The BTC Cup is a 1200 metre weight-for-age race held by the Brisbane Racing Club. It is the first Group 1 race of the Brisbane Winter Carnival and is normally held at Doomben during May.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open WFA
- Distance: 1,200 metres
- Track: Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane, Queensland
- Date: Saturday 14 May 2016
The BTC Cup dates back to 1964 when it was held as a quality handicap over 7 furlongs (about 1400 metres) and was won by Rashlore. In 1973 the distance was shortened to 1200 metres then from 1980 to 1990 it was run over 1350 metres. In 1991 it was returned to the 1200 metre distance, where it has remained, and was made a weight-for-age race. It was given Group 1 status in 2006.
Over the relatively short history of the race it has had many names such as the Delaney Quality Handicap, Tourist Minister’s Cup, Robin’s Kitchen Cup, Foster’s Cup, Carlton Cup, Wyndham Estate Cup and Richmond Grove Cup. It is part of the Doomben winter sprint treble along with the Group 3 BRC Sprint (formerly BTC Sprint) over 1350 metres and the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 over 1350 metres. In 2013 it was moved to Eagle Farm for the first time ever, in anticipation of Black Caviar running in it, as it can hold a bigger crowd. Unfortunately she was retired a couple of weeks before the race.
Interstate horses often compete in this race as it is the first Group 1 race held in the Brisbane carnival. Favourites and second favourites have a very good record of winning this race, although 2010 winner Albert The Fat started at 20 to 1. Three-year-old colts and geldings have won this race several times but Sea Siren in 2012 was the first three-year-old filly to win.
BTC Cup Final Field & Odds 2016
See below for the early betting markets on this years race BTC Cup.‘Odds not currently available’
BTC Cup Preview & Tips 2016
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a field of 14 runners for the $500,000 2015 UBet BTC Cup. The favourite is Japonisme who won the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in the spring and won the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint at his latest outing. Second favourite is Fell Swoop who has won 9 of his 14 starts and won the Group 2 Victory Stakes here last start. Third in the market is Malaguerra who has won 5 of his last 8 races and loves this distance.
Artlee ran on nicely for 3rd in the Victory Stakes while Counterattack was 2nd in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint last start. Dothraki has raced well in Group 1 company at his last 3 starts. Charlie Boy has had 28 days off and runs well fresh. Delectation has won 2 recent trials and should go very well. Target In Sight has a good record at this distance and should be running on. All other runners are currently over 25 to 1.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|11 Japonisme||8 Malaguerra||11 Japonisme|
|2 Fell Swoop||11 Japonisme||6 Artlee|
|8 Malaguerra||2 Fell Swoop||2 Fell Swoop|
|1 Delectation||8 Malaguerra||12 Counterattack|
Previous winners of the BTC Cup :
Notable winners include Falvelon (2000 and 2003) and Buck’s Pride (1993 and 1994) who both won the race twice. Thorn Park (2004) who is the only horse to win the Stradbroke Handicap in the same year since this race became weight-for-age. Barossa Boy (1992) is the only horse to win the Doomben winter sprint treble in the same years although Chief De Beers (1996) won them in different years.
|2015||Hot Snitzel||Knoydart||Our Boy Malachi|
|2014||Famous Seamus||Spirit Of Boom||Buffering|
|2013||Your Song||Rain Affair||Better Than Ready|
|2012||Sea Siren||Scenic Blast||Beaded|
|2011||Black Caviar||Hay List||Buffering|
|2010||Albert The Fat||Melito||Latin News|
|2009||Duporth||Bank Robber||Apache Cat|
|2008||Apache Cat||Vormista||Swiss Ace|
|2007||Bentley Biscuit||Takeover Target||Mitanni|
|2006||Gee I Jane (NZ)||Daunting Lad||All Bar One|
|2005||Spark Of Life||St Basil (NZ)||Regimental Gal|
|2004||Thorn Park||Star Of Florida||Regijmental Gal|
|2003||Falvelon||Make Mine Magic||Diamond Dane|
|2002||Lord Essex||Falvelon||Phoenix Park|
|2001||Fritz (NZ)||Show A Heart||King Lotto|