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Brisbane Cup

The Brisbane Cup is a Group 2 open handicap race held annually each June at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $300,000 in prize money. The 2019 Brisbane Cup was won by Sixties Groove from Grey Lion with Big Duke third.

Taking place on Eagle Farm's major race day of the year, Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap day, the Brisbane Cup is the feature distance event on a huge day of group racing action in Brisbane.

Brisbane Cup info

Date: Saturday 12th June 2021
Track: Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
2019 Winner: Sixties Groove

The Brisbane Cup was first run in 1871 at Eagle Farm and raced over a distance of 3200m at Group 1 level until 2007, when the race distance was reduced to 2400m and the race status downgraded to a Group 2 event. Since 2009 the Brisbane Cup has been held on Stradbroke Day after previously being held on the Queen's Birthday holiday on a Monday.

Typically attracting predominantly handy local stayers, some talented interstate raiders have been successful over the years including the ill-fated Bart Cumming's galloper Viewed (2008) who went on to win the time honoured Gr1 Melbourne Cup the following spring after winning the Brisbane Cup.

Races such as the Gr1 Doomben Cup or Gr2 PJ O'Shea Stakes are typical lead up races to the Brisbane Cup and Scenic Shot (2009) managed a clean sweep of all three races when he won the Doomben Cup and PJ O'Shea Stakes on his way to winning this event.

More recently Lights Of Heaven (2012) finished runner-up in the Doomben Cup before taking out the PJ O'Shea Stakes & Brisbane Cup double. She also travelled to Melbourne the following spring to run third in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield.

Sixties Groove (2019) ran second in the Gr2 PJ O'Shea Stakes over 2200m at Doomben before finishing strongly to win this event in classy style for trainer Kris Lees.

Recent Brisbane Cup winners include Sedanzer (2018) and Chocante (2017).

2019 Brisbane Cup result

1. $3.80 Sixties Groove 57.0 Damien Oliver
2. $11.00 Grey Lion 56.5 Ms Kathy O'Hara
3. $26.00 Big Duke 58.0 John Allen

then followed
4. $31.00 Sin To Win 53.0 Kerrin McEvoy
5. $16.00 Our Libretto 53.0 Glen Boss
6. $41.00 Miss Admiration 53.0 Michael Dee
7. $41.00 Sopressa 53.0 Craig Williams
8. $3.10 Haripour 56.5 Blake Shinn
9. $151.00 Chillin With Dylan 53.0 Mark Du Plessis
10. $41.00 Exoteric 55.0 James McDonald
11. $18.00 The Lord Mayor 54.0 Tommy Berry
12. $19.00 Igraine 53.0 Ron Stewart
13. $101.00 Tumultuous 54.0 Robbie Fradd
14. $201.00 Master Zephyr 53.0 Luke Tarrant
15. $7.50 The Candy Man 55.0 Michael Cahill
16. $61.00 Red Alto 54.0 Matthew McGillivray
17. $51.00 Tally 58.0 Tim Clark
18. $201.00 Sir Barnabus 53.0 Dale Smith

Margins: 0.75 len, 2.5 len
Time: 2:29.41

The Gr1 Queensland Derby, Gr1 The TJ Smith and Gr2 Dane Ripper Quality are also held on the same day as the Brisbane Cup at Eagle Farm.

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Brisbane Cup winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
1999 Sheer Kingston Perpetual Check Ears Ronny 3:23.7
1998 Praise Indeed Yobro Star Covet 3:22.3
1997 Desert Chill Sapio Sharscay 3:24.6
1996 Dupain Maxam Super Slew 3:20.6
1995 Desert Chill Protaras Bay Few Are Chosen 3:18.8
1994 Sky Flyer Cool Credit Cross Swords 3:15.7
1993 Barbut Delcia Cool Affair Silk Ali 3:19.8
1992 Grooming Mr Eurostar Mountain Rule 3:20.1
1991 Just A Dancer Spring Thaw Donegal Mist 3:32.8
1990 Shuzohra Lord Hybrow King Aussie 3:32.0
1989 Coshking Lord Hybrow The Brotherhood 3:24.5
1988 Lord Hybrow Pakura Boy Round The World 3:26.2

Both the 2015 and 2018 Brisbane Cup were run over 2200m at Doomben.