The 2011 BTC Cup is shaping up as one of the most anticipated editions of the esteemed Queensland sprint as the world’s highest rated horse and the undeniable queen of the Aussie turf Black Caviar is coming to Doomben.
Held at the first major meeting of the annual Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) will run this year on Saturday May 14, 2011 and is accompanied by two other Group horse racing showdowns – the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) and the Group 3 BRC Chairman’s Handicap (2020m).
But it is the BTC Cup and its headline runner Black Caviar that will draw the crowds to Doomben Racecourse that day and get the punters enjoying a bet online through Luxbet.
The Peter Moody-trained Bel Esprit mare Black Caviar is undefeated in her 12 career starts to date and is out for a baker’s dozen of successive wins in the BTC Cup.
A freakishly talented four-year-old, Black Caviar has won her past five starts at the highest level making her the first mare in Australian racing history to win five consecutive Group 1 races.
Last start the superstar sprinter easily defeated boom galloper Hay List by three lengths in the $1 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, overcoming an awkward jump to come from behind and blitz her rivals in her first run outside of Melbourne.
Now the Black Caviar train is set to arrive in Brisbane and it will be a historical moment for Queensland Racing and for the now Victorian-based Moody who originated from the Sunshine State.
Last year the 2010 BTC Cup was won by Albert The Fat who narrowly held off a brave Melito to score victory by a nose.
Gerald Ryan’s classy Redoute’s Choice four-year-old Melito is also heading towards a start in the 2011 BTC Cup field where she will come face-to-face with Black Caviar for the third time.
During the spring Melito ran fifth to Black Caviar in both the Group 2 Schweppes Stakes (1200m) and the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) and looks to be running for second again at best in the BTC Cup.
After BTC Cup Day at Doomben the winter racing action in Queensland will continue over the following month highlight by features including the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) on May 21 and the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 28 which is also a possibility for Black Caviar.
In June racegoers and punters alike can enjoy a bet on other elite level showdowns such as the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) for three-year-old fillies at Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 4 and the richest Brisbane race, the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 11.
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