Kingsford Smith Cup 2024

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.

2021 Kingsford Smith Cup winner Vega One

2021 Kingsford Smith Cup winner Vega One (pictured at the Gold Coast). Photo: Steve Hart.

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 $1,000,000 in prize money as of 2023.

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

Think About It (2023) was the last runner to complete Brisbane’s Kingsford Smith Cup – Stradbroke double.

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.

In 2024 Bella Nipotina beat I Wish I Win home in the Doomben 10,000 before the same two horses ran the quinella in the Kingsford Smith Cup results but in reverse order.

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

The 2024 edition of the Kingsford Smith Cup ran on Saturday June 1, 2024 at Eagle Farm and was won by the Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman-trained equal favourite I Wish I Win ($3.90EF). 

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Results

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

The official 2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Results & Finishing Order will be available here once the middle-distance Group 1 sprint takes place on Saturday June 1, 2024.

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Odds

The Kingsford Smith Cup 2024 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.

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Kingsford Smith Cup Race Info

  • Former Name: BTC Cup
  • Date: Saturday June 1, 2024
  • Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Distance: 1300m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1964

Kingsford Smith Cup Betting

Kingsford Smith Cup betting 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.

I Wish I Win ($3.90 EF in 2024) was the last favourite or equal Kingsford Smith Cup betting favourite to win.

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.

Kingsford Smith Cup Field

The Kingsford Smith Cup race field always attracts a stellar line-up of top sprinters. In the past 30 years the largest field was 20 starters when Goldorme won in 1986. The smallest Kingsford Smith Cup / 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.

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Field

The Kingsford Smith Cup 2024 field will be posted here once released the Tuesday of race week, May 28th, 2024.

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Nominations

Early Kingsford Smith Cup nominations close on Tuesday the 7th of May, 2024 and will be updated in full below once confirmed.

I Wish I Win for the Moody/Coleman team, The Everest hero Think About It, and All Aged Stakes winning mare Magic Time are among the headline 2024 Kingsford Smith Cup nominations taken for this winter’s million-dollar showdown.

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).

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Kingsford Smith Cup 2024 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: TBD

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.

The 2022 Kingsford Smith Cup form was franked with the runner-up Paulele heading to WA later that year to win the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

The Kingsford Smith Cup winner in 2023 Think About It franked the form with a next-up win in the Stradbroke followed by a sensational Sydney in spring headlined by his $20 million The Everest victory.

Kingsford Smith Cup Form Facts

  • Impending ($4.80 EF in 2018) was the first favourite to win since Black Caviar (2011) while I Wish I Win ($3.90 EF in 2024) was the last top elect in the markets to win.
  • 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.

2024 Kingsford Smith Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Kingsford Smith Cup 2024 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

BTC Cup / Kingsford Smith Cup Results

Upset Kingsford Smith Cup race results are not uncommon with a host of roughies saluting in the race.

From 2006 – 2024 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 I Wish I Win (2024), subsequent The Everest hero Think About It (2023), 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.

Past BTC Cup / Kingsford Smith Cup Winners

Recent BTC Cup / Kingsford Smith Cup winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2024 I Wish I Win Bella Nipotina In Secret 1:17.81
2023 Think About It Converge Rothfire 1:16.1
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