With just eight talented runners confirmed to line up for the featured Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse this weekend, punters are offered sensational value from a betting point of view and several exciting opportunities to place a winning wager.
A standout performer over the 2013 spring, local hero Buffering is currently resounding favourite to add a fourth Group 1 title to his impressive resume in this weekend’s BTC Cup, offered at a short quote of $2.20.
A candidate for Horse of The Year this season, Buffering was unlucky not to claim a major title over the autumn and winter of 2013, but returned to racing in the best way possible over spring; finishing a close second in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) first-up before securing three incredible Group 1 victories back-to-back when claiming the Manikato Stakes (1200m), VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
Clearly a standout performer over 1200 metre events, the Mossman gelding has been confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Damien Brown this weekend and will be particularly difficult to beat from the ideal barrier 3.
Breaking through for a maiden Group 1 victory this season, Spirit Of Boom will have to overcome the slightly wide barrier 7 if to figure in contention in this weekend’s BTC Cup.
Finishing outside the places just once in five starts over the 2013 spring, which included an impressive win in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m), Spirit Of Boom has returned to racing in peak condition this season; unlucky to finish second behind the world’s leading sprinter Lankan Rupee in both the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on March 21st.
Claiming second behind talented stable mate Temple Of Boom in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) last time out, the Sequalo entire arguably offers punters the best value for money at current odds.
Also breaking through for a maiden Group 1 victory this season, talented mare Snitzerland will leave from barrier 6 and is a great chance of success at generous odds of $7.50.
Arguably one of the most talented horses yet to claim a Group 1 title prior to her current preparation, Snitzerland lead from start to finish to win the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up this season, before overcoming poor running position to finish second in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) on March 15th.
Unable to handle the heavy going of the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 12th, trainer Gerald Ryan is confident in the chances of the Snitzel mare in the 2014 BTC Cup if the Doomben track remains in good condition.
Opening at a quote of nearly $13, Tiger Tees has received huge support from punters in the first 24 hours of betting, who have since seen the Group 1 champion cut in to current odds of $9 and register as clear market mover.
Claiming 11 wins and five places from his 26 career starts to date, the Dubawi gelding represents incredible value at current odds, particularly if inclement weather in Brisbane softens the Doomben course.
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