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Rob Heathcote’s triple Group 1 champion Buffering heads a small list of BTC Cup 2014 nominations taken for Saturday week’s opening Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival major.
Seven Group 1 race nominations were released by Racing Queensland today including those for the $400,000 Group 1 Bunderberg Distilling Company Co. BTC Cup (1200m) set to light up Doomben Racecourse on May 10.
Just 15 sprinters make up the early BTC Cup entries this year, the headline runner being Mossman six-year-old Buffering.
Also among the 100 Stradbroke Handicap 2014 nominations taken today, the ultra-consistent Buffering finally broke their Group 1 maiden with a Melbourne spring double last prep.
On the back of their Manikato Stakes and VRC Sprint wins he then travelled west and won Perth’s Winterbottom Stakes before a spell.
This time in he improved on a disappointing first-up seventh to Villa Verde in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick when third at the track in the mud last time out in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) won by Lankan Rupee.
Now Buffering is gearing up for another big winter at home starting with the BTC Cup.
A whole host of Group 1 stars are nominated for the weight-for-age classic this year including the Tony Gollan-trained ‘Boom Brothers’.
Half-brothers Temple Of Boom and Spirit Of Boom ran first and second respectively in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday in the perfect BTC Cup lead-up.
Seven-year-old Piccolo gelding Temple Of Boom will be after their second Group 1 win having taken out the 2012 The Galaxy in Sydney, while six-year-old Spirit Of Boom is also an elite level winner having taken out this year’s William Reid Stakes in Melbourne.
Also coming via the Victory Stakes are the likes of Group 1 Lighting Stakes winning mare Snitzerland (3rd), the Noel Mayfield-Smith-trained Famous Seamus (5th) and Sunshine Coast galloper River Lad (7th).
Along with Temple Of Boom other last start winners nominated for the BTC Cup this year are Gerald Ryan’s Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes champ from last weekend Hot Snitzel and the John O’Shea-trained Exceed And Excel colt Sidestep coming off a Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes win.
O’Shea’s other nominee Hall Mark runner-up Knoydart is another notable BTC Cup hope.
The More Than Ready four-year-old won back-to-back summer stakes races earlier in the year before catching the eye when third to Lankan Rupee for their Group 1 Oakleigh Plate – Newmarket Handicap double.
Check out the full BTC Cup 2014 nominations below, the final field due for release early next week.
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2014 BTC Cup Nominations
Doomben Racecourse – 10/05/2014
|2||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith|
|3||HOT SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan|
|6||PERON||John P Thompson|
|7||PLUCKY BELLE||Peter G Moody|
|8||RIVER LAD||Natalie Mccall|
|11||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan|
|12||STARTSMEUP||Bruce W Hill|
|13||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan|
|14||THE WHITE HOPE||Matthew Dunn|
|15||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride|
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