Kingsford Smith Cup

The $1 million Kingsford Smith Cup takes place in late May or early June in Brisbane as a lead-up to the Stradbroke Handicap.

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 I Wish I Win
  • 2nd: #9 Bella Nipotina
  • 3rd: #10 In Secret




The Kingsford Smith Cup – formerly the BTC Cup – is an important Group 1 race held at the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Since 2017 it has run a fortnight after its former spot on the carnival line-up moving 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 $1,000,000 in prize money as of 2023, the race now serves as a final stepping stone into Queensland’s richest race – the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

Think About It (2023) was the last horse to complete the Kingsford Smith Cup – Stradbroke Handicap double.

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 race 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 2023 Kingsford Smith Cup form was franked with the winner Think About It going on to win Brisbane’s Stradbroke Handicap nest start before a big spring in Sydney headlined by his victory in the world’s richest turf race – the $20 million The Everest.

The $1 million 2024 Kingsford Smith Cup ran on Saturday June 1, 2024 as a key lead-up to the Stradbroke Handicap and was won in a narrow thriller by the favourite I Wish I Wi ($3.90EF) who turned the tables on his last start Doomben 10,000 conqueror Bella Nipotina. 

Kingsford Smith Cup 2024
Date: Saturday June 1, 2024
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 1300m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Results

  • 1st: #1 I Wish I Win ($3.90EF)
  • 2nd: #9 Bella Nipotina
  • 3rd: #10 In Secret
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 I WISH I WIN (NZ) Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 1 59kg $3.90EF
2 9 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 0.4L 2 57kg $8
3 10 IN SECRET James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 2.49L 3 57kg $8.50
4 8 FREEDOM RALLY Tony Gollan Tim Clark 2.64L 8 59kg $31
5 2 THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Blake Shinn 3.3L 6 59kg $3.90EF
6 5 ANTINO (NZ) Tony Gollan Vlad Duric 4.42L 10 59kg $11
7 4 UNCOMMON JAMES Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted Billy Egan 6.5L 9 59kg $31
8 11 MAGIC TIME Grahame Begg Michael Dee 6.59L 7 57kg $6
9 7 OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 6.98L 4 59kg $61
10 12 ESPIONA Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 6.99L 5 57kg $11
SB 3 TUVALU Lindsey Smith Tyler Schiller 0 59kg
6 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Adam Hyeronimus 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Betting Odds

Formerly the BTC Cup – the Kingsford Smith Cup 2024 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 until the 2024 success of I Wish I Win ($3.90EF).

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2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Form Guide

Stay tuned for our comprehensive 2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Form Guide & Preview on all the horses in the mix for the weight-for-age Group 1.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL 2024 KINGSFORD SMITH CUP FORM GUIDE

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Kingsford Smith Cup 2024 Tips on the million-dollar Brisbane winter showdown.

  • To Win: TBD

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Field

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

In 2024 the same two horses ran the quinella in both the Doomben 10,000 and Kingsford Smith Cup with I Wish I Win turning the tables on Bella Nipotina in the latter.

The official Kingsford Smith Cup 2024 field and barriers are announced  by Racing Queensland on the Tuesday of race week and once released will be published in full below.

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Nominations

The 2024 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 2024 nominations close on Tuesday the 7th of May, 2024.

The 2024 Kingsford Smith Cup nominations drew 63 hopefuls led in all-in betting by Group 1 winning sprinter I Wish I Win from the Moody/Coleman camp, Joe Pride’s The Everest hero Think About It, and impressive recent All Aged Stakes winning mare Magic Time.

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).

In 2022, local trainer Desleigh Forster celebrated her first Group 1 success with smart four-year-old Apache Chase saluting at $12.

Recent BTC Cup / Kingsford Smith Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Kingsford Smith Cup
1st I Wish I Win 1 minute 17.81 seconds
2nd Bella Nipotina
3rd In Secret
2023
Kingsford Smith Cup
1st Think About It 1 minute 16.11 seconds
2nd Converge
3rd Rothfire
2022
Kingsford Smith Cup
1st Apache Chase 1 minute 16.39 seconds
2nd Paulele
3rd Eleven Eleven
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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