Brisbane Cup 2021

Saturday June 12, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Sydney Cup graduates from the autumn make a nice Brisbane Cup tip. 

The time-honoured Brisbane Cup is a Group 2 support act run on the biggest race day of the annual Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival – Stradbroke Handicap – in early to mid June. The event, and all others on the card, traditionally runs at Eagle Farm Racecourse and is currently contested over the genuine two-mile cup distance of 3200m. 

Run and won since 1866, the Brisbane Cup has taken place over a variety of distances, but is back to 3200m for the first time in 2021 since 2006. 

There is a generous $400,000 in total prize money on offer in the Brisbane Cup, which formerly served as a nice next-up option for graduates out of the Group 2 P.J. O’Shea Stakes (2200m). In 2021 a change to the carnival line-up sees the P.J. O’Shea Stakes rebranded as the $1.2 million The Q22 and it now runs on the same day as the Brisbane Cup.

Horses then may come into the Brisbane Cup field via the previous month’s Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m). Scenic Shot (2009) was the last horse to do the Doomben Cup – Brisbane Cup double, also winning the latter the former for a second time in 2011. With the increase in Brisbane Cup prize money the race has become an end-of-winter target in itself for many stayers.

The meeting is headlined by two Group 1 races: the Stradbroke Handicap and the JJ Atkins. The Brisbane Cup also originally held Group 1 status up until its down grade in 2007. During it’s time as a Group 1 the event was also contested over the 3200m like the Melbourne Cup in the spring and the autumn’s Sydney Cup.

A potential next-up option for the graduates out of the Brisbane Cup is the $200,000 Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) run on Tatt’s Tiara Day. 

The latest edition of the Brisbane Cup ran on Saturday June 12, 2021 and saw the Waterhouse-Bott import Knights Order salute by nearly five lengths over the two miles. 

2021 Brisbane Cup Results

The official Brisbane Cup 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be announced below once the race is run and won on Saturday June 12, 2021.

  • 1st: #4 Knights Order
  • 2nd: #1 Carif
  • 3rd: #7 Sweet Thomas

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained son of So You Think, Knights Order ($3.70EF), was in a league of his own outstaying his rivals for a nearly five-length win over the two-miles in the Brisbane Cup 2021 results. Equal favourite Carif ran a distant second for Team Snowden. 

Brisbane Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday June 12, 2021
  • Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $400,000
  • First Run: 1866

Brisbane Cup Betting

Brisbane Cup betting opens the week leading-up to the race and features the winter’s top stayers. Horses that have run well in the key lead-up races including the Doomben Cup or the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2400m) on Queensland Derby Day sit top of the Brisbane Cup odds.

Any previous Brisbane race experience bodes well for the best in Brisbane Cup betting, but interstate raiders have had plenty of recent success in the race.

Brisbane Cup odds also suit the better-weighted runners, class horses in the mix and if there are wet tracks about in the winter obviously the proven mudlarks.

Knights Order ($3.70EF in 2021) was the last favourite in Brisbane Cup betting to salute when defeating the equal favourite Carif home by nearly five lengths. 

2021 Brisbane Cup Odds

Our top Brisbane Cup 2021 racing odds and betting market links will be available below as soon as available so stay tuned to back your favourite winter stayers at the right prices.

Brisbane Cup Field

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Brisbane Cup winner Lights Of Heaven (2012) went on to run third in that year’s Caulfield Cup in the spring. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Brisbane Cup field attracts a quality line-up of genuine stayers, especially from 2021 when the event ran back up over 3200m. 

There are a host of nice lead-up races for gallopers into the Brisbane Cup field including the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) run a fortnight earlier. 

The official Brisbane Cup field is out on the Wednesday leading-up to Stradbroke Handicap Day following nominations on the Monday.

2021 Brisbane Cup Field

The official Brisbane Cup 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be published below so stay tuned to see what stayers make the cut in the handicap clash.

The 2021 Brisbane Cup final field features seven stayers including the autumn’s Group 1 Sydney Cup runner-up over the two miles Rondinella and last start Winter Cup winner at Rosehill Knights Order

2021 Brisbane Cup Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Brisbane Cup race close the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be published below. 

The Brisbane Cup 2021 nominations drew 15 stayers including the quinella out of last weekend’s Winter Cup – Knights Order (1st) and perennial runner-up Parry Sound (2nd). 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1×42732110 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 93
2 82327×2046 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 102
3 80751×0842 CARIF G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 103
4 83x00x0538 FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
5 x844x22121 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
6 40×3621521 HEART OF PUISSANCE H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
7 1x6143x851 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
8 10x212x477 LION’S SHARE M 4 Steven Pateman  
9 1x188x7745 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 96
10 2252×83222 PARRY SOUND G 5 Bjorn Baker  
11 55×7783143 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 100
12 2751145390 ROMAKASH (NZ) G 6 Matt Kropp 88
13 082×805224 RONDINELLA (NZ) M 6 John O’Shea 104
14 6x9360x654 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
15 15x0648x75 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 9 Matthew Smith  

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Brisbane Cup Tips

Brisbane Cup tips include looking for the best stayers out of the earlier winter staying features in the Sunshine State such as the Doomben Cup held over less distance.

Horses with winning form over 2000 – 2400m, any proven two-mile horses that may have run in Sydney’s Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) over the same distance at Randwick in the autumn, those that sneak into the race on a nice handicap and proven Brisbane performers all make good Brisbane Cup betting tips to take to the bookies each winter.

2021 Brisbane Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Brisbane Cup 2021 tips and exotic Brisbane winter racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the stayers to back and sack in the classic.

  • To Win: #3 Rondinella ($3.40 at time of publish) 

Really open edition of the Brisbane Cup, which is back up over 3200m this season. That should suit John O’Shea’s Ocean Park mare Rondinella who was good in the autumn when runner-up at the distance in Randwick’s Group 1 Sydney Cup. That was a much tougher affair. Comes off a first-up fourth in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup here and does rise notably in weight, but remains a top hope with just six to beat. 

Brisbane Cup Form Guide

The Brisbane Cup form guide provides punters with all the crucial horse and race info needed to place a well-informed wager on the winter showdown including the saddlecloth and barrier numbers of all the runners, their lead-up form, handicap weight allocations, jockeys and track / distance records.

The best Brisbane Cup form races to follow each winter are the Doomben Cup and the Premier’s Cup. The Brisbane Cup form has also stacked-up in tougher races during the spring on plenty of occasions including most notable in 2008 when the Bart Cummings-trained Viewed won the Brisbane Cup in the winter and the iconic Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington that spring.

2021 Brisbane Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Brisbane Cup 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Brisbane Cup Results

The Brisbane Cup results have been dominated by class local and visiting interstate stayers enjoying the winter sun in Queensland.

Notable Brisbane Cup winners include that spring’s Melbourne Cup champion Viewed (2008), Scenic Shot (2009) who won that year’s and the 2011 Doomben Cup and the mare Lights Of Heaven (2012) who rounded out that season’s Caulfield Cup trifecta in October.

Brisbane Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Knights Order Carif Sweet Thomas 3:22.54


Race Not Held (COVID-19)

2019 Sixties Groove Grey Lion Big Duke 2:29.4
2018 Sedanzer Anton En Avant Kiwia 2:18.3
2017 Chocante Single Gaze Pemberley 2:15.0
2016 Benzini Sir John Hawkwood Junoob 2:31.6
2015 Jetset Lad Sense Of Occasion Epingle 2:15.0
2014 Floria Moriarty Zephyron 2:25.6
2013 Moriarty Quintessential Zennista 2:29.1
2012 Lights Of Heaven Dance With Her Mawingo 2:29.6
2011 Tullamore Glass Harmonium De Fine Lago 2:27.5
2010 Crossthestart Scouting Wide Ekstreme 2:27.5
2009 Scenic Shot Ready To Lift Tinseltown 2:34.6
2008 Viewed Fulmonti Sky Biscuit 2:35.9
2007 Newport Lilakyn Ice Chariot 2:28.1
2006 Art Success Gorgeous George Sculptor 3:22.4
2005 Portland Singa Shamrock Shore Regal Punch 3:20.8
2004 Danestorm Pentastic Upsetthym 3:20.2
2003 Piachay County Tyrone Homewrecker 3:22.5
2002 Prized Gem Majestic Avenue Nauders 3:24.6
2001 Star Covet Citi Habit Karasi 3:17.4
2000 Yippyio Sharscay Karasi 3:24.9