The opening meeting of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival takes place at the beautiful Doomben Racecourse on Saturday with a bumper day’s racing headlined by the 2012 BTC Cup, the final field and barrier draw for which has now been released with early favourite Buffering suffering an early blow with a wide gate.
One of the classic weight-for-age showdowns on the season this year’s edition of the $400,000 Group 1 Bundaberg Distilling Co. BTC Cup (1200m) has drawn a final field of 15 smart sprinters.
Dominant early favourite in the BTC Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au is the Robert Heathcote-trained Buffering who will have to overcome barrier 14 of 15 if they are to finally break through at elite level.
The super consistent Mossman four-year-old has run in nine Group 1 features around the country to date only finishing outside the top four on one occasion.
This time last year Buffering was the best finishing of the local hopes in the BTC Cup won by super Melbourne mare Black Caviar ahead of Gosford galloper Hay List.
Buffering has been tipped as the BTC Cup horse to beat since the news Black Caviar would not make another appearance in Brisbane this year, and that Hay List was out with injury for the season.
They have been racing at the highest level all autumn with three top three finishes in three Melbourne Group 1 features before their seven length victory in the Coca-Cola Amatil (1200m) at Eagle Farm last week when ridden by Jim Byrne.
Ace Sydney hoop Nash Rawiller is booked to ride Buffering in the BTC Cup on Saturday, Rawiller last aboard the horse when second to Black Caviar in the Patinack Farm Classic on Emirates Stakes Day.
Heathcote will also be represented in the BTC Cup field 2012 by his Oakleigh Plate winner Woorim in gate seven.
Due to be ridden by Damian Browne Woorim is out for a form reversal after finishing dead last in both the William Reid Stakes and George Ryder Stakes at their two most recent runs.
Second elect behind Buffering in the BTC Cup betting markets is then the Peter Snowden-trained Beaded also out for a return to form after a disappointing season to date.
Winner of the Doomben 10,000 last winter Lonhro six-year-old Beaded was threatened with retirement this week before she earned the chance to continue on with a solid track performance on Tuesday morning.
For Saturday Beaded, last seen running fifth to Foxwedge in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley on March 23, will be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy from barrier eight.
It is a star-studded BTC Cup field this year with plenty of other Group 1 performers in the mix.
Along with Buffering the other last-start winner is the Tony Gollan-trained Temple Of Boom who comes off a Group 1 The Galaxy triumph in Sydney.
The Toowoomba galloper however has also drawn poorly with the ‘visitor’s gate’ of 15.
Gollan has also accepted for his Sequalo four-year-old Spirit Of Boom, winner of the Magic Millions Cup on the Gold Coast back in January, who will be ridden by Ric McMahon from the ideal barrier two.
Dual Stradbroke Handicap hero Black Piranha resumes racing in the BTC Cup from barrier three, while impressive Fastnet Rock filly Sea Siren also races for the first time this season from gate five with Jim Cassidy aboard.
The John O’Shea-trained youngster is heading towards this year’s $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on June 9.
O’Shea will saddle up two chances in the BTC Cup with Sea Siren joined by More Than Ready filly Elite Falls out to improve on her 11th to Temple Of Boom in The Galaxy on April 21.
Other notable interstate raiders in the mix include rising eight-year-old Scenic Blast with the inside alley coming off a second to Buffering, Tony Noonan’s reigning QTC Cup winner Vareena Miss in four with Jim Byrne in the saddle, the Clarry Conners-trained Satin Shoes, and the Joe Pride-trained duo of Neeson and Title.
Rounding out the 2012 BTC Cup field are then the Desleigh Forster-trained Adebisi in barrier 12 with Chris Munce aboard, and the Jason McLachlan-trained Facile Tigre from the sunshine coast.
See below for the full 2012 BTC Cup field, barriers and jockeys.
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2012 BTC Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
Doomben – 12/05/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier|
|1||X53854440X||BLACK PIRANHA||Con Karakatsanis||–||3|
|2||42533X45X2||SCENIC BLAST||Daniel Morton||Shane Scriven||1|
|3||X1462X3231||BUFFERING||Robert Heathcote||Nash Rawiller||14|
|4||01613X6081||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||James McDonald||15|
|5||06617X1580||WOORIM||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||7|
|6||4410X26343||NEESON||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||9|
|7||2X593911X2||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Ric McMahon||2|
|8||65X1139X16||ADEBISI||Desleigh Forster||Chris Munce||12|
|9||14X129X714||TITLE||Joseph Pride||Glen Colless||6|
|10||31X211X30X||FACILE TIGRE||Jason McLachlan||Brad Rawiller||11|
|11||32X122X205||BEADED||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||8|
|12||9115X500X5||VARENNA MISS||Tony Noonan||Jim Byrne||4|
|13||37X569X250||ELITE FALLS||John O’Shea||Larry Cassidy||13|
|14||87135X0220||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||Blake Shinn||10|
|15||31112X||SEA SIREN||John O’Shea||Jim Cassidy||5|