The Kingsford-Smith Cup, registered as the BTC Cup, is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held at Eagle Farm over 1300m. The $700,000 feature is used primarily as a lead up race to the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, and has been won by some exceptional spri...
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|Date||Saturday, 27th May, 2023|
|Racecourse||Eagle Farm Racecourse, QLD, Australia|
The Kingsford-Smith Cup is a Group 1 race which takes place each year in May. The race in 2023 will be held on Saturday 27th of May at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2022, it was won by Apache Chase.
The $700,000 Kingsford-Smith is Group 1 weight-for-age contest ran over 1300m at Eagle Farm racecourse.
The Kingsford-Smith Cup was first run on Saturday May 30th 1964 when named the J.T. Delaney Quality and was won by Rashlore. In recent years (2004 to 2016) the race was known as the BTC Cup and gained Group 1 status in 2006.
The 2021 running of the Kingsford-Smith Cup saw one of the great Group 1 winning rides when Jamie Kah took a needle eye opening in the last 200m and powered home to win on the Tony Gollan trained Vega One.
Some of Australia’s Champions of the Turf have won the Kingsford-Smith Cup including Black Caviar (2011), General Nediym (1998), Strawberry Road (1983) and Apache Cat (2008).
This race has been a good race for three-year-olds with 17 winners, the most recent being Your Song (2013).
The last favourite to win was the Impending (2018), trained by James Cummings and ridden by Damian Browne. You have to go back to Black Caviar (2011) to find the previous favourite to salute.
The longest priced winner was Mr. Illusion (1984) who was sent out at 40/1.
The Kingsford-Smith Cup is an Australian Group 1 held at Eagle Farm Racecourse, it is one of the most important races in the Queensland racing calendar and forms part of the Winter Racing Carnival in the Sunshine State.
As there is $700,000 worth of prizemoney attached to the race, it means the Kingsford-Smith Cup brings in some of the biggest and best horses from across the country to Queensland. It also attracts those of us who enjoy a casual punt on the races. Here at The Shark, we will put together a list of Kingsford-Smith Cup tips so you can make better (and more profitable) decisions!
At the moment, we are still waiting for nominations to be accepted for the Kingsford-Smith Cup in 2023. This therefore makes it difficult to provide any updates on our tips at this time. However, as the Winter Racing Carnival in Queensland continues on, the horses that are likely to target this race will become a lot clearer. So, if you are looking for Kingsford-Smith Cup horse tips, you don’t need to lift a finger, as we will keep you updated with the information about the likely field in this year’s race.
Right now there are currently no Australian bookies that are offering Kingsford-Smith Cup odds. But we will keep a look out for the odds and provide them to you once they become available. When on the lookout for Kingsford-Smith Cup tips, be sure to have a read our betting section below, as we have listed some factors for success in the Kingsford-Smith Cup, which will help you find the winner.
Our Kingsford-Smith Cup best tips will be available soon. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the Kingsford-Smith Cup in 2023 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Kingsford-Smith Cup is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2023 Kingsford-Smith Cup.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the Kingsford-Smith Cup. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous Kingsford-Smith Cup Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?
Would normally advise in weight-for-age races throughout the country that the previous runnings of that race would be a good guide to the next season’s runnings but this race has only produced one multiple winner and that was Buck’s Pride back in 1993/94.
In saying that, we would still consider watching previous runnings before deciding on this year’s winner.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Kingsford-Smith Cup?
Only two favourites have won since 2008 and they were Black Caviar (2011) and Impending (2018). The Kingsford-Smith Cup can often have big competitive fields and would be looking for something at longer odds to find a winner. This was the case in 2022, when Apache Chase, a $13 chance, won the race.
Formlines from Lead Up Races
Recent history suggests that you need to find a horse that is racing in form. Five of the last 15 winners have been last start winners and of that another 12 have finished in the top three.
There looks to be three clear races to look at before deciding on the winner of the Kingsford-Smith Cup; the Doomben 10000, All Aged Stakes and T.J. Smith. Although, the 2022 will Apache Chase, didn’t contest any of these three races.
Five-year-olds have been the dominant age group in recent years, they have won eight of the last 16 years with last year Vega One (2021) being the last of that age group to win. In 2022, Apache Chase won the Kingsford-Smith Cup as a 4YO.
Run at weight-for-age it gives horses of all ages an even chance.
Black Caviar (2011) and Sea Siren (2012) were the last two mares to win the Kingsford-Smith Cup. It has been a difficult race for the girls to win.
Our Kingsford-Smith Cup best bets for 2023 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
Well before the Kingsford-Smith Cup field is announced – many bookies will open up early markets, or all-in markets, for all your Kingsford-Smith Cup betting needs. We think this is the best time to bet on your chosen horse, as you are likely to get higher odds before they could potentially shorten in the week leading up to the big race.
As soon as the bookmakers announce their Kingsford-Smith Cup odds for 2023, they are likely to continually change. There are a number of factors that can cause this, but when we get a better understanding in terms of the horses who are targeting the Kingsford-Smith Cup, along with their recent form and trials, you will see a fluctuation in the odds.
Putting bets on in any of these early markets means you could find the eventual favourite at really good odds. Which is undoubtedly something that all us punters are wanting to do, as it means if your horse does eventually win, you will get more return for your bet – and also bragging rights! There are some risks with going down this path, and it is important you know what they are before putting any bets on.
Depending on when you decide to place your 2023 Kingsford-Smith Cup futures bet, your horse potentially may not run in the race, but you also will not get your money back. This situation occurs when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the date of the Group 1. If you are looking to have a dabble when it is ‘Before Noms’, then go for it as you know you’ll get your funds back into your account if your chosen horse doesn’t go into the race.
The 2023 Kingsford-Smith Cup odds yet to be released, please check back later, as we will list the odds close to the time of the race.
A field of 16 runners plus five emergencies was announced to contest the 2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup. With the scratching of Sierra Sue, it meant that first emergency, Scallopini, gained an entry into the Group 1, with the four other emergencies scratched from the race.
The pre-race favourite was $4.40 chance, Entriviere. The mare was running in New Zealand before making the trip across the ditch a couple of weeks ago for the Doomben 10,000, a race in which she finished in third place, just 0.6L behind winner Mazu. Entriviere had contested four other Group 1 races, with her record standing at 4:1-1-1.
Next up in the odds was Paulele, who started at $4.60. Much like Entriviere, the 3YO colt came through the Doomben 10,000, but he did one better than Entriviere, finishing in second place, just 0.1L behind the winner. Other recent results of note include a third place in the Group 1 T J Smith Stakes.
It was a pretty open field in the 2022 edition of the Kingsford-Smith Cup, as Entriviere and Paulele were the only two runners under double digit odds. Isotope was next best at $12, followed by Eleven Eleven and Apache Chase, who were listed at $13 pre-race.
For those who backed winner Apache Chase, it was fairly easy watching as the 4YO led the race from start to finish. Jumping from barrier 4, jockey Jim Byrne steered Apache Chase to the lead and near the rail. Byrne put about one length between himself and all the other runners, and was just biding his time before letting Apache Chase show off his real speed.
Apache Chase was followed all race by Paulele, who couldn’t use the 2kg less on his back to his advantage. Paulele certainly pushed Apache Chase as much as he could, but in the end it wasn’t enough and he had to settle for a second place, by just 0.2L
It was a different story for third placed Eleven Eleven, he settled in near the back of the pack, and jockey Hugh Bowman waited for the space to open up to make his move. Eleven Eleven was still back in eighth place at the 400m mark, but had all the space in the world down the straight, and in the last 100m, a lot of position where made up, and the 5YO gelding finished just 0.3L off the pass, and just pipped Rothfire, who finished in fourth place by only 0.1L.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup race:
🇦🇺AUSTRALIA(Eagle Farm ) 28/05/2022 : (GR.1) Apache Chase(Better Than Ready/Silken Whisper By Diesis)
Wins Kingsford-Smith Cup
3 years old & upwards
— NAHEEZ RACING نحيز ريسنغ (@musallamqatan) May 28, 2022
The results for the upcoming Kingsford-Smith Cup are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2022||Apache Chase||Paulele||Eleven Eleven|
|2021||Vega One||Jonker||Signore Fox|
|2019||The Bostonian||Princess Posh||Trekking|
|2018||Impending||Le Romain||Champagne Cuddles|
|2017||Clearly Innocent||Jungle Edge||Counterattack|
|2015||Hot Snitzel||Knoydart||Our Boy Malachi|
|2014||Famous Seamus||Spirit Of Boom||Buffering|
|2013||Your Song||Rain Affair||Better Than Ready|
|2012||Sea Siren||Scenic Blast||Beaded|
|2011||Black Caviar||Hay List||Buffering|
|2010||Albert The Fat||Melito||Latin News|