Premier’s Cup

The Group 3 Premier's Cup is a quality staying race for Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival gallopers heading towards the Brisbane Cup back at Eagle Farm Racecourse a fortnight later.

2021 Premier's Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Spirit Ridge
  • 2nd: #5 Carif
  • 3rd: #7 Paths Of Glory



The Premier’s Cup is a Group 3 race held annually as part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Raced over a staying test distance of 2400m, the Premier’s Cup offers $200,000 in total prize money as of 2021 and is part of the updated Kingsford-Smith Cup Day program in late May at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Note: The 2020 edition of the Premier’s Cup ran at Doomben on July 27 offering $125,000 due to the COVID-19 affected Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

Run under quality handicap conditions and only open to horses aged three years and older, the Premier’s Cup is a key lead-up race for longer distance gallopers targeting a run back at the track on Stradbroke Handicap Day in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (3200m).

The Premier’s Cup is one of the feature support acts on the Eagle Farm card in late May with racing at the meeting headlined by the Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup (1300m) for Stradbroke Handicap hopes, the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes for two-year-olds heading towards the JJ Atkins and now the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) following a change to the carnival line-up in 2021.

The 2021 Premier’s Cup was held on Saturday May 29, 2021 and won by the Mark Newnham-trained Spirit Ridge. 

Premier’s Cup Info:

Date:
Saturday May 29, 2021
Track:
Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance:
2400m
Race Type:
Quality Handicap
Status:
Group 3
Prizemoney:
$200,000

2021 Premier’s Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Spirit Ridge
  • 2nd: #5 Carif
  • 3rd: #7 Paths Of Glory

Mark Newnham’s last-start Wagga Wagga Gold Cup runner-up Spirit Ridge ($7.50) went one better over the 2400m at Eagle Farm enjoying a narrow victory right on the line in this year’s Premier’s Cup 2021 results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 4 57kg $7.50
2 5 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Jamie Kah 0.1L 8 56kg $15
3 7 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Williams 0.6L 3 55kg $8.50
4 6 RONDINELLA (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 1.6L 12 55kg $8
5 9 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 3.1L 9 54kg $19
6 4 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3.6L 2 56kg $7
7 2 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman James McDonald 3.7L 6 57kg $3F
8 1 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 5.95L 10 58kg $19
9 8 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan Michael Cahill 7.45L 5 54kg $21
10 13 AVION FURY Glen Thompson Kerrin McEvoy 7.95L 1 54kg $61
11 10 ALAKAHAN (IRE) Richard & Michael Freedman Ben Thompson 8.7L 7 54kg $19
12 11 ROMAKASH (NZ) Matt Kropp Larry Cassidy 13.45L 11 54kg $101
12 MAID OF ORE Nick Olive 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Premier’s Cup Betting

The winter’s top Premier’s Cup 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Brisbane Cup-bound stayers will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned.

2021 Premier’s Cup Field

Each season the Premier’s Cup field attracts a field of Brisbane Cup-bound gallopers.

The official Premier’s Cup 2021 Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to Kingsford-Smith Cup Day and will be available below.

The 2021 Premier’s Cup final field features 13 stayers led in betting by Anthony & Sam Freedman’s last start Warrnambool Cup winner Le Don De Vie.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 301x79x778 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 11 58kg 106
2 443125×571 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 6 57kg 104
3 x2211x2502 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 4 57kg 104
4 382327×204 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 56kg 102
5 780751×084 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Jamie Kah 9 56kg 102
6 5082×80522 RONDINELLA (NZ) John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 13 55kg 104
7 455×778314 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Williams 3 55kg 100
8 688×866316 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan Michael Cahill 5 54kg 98
9 11x188x774 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 10 54kg 96
10 21×4273211 ALAKAHAN (IRE) Richard & Michael Freedman Ben Thompson 8 54kg 94
11 0275114539 ROMAKASH (NZ) Matt Kropp Larry Cassidy 12 54kg 88
12 808×390145 MAID OF ORE Nick Olive 7 54kg 85
13 9×73617551 AVION FURY Glen Thompson Kerrin McEvoy 1 54kg 71

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Premier’s Cup Nominations

The official 2021 Premier’s Cup nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be published in full right here.

Premier’s Cup History

The Premier’s Cup is a relatively new race, with its inauguration occurring as recently as 2006. Coalesce was the first winner of the Premier’s Cup, and the trophy has since been handed to similarly solid performers.

The Premier’s Cup is often used by trainers as a preparation race for the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m), held on Stradbroke Handicap Day at Eagle Farm.

Due to its relatively short history, the Premier’s Cup has not developed the kind of following or deep tradition as other races. However, in its short life, the Premier’s Cup has obtained a reputation as an exciting staying race, with the result much more unpredictable than many other mid to long distance races.

Premier’s Cup results since 2006 are listed below.

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2021
Premier’s Cup
1st Spirit Ridge 2:31.09 (over 2400m)
2nd Carif
3rd Paths Of Glory
2020
Premier’s Cup
1st Another Dollar 2:17.11
2nd La Pulga
3rd Alward
2019
Premier’s Cup
1st The Candy Man 2:15.83
2nd Haripour
3rd Igraine
2018
Premier’s Cup
1st Rising Red 2:14.60
2nd Maurus
3rd Sedanzer
2017
Premier’s Cup
1st Kaiser Franz 2:22.93
2nd Zambezi Warrior
3rd The Chairman
2016
Premier’s Cup
1st Real Love 2:14.3
2nd Puccini
3rd Benzini
2015
Premier’s Cup
1st Faust 2:06.2
2nd Baligari
3rd Jetset Lad
2014
Premier’s Cup
1st Zephyron 2:13.4
2nd Precedence
3rd Pretty Pins
2013
Premier’s Cup
1st Precedence 2:16.9
2nd Less Is More
3rd Zennista
2012
Premier’s Cup
1st Fantastic Blue 2:16.9
2nd Dance With Her
3rd Ironstein
2011
Premier’s Cup
1st Shuffle The Cash 2:14.8
2nd Tinseltown
3rd Little Stranger
2010
Premier’s Cup
1st Tabulate 2:16.6
2nd Albertinelli
3rd Larry’s Never Late
2009
Premier’s Cup
1st Reggie 2:22.1
2nd Scattergun
3rd Macknuckle
2008
Premier’s Cup
1st Rezone 2:14.3
2nd Majestic Sight
3rd Fulmonti
2007
Premier’s Cup
1st Theseo 2:15.3
2nd Game On
3rd Mandela
2006
Premier’s Cup
1st Coalesce 2:13.9
2nd Holidazzle
3rd Haylee Baylee

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