Rain Affair’s Day in 2013 BTC Cup?

Sydney front-runner Rain Affair arrives in Brisbane today charged the task of upsetting local hero Buffering in the Group 1 2013 BTC Cup (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Rain Affair is one of the top BTC Cup chances. Photo: Steve Hart.

Like Buffering, Rain Affair is yet to win at Group 1 level but he brings outstanding form into Saturday’s race.

The five-year-old sprinter is coming off one of the best runs of his career when second to All Too Hard in the All Aged Stakes and trainer Joe Pride believes he can continue that form this weekend.

“I’m very happy with the horse, he is going as well as ever,” Pride said.

But the $5 second favourite has some obstacles to overcome including dropping back in distance from 1400m.

So can this electric sprinter rain on Buffering’s parade? Or will he be left with another Group 1 placing? Keep reading for all the key info about his chances this weekend.

#2 Rain Affair – Horse Facts

  • Trainer: Joe Pride
  • Jockey: Hugh Bowman
  • Barrier: 2
  • Owner: DW Storey
  • Age: 5YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by Commands out of I Believe
  • Career: 20-11-4-0
  • Prize Money: $1,248,350
  • Distance: 7-3-1-0
  • Track: 0-0-0-0
  • Last 6: 48s442
  • Current BTC Cup Odds: $5

Why Rain Affair Can Win The 2013 BTC Cup

  • Brillian record, 11 wins and four minor placings from 20 starts
  • Strong form, fourth to Black Caviar and second to All Too Hard at past two starts
  • Drawn well in barrier 2
  • Three-time winner over 1200m
  • Fit and race-hardened

Why Rain Affair Can’t Win The 2013 BTC Cup

  • Dropping back to 1200m from 1400m
  • Joe Pride says 1350-1400m is best distance, Doomben 10,000 main target?
  • Yet to win outside of Sydney, failed in only interstate trip to Melbourne in 2012
  • Unlikely to get preferred wet track

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