See the 2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Preview and Results.
The Kingsford Smith/BTC Cup dates back to 1964 when it was held as a quality handicap over 7 furlongs (about 1400 metres) and was won by Rashlore. In 1973 the distance was shortened to 1200 metres then from 1980 to 1990 it was run over 1350 metres. It was returned to the 1200 metre distance in 1991 and was made a weight-for-age race. In 2017 it was increased to 1300m and moved to later in the Brisbane carnival. It was given Group 1 status in 2006. In 2020 it was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the relatively short history of the race, it has had many names such as the Delaney Quality Handicap, Tourist Minister’s Cup, Robin’s Kitchen Cup, Foster’s Cup, Carlton Cup, Wyndham Estate Cup, Richmond Grove Cup and Kingsford Smith Cup. It is part of the Doomben winter sprint treble along with the Group 3 BRC Sprint (formerly BTC Sprint) over 1350 metres and the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 over 1350 metres. In 2013 it was moved to Eagle Farm for the first time ever, in anticipation of Black Caviar running in it, as it can hold a bigger crowd. Unfortunately, she was retired a couple of weeks before the race.
Interstate horses often compete in this race as it was the first Group 1 race held in the Brisbane carnival. Favourites and second favourites have a very good record of winning this race, although 2010 winner Albert The Fat started at 20 to 1. Three-year-old colts and geldings have won this race several times but Sea Siren in 2012 was the first three-year-old filly to win.