Trainer Kristen Buchanan has been understandably thrilled with the form and results posted by Two Blue this time, and has confirmed her stable star will be given the opportunity to perform at the highest level in Saturday’s 2016 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben.
Two Blue has been a strong and consistent performer for Buchanan through her entire racing career so far; posting eight wins and seventeen minors through a total of thirty-nine competitive starts since first appearing on course competitively in 2012.
Running second in each of the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) and Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) in July last year, the Dubleo mare was unlucky not to post a maiden black type victory through spring; amazingly finishing second in each of the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes (1350m), Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m).
Resuming this time for sixth in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m), Two Blue was given little chance of success as a $26 outsider in the talent-rich Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) on Day 2 of The Championships, but savaged the line for an impressive win.
Brave when second in the Group 3 Godolphin Crown (1300m) with a race-high 59kgs in tow, Buchanan is confident Two Blue has earned a tilt at the 2016 BTC Cup and believes the mare will be suited to the conditions of the race.
“Two Blue will run in the BTC Cup and then we will press on into the winter. At this stage we plan to be here up to the Tatts Tiara in late June,” Buchanan told AAP.
“Two Blue is probably off to the breeding barn after this season and she deserves her chance in the better races.
“She is so honest. She just keep on trying in her races and there is a prediction for rain later in the winter which would be a help.”
Jockey Paul King has arguably been the difference in Two Blue finding career-best condition through recent seasons, and Buchanan confirmed the hoop will be in the saddle in the BTC Cup.
“Paul knows Two Blue and they form a very good combination,” Buchanan said.
Included amongst a list of nineteen nominations on Monday, Two Blue is expected to be confirmed in a capacity BTC Cup field of sixteen on Wednesday.
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