2016 BTC Cup Field & Betting Odds

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2016 BTC Cup Field & Betting Odds

The BTC Cup 2016 takes centre stage in Brisbane at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday, the final field and updated betting markets for the weight-for-age feature now out.

Japonisme (centre, pink cap) and Counterattack (outside)

Japonisme (centre, pink cap) and Counterattack (outside) are two of the three runners for Chris Waller in Saturday’s 2016 BTC Cup field in Brisbane. Photo: Steve Hart.

Due to run as Doomben Race 7 at 4:06pm (AEST), this year’s $500,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) has attracted 14 final acceptors.

Two are currently battling for favouritism in BTC Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au with Fell Swoop ($4.20) and Japonisme ($4.40) the best fancied in the field.

Drawn wide in barrier 10 for jockey Jay Ford, the Matthew Dale-trained Fell Swoop will look to be the first BTC Cup winner from a double-digit gate since Spark Of Life (13 of 15) back in 2005.

The in-form Not A Single Doubt four-year-old ran a brave second in Sydney two back behind Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) before a narrow win as the odds-on fancy in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) in his Doomben debut on April 30.

He runs over the same track and distance this Saturday out to complete the Victory Stakes – BTC Cup double, the gelding a gun over 1200m with four wins and a second from his five previous starts over those metres.

His biggest danger according to the bookies is the Chris Waller-trained Japonisme out to be the first three-year-old BTC Cup winner since Your Song (2013).

Best known for his Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) success down the Flemington straight during last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival, Choisir gelding Japonisme was last seen winning the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) on April 9 at Randwick.

He has since won a 1050m trial at the same track on May 6 and looks in flying form ahead of his BTC Cup Day assignment where Glyn Schofield replaces Hugh Bowman in the saddle from a favourable barrier three draw.

Waller has a total of three runners in this winter’s BTC Cup field with Japonisme joined by stablemates Delectation ($13) and Counterattack ($8) drawn wide alongside each other in gates 12 and 11 respectively.

Shamardal four-year-old Delectation shoots for his first win since Melbourne’s Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) last November, and is out to improve on a seventh in the TJ Smith Stakes.

He has won two subsequent trials, both in Sydney, including a 1.5 length victory over 1050m ahead of his third shot at Doomben where he hasn’t run since a ninth to Srikandi in last year’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.

Counterattack meanwhile comes off the Arrowfield Sprint form having crossed second to Japonisme in early April before a second to his star stablemate in a trial earlier this month.

The three-year-old Redoute’s Choice colt has had three previous runs at the Doomben track without a top three finish when fourth in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) and Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) last May before his seventh in the JJ Atkins.

The other single-figure hopes in BTC Cup betting this year are the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Stradbroke Handicap-bound Malaguerra ($6) and Victory Stakes third placegetter Artlee ($9).

Other notable hopes in the mix include the rails-drawn Dothraki ($13) for Peter & Paul Snowden who won the race last year with Hot Snitzel (2015) and the Joe Pride-trained Target In Sight ($15).

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2016 BTC Cup Field, Barriers & Odds

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