2013 BTC Cup Nominations Released

May 1st, 2013

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.

Buffering heads nominations for the BTC Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

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

Horse Trainer
1 AL ANEED Mick Price
2 ARINOSA Chris Waller
3 BETTER THAN READY Kelly Schweida
4 BLACK MAGIC Bruce Brown
5 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote
6 CORNWALL PARK (NZ) Anthony Cummings
7 DIAMOND EARTH Anthony Cummings
8 EMMALENE Liam Birchley
9 JETSET LAD (NZ) John Wheeler
10 LIVEANDLETDIE Bjorn Baker
11 MAHISARA Paul Messara
12 METALLURGICAL John P Thompson
13 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson
14 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride
15 RAREFIED Peter Snowden
16 READY TO RIP Peter G Moody
17 REFLECTANCE John P Thompson
18 SEA SIREN John O’Shea
19 SKYTRAIN Peter Snowden
20 SOOKIE John P Thompson
21 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan
22 STARTSMEUP John, Daniel & Christopher Meagher
23 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan
24 YOSEI Stuart Webb
25 YOUR SONG Anthony Cummings