2014 QTC Cup Field – Sacred Star After Stradbroke Start

Tony Pike’s New Zealand raider Sacred Star needs to win this Saturday’s QTC Cup 2014 to be assured of a start in the following weeks Stradbroke Handicap field.

Sacred Star

Sacred Star is looking to make the Stradbroke Handicap field by winning Saturday's 2014 QTC Cup. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Flying Spur four-year-old is one of 14 hopefuls engaged to face off in the last on Queensland Oaks Day at Eagle Farm Racecourse on the weekend, the $175,000 Group 2 Magic Millions QTC Cup (1300m) to run as Race 8 at 4:20pm.

Group 1 runner-up over 1400m last start in New Zealand back in February, Sacred Star races back in Australia for the first time since November 2012 when prepared by Chris Waller ahead of a hopeful run in the $1.36 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) back at the track on June 7.

They go into the QTC Cup on the back of a winning Doomben trial over Adebisi from May 13 and were one of 30 first acceptances taken for the Stradbroke Handicap 2014 today.

With only 18 horses assured of a Straddie start however, plus five emergency runners taking the total number of final acceptances to 23, Sacred Star needs to win the QTC Cup to be elevated from their current 28th position on the ballot.

One notable non-acceptor for the Stradbroke who runs in the QTC Cup this weekend meanwhile is the Gerald Ryan-trained Hot Snitzel.

While the Stradbroke has been ruled out for the Snitzel five-year-old, Hot Snitzel still has a chance to atone for their back-to-back Doomben defeats with a win on the weekend from a nice barrier two draw.

After running sixth in the BTC Cup they were last seen finishing even further back in the field last Saturday when eighth to Spirit Of Boom in the 10,000 beaten nearly four lengths.

Also drawn well one outside of Hot Snitzel in barrier three is then their stable mate Dances On Stars.

The fellow Ryan-trained Snitzel gelding comes into the race on some consistent form having run top four in their past four runs.

A win two back at the Gold Coast in the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup (1300m) was followed by their fourth behind River Lad in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) form May 17, an effort the four-year-old will be looking to improve on here.

Also coming off a good fourth place finish is then the widely-drawn Belltone for Kelso Wood with barrier 12 to overcome.

Belltone is the second heaviest weighted hope with 57.5kg behind only Hot Snitzel (59kg), Chris Munce to ride the Brahms eight-year-old who ran fourth behind Dances On Stars in the Prime Minister’s Cup.

Another in-form Queensland in the mix then comes from Stuart Kendrick’s Sunshine Coast stables, Not A Single Doubt mare Doubtfilly second-up here.

She returned on May 10 at Doomben when third behind Pure Purrfection in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1100m) carrying 54kg, a kilo more than she’ll carry from the inside barrier on Saturday with Larry Cassidy riding.

Other notable QTC Cup hopes then include Les Ross’ improving local four-year-old Mishani Stealth and David Lawlor’s Bel Esprit gelding Architect out in the far outside barrier who ran fourth to Eastern Prince in the Listed Queensland Day (1200m) last weekend.

Check out the full QTC Cup 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights below.

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2014 QTC Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Race 8 – 4:20pm – 31/05/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 6x902x2168 HOT SNITZEL Gerald Ryan Tye Angland 2 59kg 107
2 03992017×4 BELLTONE Kelso Wood Chris Munce 12 57.5kg 104
3 06×1254414 DANCES ON STARS (NZ) Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 3 56.5kg 102
4 865337678x ALMA’S FURY Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 6 56kg 101
5 78x111532x SACRED STAR Tony Pike Timothy Bell 4 54.5kg 98
6 5403431305 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff Mark Du Plessis 11 54.5kg 98
7 50x4380x36 BENNETTA Grahame Begg Kerrin McEvoy 5 53kg 99
8 3D5x1400x0 LUCKY HUSSLER Kent Fleming Jason Taylor 7 53kg 95
9 1x530357x3 DOUBTFILLY Stuart Kendrick Larry Cassidy 1 53kg 94
10 70x796020x PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan Eddie Wilkinson 13 53kg 94
11 x1141636x9 BLACK CASH Kelly Doughty Tegan Harrison (a) 10 53kg 91
12 124x755x34 MASTHEAD Chris Waller Glen Boss 8 53kg 91
13 23321x15x2 MISHANI STEALTH Les Ross Craig Newitt 9 53kg 81
14 0738106034 ARCHITECT David J Lawlor Andrew Spinks 14 53kg 76

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