The 2011 BTC Cup has been narrowed down to 16 hopefuls after first acceptances and the excitement leading up to the event is reaching fever pitch.
Of course the majority of the hype can be credited to Black Caviar, the unbeaten mare considered the best in the world as she shoots for her 13th straight triumph.
However there’s an uneasy feeling around the place that maybe, just maybe that run could be broken.
Hay List has gone down multiple times now but his last effort was outstanding. With a bit of improvement and some much needed luck could he be the one to upset the wonder horse?
Rival connections are taking hope from the size of the field, if all 16 were to show up on race day it’d be the largest field she’s faced at the top level and the more horses on the course the more chance there is of something going wrong.
She could snag a bad barrier and be caught on the fence or be trapped for a run in the home straight.
While they’d prefer to beat her on pure speed it’s unlikely to happen, but a bit of luck could just fall their way.
Whatever happens it’s going to be a fantastic race and there will be a huge crowd out in force at Doomben on May 14.
Aside from the two horses mentioned there is Black Piranha, a horse which has enjoyed so much success in Brisbane.
Also in the mix is Sniper’s Bullet, he’s been out of form but his career shows just what he’s capable of on his day.
Add to the mix dual Sydney champ Atomic Force which revels in the wet and Buffering which beat him last start in his first up run for the season.
In fact if you look through the list it’s a genuine Group 1 field and you can see for the first time Black Caviar won’t have the race go entirely her own way.
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2011 BTC Cup First Acceptors
|1||ALBERT THE FAT||Paul Messara|
|3||ATOMIC FORCE||Darren Smith|
|4||AUDACIOUS SPIRIT||Gillian Heinrich|
|5||BLACK CAVIAR||Peter G Moody|
|6||BLACK PIRANHA||Con Karakatsanis|
|8||GHETTO BLASTER||Gillian Heinrich|
|9||HAY LIST||John McNair|
|10||KING PULSE||Michael Moroney|
|11||MARQUARDT (NZ)||John P Thompson|
|13||MILITARY ROSE||Gillian Heinrich|
|14||NO EVIDENCE NEEDED||John P Thompson|
|16||SNIPER’S BULLET||Tracey Bartley|