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.
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
|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||–||–|