Ball Of Muscle Tops 2015 QTC Cup Nominations

Joe Pride’s ultra-consistent sprinter Ball Of Muscle is one of the top-rated nominees for the QTC Cup 2015 at Doomben Racecourse’s Queensland Oaks Day in Brisbane this weekend.

Ball Of Muscle

Ball Of Muscle is one of three Joe Pride-trained nominees for the 2015 QTC Cup at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday in Brisbane. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of two major support races on the program, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Magic Millions QTC Cup (1200m) attracted 11 early entries with nominations extended by Racing Queensland (RQ) until 9am (AEST) on Tuesday morning.

Of the current nominees Pride’s Dubawi four-year-old Ball Of Muscle is a notable hope having run second in both his runs this time in.

A winner of seven of his 12 starts to date, the gelding was last seen running a length away second to Srikandi in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast in his Queensland debut.

He is one of a host of QTC Cup chances coming off a top three run last time out, including four who won their lead-up runs including one of Pride’s two other nominees Kuro.

A three-year-olds on of Denman, Kuro has a 50% winning strike rate with six wins from his dozen career tests so far and was last seen winning the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1200m) at Doomben on May 9 giving him previous win at the same track and distance he’ll see on Saturday if accepted.

Pride’s third chance is then Target In Sight, the five-year-old son of Nadeem having run second in a Scone black-type a fortnight ago.

The other last start winners in the mix are Darren Bell’s Bribie Handicap winning seven-year-old Falino, the Donald Baker-trained Listed Weetwood Handicap champ from Toowoomba at the start of the month Mr Favulous and the Team Snowden-trained That’s A Good Idea who won the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone on May 16.

The highest-rated entry meanwhile is the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Kiwi raider El Roca (104), the four-year-old Fastnet Rock stallion out to atone for a failed first-up 11th to upset winner Hot Snitzel in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 9.

Other notable QTC Cup entries this winter include Peter Moody’s Bribie Handicap third placed stallion Office Bearer and the John Thompson-trained Tale Of The Cat four-year-old Whittington who ran fourth in the Bribie Handicap last start from a wide barrier 14 (of 15) draw.

Check out the current QTC Cup 2015 nominations below, which as mentioned are extended until Tuesday morning, then head to and gear up for a big Oaks Day by signing-up with the bookie rewarding new players with up to $500 in bonus bets!

2015 QTC Cup Nominations

Doomben Racecourse – 30/05/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 31x1121x22 BALL OF MUSCLE G 4 Joseph Pride 100
2 4140x4x835 DANCES ON STARS (NZ) G 5 Gerald Ryan 100
3 25x12239x0 EL ROCA H 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 104
4 40x2615x71 FALINO G 7 Darren Bell 96
5 11113×3281 KURO (NZ) C 3 Joseph Pride
6 5×28433361 MR FAVULOUS G 6 Donald Baker 96
7 10x00298x3 OFFICE BEARER H 5 Peter G Moody 94
8 x1714x1262 TARGET IN SIGHT G 5 Joseph Pride
9 x1278220x1 THAT’S A GOOD IDEA G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
10 62217633×0 TIME TO PLUNDER G 6 Liam Birchley 93
11 58x65x5004 WHITTINGTON H 4 John P Thompson 92


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