QTC Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

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

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
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