Queensland Cup

The Queensland Cup runs at Eagle Farm Racecourse in October over the spring racing season.

2021 Queensland Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Honorable Spirit
  • 2nd: #11 Lunasnit
  • 3rd: #8 Fu Ni



The Queensland Cup is a Listed race that takes place at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse in early October having been moved in 2020 from its earlier slot in late July at the end of the annual Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

Formerly run over the traditional cup distance of two miles (3200m) – the same as the iconic Melbourne Cup in the spring and the Sydney Cup each autumn – it is now a 2400m race that serves as a potential lead-up into the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) later in October.

A quality handicap race, the Queensland Cup field face off for $130,000 in prize money.

The latest edition of the Queensland Cup ran on Saturday October 9, 2021 and was won by the John Smerdon-trained favourite Honorable Spirit ($2.60). 

Queensland Cup 2021
Date: Saturday October 9, 2021
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Status: Listed
Prize Money: $130,000
Conditions: Qlty Hcp

2021 Queensland Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Honorable Spirit ($2.60)
  • 2nd: #11 Lunasnit
  • 3rd: #8 Fu Ni
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 HONORABLE SPIRIT John Smerdon Jaden Lloyd (a) 1 55.5kg $2.60F
2 11 LUNASNIT Barry Lockwood Robbie Fradd 0.1L 5 54kg $10
3 8 FU NI Kris Lees Larry Cassidy 1.6L 6 54kg $26
4 6 CHOCOLATIER (NZ) Corey & Kylie Geran Ms Stephanie Thornton 2.35L 8 54kg $21
5 7 TIDES OF JUPITER Jay Bellamy Kyle Wilson-Taylor (a) 2.45L 3 54kg $19
6 1 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis 4.7L 7 58kg $8.50
7 3 NAVY CROSS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Cahill 4.9L 11 54kg $6
8 10 ZAMOSA (NZ) Mitchell Fry Ms Madeleine Wishart (a) 7.9L 4 54kg $81
9 12 WONDERFUL DAY (NZ) Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 8.65L 9 54kg $41
10 4 TOP ORDER Kim Anderson Taylor Marshall 9.15L 10 54kg $4.40
11 13 SIR GUNSEN Christopher Zintilis Ron Stewart 43.15L 2 54kg $101
5 UNAMERICAN Richard & Michael Freedman 0
9 NEMINGAH (NZ) Edward O’Rourke 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Queensland Cup Betting

The Queensland Cup 2021 betting odds and market links to the Brisbane staying feature at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available for punters below the week of the race.

The latest favourites in Queensland Cup betting to salute were Azuro ($2.70 in 2019) and Honorable Spirit ($2.60 in 2021).

2021 Queensland Cup Field

The Queensland Cup Field of Final Acceptors is announced by Racing Queensland the Wednesday of race week and features the top stayers of the season.

Following its move from the winter to the spring, horses in the Queensland Cup field may now use Sydney’s Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) on Golden Rose Day as a lead-up. In 2020 Grey Lion improved on his lead-up third in the Colin Stephen to win the Queensland Cup over 2200m.

The 2021 Queensland Cup field features a quality line-up of potential Caulfield Cup-bound stayers led in betting by John Smerdon’s consistent Gold Coast-trained galloper Honorable Spirit coming off a lead-up second in the Toowoomba Cup.

  • Scratched: #5 Unamerican (7); #9 Nemingah (6)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0097365447 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis 9 58kg 85
2 5231611212 HONORABLE SPIRIT John Smerdon Jaden Lloyd (a) 1 55.5kg 80
3 00×0674471 NAVY CROSS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Cahill 13 54kg 76
4 3144352114 TOP ORDER Kim Anderson Taylor Marshall 12 54kg 76
5 5×46438113 UNAMERICAN Richard & Michael Freedman 7 54kg 74
6 4828×75316 CHOCOLATIER (NZ) Corey & Kylie Geran Ms Stephanie Thornton 10 54kg 73
7 292×714212 TIDES OF JUPITER Jay Bellamy Bobby El-Issa 3 54kg 70
8 13×6826214 FU NI Kris Lees Larry Cassidy 8 54kg 69
9 x236x37222 NEMINGAH (NZ) Edward O’Rourke 6 54kg 67
10 44451×0361 ZAMOSA (NZ) Mitchell Fry Ms Madeleine Wishart (a) 4 54kg 63
11 2047722234 LUNASNIT Barry Lockwood Robbie Fradd 5 54kg 62
12 216×427282 WONDERFUL DAY (NZ) Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 11 54kg 60
13 x003461814 SIR GUNSEN Christopher Zintilis Ron Stewart 2 54kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Queensland Cup Nominations

The Queensland Cup 2021 nominations close the Monday of race week and will be listed below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x6321x2805 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 1 60kg 60kg 101
2 0097365447 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) G 8 Chris Waller 2 54kg 52kg 85
3 5231611212 HONORABLE SPIRIT G 5 John Smerdon 3 54kg 49.5kg 80
4 00×0674471 NAVY CROSS G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 4= 54kg 47.5kg 76
5 3144352114 TOP ORDER G 5 Kim Anderson 4= 54kg 47.5kg 76
6 5×46438113 UNAMERICAN G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 6 54kg 46.5kg 74
7 4828×75316 CHOCOLATIER (NZ) G 7 Corey & Kylie Geran 7 54kg 46kg 73
8 292×714212 TIDES OF JUPITER G 5 Jay Bellamy 8 54kg 44.5kg 70
9 13×6826214 FU NI M 5 Kris Lees 9 54kg 42kg 69
10 x236x37222 NEMINGAH (NZ) G 6 Edward O’Rourke 10 54kg 43kg 67
11 44451×0361 ZAMOSA (NZ) M 6 Mitchell Fry 11 54kg 39kg 63
12 2047722234 LUNASNIT M 5 Barry Lockwood 12 54kg 38.5kg 62
13 216×427282 WONDERFUL DAY (NZ) G 6 Desleigh Forster 13 54kg 39.5kg 60
14 x003461814 SIR GUNSEN G 5 Christopher Zintilis 14 54kg 39kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Queensland Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Queensland Cup
1st
Honorable Spirit
2:31.74

(2400m)

2nd Lunasnit
3rd Fu Ni
2020
Queensland Cup
1st
Grey Lion
2:14.13

(2200m)

2nd Free Fly Too
3rd Fastnet Cyclone
2019
Queensland Cup
1st
Azuro
3:29.39
2nd Social Element
3rd Yogi
2018
Queensland Cup 
(Queen’s Cup)
1st
Plot Twist
3:31.36
2nd Anton En Avant
3rd Megablast
2017
Queensland Cup
1st
Araldo Junior
3.28.01
2nd My Diamantine
3rd Pop ‘N’ Scotch
2016
Queensland Cup
1st
Murphy’s Delight
3:34.91
2nd Pop ‘N’ Scotch
3rd Viva Espana
2015
Queensland Cup
1st
Mister Impatience
3:31.16
2nd Pop ‘N’ Scotch
3rd Monaco Doll
2014
Queensland Cup
1st
Iggi Pop
3:21.26
2nd Pop ‘N’ Scotch
3rd Brayroan
2013
Queensland Cup
1st
Turner Bayou
3:25.87
2nd Fifth Column
3rd Verdant
2012
Queensland Cup
1st
Spechenka
3:21.28
2nd Maythehorsebemagic
3rd Fantastic Blue
2011
Queensland Cup
1st
Tinseltown
3:25.13
2nd Smoking Chimneys
3rd Raeburn
2010
Queensland Cup
1st
Solid Billing
3:23.14
2nd Dave The Dude
3rd Mr Mayfair
2009
Queensland Cup
1st
Cape Breton
3:27.74
2nd Petushki
3rd Kerdem
2008
Queensland Cup
1st
Kerdem
3:37.61
2nd Sky Biscuit
3rd Rezone
2007
Queensland Cup
1st
race not held
2nd race not held
3rd race not held
2006
Queensland Cup
1st
Respect
3:20.69
2nd Dicktator
3rd Rezone
2005
Queensland Cup
1st
Double Portion
3:23.00
2nd Fires Of Ireland
3rd Beau
2004
Queensland Cup
1st
Regal Punch
3:23.70
2nd Navy Blue
3rd Kingsrule
2003
Queensland Cup
1st
Kugelhopf
3:19.40
2nd Barhill
3rd Up The Bid
2002
Queensland Cup
1st
Time Signal
3:20.50
2nd Yuppie
3rd Kugelhopf
2001
Queensland Cup
1st
Gillespie
3:18.90
2nd Chargold
3rd Acorn Icon
2000
Queensland Cup
1st
Green Diamond
3:20.10
2nd Lordnor
3rd Celtic Revenge

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