A full field of 16 horses has been named to contest Saturday’s Group 2 $1750,000 2012 QTC Cup (1300m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse.
The QTC Cup will run as the last race of the day on the Eagle Farm program and provides a final chance to impress for a number of Stradbroke Handicap hopefuls ahead of Saturday week’s drawcard event.
One horse who needs to win on Saturday to qualify for the Stradbroke Handicap is Con Karakatsanis-trained Riva De Lago.
After a disappointing start to 2012 the Encosta De Lago gelding bounced back last start to win the Yarraman Park-Horsepower Handicap at Scone in front of a quality field.
There is plenty of speed in the race and one horse who will provide that is Kelso Wood-trained gelding Belltone who produced an excellent run when flying home to finish just 1/2 a length behind the winner when fifth in the BRC Sprint.
The Brisbane-based six-year-old produced a strong run despite a wide draw and is likely to improve on Saturday after receiving a favourable barrier five position.
Four-year-old gelding Audacious Spirit heads into the race in excellent form after finishing second and first from two starts this preparation.
The Gillian Heinrich-trained horse is facing a step up in class but was particularly impressive last start when dominating the Channel Seven BM90 Handicap by 3 1/2 lengths.
Joseph Pride-trained gelding Neeson produced some solid performances in the Sydney Autumn Carnival but will need to turn around his last-start effort after finishing eighth in the BTC Cup.
The son of Mossman is a winner of eight of 29 starts but faces a tough test this weekend after drawing barrier 17.
Other horses included in the QTC Cup field are Brett Partelle-trained Torio’s Quest,Prime Minister’s Cup winner Celtic Dancer and BRC sprint third place-getter Steel Zip.
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QTC CUP – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|1||410X263438||NEESON||Joseph Pride||Michael Rodd||17||59kg|
|2||6401X20X02||TORIO’S QUEST||Brett Partelle||Hugh Bowman||16||57.5kg|
|3||60X014X509||LISTEN SON||Tony Gollan||Michael Cahill||7||56.5kg|
|4||X11158X21X||MYSTICAL GREY||Craig Stott||Damian Browne||18||55.5kg|
|5||6474121563||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||Grant Cooksley||13||55.5kg|
|6||0460X94316||CELTIC DANCER||Noel J Doyle||Timothy Bell (a)||1||54.5kg|
|7||81118L1X00||DURHAM TOWN (NZ)||Donna Logan||James McDonald||6||54.5kg|
|8||00X6515772||MEET GEORGE||Brian Smith||Eddie Wilkinson||11||54kg|
|9||2X84X80190||METALLURGICAL||John P Thompson||Scott Galloway||8||54kg|
|10||X113X40051||RIVA DE LAGO||Con Karakatsanis||Corey Brown||10||53.5kg|
|11||0X18X62274||FUNTANTES||Robert Heathcote||Jeff Lloyd||9||53kg|
|12||X5112519X0||SKATING ON ICE||Les Kelly||Larry Cassidy||4||53kg|
|13||00X150X664||FALINO||Jeffrey Caught||Micheal Hellyer||14||53kg|
|14||0X14331X21||AUDACIOUS SPIRIT||Gillian Heinrich||Glyn Schofield||12||53kg|
|15||150X68X030||BEETHOG||Les Kelly||Kerrin McEvoy||2||53kg|
|16||12111X57X5||BELLTONE||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||5||53kg|
|17e||16229143X0||PROST||John P Thompson||TBA||3||53kg|
|18e||3910X77X83||JOINT CHIEFS||Brian Wakefield||TBA||15||53kg|