The 2015 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) has been confirmed to host a particularly talented field of 16 sprinters, however local trainer Kelly Schweida is confident seven-year-old Cape Kidnappers is more than capable of a competitive performance.
Cape Kidnappers has finished outside the first three only twice through his light 17 start career so far and has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time; running on for a credible second in the Listed Chief De Beers (1110m) first-up on April 11th.
Set to line up alongside the likes of Our Boy Malachi, Srikandi and Trust In A Gust, Schweida has been pleased with the condition of Cape Kidnappers in recent weeks and is confident he is not out of his depth in the 2015 BTC Cup.
“Really there hasn’t been much between them all along the way. I know Our Boy Malachi has gone on to win four races in Sydney,” Schweida told AAP.
“But don’t forget my bloke went on from the Doomben defeat to win the Lightning Handicap and finished second in the Healy Stakes.”
“Cape Kidnappers had no luck in the summer and his first-up second was good in fast time.
“I think we pulled the right rein by not running him at the Gold Coast from a wide barrier in the Victory Stakes.”
Cape Kidnappers has been hampered by minor ailments for most of his career since first debuting in 2011 but finished no worse than second through his first ten starts.
Undoubtedly finding career-best form to date in the 2014 Brisbane Winter Carnival, the Commands gelding overcame a luckless run for seventh in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1110m) first-up with success in both of the Chief De Beers and Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m); returning to the paddock following a close run for second behind fellow BTC Cup acceptor Big Money in the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m).
Allocated the ideal barrier 5, Cape Kidnappers has been confirmed to be partnered by local jockey Ric McMahon in the 2015 BTC Cup and is currently available at a particularly generous quote of $41 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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