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Gerald Ryan’s BTC Cup graduate Hot Snitzel has been nominated for their original Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival target, the BRC Sprint 2014, meaning they could race again at Doomben this weekend.
One of the key support races on the Doomben Cup Day program in Brisbane on Saturday, this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Darley BRC Sprint (1350m) has attracted a bumper 27 nominations.
A standout among those early entries is Ryan’s Snitzel gelding Hot Snitzel who had this race on the agenda before their smart early form this autumn saw them earn a Group 1 start in last weekend’s BTC Cup (1200m).
Winner of the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two back, Hot Snitzel could only manage to run sixth to upset winner Famous Seamus in the BTC Cup however when beaten nearly five lengths.
Connections then could look to atone and score a consolation prize dropping them back in class for the BRC Sprint.
Ryan has also nominated for another in-form son of Snitzel, four-year-old Dances On Stars.
After back-to-back fourths earlier in the autumn, Dances On Stars improved when taken to the Gold Coast on May 3 where they won the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup (1300m).
A number of other interstate raiders are out to steal the show from the locals in this year’s BRC Sprint.
Other notable visitors in the mix include Lionel Cohen’s Hall Mark third placed Aeronautical, Silk Stocking winning Dubawi filly Srikandi and a Chris Waller-trained quartet.
Waller, who enjoyed multiple Group 1 wins last winter in Brisbane, has nominated for Arinosa, Masthead, She’s Clean and Tougher Than Ever.
As for the local hopes there’s a strong contingent including the reigning BRC Sprint winner Belltone.
Kelso Wood’s Brahms gelding won this race second-up last year on the back of a fifth in the Prime Minister’s Cup before bumming out when 16th behind 40-1 roughie Linton in the Stradbroke Handicap next race.
This year the rising nine-year-old has very similar lead-up form having resumed in the PM’s Cup running a close fourth to Dances On Stars defeated under two lengths.
Wood has also nominated for and Benny’s Buttons, a six-year-old also in flying form.
They won at Doomben three back before their Eagle Farm second in the Listed Hinkler Handicap that led into a brave Prime Minister’s Cup third making them another genuine chance for their trainer to score successive BRC Sprints.
Also with good claims for the Queensland-trained sprinters are four from the stables of Rob Heathcote.
Heathcote has entered his PM Cup fifth placed mare Fillydelphia, their Group 1 performing stable mate Fire Up Fifi, Lonhro eight-year-old Veewap and Toorak Handicap winner Solzhenitsyn.
The full BRC Sprint 2014 nominations are detailed below and will be cut to the starting line-up on Wednesday when final acceptances close.
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2014 BRC Sprint Nominations
Doomben Racecourse – 17/05/2014
|4||BENNY’S BUTTONS||Kelso Wood||102|
|5||CHOICE BRO||John Sargent||93|
|6||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||103|
|7||DOLLY DOLLY (NZ)||Brian Smith||91|
|9||FERMENT||John P Thompson||88|
|11||FIRE UP FIFI||Robert Heathcote||105|
|12||GUNDY SON||Tony Gollan||91|
|13||HOT SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||108|
|14||LUCKY HUSSLER||Kent Fleming||95|
|16||RIVER LAD||Natalie Mccall||106|
|17||SHE’S CLEAN||Chris Waller||–|
|18||SOLZHENITSYN (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||114|
|21||STARTSMEUP||Bruce W Hill||98|
|22||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||99|
|23||THAT’S THE ONE||Barry Baldwin||95|
|24||TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ)||Chris Waller||–|
|25||TRANSPORTER||John P Thompson||98|
|26||TYPHOON RED||Kevin Kemp||96|
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