No Belltone in 2013 QTC Cup Field – Straight to Stradbroke

Kelso Wood has elected to bypass Saturday’s Group 2 2013 QTC Cup (1300m) with in-form sprinter Belltone, with the astute Queensland trainer convinced his charge will gain a start in Saturday week’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.

Hot Snitzel can earn a Stradbroke start with a win in Saturday's QTC Cup. Photo: Steve Hart.

The BRC Sprint winner is a notable omission from the QTC Cup field which has attracted 15 acceptors plus two emergencies.

One horse who will line up to press his Stradbroke claims is Hot Snitzel. The hot-and-cold sprinter was a Group 3 winner at Sydney’s autumn carnival but struggled to finish 13th in the Prime Minister’s Cup at the Gold Coast earlier this month.

Trainer Gerald Ryan told AAP a return to form this weekend is likely to see him back up to chase the $1 million winner’s cheque on offer in the Stradbroke.

“Nash Rawiller will ride him and if he happened to win then we would seriously look at the Stradbroke,” Ryan said.

If Hot Snitzel was to win this weekend he would have to overcome history. The QTC Cup has often been seen as a “kiss of death” on the way to the Stradbroke, with no galloper ever backing up to win the winter’s most lucrative race after claiming QTC Cup honours.

Another quality Sydney speedster in the field is Clarry Conners-trained five-year-old Decision Time. The 2010 Golden Slipper runner-up has been in consistent form without winning this preparation and arrives on the back of a third-place finish in the Luskin Star Stakes at Scone.

Robert Heathcote will be hoping for a change of luck with seven-year-old gelding Griffon who has produced eye-catching fourths in two starts this campaign.

Others contesting the QTC Cup include Gai Waterhouse-trained mare Miss Stellabelle, BRC Sprint runner-up Mahisara and local hope Startsmeup.

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QTC Cup 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 453x5x56x0 MIC MAC Paul Messara Christian Reith 13 59kg 107
2 x150x23663 DECISION TIME Clarry Conners Peter Robl 12 58.5kg 106
3 50x942x610 HOT SNITZEL Gerald Ryan Nash Rawiller 3 58kg 105
4 5x72532x52 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell Joe Bowditch 17 56.5kg 102
5 10x1435x57 STARTSMEUP John, Daniel & Christopher Meagher Brad Stewart 1 56.5kg 102
6 x85049x428 SMOKIN’ JOEY Mick Price Larry Cassidy 16 56kg 101
7 07x128x488 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff TBA 14 55kg 99
8 x1009x5043 BORDER REBEL Sue Grills Timothy Bell 8 54.5kg 98
9 x1811x5942 MAHISARA Paul Messara Jim Cassidy 7 54.5kg 98
10 2143251×74 MORNING CAPTAIN Kelly Doughty Jim Byrne 15 54.5kg 98
11 4340×73243 MISS STELLABELLE Gai Waterhouse Chris Munce 9 53kg 99
12 310x136x44 GRIFFON Robert Heathcote TBA 2 53kg 95
13 609690×883 CELTIC DANCER Noel J Doyle TBA 6 53kg 94
14 L21104P510 DOZINTMATERANYWAY (NZ) Liam Birchley TBA 5 53kg 94
15 7x2230x700 LATIN NEWS Bryan Dais TBA 10 53kg 94
16e 03x46230x8 GALAH Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 11 53kg 94
17e 21x08x830x MYSTICAL GREY Craig Stott Geoffrey Goold (a) 4 53kg 92