Queensland Cup

Queensland Cup, Eagle Farm

Looking for early info on this year’s Queensland Cup? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Currently run over 2,400 metres having recently been reduced from two miles, the Queensland Cup is a Listed race taking place at Eagle Farm Racecourse in Brisbane. 

Formerly part of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and run in July, the event was moved to the spring in 2020 and is now held on a Saturday in early October on the same day as the Spring Champion Stakes meeting in Sydney. The event has also recently been reduced in prize money from $200,000 to $130,000. 

The 2018 Queensland Cup race took place at the Sunshine Coast and ran as The Queen’s Cup before returning to Eagle Farm in 2019.

In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic seriously interrupted the Queensland and Brisbane Winter Racing Carnivals forcing the abandonment or postponement of a number of races including the Queensland Cup.

Note: The rescheduled 2020 Queensland Cup ran on Saturday October 10, 2020 at Doomben Racecourse over a shortened distance of 2200m and saw nine-year-old Grey Lion take out the $125,000 in prize money.

For 2021 the race remained a spring event but ran at Eagle Farm at set weights plus penalties over 2,400m as a potential lead-up to the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne a fortnight later.

Queensland Cup 2021 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday October 9, 2021
  • Track Location: Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,400m
  • Weight Conditions: Set Weights plus Penalties 
  • Qualification: Open
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Listed
  • Prize Purse: $130,000
  • 2021 Queensland Cup Winner: Honorable Spirit


The official 2021 Queensland Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 9, 2021. 

  1. #2 Honorable Spirit
  2. #11 Lunasnit
  3. #8 Fu Ni

Queensland Cup Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Queensland Cup, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Queensland Cup
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s race.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s race. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the race, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within this race, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Queensland Cup to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Queensland Cup to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Queensland Cup to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Queensland Cup, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Queensland Cup in 2021

  1. Login at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Queensland Cup Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Queensland Cup 2021 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Queensland Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

Which Horse Will Win The Queensland Cup in 2021

The best way to pick which horse will win the Queensland Cup is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry and their recent form in the local staying races. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Queensland Cup winner include: 

  • Proven Stayers – Looking for horses with previous winning form over the mile and a half is key when doing the Queensland Cup form.
  • Interstate Raiders – Any in-form raiders from interstate make a nice bet in the Queensland Cup.

Queensland Cup 2021 Favourites

Early favourites for the 2021 Queensland Cup include Toowoomba Cup runner-up Honourable Spirit and Navy Cross from the Waterhouse/Bott stable. 

Azuro ($2.70 in 2019) and Honorable Spirit ($2.60 in 2021) are the latest Queensland Cup favourites to win.

Queensland Cup 2021 Field

The official Queensland Cup 2021 field and barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published here once released. 

  • Scratched: #5 Unamerican (7); #9 Nemingah (6)

Queensland Cup 2021 Tips

Favourite: #2 Honourable Spirit ($2.35 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #2 Honourable Spirit to salute for the punters (see above)

Best Roughie: #7 Tides Of Jupiter ($20 at time of publish) 

Our insider 2021 Queensland Cup tips for the next edition of the staying showdown will be detailed here and on the Neds Blog closer to race day.

Queensland Cup 2021 Race Day

Queensland Cup Day now runs at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday the 9th of October, 2021 and the Listed Queensland Cup is the sole Black-Type race on the card. 

Queensland Cup Barrier Draw 2021

The 2021 Queensland Cup barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Queensland Cup Field section. 

Queensland Cup 2021 Nominations

Nominations close at 12:00 PM on the Monday of race week. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x6321x2805 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 1 60kg 60kg 101
2 0097365447 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) G 8 Chris Waller 2 54kg 52kg 85
3 5231611212 HONORABLE SPIRIT G 5 John Smerdon 3 54kg 49.5kg 80
4 00×0674471 NAVY CROSS G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 4= 54kg 47.5kg 76
5 3144352114 TOP ORDER G 5 Kim Anderson 4= 54kg 47.5kg 76
6 5×46438113 UNAMERICAN G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 6 54kg 46.5kg 74
7 4828×75316 CHOCOLATIER (NZ) G 7 Corey & Kylie Geran 7 54kg 46kg 73
8 292×714212 TIDES OF JUPITER G 5 Jay Bellamy 8 54kg 44.5kg 70
9 13×6826214 FU NI M 5 Kris Lees 9 54kg 42kg 69
10 x236x37222 NEMINGAH (NZ) G 6 Edward O’Rourke 10 54kg 43kg 67
11 44451×0361 ZAMOSA (NZ) M 6 Mitchell Fry 11 54kg 39kg 63
12 2047722234 LUNASNIT M 5 Barry Lockwood 12 54kg 38.5kg 62
13 216×427282 WONDERFUL DAY (NZ) G 6 Desleigh Forster 13 54kg 39.5kg 60
14 x003461814 SIR GUNSEN G 5 Christopher Zintilis 14 54kg 39kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Queensland Cup 2021 Weights

The 2021 Queensland Cup race will be run at set weights plus penalties. Final weights are announced at 5:00 PM on the Tuesday of race week with weights on the final acceptances to be published in our above Queensland Cup Field section. 

Grey Lion (59kg in 2020) was the last Queensland Cup top weight to win.

2021 Queensland Cup Top-Weight:

  • #1 He Runs Away (58kg)

Queensland Cup 2021 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 10:00 AM on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in our above Queensland Cup Field section. 

Queensland Cup 2021 Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 1 PM on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in our above Queensland Cup Field section. 

Queensland Cup Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 8:30 AM on race day morning. 

2021 Queensland Cup Scratchings: 

  • #5 Unamerican (7); #9 Nemingah (6)

Queensland Cup Prize Money 2021

For 2021 the Queensland Cup prize purse is worth $130,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.

Queensland Cup Race Number 2021

The 2021 Queensland Cup is set to run as Eagle Farm Race 8 at 4:38pm (AEST) on Saturday the 9th of October, 2021. There are ten races held at Eagle Farm that day. 

Queensland Cup Form Guide 2021

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Queensland Cup Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Queensland Cup Live

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Queensland Cup live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Queensland Cup Winners

Winners of the Queensland Cup going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below.

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Weight Time

(Run over 2400m at Eagle Farm in October)

Honorable Spirit John Smerdon Jaden Lloyd 55.5 kgs 2:31.74



(Run over 2200m at Doomben in October)

Grey Lion Matthew Smith Robbie Fradd 59 kgs 2:14.13 (2200m)
2019 Azuro Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Matthew McGillivray 54 kgs 3:29.39
2018 Plot Twist Peter & Paul Snowden Jim Byrne 54 kgs 3:31.36
2017 Araldo Junior Michael Moroney Michael Cahill 57 kgs 3:28.01
2016 Murphy’s Delight Chris Waller Jim Byrne 55 kgs 3:34.91
2015 Mister Impatience Michael Moroney Robbie Fradd 58 kgs 3:31.16
2014 Iggi Pop John Sargent Jim Byrne 54 kgs 3:21.26
2013 Turner Bayou Patrick Payne Michelle Payne 54 kgs 3:25.87
2012 Spechenka Ben Ahrens Ryan Wiggins 54 kgs 3:21.28
2011 Tinseltown Michael Moroney Chad Ormsby 58 kgs 3:25.13
2010 Solid Billing Craig Ritchie Eddie Wilkinson 54 kgs 3:23.14
2009 Cape Breton Danny Williams Daniel Ganderton 54 kgs 3:27.74
2008 Kerdem Patrick Payne Scott Seamer 53 kgs 3:37.61
2007 Ice Chariot Ron Maund Stathi Katsidis 57 kgs 3:23.07
2006 Double Portion Geoff Mcdonald Todd Pannell 53 kgs 3:23.00
2005 Regal Punch Michael Lee Stathi Katsidis 55.5 kgs 3:23.70
2004 Kugelhopf Harold Norman John Powell 53 kgs 3:19.40
2003 Time Signal Garry White John Powell 52 kgs 3:20.50
2002 Gillespie Jack Denham Darren Beadman 55.5 kgs 3:18.90
2001 Green Diamond Gerald Ryan Jim Byrne 52 kgs 3:20.10
2000 Insecure Craig Higgins Mick Dittman 55 kgs 3:22.80