Kingsford Smith Cup 2018

Saturday May 26, 2018

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 has been 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 2018 Kingsford Smith Cup takes place at Doomben Racecourse with Eagle Farm out of action over 1350m.

The 2018 edition of the Kingsford Smith Cup runs on Saturday May 26, 2018.

Kingsford Smith Cup Race Info

  • Former Name: BTC Cup
  • Date: Saturday May 26, 2018
  • 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 are now 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.

2018 Kingsford Smith Cup Betting

The Kingsford Smith Cup 2018 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.

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 Wednesday before the race following nominations in early May, and first acceptances for the Kingsford Smith Cup a fortnight later.

2018 Kingsford Smith Cup Field

The Kingsford Smith Cup 2018 field has now been released by Queensland Racing and published in full below so stay tuned to see what winter sprinters make the starting line-up.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 3341x23x12 IMPENDING James Cummings Damian Browne 9 59kg 112
2 2x250x7423 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 5 59kg 116
3 211x1112x6 CARE TO THINK Matthew Dunn James McDonald 11 59kg 105
4 x641241x28 MOST IMPORTANT Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 3 59kg 106
5 290x2860x5 SPIETH (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 2 59kg 106
6 11x1170x40 MONSIEUR GUSTAVE Darryl Hansen 6 59kg 104
7 5x6001056x LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Damian Lane 7 59kg 112
8 0x360x3149 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 4 59kg 107
9 x4269x5261 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 57kg 115
10 x160x117x2 VOLPE VELOCE Graham Richardson & Gavin Parker Jake Bayliss 8 57kg 105
11 x1x32222x1 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Bjorn Baker Corey Brown 10 55kg 98

2018 Kingsford Smith Cup Nominations

The Kingsford Smith Cup 2018 nominations close on a Tuesday in early May along with all the other Group 1 Brisbane winter features and the full early entries will be published below.

The official 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Nominations feature 60 runners including the reigning champion Clearly Innocent and last year’s Stradbroke Handicap winner Impending who won the Victory Stakes first-up this campaign.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 115330×371 BURNING PASSION G 6 Mark Newnham
2 2211x1112x CARE TO THINK G 4 Matthew Dunn
3 1330×60371 CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
4 x1233x600x CELLARGIRL F 3 Kelly Schweida
5 1331511141 CELLARMAN G 4 Chris Waller
6 117x90x CHAMP ELECT F 3 Chris Munce
7 1x1x32222x CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES F 3 Bjorn Baker
8 50x24271x8 CHARLIE BOY G 7 Tony Gollan
9 3x385x666x CLEARLY INNOCENT G 6 Kris Lees
10 x7490x3900 DANISH TWIST M 6 Kris Lees
11 x2x533x98x DANON LIBERTY (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir
12 68x008x90x DERRYN H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
13 x0636x500x ECHO EFFECT G 4 Kristen Buchanan
14 0x360x3149 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) H 6 Chris Waller
15 6x4269x526 ENGLISH M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
16 900821×091 FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
17 1024x70x05 FIRST AMONG EQUALS G 6 Darren Weir
18 451x3126x4 FIRSTHAND G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
19 2x11013x0x FORMALITY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
20 23475×3848 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller
21 47x12x0201 GLENALL H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
22 75x319450x GRANDE ROSSO G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
23 1111x336x7 HAVASAY G 5 Liam Birchley
24 144×312116 HOLY BLADE C 3 Darren Weir
25 5x3179x316 HOUTZEN F 3 Toby Edmonds
26 43341x23x1 IMPENDING H 4 James Cummings
27 523x112x13 IN HER TIME M 5 Benjamin Smith
28 112x13x350 INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees
29 02x250x742 LE ROMAIN G 5 Kris Lees
30 1184216×50 LUBITON M 4 Bjorn Baker
31 5x6001056x LUCKY HUSSLER G 8 Darren Weir
32 10x430x701 MISS GUNPOWDER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
33 411x1170x4 MONSIEUR GUSTAVE G 5 Darryl Hansen
34 0x641241x2 MOST IMPORTANT G 5 Tony Gollan
35 x1220x2869 MR SNEAKY G 4 Anthony Freedman
36 119x4407x0 OURS TO KEEP G 3 Chris Munce
37 673715×579 PERAST C 3 Paul Perry
38 3347×28111 QUILISTA M 4 Darren Weir
39 1x1111x212 REDZEL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
40 55x341x6x0 SANTA ANA LANE G 5 Anthony Freedman
41 0x731x076x SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller
42 21250x377x SHOGUN SUN G 3 Kelly Schweida
43 x8485313x1 SIREN’S FURY M 4 Jason Coyle
44 20x20x380x SNOOPY G 5 Chris Munce
45 314270×017 SOVEREIGN NATION G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
46 x290x2860x SPIETH (NZ) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
47 8x6132121x STELLAR COLLISION G 5 Darren Weir
48 30x15x4546 SUPIDO H 6 Michael Kent
49 x5400x7805 TAKEDOWN G 5 Gary Moore
50 1112x314x2 TEST THE WORLD (NZ) M 4 Bjorn Baker
51 70600×8555 THE MISSION C 3 Paul Perry
52 6x13x1402x THRONUM H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
53 2450x4150x TULIP F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
54 130x61486x ULMANN G 6 Darren Weir
55 212x2411x2 VIDDORA M 5 Lloyd Kennewell
56 x160x117x2 VOLPE VELOCE M 4 Graham Richardson
57 0x257x145x VOODOO LAD G 6 Darren Weir
58 32x699778x WELL SPRUNG G 5 Kris Lees
59 537360×141 WHISPERING BROOK M 4 Darren Weir
60 112x110x35 WHITE MOSS M 4 Jason Coyle

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 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 two of the 12 BTC Cup / Kingsford Smith Cup winners from 2006 – 2017, so looking for horses drawn near the inside is another good tip for punters.

2018 Kingsford Smith Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Kingsford Smith Cup 2018 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.

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 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

2018 Kingsford Smith Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Kingsford Smith Cup 2018 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

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 – 2017 seven of the 112 winners jumped at double figures including Famous Seamus ($21 in 2014) and Hot Snitzel ($26 in 2015), along with Clearly Innocent ($12 in 2017) who became the first official Kingsford Smith Cup winner in the renamed race.

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.

2018 Kingsford Smith Cup Results

The official 2018 Kingsford Smith Cup Results & Finishing Order will be available here once the former BTC Cup race takes place on Saturday May 26, 2018.

BTC Cup / Kingsford Smith Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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