2016 BTC Cup Winner Malaguerra onto Stradbroke

May 14th, 2016

The Stradbroke Handicap dream of the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Malaguerra has been kept alive with the four-year-old winning the BTC Cup 2016 at Doomben Racecourse.

Malaguerra (inside)

Malaguerra (inside) narrowly held off Dothraki to win the 2016 BTC Cup at Doomben Racecourse. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Already an early favourite for the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 11 in pre-field markets for Queensland’s richest race, the Magnus four-year-old continued his run in earnest with success in this season’s $500,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m).

Jockey Glenn Colless jumped aboard the Sydney raider who relished the drop back in distance after a last start sixth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) in mid-April.

Two Blue led the field around in the BTC Cup with the eventual winner Malaguerra settled nicely into second before chasing down the frontrunner on the straight as the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Dothraki also made a late charge for the weight-for-age feature.

Malaguerra ($7) had too much drive however and held off the challenge to beat home Dothraki ($5) from last year’s winning stables to win the BTC Cup by a short half-head.

Chris Waller’s gun Group 1 winning three-year-old and $3.30 favourite Japonisme came home strongly late down the outside, but could only manage to finish 1.4 lengths off the winner in third narrowly ahead of the pacesetter Two Blue ($26) who rounded out the First Four.

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2016 BTC Cup Results

Doomben Race 7 (4:06pm) – Saturday May 14, 2016

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 8 MALAGUERRA Lee & Anthony Freedman Glen Colless 8 58.5kg $7
2 4 DOTHRAKI Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 0.1L 1 58.5kg $5
3 11 JAPONISME Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1.4L 3 57kg $3.30F
4 13 TWO BLUE Kristen Buchanan Paul King 1.5L 13 56.5kg $26
5 2 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Jay Ford 1.6L 10 58.5kg $5.50
6 9 TARGET IN SIGHT Joseph Pride James Orman (a) 2.1L 9 58.5kg $21
7 6 ARTLEE Todd Willan Michael Cahill 2.3L 4 58.5kg $9
8 1 DELECTATION Chris Waller Jason Collett 2.4L 11 58.5kg $19
9 10 LIBERATION Barry Lockwood Brad Pengelly 4.7L 5 58.5kg $15
10 14 ECHO GAL Gai Waterhouse Ms Tegan Harrison 5.7L 2 56.5kg $51
11 5 SACRED STAR Tony Pike Jim Byrne 6L 7 58.5kg $26
12 7 CHARLIE BOY Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Browne 6.3L 6 58.5kg $15
13 3 STRATUM STAR Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 8.3L 12 58.5kg $15
12 COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 0