Weekend King Racing



btc cup




The BTC Cup is a 1200m, Group 1 worth $500,000 run at Doomben annually during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

BTC Cup winners have traditionally been strong performers.

Notable BTC Cup winners include Strawberry Road, Chief De Beers, Eyeliner, Falvelon (twice), Tontonan, St Jude, General Nediym, Apache Cat and the most famous of them all Black Caviar.

See below for a full list of BTC Cup winners since the inaugural race in 1964.

BTC Cup Winners

2015 Hot Snitzel
2014 Famous Seamus
2013 Your Song
2012 Sea Siren
2011 Black Caviar
2010 Albert The Fat
2009 Duporth
2008 Apache Cat
2007 Bentley Biscuit
2006 Gee I Jane
2005 Spark Of Life
2004 Thorn Park
2003 Falvelon
2002 Lord Essex
2001 Fritz
2000 Falvelon
1999 Staging
1998 General Nediym
1997 Accomplice
1996 Chief De Beers
1995 Seawinne
1994 Buck’s Pride
1993 Buck’s Pride
1992 Barrosa Boy
1991 St. Jude
1990 Gypsy Rogue
1989 High Regard
1988 Cool Report
1987 Broad Reach
1986 Goldorme
1985 Sports Ruler
1984 Mr. Illusion
1983 Strawberry Road
1982 Todonic
1981 Grand Rocky
1980 Vinegar Joe
1979 Stylee
1978 March Legend
1977 Innisfree
1976 Ima Shadow
1975 Martindale
1974 Tontonan
1973 Triton
1972 Charlton Boy
1971 Ricochet
1970 Cabochon
1969 Dual Control
1968 Prince Gauntlet
1967 Eye Liner
1966 Flying Fancy
1965 Todwana
1964 Rashlore

2009 – DUPORTH




2013 – YOUR SONG








Hi-5 for Scintillating Shinn

Courtesy of Nathan Exelby & Ben Dorries of The Courier-Mail 

PETER Snowden said he and son Paul had hoped they might win one Group 1 race in their first season of training.

Instead, the father-son combination was celebrating their fifth after the enigmatic Hot Snitzel took out the BTC Cup at Doomben.

Snowden however deflected praise for the win to fellow trainer Gerald Ryan, who had trained the six-year-old until his split from Hot Snitzel’s syndicators Triple Crown Racing last month.

Hot Snitzel, unfancied in the betting at $26, rocked favourite backers to give Blake Shinn his first-ever five winner haul and first-ever Group 1 double on the same day after getting the better of Our Boy Malachi and then comfortably holding the late challenge of Knoydart.

Team Snowden won the Caulfield Guineas with Shooting To Win last October, the Blue Diamond and AJC Sires with Pride Of Dubai (all of those being $1million races) and then the Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide last week with Miracles Of Life.


“It’s outstanding. Paul and I both thought if we get one (Group 1 win) we would have done well,” Snowden said.

“But in the case of this one, Gerald gave us this horse in perfect order and he has to take most of the credit.”

Snowden also heaped praise on Shinn for producing a “50 out of 10” ride on the winner.

“Blake rode a special. It was a solid pace but he was able to just have him in the perfect spot,” he said.

Upon greeting Shinn after the race, Snowden quipped “we’re good judges aren’t we” in reference to the stable’s lack of confidence going into the race.

Snowden said Hot Snitzel wasn’t the best track worker and he felt the QTC Cup was probably a better target.

Jockey Tommy Berry said Our Boy Malachi “wasn’t himself” heading to the barrier and didn’t show the same turn of foot he did first-up in Sydney.

“He didn’t feel like he was going to be explosive. That’s why I waited so long to let him go,” Berry said.

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said Our Boy Malachi’s “time will come.”

“He worked for 400m to get to the front and he finally got to the front and didn’t really get a breather,” he said.

“The horse ran outstanding, it’s his first crack at the grade.”

There was pre-race drama, with the late scratching of highly rated Kiwi Sacred Star owing to a stone bruise.

“He was 100 per cent perfect this morning coming off the track and we only discovered it walking out of his box. His foot is just red hot and he’s two out of five lame,” trainer Tony Pike said.

“It’s devastating to get this far and for this to happen, especially when we thought we had him right this morning.

“But that’s racing. Hopefully we can get it right in the next four or five days and still have him right to run in the (Doomben) 10,000.”


Rosehill with Ray & Duff

Story courtesy of Ray Thomas 

from The Daily Telegraph 

Federal runs in Sydney tomorrow 

THE Daily Telegraph’s racing editor Ray Thomas and Sky Thoroughbred Central’s Ron Dufficy discuss the chances at Rosehill and Doomben on Saturday.



Thomas:Religify didn’t have the best of luck first-up and the 1000m on a wet track didn’t suit so unplaced run can be excused. He’s fitter now, back to his home track and up to 1200m on an improving surface — I’m confident he can bounce back. Religify is a promising horse and he’s my best bet on the program.

Dufficy: I don’t what to do with Private Secretary likely to be saved for Scone. I know Earnest Ernest is a gay deceiver and doesn’t win often but he’s $18 and I liked his trial recently. He has the very promising apprentice Brodie Loy and, with the speed on up front with Alberto Magic and Senta De Noche, he can’t do anything but run on hard. At the odds, I’d rather spec him than trust Religify to find his best form, and also gamble on Alberto Magic, who won a trial by nearly 18 lengths, running a strong 1200m.


Thomas:Bonete was fast, strong and tough at Canterbury beating Najoom last start. I think Najoom can win the Hawkesbury Guineas so I keep coming back to Bonete in this race. She has drawn wide but does have the speed to get over. Holy Delusionsinevitably runs well at the start of her campaigns, Floral Gold can run a race at odds, and Mineko goes well fresh.

Dufficy: I’m just concerned there was a leader bias on the inside at Canterbury the day Bonete won and it might have flattered her. I want to see her do it again. If this was a dry track I would be all over Mineko. She has had two months off, she is good fresh, and a good record at this distance. There is a big watch on Crooked StickVilla Splendido is very well graded, and the Chris Waller duo, Holy Delusions and Sense And Reason. This is a trap race for me so I want to see these mares in the yard prior to the race before I decide on my bet.


Thomas: Craftiness has a task here, Ronnie — wide barrier, big weight, rain-affected ground and a stamina test at 1350m. In saying all that, I’ve got Craftiness on top. He can cruise over and sit outside Boomwaa behind the speedy Rain Affairthen assert his authority over the final 300m. Craftiness is very promising and he can confirm he is a genuine Stradbroke Handicap contender by winning here.

Dufficy: This is an intriguing race because it is 1350m and will test Craftiness. I keep coming back to Boomwaa. He only has 50kg on his back, he is a fast horse and will tag Rain Affair, and he will give a big kick. He will be there at the 100m and he is good value. If I was convinced this was a dry track I would have Medcaut a good thing. He obviously should have won last start, there was a big plunge on him so there was stable confidence about him. Medcaut is the danger to Boomwaa. I’m not knocking Craftiness but they will make it hard for him from his wide barrier. Amovatio can run well fresh.


Thomas: I’m really keen on Peron. She has been racing without luck this preparation but after three runs back, she’s ready to win here. She’s drawn well, has Jim Cassidy in the saddle and the improving track surface — she ticks a lot of boxes. My Sabeel is nice and fresh for this race and the “cut” in the ground is ideal for her. Solicit is a top class mare and if she was on her game, she would be the mare to beat.

Dufficy: They are two quality mares, Solicitand Peron, but they both haven’t won for a long time. I expect they are both going to run very well. I’ve got Solicit on top at the odds because I think the sting out of the ground suits her. I’ve been with Peron at her recent runs and I’d hate to jump off her so I’ll have a saver on her. She gets a chance to perform in a race where there is only nine runners now. Belle De Coeur gives Danny Beasley a chance to ride a stakes winner at his first Saturday back in Sydney.


Thomas: I was keen on Ecuador last week in the Hawkesbury Cup when he was second-up at 1600m but I don’t have that same level of confidence about him now he is second-up at 2000m. I’m not saying Gai Waterhouse can’t do it but this is not an easy task for Ecuador. I like Silverball as he is rock-hard fit. Silverball is in his first Australian preparation, he’s won twice at 1600m and was unlucky at Flemington last start. He is looking for 2000m now. Arabian Gold is the class horse of the field but she has to equal a weight-carrying record to win this race. Malice is the other big chance.

Dufficy: Silverball is one of the best value bets of the day. His form has been impeccable all preparation. He drew the wrong barrier and could not get to the right part of the track at Flemington last start. I like backing Brenton Avdulla at the moment as he is a rider in the zone so I’m with Silverball, too. Arabian Gold needs the breaks to go her way under the big weight. Bagman is suited here and Sense Of Occasion has returned in really good order.


Thomas: I think the Hawkesbury washout was a blessing in disguise for Najoom. She has had an extra week to get over a tough run at Canterbury and with a big drop in weight and soft barrier, she will be very hard to beat. Federal is in great form, Eisenhower won well first-up and Anyaas is an each-way chance.

Dufficy: Najoom has a good record and there is a boom on her but she has won in restricted class, was beaten in a benchmark 75 the other day and I feel some of the others have better form. I’m not potting her but she is too short for me. I’d rather back a horse like Federal as he has had a month between runs since winning the South Pacific Classic. Bachman is coming up nicely for the Queensland Derby and will be hitting the line nicely. Press Report is underrated and Anyaas is also a chance.



Thomas: Pornichet was ridden out of his comfort zone in the Toowoomba Cup last week but shouldered 60.5kg to a dominant win. He’s on the quick back-up but is fit and racing very well. The blinkers worked with Leebaz in the Hollindale Stakes and he is the danger. Foreteller and I’m Imposingboth ran well behind Leebaz last start.

Dufficy: I agree, Ray, Pornichet is a young horse on the rise. Some say he beat nothing at Toowoomba but I thought he did it pretty well, he was ridden like a good thing, he had a big weight and ran fast time. Leebaz’s win last start will do his confidence the world of good. I’m Imposing and Green Moon are both definite chances.

RACE 8: BTC CUP (1200m)

Thomas: Maybe I’m going with my heart not my head (again) but I am in Our Boy Malachi’s corner. Talk about horses with desire and the will-to-win, he has got it in spades. He is the ultimate professional, makes his own luck in his races, and his record of 17 wins from 19 starts is phenomenal. Srikandi was fantastic first-up at the Gold Goast and can only improve.

Dufficy: I don’t know about your heart ruling your head because you want Our Boy Malachi to win because of his profile, he is the people’s champ, and when you do the form, your head says he will win as well. I’m not underestimating Srikandi, she is a quality mare, but can she reproduce it second-up after such a long time out? Scissor Kick is an unlucky horse and Fontelina is a knockout chance.



Doomben — Race 3, No. 11: Traveston Girl


Rosehill — Race 4, No. 2: Earnest Ernest

Rosehill — Race 8, No. 10: Silverball

Saturday’s Best of the Day

It’s a big day of racing around Australia tomorrow with 3 Gr1s. The SA Derby at Morphettville & the UBET BTC Cup and Doomben Cup both at Doomben.

The best bet of the day is Doomben Race 3–11 Traveston Girl.

UBET CUP CARNIVALE DAY TIPS – 9 May, Doomben Racecourse

Race 1: 2.Ballet Suite

Race 2: 1.Jumbo Prince

Race 3: 11.Traveston Girl*

Race 4: 1.Laser Hawk

Race 5: 5.Counterattack

Race 6: 5.Charlie Boy

Race 7: 10.Pornichet

Race 8: 11.Scissor Kick

Race 9: 9.Rekindled Power
Best Bet: Race 3-11 Traveston Girl


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