2010 BTC Cup Nominations

May 10th, 2010

This Saturday Doomben Racecourse is set to host the opening Group 1 race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the $400,000 Bundy Red Rum BTC Cup (1200m).

The esteemed course at Doomben in Queensland have three consecutive Saturday’s booked full of Group winter races as part the carnival, and it all gets underway with a Racefest on Saturday.

There are three Group status races planned at the meeting, headlined of course by the BTC Cup, which has attracted 19 classy nominees.

A number of impressive Group 1 winners from the Sydney Autumn Carnival have headed up to the Sunshine State for the first major race including Ortensia. The Tony Noonan-trained Testa Rossa mare took out The Galaxy (1100m) back on April 17 but has not had a start since.

Other popular nominations in the 2010 BTC Cup include T J Smith Stakes winning filly Melito, Mic Mac and the Peter Snowden-trained Lonhro mare Beaded.

The Chris Waller-trained Stryker and 2009 Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready will be backing up from an equal fourth place in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) that they ran last Saturday if they gain a start in the Cup.

Two horses at the centre of a BTC Cup jockey controversy are Shellscrape, Rosehill-based trainer Chris Waller’s second nomination, and Gillian Heinrich’s Ghetto Blaster.

In-form jockey Stathi Katsidis has been double booked for Saturday’s Cup, engaged to ride Shellscrape by his manager after apparently having already committed himself to be available for all of Ghetto Blaster’s rides this winter.

Heinrich takes the matter to the stewards this week, threatening to cease all association with Katsidis if he doesn’t ride Ghetto Blaster in the BTC Cup, including any chance he would have of riding Golden Slipper winner Military Rose again.

The other two drawcards on the day will be the $125,000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) and the $100,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2020m).

The final field of acceptances for the BTC Cup will be announced later in the week and published here.

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2010 Bundaberg Red BTC Cup Nominations

No.

Horse

Trainer

1
ALBERT THE FAT
Eden Petrie
2
BEADED
Peter Snowden
3
CATAPULTED
Mark Kavanagh
4
GHETTO BLASTER
Gillian Heinrich
5
LATIN NEWS
Bart Cummings
6
MELITO
Gerald Ryan
7
MIC MAC
Paul Messara
8
MONTON
Tim Martin
9
ORTENSIA
Tony Noonan
10
PAPRIKA
Liam Birchley
11
PHELAN READY
Jason McLachlan
12
RASMUSSEN
Gillian Heinrich
13
RUSSETING
Bart Cummings
14
SARGE IN CHARGE (NZ)
Liam Birchley
15
SET FOR FAME
Peter G Moody
16
SHELLSCRAPE
Chris Waller
17
SISTER MADLY
Anthony Cummings
18
STRYKER
Chris Waller
19
SWIFT ALLIANCE
Gai Waterhouse