Following the removal of leading chance Snitzerland after the talented mare pulled up sore from a track gallop on Friday morning; just seven talented runners have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s featured Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse, offering punters several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
A standout sprinter over the 2013 spring, local hero Buffering has opened an maintained clear favouritism in betting markets for success in the 2014 BTC Cup, currently offered at a short quote of $2, ahead of Spirit Of Boom ($5), Temple Of Boom and Hot Snitzel; currently sharing the third line of betting at $8 odds.
Will Buffering claim a maiden Group 1 victory in his native Queensland, or will one of his talented rivals find the 2014 BTC Cup line in the clear?
Hot Snitzel ($8)
Returning to the track in near career best form this season, Hot Snitzel represents exceptional value to punters at current $8 odds, or $3.20 for a place. A wet track specialist, the gelding out of Flames Of Paris was unlucky to finish second in the Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) first-up before strolling home on the soaked Randwick track in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (12000m) last time out. On a dry track, Buffering is the clear choice to claim the 2014 BTC Cup, however if the forecasted inclement weather hits Doomben over the coming 24 hours, Hot Snitzel is more than a chance, particularly with leading jockey Nash Rawiller on board.
Having received the market share of attention since news of Snitzerland’s departure reached punters, Buffering has been cut from a quote of $2.30 to feature as clear market mover at current $2 odds. Unlucky to finish second in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) on September 27th, the Mossman gelding claimed three back-to-back victories at the highest level of Australian racing, winning the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m). Finishing a fighting third in the soaking wet Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) last time out, Buffering has proven experience in overcoming wide draws and poor running conditions and is a great chance of success from the ideal barrier 3 in the 2014 BTC Cup.
Tiger Tees ($9)
Breaking through for a maiden Group 1 victory in the 2014 The Galaxy (1100m) on March 29th, Tiger Tees represents great value to punters at $9, particularly if lining up on a damp track for the 2014 BTC Cup. Claiming eleven wins and five places from just 26 competitive starts so far, the Dubawi gelding is likely to receive the run of the race, drawing barrier 2; one inside Buffering. Confirmed for several major events throughout the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, trainer Joseph Pride is confident Tiger Tees will continue his strong run of form this weekend.
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