Wyong trainer Kristen Buchanan is keeping the 2016 BTC Cup on the agenda for her veteran mare Two Blue despite a narrow loss to Nancy in last weekend’s Godolphin Crown in Sydney.
The rising eight-year-old daughter of Dubleo backed up from a Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) success at Randwick on April 9 running in the Group 3 over 1300m at Hawkesbury Racecourse on Saturday.
She and jockey Paul King ended up crossing one and a quarter lengths off the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained winner of the 2016 Godolphin Crown Nancy in a thrilling finish after both mares went along the rails to fight it out.
Twenty-six-dollar outsider Press Report added value to the trifecta running a surprise third in a race co-trainer of the winner Peter Snowden was set up for his mare.
“The race was set up for Nancy,” Snowden told The Daily Telegraph.
“She was three pairs back and travelling well and got a nice run through then showed a very good turn of foot.
“It was good for her to get this result as we have always felt she was a stakes horse.’’
The winning Big Brown mare Nancy remains undefeated at the Hawkesbury track and is likely to head to Scone on May 14 for a shot at the $200,000 Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m).
“We came here thinking we would turn her out after this race but we will have a think about Scone,” Snowden said.
Two Blue meanwhile could head up to Queensland chasing the riches of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival according to Buchanan who was far from disappointed in the mare’s Hawkesbury run under 59kg.
“I thought she has run a super race,” Buchanan said on Saturday.
“Paul King walked the track earlier and he felt that the going near the fence wasn’t too bad and under 59kg we didn’t want to be steering her right out wide in the home straight.
“It worked out that way and it took a good mare to beat us today.”
Two Blue’s likely target in Brisbane is the $500,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse on May 14 for the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap types.
Two female gallopers have taken out the BTC Cup in the past five years with the mighty Black Caviar (2011) and then three-year-old Sea Siren (2012).
The Lee Curtis-trained Godolphin Crown third placegetter Press Report could also be Brisbane-bound after she takes on Nancy again in the Dark Jewel.
The Written Tycoon four-year-old was being considered for retirement before her big run at Hawkesbury, her first top three finish since a second to Amicus on February 6 in the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) at Randwick as a $51 shot.
She hasn’t won a race since February last year however and remains a maiden in Black-Type class, something connections are hoping to change before sending her to the breeding barn.
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