Brisbane Cup Race Information

The Brisbane Cup is a Group 2 thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds and up, and is one of the main events of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. The Queensland Turf Club hosts the 3200m event on its Eagle Farm Racecourse in Brisbane.

  • Race Type: Group 2
  • Distance: 3200 metres
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap, 3YO & upwards
  • Track:  Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane, Queensland (moved to Doomben for 2017 & 2018)
  • Prizemoney: $400,000
  • Date: Saturday 10 June 2023

Brisbane Cup Race History

See the 2023 Brisbane Cup Preview and results.

See the 2022 Brisbane Cup Preview and results.

See the 2021 Brisbane Cup Preview and results.

The Brisbane Cup was a Group 1 race held over 3200 metres, until 2007 when it was downgraded to a Group 2 and reduced to 2400 metres. It is now back to the 3200m distance. It is normally held on the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend in June on the same day as the Stradbroke Handicap and Queensland Derby.

The Brisbane Cup is also one of the principal lead up races to the Melbourne Cup. The handicap race was first run at Eagle Farm in 1871. It was not held from 1942 to 1945 because the farm was taken over by the army to become Camp Ascot. In 2017 and 2018 it was switched to 2200m at Doomben because of issues with the track surface at Eagle Farm.


Brisbane Cup Facts

Last mare to win: Sedanzer (2018)

Last 3YO to win: C&G  – Balmerino (1976); Filly – Queen’s Road (1982)

Multiple winners: Desert Chill (1995 & 1997); Fair Patton (1964 & 1965); Spear Chief (1938 & 1939); St Valore (1932 & 1934); Fitz Grafton (1904 & 1905).

Interesting trivia: Maurice McCarten rode 4 winners during the 1930s, then trained the 1952 winner Putuko.

Previous winners of the Brisbane Cup

Art Success, a four-year-old gelding, won the Brisbane Cup in 2006. He rider was A. Patillo and trained by J. Collins. Portland Singa won in 2005.

Other recent champions include Danestorm, 2004 and 2002; Piachay, 2003; Star Covet, 2001; Yippyio, 2000; Sheer Kingston, 1999; Praise Indeed, 1998; Desert Chill, 1997 and 1995; and Dupain, 1996. The most successful jockey at the Brisbane Cup is Chris Munce who has been aboard three winners: Desert Chill in 1997 and 1995, and Grooming in 1992. The top trainer with five Brisbane Cup champions is T. J. Smith. He saddled winners in 1984, 1974, 1971, 1965 and 1961.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Selino Warning True Marvel
2022 Irish Sequel Through Irish Eyes Sweet Thomas
2021 Knights Order Carif Sweet Thomas
2020 ** Race not run **
2019 Sixties Groove Grey Lion Big Duke
2018 Sedanzer Anton En Avant Kiwia
2017 Chocante (NZ) Single Gaze Pemberley (NZ)
2016 Benzini Sir John Hawkwood (IRE) Junoob (GB)
2015 Jetset Lad (NZ) Sense Of Occasion Epingle (NZ)
2014 Floria (NZ) Moriarty (IRE) Zephyron (NZ)
2013 Moriarty (IRE) Quintessential Zennista
2012 Lights Of Heaven Dance With Her Mawingo
2011 Tullamore Glass Harmonium De Fine Lago
2010 Crossthestart Scouting Wide Ekstreme
2009 Scenic Shot Ready To Lift Tinseltown
2008 Viewed Fulmonti Sky Biscuit
2007 Newport Lilakyn Ice Chariot
2006 Art Success Gorgeous George Sculptor
2005 Portland Singa Shamrock Shore Regal Punch
2004 Danestorm Pentastic Upsetthym
2003 Piachay County Tyrone Homewrecker
2002 Prized Gem Majestic Avenue Nauders
2001 Star Covet Citi Habit Karasi
2000 Yippyio Sharscay Karasi
1999 Sheer Kingston Perpetual Check Ears’ Ronny
1998 Praise Indeed Yobro Star Covet
1997 Desert Chill Sapio Sharscay
1996 Dupain Maxam Super Slew
1995 Desert Chill Protara’s Bay Few Are Chosen
1994 Sky Flyer Cool Credit Cross Swords
1993 Barbut Delcia Cool Affair Silk Ali
1992 Grooming Mr. Eurostar Mountain Rule
1991 Just A Dancer Spring Thaw Donegal Mist
1990 Shuzohra Lord Hybrow King Aussie
1989 Coshking Lord Hybrow The Brotherhood
1988 Lord Hybrow Pakura Boy Round The World
1987 Limitless Round The World Enchanteur
1986 Marlon Foxseal Rising Fear
1985 Foxseal Our Compromise Rushcutter
1984 Chiamare Beaver Boy Rose And Thistle
1983 Amarant Bound To Honour Lady Capulet
1982 Queen’s Road El Laurena Amarant
1981 Four Crowns Granite King Bay Legend
1980 Love Bandit Calpurnicus Pay The Purple
1979 Grey Affair Mr Ay Bee Double Century
1978 Muros Ming Dynasty Bermadez
1977 Reckless Ngawyni My Good Man
1976 Balmerino Participator Our Cavalier
1975 Herminia Participator Dayana
1974 Igloo El Karpe Think Big
1973 Irish Whip The Developer Baghdad Note
1972 Mode Tails Bluelough
1971 Royal Shah Chilton Earlmark
1970 Cachondeo Affectionate Panvale
1969 Galleon King Roman Consul Sandy’s Hope
1968 Prominence Swift Peter Booberella
1967 Fulmen Striking Force Swift General
1966 Apa Tea Biscuit Fulmen
1965 Fair Patton Ampass Marco Khan
1964 Fair Patton Bore Head Piper’s Son
1963 Campo Piper’s Son River Seine
1962 Kamikaze Rural Loch Dhaulagari
1961 Tulloch Sharply Drumcondra
1960 Valerius Essayist Dow Street
1959 Macdougal Grand Garry Baystone
1958 Timor Baystone Caranna
1957 Cambridge Sombrero Macdougal
1956 Redcraze Caranna Beaupa
1955 The Wash Finito Milwaukee II
1954 Lancaster Lord Forrest Kowhata
1953 Hydrogen Welkin Sun Maynard
1952 Putoko Jan Catchfree
1951 Prince O’ Fairies Bankstream Naispear
1950 Silver Buzz Benvolo Spellman
1949 Sanctus Dark Marne Moneith
1948 Sicarda Dark Marne Fly Bird
1947 Blue Boots Russia Rimfire
1946 Good Idea Chaytor Swan River
1945  ** Race not run **
1944  ** Race not run **
1943  ** Race not run **
1942  ** Race not run **
1941 Lady Buzzard Tragopan Abspear
1940 Tragopan Overdraft Spear Vale
1939 Spear Chief Six Fifty L’Aiglon
1938 Spear Chief Princess Rivoli Spearbleu
1937 Glen’s Spear Tapestry First Buzzard
1936 Lough Neagh Spear Prince First Buzzard
1935 Rivalli Glen’s Spear Pandion
1934 St. Valorey Soft Step Arboreal
1933 Herolage Bachelor’s Advice Poy Patrol
1932 St. Valorey Terry Tone Pamboona
1931 Royal Smile Rowladdie Inducement
1930 Trainer Mintman Sir Ribble
1929 In Petto Tradecraft Sheila’s Lad
1928 Canning Queen In Petto Rhymond
1927 Kentle Coin Nut Rawhetu
1926 Piastoon Sum King In Petto
1925 Te Kara Mountain Song Alabama
1924 Balaton Seremite Ardglen
1923 Seremite Warwick Gun Polardee
1922 Grichka Fairy Bob Demeranthis
1921 Impeyan Snow Star For My Lady
1920 Golden Sunset Had-I-Wist Impervan
1919 Venerable Everkeane Had-I-Wist
1918 Irish Princess Limited West Molong
1917 Bunting Demeranthis Eastcourt
1916 Demeranthis Le Gros Ulva’s Isle
1915 Rue Victoria Sea Pink Blueberry
1914 Cagou Frasca Moonbria
1913 Rosard Russian Lady Rosolio
1912 Goard Matouree Bandon Lad
1911 Black Paint Persian Jewel Drift
1910 Curve Dummy Blunderbuss
1909 Fightaway Togo Eric
1908 Plunder Motor Diavolo
1907 Haidee Scorcher Inglewood
1906 Scorcher Pooh Bah Black Donald
1905 Fitz Grafton Lord Bernie Edgar
1904 Fitz Grafton Ironmould Escamillo
1903 Jessie Heronry Amber
1902 Palmer Rabato Circe
1901 Rabato Bris de Nuits Circe
1900 Boreas II Newman Reprobate
1899 Dundonald Waiter P.N.
1898 Ruby d’Or Drake Boscobel
1897 Battalion Checkmate Music
1896 Tornado Newbold Young Buckthorpe
1895 Orville Avenue Tornado
1894 Yelverton Kildare War Queen
1893 Tridentate Memah Kildare
1892 Splendide Musician Talkative
1891 Lurline King Olaf Musician
1890 Lyndhurst Yabba King Olaf
1889 Quicksilver Lauristina Fairy
1888 Sirius La Grange
 * dead-heat 2nd
1887 Wetherondale Pirate Yabba
1886 Bonnie Bee Folly Pirate
1885 Lancer Sarabanda Friendless
1884 Legacy Preston Hamlet
1883 Mozart Glencoe Legacy
1882 Proctor Nabocklish Centurion
1881 Lord Clifden Melbourne  * only 2 runners
1880 Major Sydney Orphan
1879 Sydney The Dean Strathearn
1878 The Dean
 * dead-heat 1st Lilla
1877 Sunrise Nemo Chieftain
1876 Irish Stew The Dirk Wrangler
1875 Carbine Mayflower Magnolia
1874 Zanco Viceroy Erin
1873 Wanderer Zanco Johnny Smoker
1872 Zanco J. L. Greyskim
1871 Greyskim Cassilis Count
1870 Dandy Barrister Senator
1869 Premier Grey Momus Cannon-Ball
1868 Sydney Premier Centipede
1867 North Australian Tal Tal Premier
1866 Forester Nonsuch Actaeon

From the archives:

Brisbane Cup Preview & Tips 2018

Track: Soft   Weather: Showers

Following the early scratching of Rising Red, there are only nine runners for the $300,000 2018 Pages Event Hire Brisbane Cup. The early favourite is Sedanzer who won the Scone Cup before 3rd in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup here. Second favourite is Ambitious who was held up before running on well for 3rd in the Doomben Cup last start. Third favourite is Kiwia who was 4th in the Premier’s Cup.

Megablast is a well-performed New Zealander who ran 3rd in the Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes. Naval Warfare was run down late for a close 2nd in the McKell Cup over 2400m last start. Nozomi was 6th in the Premier’s Cup, but has won over this distance. The other three runners are all at 20 to 1or longer.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
1 Ambitious
5 Sedanzer
2 Megablast
8 Anton En Avant