Ladbrokes Tip: Favourites have a poor recent record in the Kingsford Smith Cup with double figure winners dominating the results over the past decade
From 2017 the BTC Cup will be known as the Darley 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.
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 2017 edition of the Kingsford Smith Cup runs on Saturday May 27, 2017.
Kingsford Smith Cup Race Info
- Former Name: BTC Cup
- Date: Saturday May 27, 2017
- Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
- Distance: 1300m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $700,000
- First Run: 1964
BTC Cup Odds / Kingsford Smith Cup Betting
BTC Cup betting markets are now available as the Kingsford Smith Cup odds and 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 from 2017, the Kingsford Smith Cup odds will now be dominated by middle-distance sprinters come off the key lead-up run in the Doomben 10,000 over 1200m a fortnight earlier.
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 top fancy to salute for the punters being superstar mare Black Caviar who is the most notable winner of the race. 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.
2017 Kingsford Smith Cup Betting
The Kingsford Smith Cup 2017 betting odds on the race formerly known as the BTC Cup will be 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.
Kingsford Smith Cup Tips
Looking for sprinters with good lead-up form in either Brisbane’s Victory Stakes or a Sydney sprint feature were, up until 2017, good BTC Cup tips. New Kingsford Smith Cup tips however will favour the best weight-for-age performers out of the Doomben 10,000 results a fortnight earlier at Brisbane’s other premier track.
Last start winners don’t have the best record so look for value in a runner out to improve off a placing last time out when doing the Kingsford Smith Cup betting tips.
Barriers 2 – 5 produced all but one of the 11 BTC Cup winners from 2006 – 2016, so looking for horses drawn near the inside is another good tip for punters.
2017 Kingsford Smith Cup Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Kingsford Smith Cup 2017 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.
- 1st: #8 Jungle Edge ($10) – If Black Heart Bart fails to fire again, this race is anyone’s to win. Eagle Farm will be Soft – Heavy and that suits Mick Bell’s on-fire mudlark Jungle Edge. His season has been nothing short of outstanding with two Group 1 thirds and two Group 3 victories, including the runaway effort at Doomben in last weekend’s BRC Sprint under the big weight. Weight-for-age suits, the conditions suit, more room at Eagle Farm, right distance and is doing everything right. He gets up front in the right spot from the awkward gate and he wins.
- 2nd: #7 Start Wondering ($26) – Roughie bet of the day is this Kiwi raider who comes off a mid-field Doomben 10,000 run. He’s blown out in his price because of that, but he’ll be improved from the run and better suited to Saturday’s distance. Has shaken off the cobwebs and ready to return to the form that saw him win two Group 1s back home earlier in the year. Handles the going and can surprise having been brought over with the Stradbroke in mind.
- 3rd: #10 Hopfgarten ($21) – Could be the biggest paying Group 1 trifecta of the season? Rob Heathcote saved his last start Victory Stakes runner-up from a run last weekend in favour of this and that’s a pretty telling sign. Loves the track, thrives over the distance, looks in excellent form and will relish the heavy going. Tick tick.
Kingsford Smith Cup Field
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 will feature primarily Stradbroke Handicap-bound horses coming off a Doomben 10,000 run and is released on the Wednesday before the race following nominations in early May, and first acceptances for the Kingsford Smith Cup a fortnight later.
2017 Kingsford Smith Cup Field
The BTC Cup field will be known as the Kingsford Smith Cup field for the first time in 2017 and is set for release by Queensland Racing on Wednesday May 24, 2017. First Kingsford Smith Cup 2017 nominations close on May 3, followed by first acceptances on May 17, 2017.
The 2017 Kingsford Smith Cup Final Field is now out with 14 hopefuls in the mix including Counterattack and Derryn who ran second and third respectively in the Doomben 10,000 – possibly the form line to follow into Saturday’s Group 1.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||2129x211x7||BLACK HEART BART||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||4||59kg||117|
|2||21x24550x0||UNDER THE LOUVRE||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||8||59kg||109|
|3||6039×65098||JAPONISME||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||6||59kg||106|
|4||1210×15010||MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Jeff Lloyd||13||59kg||111|
|5||x2602x8022||COUNTERATTACK||Chris Waller||Opie Bosson||7||59kg||106|
|6||111x640x91||CLEARLY INNOCENT||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||9||59kg||102|
|7||6x191212x6||START WONDERING (NZ)||Evan & Jennifer J Rayner||Johnathan Parkes||12||59kg||107|
|8||028×531351||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Kevin Forrester||14||59kg||108|
|9||2018235265||IN HIS STRIDE||Rex Lipp||Damian Browne||2||59kg||85|
|10||x4062538x2||HOPFGARTEN||Robert Heathcote||Ronnie Stewart||10||59kg||104|
|11||037×431813||DERRYN||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||5||57kg||104|
|12||0x11412x05||TYCOON TARA||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||11||57kg||107|
|13||36x15162x5||EGYPTIAN SYMBOL||Bjorn Baker||Damian Lane||3||57kg||98|
|14||x3314x6433||IMPENDING||Darren Beadman||James Doyle||1||57kg||100|
2017 Kingsford Smith Cup Nominations
The BTC Cup Nominations – known as the Kingsford Smith Cup 2017 Nominations this winter – feature 64 hopefuls including the Bjorn Baker-trained Music Magnate who won the Doomben 10,000 last winter and the Matthew Dale-trained Fell Swoop who has had 10 Group 1 runs for 5 minor placings.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer|
|1||1x111x5||ALL OVER BOSANOVA||F||3||Mel Eggleston|
|2||520x21x137||ARTISTRY||M||5||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|3||0210x5240x||ATTENTION||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|4||3x242x111x||BASSETT (NZ)||G||4||Mick Price|
|5||025x75420x||BIG MONEY||G||7||Rodney Northam|
|6||12129x211x||BLACK HEART BART||G||6||Darren Weir|
|7||345xL760x8||BROOK ROAD||M||6||Kris Lees|
|8||1111x640x9||CLEARLY INNOCENT||G||5||Kris Lees|
|11||600x21172x||DAL CIELO (NZ)||G||4||Kris Lees|
|12||x359x47350||DANISH TWIST||M||5||Kris Lees|
|13||2037×43181||DERRYN||C||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|15||236x15162x||EGYPTIAN SYMBOL||M||4||Bjorn Baker|
|16||1x477x2504||EL DIVINO||C||3||Darren Weir|
|17||x5470x1726||ENGLISH||M||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|18||16225×7200||FAATINAH||G||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|19||56x323x663||FELL SWOOP||G||5||Matthew Dale|
|20||5x111410x||FUHRYK||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|21||x377x0472x||GOOD PROJECT||H||5||Chris Waller|
|22||x1x14x3207||GUARD OF HONOUR||C||3||Kris Lees|
|23||1x2411011x||HALL OF FAME (NZ)||C||3||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards|
|24||1x0192x519||HEAR THE CHANT||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|25||46x11470x6||HEART STARTER||G||4||Darren Weir|
|26||x1323x224x||HEROIC VALOUR||C||3||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards|
|29||205x11115x||IN HER TIME||M||4||Benjamin Smith|
|30||2018235265||IN HIS STRIDE||G||4||Rex Lipp|
|32||34028×5313||JUNGLE EDGE||G||6||Mick Bell|
|33||0x3021x875||KAEPERNICK||G||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|34||1124×2212||KEN’S DREAM||C||3||Darren Weir|
|35||0x10x3815x||LE CORDON BLEU||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|36||0x411351x3||LUCKY LIBERTY||G||5||Henry Dwyer|
|37||110x13540x||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||G||4||Chris Waller|
|39||98x9310x21||MALIBU STYLE||G||5||Neville Parnham|
|40||x227x430x1||MISS GUNPOWDER||M||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|41||x1210x1501||MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ)||G||5||Bjorn Baker|
|42||50×6120210||PERFECT DARE||G||4||Matthew Dunn|
|45||x236710x99||REBEL DANE||H||7||Gary Portelli|
|46||6148×51319||REIBY RAMPART||M||4||Jason Attard|
|47||0759623234||ROUND MOUNTAIN GAL||M||5||Philip Kimmet|
|48||324314x64x||RUETTIGER (NZ)||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|49||11114×16||RUSSIAN REVOLUTION||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|51||024x167x51||SECRET AGENDA||M||4||Mick Price|
|52||21152x146x||SHEIDEL||M||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|53||0x145167x8||SIR BACCHUS||G||4||Chris Waller|
|54||425531120x||SNOOPY||G||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|56||x6x191212x||START WONDERING (NZ)||G||6||Evan & J J Rayner|
|57||x348x8635x||STRAWBERRY BOY||G||8||Matthew Dunn|
|58||3761||STREETS BETTER||C||3||Bryan & Daniel Guy|
|60||121386618x||THE MONSTAR||G||6||Brett Cavanough|
|61||0x11412x05||TYCOON TARA||M||6||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|62||321x24550x||UNDER THE LOUVRE||H||6||Robert Smerdon|
|63||1111x9171x||VEGA MAGIC||G||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|64||311210×257||VOODOO LAD||G||5||Darren Weir|
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
- Black Caviar (2011) was the last favourite in BTC Cup betting to salute
- The old BTC Cup form races change 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 is expected to remain a key Kingsford Smith Cup form line
BTC Cup & Kingsford Smith Cup Results
Upset results from the BTC Cup are not uncommon with a host of roughies saluting in the race. From 2006 – 2016 six of the 11 winners jumped at double figures including Famous Seamus ($21 in 2014) and Hot Snitzel ($26 in 2015).
Notable recent BTC Cup winners include Black Caviar (2011), Apache Cat (2008) and Falvelon (2003). From 2017 the event name has changed and the results will see a new era of Kingsford Smith Cup winners and results.
2017 Kingsford Smith Cup Results
The official 2017 Kingsford Smith Cup Results & Finishing Order will be available here once the former BTC Cup race takes place on Saturday May 27, 2017.
BTC Cup / Kingsford Smith Cup Winners
|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|