2015 BTC Cup Field: Srikandi Out in Barrier 11

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.

Srikandi

Srikandi has drawn wide in barrier 11 for her 2015 BTC Cup bid at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

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

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