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0n June 10 2023, the Brisbane Cup is bracketed with the rich Stradbroke Handicap and with the stake money so big – the Stradbroke, won last year by the charismatic Alligator Blood, is now worth a whopping $3 million – it’s sure to be popular with the top horses from both Australia and NZ. It also goes without saying that NZ trained horses will feature prominently in many of the supporting races on the day.
Rest assured we will be cheering home some popular kiwi trained horses with the likes of the Tony Pike stables, Te Akau, Shaune Ritchie, John Bary, Adrian Bull, Wexford Stables and not forgetting the NZ based powerhouses like Chris Waller and Mike Moroney etc who have had their names in lights in recent years.
at the Brisbane Carnival.

I’m delighted to co-host the tour under the Sporting Tours team alongside my good mates Kel and Marilyn Munro. The numbers will be limited. It’ll be a bit like our extremely popular boutique tour to Sydney three years ago when we celebrated the mighty mare Winx in her last race at Randwick. The invitation is for you to join us. I’m excited to get back to Brisbane. It’ll be a lot of fun! DES COPPINS


  • Return Airport transfers (Full Package only)
  • 5 nights’ Accommodation at 4.5* Rydges South Bank Brisbane
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Welcome Drinks & Nibbles
  • Cup Eve dinner
  • Evening “Happy Hour” drinks 8th & 10th June
  • Visit local trainer stables.
  • Return coach transfers on race days.
  • Hospitality Package on cup day include lunch & beverages.
  • Full day sightseeing tour including lunch.
  • Farewell drinks & nibbles
  • Sporting Tours merchandise
  • Services of Tour Hosts Des Coppins and Kel Munro (Subject to a minimum 20 persons travelling)
  • Sunshine Coast meeting includes General Admission ticket.


Wednesday 7th June
NZ/Brisbane, Transfer to Rydges
Hotel Evening Welcome function

Thursday 8th June
Visit local trainer stables.
Evening Happy Hour drinks

Friday 9th June
Full day sightseeing tour including lunch Evening Cup Eve dinner..

Saturday 10th June
Transfer to Eagle Farm for Stradbroke Handicap & Brisbane Cup Hospitality Package including lunch & beverages.
Evening Happy Hour drinks

Sunday 11th June
Grandstand seats to includes General Admission ticket Evening Farewell function drinks and nibbles.

Monday 12th June


  • Single – $4,995.00
  • Twin / Double – $4,080.00


  • Single – $4,035.00
  • Twin / Double – $3,120.00

Full package includes flights ex Auckland and return airport transfers

(Group flights only)

Des has been involved in racing for the past 40 years as a journalist, TV presenter and talk back host. He has escorted numerous racing tours including Japan Cup, Hong Kong Cup, Melbourne Cup and Sydney Cup

Kel is an avid horse racing fan and has escorted thousands of racing fans on Sydney Cup, Brisbane Cup and Melbourne Cup Tours.

Rydges South Bank Brisbane located in the heart of Brisbane’s arts and entertainment precinct with plenty of things to do and only minutes away from South Bank Parklands