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Kingsford-Smith Cup: Date, how to watch, past winners & more

The Kingsford-Smith Cup is a Group 1 thoroughbred horse race which is held in June every year at Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane.

The Kingsford-Smith Cup is raced under weight-for-age conditions over a distance of 1300m and is part of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

With $1million in prize money up for grabs, the Kingsford-Smith Cup attracts some of the best sprinters in the land.

The great Black Caviar is among the horses to have won the Kingsford-Smith Cup, which will attract a stellar field again in 2024.

Here is everything you need to know about the Kingsford-Smith Cup.

Kingsford-Smith Cup date

The Kingsford-Smith Cup is part of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and takes place in June each year.

The 2024 edition of the race will be held on Saturday 1st June.

Kingsford-Smith Cup time

The exact time for the Kingsford-Smith Cup has yet to be announced, but in 2023 it was Race 8 on the card, and is likely to stay the same in 2024.

It is a bumper card at Eagle Farm with the Group 1 Queensland Derby also taking place on the same day.

Kingsford-Smith Cup venue

The Kingsford-Smith Cup currently takes place at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, but that has not always been the case.

Eagle Farm has undergone a number of renovations in recent years, and in 2015, 2017 and 2018, the Kingsford-Smith Cup took place at nearby Doomben racecourse.

Kingsford-Smith Cup how to watch

The Kingsford-Smith Cup will be shown free-to-air on Channel 7 and also via the 7Plus app.

Kingsford-Smith Cup history

The Kingsford-Smith Cup was first raced in 1964 and was won by a horse by the name of Rashlore.

It was a Principal Race up until 1979, before becoming a Listed Race for the next three years.

The Kingsford-Smith Cup also held Group 3 and Group 2 status, before eventually becoming a Group 1 race in 2006. It has remained that way since.

The race is named after the famous Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith.

Kingsford-Smith Cup prize money

The total prize fund for the Kingsford-Smith Cup stands at a cool $1million.

First place takes home $600,000, second $180,000 and third place $90,000.

The top 10 all pick up prize money, with $12,000 going to the horses that finish sixth through to 10th.

Kingsford-Smith Cup past winners

Think About It was the winner of the 2023 edition for trainer Joseph Pride and jockey Sam Clipperton.

There have been some famous winners of the Kingsford-Smith Cup, with the mighty Black Caviar being the most notable back in 2011.

Apache Cat was another notable winner in 2008, while Falvelon took the honours in both 2000 and 2003.

Kingsford-Smith Cup odds

I Wish I Win looks to be the one to beat in 2024 and is priced at 4.50 to win the Kingsford-Smith Cup.

Magic Time and Think About It are both priced at 5.50, with Antino available at 7.50.

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