Kingsford Smith Cup 2022

Saturday May 28, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: Favourites have a poor recent record in the Kingsford-Smith Cup with double figure winners dominating the results over the past decade

Since 2017 the BTC Cup has been known as the Kingsford-Smith Cup and is no longer the opening Group 1 race of the Queensland and Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. It is now run a fortnight later in late May taking place at Eagle Farm Racecourse – moved from Doomben – and follows the Doomben 10,000 and Doomben Cup on the winter racing program.

It is also now held on the same day as races including the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m), the $1 million Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes for JJ Atkins hopes, the Group 3 Fred Best Classic for three-year-olds and the Group 3 BRC Lord Mayor’s Cup (1800m).

Formerly contested over 1200m by a field of top class local and interstate sprinters when run as the BTC Cup, the weight-for-age Kingsford-Smith Cup now takes place over 1300m and offers a total of $700,000 in prize money.

The Kingsford-Smith Cup is now the key lead-up to the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) held at the track the following month.

The Doomben 10,000 is an excellent lead-up into the Kingsford-Smith Cup and the double was recently completed by The Bostonian (2019). The year before, Impending (2018) improved on a Doomben 10,000 second to win the Kingsford-Smith Cup as the equal $4.20 favourite.

Vega One improved on a lead-up Doomben 10,000 fourth in 2021 to win that year’s Kingsford-Smith Cup. Vega One further franked the form running second in the Stradbroke Handicap quinella.

In 2022, Godolphin-raced three-year-old Paulele ran second in both the Doomben 10,000 and the Kingsford-Smith Cup results.

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

The 2022 edition of the Kingsford-Smith Cup ran on Saturday May 28, 2022 and was won by the locally-trained Apache Chase ($12) who handed trainer Desleigh Forster her first Group 1 success. 

2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup Results

  • 1st: #5 Apache Chase ($12)
  • 2nd: #13 Paulele
  • 3rd: #4 Eleven Eleven

The Desleigh Forster-trained local four-year-old Apache Chase ($12) was brave in front, holding on in an all-the-way Group 1 victory denying the James Cummings-trained three-year-old Paulele and the fast-finishing Eleven Eleven in a thrilling Kingsford-Smith Cup 2022 result.

The official 2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup Results & Finishing Order will be available here once the middle-distance Group 1 sprint takes place on Saturday May 28, 2022.

Kingsford-Smith Cup Race Info

  • Former Name: BTC Cup
  • Date: Saturday May 28, 2022
  • Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Distance: 1300m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $700,000
  • First Run: 1964

Kingsford-Smith Cup Betting

Kingsford-Smith Cup odds open to punters at all-in prices at around nomination stage offering generous prices on the top season sprinters. The Kingsford-Smith Cup betting prices firm with the release of the final field the week before the race and are usually led by proven Group winners and performers coming off good lead-up form.

Sydney sprinters perform well and have traditionally sat high up BTC Cup betting. With the race date put back a fortnight since 2017, the Kingsford-Smith Cup odds are now dominated by middle-distance sprinters come off the key lead-up run in the Doomben 10,000 over 1200m a fortnight earlier. The Bostonian in 2019 was the last horse to do the Doomben 10,000 – Kingsford-Smith Cup double.

Two horses completed the TJ Smith Stakes – BTC Cup double without a run in between before the race was changed – Apache Cat (2008) and Black Caviar (2011). Favourites in past BTC Cup betting markets had a poor recent record, the last outright favourite to salute for the punters being superstar mare Black Caviar who is the most notable winner of the race. In 2018 the equal $4.80 favourite in Kingsford-Smith Cup betting, Impending, won the race beating the also $4.80 co-favourite Le Romain in a thrilling photo finish.

Kingsford-Smith Cup favourites get the chance to improve the record of top fancies with the race run a fortnight after over more distance at the Eagle Farm track.

2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup Odds

The Kingsford-Smith Cup 2022 betting odds on the race formerly known as the BTC Cup are now available below during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival so stay tuned to access the best markets on the Group 1 lead-up to the Stradbroke Handicap.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Kingsford-Smith Cup Field

Kingsford Smith Cup betting at Ladbrokes

Black Caviar (2011) is the most famous BTC Cup winner before the race changed to the Kingsford-Smith Cup from 2017. Photo Credit: Taron Clarke.

The BTC Cup field always attracted a stellar line-up of top sprinters. In the past 30 years the largest BTC Cup field was 20 starters when Goldorme won in 1986. The smallest BTC Cup field in recent history was just seven starters when Famous Seamus won in 2014.

The new-look Kingsford-Smith Cup field features primarily Stradbroke Handicap-bound horses coming off a Doomben 10,000 run and is released on the Tuesday before the race following nominations in early May.

2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup Field

The Kingsford-Smith Cup 2022 field will be posted here once released the Tuesday of race week, May 24th, 2022.

The 2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup final field has drawn a full field of Stradbroke Handicap-bound sprinters including Entriviere and Paulele who ran third and second respectively in the Doomben 10,000 results.

  • Scratched: #10 Sierra Sue (20) has been scratched from the Kingsford-Smith Cup field due to a very high temperature spike, and her Stradbroke Handicap bid is now also in danger. 

2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup Nominations

Early Kingsford-Smith Cup nominations close on Tuesday the 3rd of May, 2022 and will be updated in full below once confirmed.

The 2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup nominations drew 61 early entries including Victory Stakes winner Count De Rupee, Rob Heathcote’s smart filly Startantes and her Group 1 winning stablemate Rothfire.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x320x4x68x ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
2 127x1240x6 ALPINE EDGE C 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds
3 x1364x1x11 ANDERMATT G 4 James Cummings
4 10x114133x APACHE CHASE G 4 Desleigh Forster
5 1125x BATTLETON G 3 Bjorn Baker
6 10x054x262 BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 5 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold
7 40x02108x2 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 6 Michael Moroney
8 1016x CACOFONIX C 3 Kris Lees
9 x10x177x6x CHAILLOT M 5 Archie Alexander
10 x1321x0021 COUNT DE RUPEE G 4 Robert & Luke Price
11 x607x0006x DAWN PASSAGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
12 6756x4181x ELEVEN ELEVEN G 5 Gregory Hickman
13 12712×1273 ELLSBERG H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
14 x8181x29x6 EMERALD KINGDOM G 7 Robert Heathcote
15 2x134x152x ENTRIVIERE (NZ) M 5 Mark Walker
16 22x4128x31 EXOTIC RUBY M 6 Bjorn Baker
17 415x770x14 GEM SONG G 6 Kris Lees
18 x4560x70x8 GREYWORM G 7 Neville Boyle
19 206x83127x HOLYFIELD G 4 Annabel Neasham
20 00x582x450 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
21 x12938x587 INGRATIATING C 3 James Cummings
22 603446021x IRISH SONGS G 6 Kurt Goldman
23 1Lx12x1x0x ISOTOPE M 4 Tony Gollan
24 x418x93803 JAMAEA F 3 Robert & Luke Price
25 2x147410x1 KEMENTARI G 7 James Cummings
26 1x3764x113 KINLOCH G 4 Kris Lees
27 1x599x0480 KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
28 18x5x57304 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) H 4 Annabel Neasham
29 227×1124 LOCH EAGLE C 3 Kris Lees
30 x5661x1111 MAZU G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
31 14x112x9 ME ME LAGARDE F 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds
32 221x31344x MRS ORB (USA) M 7 Bjorn Baker
33 124x51460x MUGATOO (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees
34 05x43244x7 NICCANOVA G 8 Steve Tregea
35 0x403x9x17 NOT AN OPTION G 4 Michael Moroney
36 0x0180x607 OLMEDO (FR) H 7 Annabel Neasham
37 12210×1033 PAULELE C 3 James Cummings
38 53x80x5039 POLAND G 4 Michael Moroney
39 x33306719x PRIME CANDIDATE G 7 Bjorn Baker
40 110x44x11x PRINCE OF BOOM G 3 Robert Heathcote
41 174185×350 PRIVATE EYE G 4 Joseph Pride
42 x1745x2409 RANCH HAND C 3 Chris Waller
43 11x14x47x5 ROTHFIRE G 4 Robert Heathcote
44 6x662x61x2 SCALLOPINI G 7 Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted
45 x37664x31x SEPTEMBER RUN M 4 Chris Waller
46 610x5796x0 SHAQUERO C 3 Chris Waller
47 0252121177 SHELBY SIXTYSIX G 5 Danny Williams
48 0x111x35x2 SHOOTING FOR GOLD G 4 Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted
49 33x5555x76 SIGNORE FOX H 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
50 x11116x222 SIR WARWICK G 4 Jake Capewell
51 3x3311111x SKY BOY G 7 Anthony Cummings
52 1630x362x4 STARTANTES F 3 Robert Heathcote
53 75483×5632 STREETS OF AVALON G 7 Shane Nichols
54 11x750x11x SWORD OF STATE C 3 Mark Walker
55 1313×37263 THE ASTROLOGIST G 5 Leon & Troy Corstens
56 19x8x7x075 TRUMBULL (NZ) G 6 Kim Waugh
57 80x87x0979 TYZONE G 8 Toby & Trent Edmonds
58 41053×3736 VANGELIC M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
59 94x62412x0 VEGA ONE G 6 Tony Gollan
60 0420×71645 WANDABAA M 5 Kris Lees
61 10x20x7986 WILD PLANET G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Kingsford-Smith Cup Tips

Kingsford-Smith Cup tips including tipping the visiting interstate Group 1 sprinters coming via a lead-up Brisbane run in the Doomben 10,000.

Male gallopers make the best bet in Kingsford-Smith Cup tipping with only four fillies or mares winning in the last two decades: Staging (1999), Gee I Jane (2006), Black Caviar (2011) and Sea Siren (2012).

2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Kingsford-Smith Cup 2022 tips – formerly the BTC Cup betting tips – will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the winter horses to back and sack this May.

  • To Win: #13 Paulele ($4.50 at time of publish)

Tipping the three-year-old to defeat the older sprinters here with the talented James Cummings-trained Paulele in a prime position to end a frustrating run of minor placings. The colt was very good here in the Doomben 10,000 narrowly beaten by Mazu with improvement to come. Yet to win over further than 1200m, but comes via the right form and is drawn well in barrier eight with James McDonald aboard again.

Kingsford-Smith Cup Form Guide

The Kingsford-Smith Cup form guide details all the must know info for punters including barriers, jockeys and the lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

Standout BTC Cup form facts – before the race name was changed in 2017 – included runners drawn in barriers 1 – 6 dominating the results and the standout record five-year-olds in the race.

Looking for horses with previous experience at the race’s new home – Eagle Farm Racecourse – is now an important thing to check for doing the Kingsford-Smith Cup form, which is also set to stack-up in the Stradbroke Handicap.

Kingsford-Smith Cup Form Facts

  • Impending ($4.80 EF in 2018) was the first favourite to win since Black Caviar (2011)
  • The old BTC Cup form races changed from 2017 with the Doomben 10,000 now the key lead-up to the Kingsford-Smith Cup
  • Horses coming off a top-three run have dominated the race results in the past decade and that remains a key Kingsford-Smith Cup form line
  • Sea Siren (2012) and Your Song (2013) are the latest three-year-old Kingsford-Smith Cup / BTC Cup winners

2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Kingsford-Smith Cup 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

BTC Cup / Kingsford-Smith Cup Results

Upset Kingsford-Smith Cup results are not uncommon with a host of roughies saluting in the race. From 2006 – 2022 ten of the race’s winners jumped at double figures including: Famous Seamus ($21 in 2014),  Hot Snitzel ($26 in 2015), Clearly Innocent ($12 in 2017) who became the first official Kingsford-Smith Cup winner in the renamed race and the local Desleigh Forster-trained Apache Chase ($12 in 2022).

There was also a double-figure upset in 2019 with that year’s Doomben 10,000 winner The Bostonian saluting at 10/1, and again in 2021 with Vega One saluting at 11/1 for trainer Tony Gollan.

Notable recent BTC Cup winners include Black Caviar (2011), Apache Cat (2008) and Falvelon (2003). From 2017 the event name changed and the results entered a new era of Kingsford-Smith Cup winners and results.

BTC Cup / Kingsford-Smith Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2022 Apache Chase Paulele Eleven Eleven 1:16.3
2021 Vega One Jonker Signore Fox 1:16.9
2020Race Not Held (COVID-19)
2019 The Bostonian Princess Posh Trekking 1:15.5
2018 Impending Le Romain Champagne Cuddles 1:19.5
2017 Clearly Innocent Jungle Edge Counterattack 1:19.0
2016 Malaguerra Dothraki Japonisme 1:08.7
2015 Hot Snitzel Knoydart Our Boy Malachi 1:09.4
2014 Famous Seamus Spirit Of Boom Buffering 1:09.0
2013 Your Song Rain Affair Better Than Ready 1:11.2
2012 Sea Siren Scenic Blast Beaded 1:08.3
2011 Black Caviar Hay List Buffering 1:08.8
2010 Albert The Fat Melito Latin News 1:09.2
2009 Duporth Bank Robber Apache Cat 1:08.9
2008 Apache Cat Vormista Swiss Ace 1:09.3
2007 Bentley Biscuit Takeover Target Mitanni 1:08.5
2006 Gee I Jane Daunting Lad All Bar One 1:08.6
2005 Spark Of Life St Basil Regimental Gal 1:09.0
2004 Thorn Park Star Of Florida Regimental Gal 1:08.7
2003 Falvelon Make Mine Magic Diamond Dane 1:10.0
2002 Lord Essex Falvelon Phoenix Park 1:08.3
2001 Fritz Show A Heart King Lotto 1:09.1
2000 Falvelon Mr Innocent Toledo 1:08.4