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BTC Cup Horse Race

BTC Cup Horse Race
BTC Cup Horse Race. Photo: IMAGO

The Kingsford-Smith Cup, registered as the BTC Cup race, is part of the Queensland Group 1 Sprint Triple Crown.

Staged over 1300 metres at Eagle Farm on Saturday, May 27, the Kingsford-Smith Cup is one of two races worth $1 million on the day. The other is of course the Queensland Derby itself. Read more information about the Group 1 horse races at Eagle Farm.

Here, you can check out the history of the BTC Cup race, past results, barrier stats, live streaming and more.

Race History

As the JT Delaney Quality Handicap, this race was inaugurated in 1964.

Though settled now at Eagle Farm, the Kingsford-Smith Cup/BTC Cup race has moved around over the years. Doomben was used quite recently during renovations at Eagle Farm.

In 2017, this race was switched with the Doomben 10000 as the middle leg of Brisbane’s Winter Sprint Triple Crown. Some horses are also aimed towards the Stradbroke Handicap. The great Black Caviar won this race in 2011.

BTC Cup Race Results 2022

After a cracking finish, less than a length separated the first four home in the 2022 Kingsford-Smith Cup. The winning horse, Apache Chase, came from the 4 barrier and got home by less than a quarter-length. Final places and betting:

  1. Apache Chase (T: Desleigh Forster, J: Jim Byrne) – $12.
  2. Paulele (T: James Cummings, J: James McDonald) – $6.
  3. Eleven Eleven (T: Gregory Hickman, J: Hugh Bowman) – $15.

Apache Chase couldn’t reach those heights again in 2022. Paulele however went on to win a Group 1 race at Ascot in November.

Past Winners

We haven’t yet seen a winner as good as Black Caviar (2011), but some fine horses have taken this event since 2015:

2022Apache ChaseDesleigh Forster
2021Vega OneTony Gallan
2020No Race 
2019The BostonianTony Pike
2018ImpendingJames Cummings
2017Clearly InnocentKris Lees
2016MalaguerraLee & Anthony Freedman
2015Hot SnitzelPeter & Paul Snowden

Barrier Draw Statistics

The barrier draw, as always, will help to determine the odds for this race. This is the case with so many major stakes races. Make sure you watch out for the draw for this race, held on Wednesday, May 24.

BTC Cup Winners by Barrier

This is how many winners each barrier has provided in the BTC Cup/Kingsford-Smith Cup since 1983:


How to Live Stream the 2023 BTC Cup Race

Main broadcaster Channel 7 has been screening racing in Australia, including Brisbane, for years. Via their 7plus app, viewers can live stream the BTC Cup race.

Sky Racing customers can also use their app to view live, while the same coverage can be accessed by those using TAB accounts. Other bookies may also stream the race, though you may need to place a bet on the Kingsford-Smith Cup to watch.


Queensland Derby Day at Eagle Farm is a huge event in Brisbane. On the day, there are two million-dollar races including the Kingsford-Smith Cup, better known to many as the BTC Cup.

The Kingsford-Smith is part of a major Group 1 sprint trilogy. Run over 1300 metres, the race is for those aged three and over at weight-for-age conditions.


All the info you need on the BTC Cup race, 2023.

The next ‘Pinnacles’ racing starts on November 18, with Railway Stakes Day coming on Saturday, November 25.

The total prize money is $1.5 million. That makes the Railway Stakes race one of the most valuable in Western Australia.

The Railway is run over 1600 metres, or one mile.

Learn more about other Group 1 races at Eagle Farm, Brisbane

If you are looking for other group 1 horse races at Eagle Farm, read the pages listed below to get more information.

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