Artlee among nominations for 2016 QTC Cup

One time top Stradbroke Handicap fancy Artlee is among the nineteen nominations for Group 2 $175,000 MIRVAC QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Artlee, above, is among the nominations for the QTC Cup at Eagle Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

Artlee, above, is among the nominations for the QTC Cup at Eagle Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

The QTC Cup is the last chance to gain a start in the Group 1 $1.5m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 11 for those down in the order of entry.

The winner of the QTC Cup is exempt from the ballot for the Stradbroke Handicap but history tells us that no QTC Cup winner has ever gone on to win the Brisbane Winter Carnival’s feature sprint.

The Todd Willan trained Artlee is number forty-six in the order of entry for the Stradbroke Handicap and needs to win the QTC Cup to gain a start in the $1.5 million sprint.

Artlee is currently a $17 chance for the Stradbroke Handicap at Ladbrokes.com.au and after running a good race when third to Fell Swoop in the Group 2 $200,000 National Fire Industry Association QLD Victory Stakes (1200m) at Doomben April 30 was seventh to Malaguerra in the Group 1 $500,000 BTC Cup (1200m) followed by a third to Snippet’s Land in the Group 3 $125,000 Darley BRC Sprint both at Doomben.

Last start Ortensia Stakes winner Kaepernick is in the same predicament at forty-two in the order of entry along with the Chris Waller trained Religify who is further down the Stradbroke Handicap list at number forty-eight.

Religify was heavier backed last start when a close second to Snippets Land in the BRC Sprint after leading.

Melbourne sprinter Charmed Harmony has been nominated for the QTC Cup but trainer John Sadler’s said that the six year old would most likely have a barrier trial on Thursday instead after failing to handle the clockwise way of racing when last of thirteen in the BRC Sprint.

“We’ll give him a solid hit-out on Thursday and that will determine whether he runs in the Stradbroke,” Sadler told AAP.

“He lugged out the whole way the other day at Doomben and his two worst runs have been when he’s gone the reverse way.

“Maybe he just doesn’t handle racing that way, so we’ll see what happens in the trial.

“If he doesn’t run in the Stradbroke he can have two or three weeks off in the warmer weather in Queensland and then come back down for the spring.”

Sadler won the 2013 Stradbroke Handicap with the popular grey Linton who scored an upset win at $26 over local hero Buffering ($6.50).

Early market order for the QTC Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.50 Kaepernick, $5.50 Religify, $6 Target In Sight, $7 Artlee, $8 Snippet’s Land, Spill The Beans, $10 Perfect Fit, Sacred Star, Stratum Star, $11 Eloping, $21 Charmed Harmony, Odyssey Moon, Trubia, $26 Miss Cover Girl, $41 Sure And Fast, $51 Liberation, Office Bearer, $61 Steel Zip, $101 Royal Occasion.

QTC Cup nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 11x39x9373 ARTLEE G 5 Todd Willan 98
2 1541×96210 CHARMED HARMONY G 6 John Sadler 103
3 0x406925x1 ELOPING M 4 Peter Robl 98
4 122x0130x1 KAEPERNICK G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99
5 1240621239 LIBERATION H 4 Barry Lockwood 81
6 3954835×27 MISS COVER GIRL M 4 Kelly Schweida 90
7 x3550x4323 ODYSSEY MOON C 3 Robert Smerdon 84
8 348x3276x6 OFFICE BEARER H 6 Jason Coyle 93
9 x3x112x111 PERFECT FIT (NZ) M 4 Ken Kelso
10 1045412212 RELIGIFY G 5 Chris Waller 98
11 1200135×41 ROYAL OCCASION G 5 Matthew Dunn 79
12 x56x4041x0 SACRED STAR G 6 Tony Pike 106
13 7×08172421 SNIPPETS LAND G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 102
14 x623x14812 SPILL THE BEANS C 3 Gerald Ryan 92
15 512111036x STEEL ZIP G 8 Pat Duff 100
16 1310×72360 STRATUM STAR H 4 Darren Weir 110
17 178x179x25 SURE AND FAST G 4 Paul Murray 88
18 126242×256 TARGET IN SIGHT G 6 Joseph Pride 104
19 361111×134 TRUBIA H 4 Michael Lakey 89

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