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.

2023 Premier's Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Kukeracha
  • 2nd: #3 Serpentine
  • 3rd: #4 Kalapour



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 Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m) is another next-up option for Premier’s Cup graduates in Brisbane.

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 2022 Premier’s Cup form was franked with the runner-up Sweet Thomas running a next-up third in the Brisbane Cup results.

The 2023 Premier’s Cup was held on Saturday May 27, 2023 at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Queensland Derby Day and was narrowly won by the Chris Waller-trained Kukeracha ($7.50) in a three-way photo finish. 

Premier’s Cup Info:

Date:
Saturday May 27, 2023
Track:
Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance:
2400m
Race Type:
Quality Handicap
Status:
Group 3
Prizemoney:
$200,000

2023 Premier’s Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Kukeracha ($7.50)
  • 2nd: #3 Serpentine
  • 3rd: #4 Kalapour

The Chris Waller-trained Kukeracha ($7.50) dug deep late and got his head down right on the line to score a thrilling victory in a close three-way photo-finish in the 2023 Premier’s Cup results on Queensland Derby Day.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 7 56.5kg $7.50
2 3 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0.03L 9 58.5kg $3.30F
3 4 KALAPOUR (IRE) Kris Lees Blake Shinn 0.08L 13 56.5kg $3.70
4 8 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Jason Collett 0.41L 2 54kg $14
5 12 YAPHET Cliff Brown Tyler Schiller (a) 3.66L 12 54kg $26
6 11 TAPPY’S LAD (NZ) Kerry Taplin Mark Du Plessis 3.8L 6 54kg $41
7 13 SOUTHERN STOCK (NZ) Chris Munce Ben Thompson 3.98L 8 54kg $41
8 1 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 4.47L 11 59kg $14
9 2 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) Lisa Latta Ryan Maloney 6.03L 5 59kg $41
10 6 LONDON BANKER (NZ) Kelly Schweida James Orman 6.1L 10 56kg $21
11 10 OTYRAR (GB) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 6.16L 4 54kg $11
12 7 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Matthew Smith Larry Cassidy 8.41L 3 56kg $61
13 9 DUNE FORTY FIVE Robert Heathcote Craig Williams 24.22L 1 54kg $10

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Premier’s Cup Betting

The winter’s top Premier’s Cup 2023 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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 PREMIER’S CUP ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Premier’s Cup Form

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 PREMIER’S CUP FORM GUIDE

2023 Premier’s Cup Field

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

The official Premier’s Cup 2023 Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to Kingsford Smith Cup Day and will be available below.

The 2023 Premier’s Cup final field features a strong line-up of potential Brisbane Cup-bound stayers led in betting by Kris Lees’ last start Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap winner at Doomben Kalapour

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 35x5302x85 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 11 59kg 103
2 x344505144 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) Lisa Latta Ryan Maloney 5 59kg 103
3 x0x09020x1 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 58.5kg 102
4 18x0x92121 KALAPOUR (IRE) Kris Lees Blake Shinn 13 56.5kg 98
5 890627×053 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 7 56.5kg 98
6 5x8174x760 LONDON BANKER (NZ) Kelly Schweida James Orman 10 56kg 97
7 7885x78x00 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Matthew Smith Opie Bosson 3 56kg 56.5kg 97
8 x074506x00 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Jason Collett 2 54kg 93
9 2488×11742 DUNE FORTY FIVE Robert Heathcote Craig Williams 1 54kg 88
10 11211×0864 OTYRAR (GB) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 4 54kg 86
11 3045110001 TAPPY’S LAD (NZ) Kerry Taplin Mark Du Plessis 6 54kg 84
12 142×565070 YAPHET Cliff Brown Tyler Schiller (a) 12 54kg 84
13 549×761220 SOUTHERN STOCK (NZ) Chris Munce Ben Thompson 8 54kg 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Premier’s Cup Nominations

The official 2023 Premier’s Cup nominations close on the Monday of race week and will be published in full right here.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x8560x2256 BISCAYNE BAY M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 82
2 2488×11742 DUNE FORTY FIVE G 5 Robert Heathcote
3 35x5302x85 FANCY MAN (IRE) H 5 Annabel Neasham 103
4 x30088x048 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 98
5 18x0x92121 KALAPOUR (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 98
6 890627×053 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 98
7 5x8174x760 LONDON BANKER (NZ) G 7 Kelly Schweida 97
8 11211×0864 OTYRAR (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 86
9 x344505144 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 7 Lisa Latta 103
10 x0x09020x1 SERPENTINE (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102
11 7885x78x00 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith
12 549×761220 SOUTHERN STOCK (NZ) G 4 Chris Munce 78
13 3045110001 TAPPY’S LAD (NZ) G 5 Kerry Taplin 84
14 x074506x00 WARNING G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 93
15 142×565070 YAPHET G 4 Cliff Brown 84

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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.

The 2022 Premier’s Cup was marred by the tragic death of dual Melbourne Cup runner Steel Prince who was euthanised after suffering a suspected heart attack during the race.

Premier’s Cup results since 2006 are listed below.

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2023
Premier’s Cup
1st Kukeracha 2:29.77
Serpentine
Kalapour
2022
Premier’s Cup
1st Splendiferous 2:28.99
2nd Sweet Thomas
3rd The Fearless One
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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