Odds on Team Hawkes’ super sprinter Our Boy Malachi to win the BTC Cup 2015 on the weekend are set to firm after his main rival Srikandi drew wide in barrier 11 for Saturday’s Doomben showdown.
One of two Group 1s held on the first major Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival meeting, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) runs as Doomben Race 8 at 4:07pm (AEST) on Saturday and features a 16-starter field.
Of those the early favourite in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, Our Boy Malachi has drawn better than midfield with barrier seven as he chases his seventh win on the trot.
The Top Echelon six-year-old boasts in total 17 wins from 19 starts, his most recent being a first-up victory at Randwick on April 18 in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) giving him a four-from-four record over Saturday’s distance.
The BTC Cup will be Our Boy Malachi’s first run in Group 1 company and while no six-year-old has won the race since Falvelon (2003), the bookies will be taking no chances on the ultra-consistent galloper.
Srikandi and her hoop Damian Browne meanwhile have work to do from out in barrier 11 on Saturday, a gate that hasn’t produced a BTC Cup winner in over 30 years.
The last horse to win the sprint showdown from a double digit barrier was Spark Of Life (2005) 10 years ago.
The other early favourite to take out the BTC Cup this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival is the Darren Weir-trained Trust In A Gust who has come up trumps with barrier three.
Not having finished worse than second in his past seven starts, the Keep The Faith four-year-old retires at the end of this campaign and is out to win a third Group 1 before heading to stud.
The stallion took out the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – Toorak Handicap double at Caulfield last spring before returning to the track first-up on April 18 to run second to Red Bomber in the VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m).
Second-up he’s out to atone and should be improved off what he did last start, his chances boosted by the nice gate which last produced a BTC Cup winner in 2010 with Albert The Fat.
Other gallopers drawn close to the inside for Saturday’s sprint include the rails-drawn Fontelina, Peter & Paul Snowden’s Hot Snitzel (2) and Scissor Kick (4).
The Paul Messara-trained Scissor Kick is one of four three-year-olds taking on the older horses in the BTC Cup.
Three-year-olds boast a good recent record in the race however winning back-to-back editions in 2012-13 with Sea Siren and Your Song respectively.
Redoute’s Choice colt Scissor Kick is second-up this weekend and comes off an impressive fourth behind Dissident when beaten only a length in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick last month.
The other three-year-olds in the mix are Stuart Kendrick’s Gold Coast Guineas winner Nostradamus and runner-up Time For War drawn wide in barriers 16 and 13 respectively, and the Peter Moody-trained Bring Me The Maid.
The sole filly in the mix, Moody’s daughter of Sebring Bring Me The Maid jumps from gate 10 on the weekend with Chad Schofield booked for the BTC Cup ride retaining the mount after he rode her to a devastatingly close second to Delectation in the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) on April 11 during Sydney’s The Championships.
The other most notable hope in the BTC Cup line-up is Tony Pike’s dual Group 1 winning Kiwi raider Sacred Star, drawn in gate eight for the Flying Spur gelding’s first run down under since a fifth to River Lad in the Stradbroke Handicap last June.
See below for the full BTC Cup 2015 field, barriers and jockeys – odds opening shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au who will be offering a Bonus Bet in the race if your horse runs second or third on Saturday!
2015 BTC Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
Doomben Race 8 (4:07pm) – 09/05/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||422x2560x6||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Tegan Harrison||6||58.5kg||109|
|2||62x12111x2||TRUST IN A GUST||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||3||58.5kg||110|
|3||214x02x047||FONTELINA||Anthony Cummings||Jim Byrne||1||58.5kg||106|
|4||x21689x703||HOT SNITZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||TBA||2||58.5kg||104|
|5||211x4911x9||BIG MONEY||Rodney Northam||Robert Thompson||15||58.5kg||105|
|6||15x049x11x||SACRED STAR||Tony Pike||Timothy Bell||8||58.5kg||107|
|7||133250×464||KNOYDART||John O’Shea||James McDonald||9||58.5kg||104|
|8||1511x111x1||OUR BOY MALACHI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||7||58.5kg||106|
|9||125x12239x||EL ROCA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Hugh Bowman||14||58.5kg||104|
|10||x7112x3Lx2||CAPE KIDNAPPERS||Kelly Schweida||Ric McMahon||5||58.5kg||101|
|11||111229×154||SCISSOR KICK||Paul Messara||Tye Angland||4||57kg||104|
|12||4016x520x2||TIME FOR WAR||Stuart Kendrick||Luke Tarrant (a)||13||57kg||92|
|13||17520×8661||NOSTRADAMUS||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||TBA||16||57kg||94|
|14||384x69x880||VILLA VERDE||Anthony Cummings||Glen Colless||12||56.5kg||102|
|15||x2111113x1||SRIKANDI||Ciaron Maher||Damian Browne||11||56.5kg||108|
|16||13x18740x2||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||Chad Schofield||10||55kg||101|