2016 BTC Cup Field and Barrier Draw

May 11th, 2016

A talented field of fourteen has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Brisbane Winter Carnival’s most exciting prospects.

Delectation is one of three for Chris Waller in the 2016 BTC Cup field. Photo: Steve Hart

Delectation is one of three for Chris Waller in the 2016 BTC Cup field. Photo: Steve Hart

Chris Waller has been confirmed to launch a three-pronged on the Doomben feature this weekend after confirming all of Delectation, Japonisme and Counterattack in the 2016 BTC Cup field.

Delectation has produced a number of standout results for Waller through his entire racing career, between lacklustre performances, posting a career-total of five wins and seven minors through 23 competitive appearances.

Capping a strong 2015 preparation with success in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m), the Shamardal gelding has been unable to find peak condition through three starts this time and will perhaps require luck in running in the BTC Cup from barrier 12.

Japonisme has returned to racing in typically scintillating form this time and could very well receive the run of the race in the BTC Cup from barrier 3, with Glyn Schofield in the saddle.

Ending his debut year for an impressive win in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), the Choisir gelding resumed this time for a close third in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m); progressing to fifth in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before again finishing third in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).

Having returned to winning form in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m), Japonisme has been charged with carrying only 57kgs on Saturday and will be very hard to beat.

Counterattack savaged the line for a close second in the Arrowfield Sprint last start, but has taken something of a hit this morning after being allocated the awkward barrier 11 for his run in the BTC Cup.

Resuming this time for third in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m), the Redoute’s Choice colt ran fifth in the Listed Darby Munro (1200m) on March 19th in his only other start prior to the Arrowfield Sprint.

Peter and Paul Snowden will also saddle multiple runners after confirming Dothraki (barrier 1) and Charlie Boy (barrier 6) in the BTC Cup field.

Fell Swoop remains favourite to win the BTC Cup but has been charged with overcoming barrier 10 with 58.5kgs in tow.

Resuming for an agonizingly-close second in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), Fell Swoop progressed to fourth in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) before placing second in Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

Having returned to winning form in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) a fortnight ago, the Not A Single Doubt gelding will be partnered by Jay Ford on Saturday.

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2016 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 9x6241x597 DELECTATION Chris Waller Jason Collett 12 58.5kg 112
2 41111×2421 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Jay Ford 10 58.5kg 108
3 31310×7236 STRATUM STAR Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 13 58.5kg 111
4 815x13x735 DOTHRAKI Peter & Paul Snowden 1 58.5kg 107
5 1x56x4041x SACRED STAR Tony Pike Jim Byrne 7 58.5kg 106
6 7111x39x93 ARTLEE Todd Willan Michael Cahill 4 58.5kg 96
7 20x2600x16 CHARLIE BOY Peter & Paul Snowden 6 58.5kg 106
8 x11211x116 MALAGUERRA Lee & Anthony Freedman Glen Colless 8 58.5kg 105
9 x126242x25 TARGET IN SIGHT Joseph Pride 9 58.5kg 104
10 x124062123 LIBERATION Barry Lockwood Brad Pengelly 5 58.5kg 81
11 11431×3531 JAPONISME Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3 57kg 110
12 7x1513x352 COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 11 57kg 97
13 227222×612 TWO BLUE Kristen Buchanan Paul King 14 56.5kg 103
14 71202x409x ECHO GAL Gai Waterhouse Ms Tegan Harrison 2 56.5kg 91