A classy 25-horse nominations list has been released for the 2013 BTC Cup (1200m) which takes place as the first Group 1 race of the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival on May 11 at Eagle Farm.
Heading nominations is Queensland’s reigning horse of the year Buffering who got his winter campaign off to a flyer last Saturday with a 3 1/2 length win in the Group 2 Victory Stakes.
The Robert Heathcote-trained gelding was a short-priced favourite for last year’s BTC Cup before injury ruled him out on the eve of the race.
The year before he finished third behind superstars Black Caviar and Hay List.
Travelling to Queensland to take on Brisbane’s number one gun is Joe Pride’s front-runner Rain Affair who, like Buffering, is yet to break through at Group 1 level.
The Sydney speedster was fourth behind Black Caviar in her stunning TJ Smith swansong and was most recently seen taking All Too Hard all the way to the line before finishing second in the All Aged Stakes.
Making a return trip to Brisbane is last year’s BTC Cup winner Sea Siren who took out a Brisbane Group 1 double when also winning the Doomben 10,000.
The four-year-old mare is a triple Group 1 winner and is nominated for races at Royal Ascot in June.
The Darley operation always have a strong presence at the winter carnival and they have netred two runners with Rarefied and Skytrain.
Tony Gollan has nominated sprinting brothers Spirit Of Boom and Temple Of Boom while other notable nominations include classy colt Better Than Ready and Peter Moody-trained gelding Ready To Rip.
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BTC Cup 2013 – Nominations
|1||AL ANEED||Mick Price|
|3||BETTER THAN READY||Kelly Schweida|
|4||BLACK MAGIC||Bruce Brown|
|6||CORNWALL PARK (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|7||DIAMOND EARTH||Anthony Cummings|
|9||JETSET LAD (NZ)||John Wheeler|
|12||METALLURGICAL||John P Thompson|
|13||PANE IN THE GLASS||John P Thompson|
|14||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride|
|16||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody|
|17||REFLECTANCE||John P Thompson|
|18||SEA SIREN||John O’Shea|
|20||SOOKIE||John P Thompson|
|21||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan|
|22||STARTSMEUP||John, Daniel & Christopher Meagher|
|23||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan|
|25||YOUR SONG||Anthony Cummings|