Fourteen Confirmed in 2016 QTC Cup Field

Fourteen sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) at Doomben Racecourse, including a number of in-form contestants.

Group 1 winner Stratum Star has been confirmed in the 2016 QTC Cup field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Group 1 winner Stratum Star has been confirmed in the 2016 QTC Cup field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Group 1 winner Stratum Star is yet to find peak condition since arriving in Brisbane, but is arguably offered his best chance of a return to winning form in the 2016 QTC Cup.

Charging home to win the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) most notably in the 2015 spring, Stratum Star resuming this time for seventh in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) before charging home to finish a close second in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later.

Running third in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) on March 12th, the Stratum gelding placed a credible sixth in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m), but failed to beat a single runner home in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben three weeks ago.

Brave mare Eloping returned to winning form upon resuming this time and will leave from the ideal barrier 5 in the 2016 QTC Cup.

Eloping has been a strong and consistent performer through her entire racing career since debuting for Peter Morgan and Craig Widdison in 2013; claiming seven wins and four minors through a total of twenty-three competitive starts.

Having transferred to the care of Peter Robl in summer, the Choisir filly produced a typically smart turn of foot to win the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m) on May 7th, and should relish four weeks between runs leading into the QTC Cup.

Leading local Steel Zip will contest the 2016 QTC Cup first-up, but should relish the conditions of the race from the ideal barrier 1.

Claiming eleven wins and a further eighteen minors through his seventy career starts so far, Steel Zip capped a typically smart 2015 campaign with an impressive win in the Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) on November 14th,

Resuming in January for third in the Magic Millions Plate (1300m), the Canadian Silver gelding returned to the paddock following a hapless run for sixth in the Sprite Handicap (1350m) on February 6th.

Having trialled well in the lead-up to his competitive return, Steel Zip has been confirmed to be partnered by regular hoop Jeff Lloyd in the 2016 QTC Cup.

Artlee should relish the conditions of the QTC Cup, but has again drawn awkwardly in barrier 10 for the sprint feature.

A standout performer through the 2015 Autumn Carnival, Artlee clearly required a run when resuming this time for ninth in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m), but responded well when arriving in Brisbane for third in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m).

Luckless when seventh in the BTC Cup, the Excellent Art gelding ran on for third in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) a fortnight ago.

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2016 QTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1310×72360 STRATUM STAR Darren Weir Dean Yendall 13 59kg 110
2 x56x4041x0 SACRED STAR Tony Pike Jim Byrne 6 57kg 106
3 126242×256 TARGET IN SIGHT Joseph Pride James McDonald 5 56kg 104
4 7×08172421 SNIPPETS LAND Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 9 55kg 102
5 512111036x STEEL ZIP Pat Duff Jeff Lloyd 1 54kg 100
6 122x0130x1 KAEPERNICK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 12 53.5kg 99
7 x3x112x111 PERFECT FIT (NZ) Ken & Bev Kelso Michael Coleman 2 53kg 101
8 11x39x9373 ARTLEE Todd Willan 10 53kg 98
9 0x406925x1 ELOPING Peter Robl Ms Tegan Harrison 4 53kg 98
10 348x3276x6 OFFICE BEARER Jason Coyle 7 53kg 93
11 x623x14812 SPILL THE BEANS Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 3 53kg 92
12 361111×134 TRUBIA Michael Lakey Bobby El-Issa 11 53kg 89
13 178x179x25 SURE AND FAST Paul Murray 14 53kg 88
14 1240621239 LIBERATION Barry Lockwood 8 53kg 81


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