Trainer Joseph Pride is confident talented six-year-old Tiger Tees will claim a second Group 1 title in the featured Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m), with the wet-weather specialist likely to line up on a rain-affected surface at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse this weekend.
Comfortably claiming a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian victory when beating Anatina to the line in The Galaxy (1100m) on March 29th, Pride told AAP the forecast of inclement weather in Brisbane in the late stages of this week is an exciting prospect for Tiger Tees’ chances.
“I’m liking the idea of the rain” Pride said on Monday.
“He has been so good this preparation. I even thought his run in the Challenge Stakes was good.
“Tiger is in great shape. He will have a gallop on Tuesday morning and travel to Brisbane on Thursday.”
Noted to enjoy taking up the early pace in all successful races so far, Pride confirmed barriers will play a huge part in the outcome of the 2014 BTC Cup, particularly with leading sprinter Buffering a likely acceptor.
“It will all come down to barriers” Pride added.
“If we draw inside Buffering then I wouldn’t want to hand up the lead to him, so we just have to wait and see what we come up with.”
Returning to the track in arguably career-best form this season, the Dubawi gelding won the Listed Falvelon (1200m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm first-up before returning to Sydney for ninth in the well-contested Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) prior to his Galaxy triumph.
Continuing in impressive form when fourth in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) most recently, Tiger Tees is currently offered at particularly generous odds of $11 for success in the 2014 BTC Cup and sole occupant of the fifth line of betting.
Claiming three Group 1 titles throughout spring and returning in typically competitive form this season, Buffering is currently clear favourite to take out the 2014 BTC Cup at short $2.10 odds, ahead of fellow Queenslander Spirit Of Boom ($6.50), Hot Snitzel and Snitzerland; currently sharing the third line of betting at even $8 odds.
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