Previous Winners

First run in 1866, the Brisbane Cup originated as a principal race run over 18 furlongs, and was won by Forester. The distance was reduced the following year in 1867 to 16 furlongs. For the years in 1883 and 1888 the race distance was shortened even further to 14 furlongs. From 1942 to 1945 the Brisbane Cup was not held due to the war, it resumed again in 1946 and was run over 12 furlongs, going back to 16 furlongs the next year. When the metric system was introduced to Australia in 1973, the event was conducted over 3,200 metres and was elevated to Group 1 status in 1980. From 1980 the Brisbane Cup was Group 1 event raced over the traditional Cup distance of 3200m, the same as the Melbourne and Sydney Cups. However, in 2007 the race length was shortened to 2400m and its status was demoted to Group 2. The Brisbane Cup is still considered one of the chief lead-ups to the Melbourne Cup.

The most successful trainer in the Brisbane Cup, producing an impressive five champions is TJ Smith with winners in 1984, 1974, 1941, 1965 and 1961.

Brisbane Cup Winners

Year Winner
2016 Benzini
2015 Jetset Lad
2014 Floria
2013 Moriarty
2012 Lights of Heaven
2011 Tullamore
2010 Crossthestart
2009 Scenic Shot
2008 Viewed
2007 New Port
2006 Art Success
2005 Portland Singa
2004 Danestorm
2003 Piachay
2002 Prized Gem
2001 Star Covet
2000 Yippyio
1999 Sheer Kingston
1998 Praise Indeed
1997 Desert Chill
1996 Dupain
1995 Desert Chill
1994 Sky Flyer
1993 Barbut Delcia
1992 Grooming
1991 Just A Dancer
1990 Shuzohra
1989 Coshking
1988 Lord Hybrow
1987 Limitless
1986 Marlon
1985 Foxseal
1984 Chiamare
1983 Amarant
1982 Queen’s Road
1981 Four Crowns
1980 Love Bandit
1979 Grey Affair
1978 Muros
1977 Reckless
1976 Balmerino
1975 Herminia
1974 Igloo
1973 Irish Whip
1972 Mode
1971 Royal Shah
1970 Cachondeo
1969 Galleon King
1968 Prominence
1967 Fulmen
1966 Apa
1965 Fair Patton
1964 Fair Patton
1963 Campo
1962 Kamikaze
1961 Tulloch
1960 Valerius
1959 Macdougal
1958 Timor
1957 Cambridge
1956 Redcraze
1955 The Wash
1954 Lancaster
1953 Hydrogen
1952 Putoko
1951 Prince O’ Fairies
1950 Silver Buzz
1949 Sanctus
1948 Sicarda
1947 Blue Boots
1946 Good Idea
1945 Race not held
1944 Race not held
1943 Race not held
1942 Race not held
1941 Lady Buzzard
1940 Tragopan
1939 Spear Chief
1938 Spear Chief
1937 Glen’s Spear
1936 Lough Neagh
1935 Rivalli
1934 St. Valorey
1933 Herolage
1932 St. Valorey
1931 Royal Smile
1930 Trainer
1929 In Petto
1928 Canning Queen
1927 Kentle
1926 Piastoon
1925 Te Kara
1924 Balaton
1923 Seremite
1922 Grichka
1921 Impeyan
1920 Golden Sunset
1919 Venerable
1918 Irish Princess
1917 Bunting
1916 Demeranthis
1915 Rue Victoria
1914 Cagou
1913 Rosard
1912 Goard
1911 Black Paint
1910 Curve
1909 Fightaway
1908 Plunder
1907 Haidee
1906 Scorcher
1905 Fitz Grafton
1904 Fitz Grafton
1903 Jessie
1902 Palmer
1901 Rabato
1900 Boreas II
1899 Dundonald
1898 Rubydor
1897 Battalion
1896 Tornado
1895 Orville
1894 Yelverton
1893 Tridentate
1892 Splendide
1891 Lurline
1890 Lyndhurst
1889 Quicksilver
1888 Sirius
1887 Wetherondale
1886 Bonnie Bee
1885 Lancer
1884 Legacy
1883 Mozart
1882 Proctor
1881 Lord Clifden
1880 Major
1879 Sydney
1878 The Dean / Strathearn
1877 Sunrise
1876 Irish Stew
1875 Carbine
1874 Zanco
1873 Wanderer
1872 Zanco
1871 Greyskim
1870 Dandy
1869 Premier
1868 Sydney
1867 North Australian
1866 Forester