The BTC Cup is a 1300 metre weight-for-age race held by the Brisbane Racing Club. Prior to 2017 it was the first Group 1 race of the Brisbane Winter Carnival and is held at Eagle Farm during May.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open WFA
- Distance: 1,300 metres
- Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane, Queensland
- Date: Saturday 27 May 2017
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, and was made a weight-for-age race. In 2017 it was increased to 1300m and moved to later in the Brisbane carnival. 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 was 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 2017
See below for the early betting markets on this years race BTC Cup.‘Odds not currently available’
BTC Cup Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Heavy Weather: Cloudy
Following the early scratching of Egyptian Symbol, 13 runners remain for the $700,000 2017 Darley Kingsford-Smith BTC Cup. The favourite is Black Heart Bart who won the Group 1 Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes before resuming with a disappointing 7th in the Goodwood. Second favourite is Derryn who won the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint before running on well for 3rd in the Doomben 10,000. Third in the market is Clearly Innocent who has won 8 of his 14 starts and won the Luskin Star at Scone over this distance last start.
Counterattack ran on nicely for 2nd in the Doomben 10,000, after 2nd in the Group 3 Hall Mark. Jungle Edge was an impressive 2.3 length winner of the BRC Sprint last week and might enjoy the heavy track again. Music Magnate won the Group 2 Victory Stakes here and then was never comfortable when last in the Doomben 10,000. Impending has been freshened after 3rd in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint. All other runners are currently over 16 to 1.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|11 Derryn||6 Clearly Innocent||11 Derryn|
|6 Clearly Innocent||1 Black Heart Bart||1 Black Heart Bart|
|1 Black Heart Bart||11 Derryn||8 Jungle Edge|
|8 Jungle Edge||2 Under The Louvre||6 Clearly Innocent|
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.
|2017||Clearly Innocent||Jungle Edge||Counterattack|
|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|