Kingsford-Smith Cup 2018

DateSaturday, 26 May, 2018
TrackDoomben Racecourse
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeWeight for Age
Age3YO and Upwards


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Kingsford-Smith Cup betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

The are no key pointers with the race being run for the first time in 2017 having replaced the BTC Cup.


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Kingsford-Smith Cup History and Guide

The Kingsford-Smith Cup was introduced as a new race in 2017 and is the first Group 1 to take place at Eagle Farm during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

The race replaces the BTC Cup, which was previously the first major race of the Carnival at Doomben Racecourse before a rejig of the Brisbane schedule. 

Run over the sprint distance of 1300m, the Kingsford-Smith Cup is an open weight for age race and pits some of the best talents together chasing a Group 1 prize. Some will be making their seasonal debuts, while other will be back from a short break following the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The BTC Cup was first held in 1964, when known as the BATC J.T. Delaney Quality Handicap and won by Rashlore. The race has been held under several different names during its existence with the BTC Cup name settled upon in 2009. Its stock has risen significantly throughout the years with the race becoming a Group 1 contest in 2006, the year in which Gee I Jane caused a shock.

Some notable names are on the roll of honour of the BTC Cup, not least the unbeaten Black Caviar, who took the race in 2011, and smart sprinters Falvelon, a dual winner, Apache Cat, Vinegar Joe, Strawberry Road, High Regard, Accomplice, Lord Essex, Albert The Fat and back-to-back BTC Cup winner Buck's Pride. 

The distance of the race was lengthened to 1300m when becoming the Kingsford-Smith Cup.

Kingsford-Smith Cup Winners (Since 2000)

BTC Cup (1200m)
2002Lord Essex
2004Thorn Park
2005Spark Of Life
2006Gee I Jane
2007Bentley Biscuit
2008Apache Cat
2010Albert The Fat
2011Black Caviar
2012Sea Siren
2013Your Song
2014Famous Seamous
2015Hot Snitzel
Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m)
2017Clearly Innocent

Doomben Track Description

Races are run in a clockwise direction, while the track is a turf track and is banked at varying degrees around the course proper. 

Front runners have a distinct advantage at Doomben, especially when the track is rain-affected.

Doomben Racecourse History

Doomben Racecourse is located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and is the smaller of Brisbane’s two metropolitan tracks. 

It is situated in the suburb of Ascot, approximately 7 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD.

The racecourse’s construction was completed in 1933 and was subsequently shut down during the Second World War, when it was used by allied troops during the Pacific War. 

The course reopened in 1946 when the TM Ahern Cup and the Doomben Cup were held for the first time. The Doomben Cup is now considered to be one of the best middle-distance racing events in the country.

Doomben received a major upgrade in 1982, and is now home to world class facilities. 


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