The Queen’s Cup

July 9, 2018

The concept of The (then) King’s Cup races, and the original conditions for it, were decided upon by the Conference of Delegates from Principal Clubs in Australia, and were approved by His Majesty The King in 1927.


The first race of the Series was run on Saturday 23 April 1927 at Flemington by the Victoria Racing Club in honour of the visit of their Royal Highness, the Duke and Duchess of York.


The race, which was won by Spear Maiden, was worth £1,250 to the winner.  The owners also received a gold cup, which was a gift of His Majesty King George V.


With the exception of the war years of 1940-45 inclusive, the Cup has been run ever since, with the assent of the ruling monarch, and has rotated from State to State.


Since 1952, the race has of course been known as The Queen’s Cup.  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has again graciously sanctioned the running of The Queen’s Cup in the 2018/19 Racing Season, and has donated a gold cup to the winning owner(s).


Many top class horses have won The Queen’s Cup, including Phar Lap, Rogilla, Macdougal, Book Link, River Seine, Red Handed, Leilani and Natski.


The Queen’s Cup is recognised as a “Group 3” race by the International Cataloguing Standards Committee.


The Group 3 Queen’s Cup conducted Saturday 14th July, is the Queen’s Cup Trophy Quality Handicap over 3200m and carries trophy AU$13,000 and prizemoney AU$150,000.