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
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|
|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|
|21||47x12x0201||GLENALL||H||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|22||75x319450x||GRANDE ROSSO||G||6||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|24||144×312116||HOLY BLADE||C||3||Darren Weir|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
|2018||Impending||Le Romain||Champagne Cuddles||1:19.5|
|2017||Clearly Innocent||Jungle Edge||Counterattack||1:19.0|
|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|