stradbroke Handicap a fortnight later back at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Since 2017, the Kingsford Smith Cup field features gallopers coming off a lead-up run in the Doomben 10,000 two weeks prior.

The official Kingsford Smith Cup 2021 field and barriers are announced  by Racing Queensland on the Tuesday of race week and once released will be published in full below.

The 2021 Kingsford Smith-Cup final field is now out featuring 16 runners led in betting by South Australian star Gytrash drawn wide in 15 and Godolphin’s in-form mare Savatiano.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Kingsford Smith-Cup field 2021 and betting markets.

Scratchings Update: The race morning field is down to 15 runners with trainer Chris Waller withdrawing the widely-drawn Imaging (16) who had the outside alley in the Kingsford-Smith Cup field.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 19x2424x55 TREKKING James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 12 59kg 115
2 3212x131x3 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Jason Collett 15 59kg 114
3 388141×911 SAVATOXL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 14 59kg 109
4 x34303x200 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 16 59kg 108
5 0x45381x66 KEMENTARI James Cummings Joshua Parr 1 59kg 108
6 x2x010x393 VICTOREM Jenny Graham Mark Du Plessis 2 59kg 107
7 73410×5161 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Mark Zahra 3 59kg 107
8 05068622×1 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea James Orman 11 59kg 107
9 1x4494x624 VEGA ONE Tony Gollan Ms Jamie Kah 13 59kg 105
10 753x121x3x JONKER Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 4 59kg 104
11 146730×154 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 5 59kg 103
12 1x575615x3 BLAZEJOWSKI Greg Eurell Jye McNeil 10 59kg 101
13 6x1801x112 SAVATIANO James Cummings Hugh Bowman 8 57kg 114
14 08×3392941 OUTBACK BARBIE Tony Gollan Brenton Avdulla 9 57kg 103
15 0639x80x37 PENNINO Darryl Hansen Ms Tiffani Brooker 7 57kg 99
16 x1114x4937 DAME GISELLE Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 6 55kg 101

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Kingsford Smith Cup Nominations

The 2021 Kingsford Smith Cup nominations close on a Tuesday in early May over three weeks out from the race, followed by first acceptances later in the month.

The Kingsford-Smith Cup 2021 nominations are now out featuring 62 hopefuls including the well-backed Godolphin-raced stablemates Savatiano and Trekking who ran third in the 2019 edition of the race before his Stradbroke Handicap success.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x226x82234 AMISH BOY C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2 12x163x5x6 ARAPAHO (FR) H 4 Bjorn Baker
3 27113112×0 ATHIRI M 4 James Cummings
4 4215x2330x AWAY GAME F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
5 0324×52336 BELLA NIPOTINA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
6 61x575615x BLAZEJOWSKI G 6 Greg Eurell
7 x111112x4x BLESS HER M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
8 0x42x6689x BOOMSARA G 5 Chris Munce
9 x1344x4875 BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 4 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold
10 221x1531x2 COUNT DE RUPEE G 3 Robert & Luke Price
11 x1114x4937 DAME GISELLE F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
12 x491122x19 ENCHANTED HEART M 4 Kris Lees
13 320x6152x6 EXHILARATES M 4 James Cummings
14 33x1121x EXPRESS FANTASY (NZ) M 5 David Vandyke
15 2x3117x595 FIESTA M 5 Chris Waller
16 x8195x6042 FLAT HEAVEN (FR) G 6 Bjorn Baker
17 29010×5950 FLIT M 4 James Cummings
18 x6220x4480 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller
19 62x21111x2 GARIBALDI G 4 Tony Gollan
20 1×15 GAROPPOLO (NZ) G 3 Maryann Brosnan
21 x450x1680x GRAFF H 5 Tony Gollan
22 9x4116x811 GROUNDSWELL G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
23 19x6130x05 HOLYFIELD C 3 Annabel Neasham
24 0x1107x410 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
25 x34303x200 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
26 753x121x3x JONKER H 5 Tony Gollan
27 0x45381x66 KEMENTARI G 6 James Cummings
28 050x30030x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
29 12x469x8 KUMASI C 3 Kacy Fogden
30 x26462x220 LYRE M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
31 x6741x260x MADAM ROUGE M 5 Chris Waller
32 3x0x602200 MIZZY M 5 Anthony Cummings
33 05068622×1 NICCANOVA G 7 Steve Tregea
34 42x8x60x01 OLMEDO (FR) H 6 Annabel Neasham
35 10639x80x3 PENNINO M 5 Darryl Hansen
36 62x48x3434 PRAGUE C 3 Annabel Neasham
37 46x3116x11 RACECOURSE ROAD G 5 Kelly Schweida
38 x59146x243 RIDDLE ME THAT G 4 Matt Laurie
39 x183x111x5 ROCKETING BY C 3 David Pfieffer
40 6x1801x112 SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings
41 6388141×91 SAVATOXL G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
42 10x110x97x SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
43 0146730×15 SIGNORE FOX H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
44 113x21x11 SKINS G 5 David Vandyke
45 73410×5161 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
46 1x345025x0 SPECIAL REWARD G 5 Kris Lees
47 1x5658x401 SPLINTEX H 4 Mark Newnham
48 5x370215x6 STAMPE G 4 Chris Munce
49 x46160x172 SUBPOENAED (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
50 4354x49x32 SUPERIUM G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
51 9941×50841 SWEET DEAL M 6 John Thompson
52 254x6616x2 TAKSU G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
53 33x122145x THE ASTROLOGIST G 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
54 x11111x55x THE HARROVIAN G 7 Toby & Trent Edmonds
55 351x3597x7 TOFANE (NZ) M 5 Michael Moroney
56 219x2424x5 TREKKING G 6 James Cummings
57 11x4494x62 VEGA ONE G 5 Tony Gollan
58 x2x010x393 VICTOREM G 6 Jenny Graham
59 22324×4336 WANDABAA M 4 Kris Lees
60 410x81910x WILD PLANET G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
61 38x113x161 WILD RULER C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
62 x115x08x26 WISDOM OF WATER C 3 Annabel Neasham

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

BTC Cup / Kingsford Smith Cup History

The race now known as the Kingsford Smith Cup was inaugurated in 1964 as the J.T. Delaney Quality Handicap and has always played a part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. It has undergone a host of name changes over the years including the BTC Cup, which it was known as from 2004 – 2016. In 2017 a rescheduled Queensland winter program saw the race name changed to the Kingsford Smith Cup. It also moved from Doomben Racecourse to Eagle Farm Racecourse and the distance was upped from 1200m to 1350m.

The event began as a Principal Race and was elevated to its current Group 1 status in 2006 when Gee I Jane took out top honours. A host of talented sprinters have won the BTC Cup over the years including Apache Cat (2008), Black Caviar (2011) and Malaguerra (2016). The last back-to-back BTC Cup winner was Buck’s Price (1993-94).

Recent BTC Cup / Kingsford Smith Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Kingsford Smith Cup
1st Vega One 1 minute 16.91 seconds
2nd Jonker
3rd Signore Fox
2020
Kingsford Smith Cup
Race Not Held Due to COVID-19
1st TBD
2nd
3rd
2019
Kingsford Smith Cup
1st The Bostonian 1 minute 15.51 seconds
2nd Princess Posh
3rd Trekking
2018
Kingsford Smith Cup
1st Impending 1 minute 19.5 seconds
2nd Le Romain
3rd Champagne Cuddles
2017
Kingsford Smith Cup
1st Clearly Innocent 1 minute 19.09 seconds
2nd Jungle Edge
3rd Counterattack
2016
BTC Cup
1st Malaguerra 1 minute 08.73 seconds
2nd Dothraki
3rd Japonisme
2015
BTC Cup
1st Hot Snitzel 1 minute 09.47 seconds
2nd Knoydart
3rd Our Boy Malachi
2014
BTC Cup
1st Famous Seamus 1 minute 9.06 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Buffering
2013
BTC Cup
1st Your Song 1 minute 11.3 seconds
2nd Rain Affair
3rd Better Than Ready
2012
BTC Cup
1st Sea Siren 1 minute 08.3 seconds
2nd Scenic Blast
3rd Beaded
2011
BTC Cup
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 08.8 seconds
2nd Hay List
3rd Buffering
2010
BTC Cup
1st Albert The Fat 1 minute 9.24 seconds
2nd Melito
3rd Latin News
2009
BTC Cup
1st Duporth 1 minute 8.9 seconds
2nd Bank Robber
3rd Apache Cat
2008
BTC Cup
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 9.3 seconds
2nd Vormista
3rd Swiss Ace
2007
BTC Cup
1st Bentley Biscuit 1 minute 8.5 seconds
2nd Takeover Target
3rd Mitanni
2006
BTC Cup
1st Gee I Jane 1 minute 8.6 seconds
2nd Daunting Lad
3rd All Bar One
2005
BTC Cup
1st Spark Of Life 1 minute 9 seconds
2nd St Basil
3rd Regimental Gal
2004
BTC Cup
1st Thorn Park 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd Star Of Florida
3rd Regimental Gal
2003
BTC Cup
1st Falvelon 1 minute 10 seconds
2nd Make Mine Magic
3rd Diamond Dane
2002
BTC Cup
1st Lord Essex 1 minute 8.3 seconds
2nd Falvelon
3rd Phoenix Park
2001
BTC Cup
1st Fritz 1 minute 9.1 seconds
2nd Show A Heart
3rd King Lotto
2000
BTC Cup
1st Falvelon 1 minute 8.4 seconds
2nd Mr Innocent
3rd Toledo

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