The BTC Cup is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held each May at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 1300 metres and worth $750,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 BTC Cup was won by Impending from Le Romain with Champagne Cuddles third.
Held alongside the Gr2 Sires Produce Stakes for two-year-olds, the BTC Cup received a prizemoney boost to $750,000 for the 2016-2017 season, plus an increase in distance to 1300 metres, up from 1200 metres. The distance change makes this race the ideal stepping stone from the Gr1 Doomben 10,000, held two weeks earlier at Doomben, to the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, held the following month at Eagle Farm. These three feature races are all held during the Brisbane winter racing carnival.
|Date:||Saturday 25th May 2019|
|Track:||Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane|
The BTC Cup generally assembles a field of well above average gallopers and many top class horses have won this race over the years, including Black Caviar (2011), Apache Cat (2008), Falvelon (2000 & 2003), General Nediym (1998) and Chief De Beers (1996).
Traditionally, the Doomben 10,000 has been the best guide to this event, but with both races swapping to each other's race days means the reverse will now apply, as the BTC Cup is now two weeks after the Dooomben 10,000, not two weeks after as before. Sea Siren (2012) was the last horse to take out the BTC Cup & Doomben 10,000 double, while brilliant sprinter Apache Cat (2008) managed to win both races before returning the following year to win the Doomben 10,000 again.
Outstanding sprinter Takeover Target (2nd in 2007) won Doomben 10,000 at his next start, and smart mare Melito (2nd in 2010) went on to run third in the Doomben 10,000.
Impending (2018) ran second in the Doomben 10,000 over 1200m at Doomben before finishing strongly to win this event in classy style and recent BTC Cup winners include Clearly Innocent (2017) and Malaguerra (2016).
1. $4.20 Impending 59.0 Damian Browne
2. $4.20 Le Romain 59.0 Glyn Schofield
3. $6.00 Champagne Cuddles 55.0 Corey Brown
4. $6.00 English 57.0 Tim Clark
5. $9.50 Endless Drama 59.0 Tye Angland
6. $26.00 Volpe Veloce 57.0 Jake Bayliss
7. $9.00 Care To Think 59.0 James McDonald
8. $41.00 Monsieur Gustave 59.0 Jeff Lloyd
9. $15.00 Most Important 59.0 Jim Byrne
Margins: 0.1 len, 1.25 len
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|2018||Impending||Le Romain||Champagne Cuddles||1:19.5|
|2017||Clearly Innocent||Jungle Edge||Counterattack||1:19.0|
|2015||Hot Snitzel||Knoydart||Our Boy Malachi||1:09.4|
|2014||Famous Seamus||Spirit Of Boom||Buffering||1:09.0|
|2013||Your Song||Rain Affair||Better Than Ready||1:11.2|
|2012||Sea Siren||Scenic Blast||Beaded||1:08.3|
|2011||Black Caviar||Hay List||Buffering||1:08.8|
|2010||Albert The Fat||Melito||Latin News||1:09.2|
|2009||Duporth||Bank Robber||Apache Cat||1:08.9|
|2008||Apache Cat||Vormista||Swiss Ace||1:09.3|
|2007||Bentley Biscuit||Takeover Target||Mitanni||1:08.5|
|2006||Gee I Jane||Daunting Lad||All Bar One||1:08.6|
|2005||Spark Of Life||St Basil||Regimental Gal||1:09.0|
|2004||Thorn Park||Star Of Florida||Regimental Gal||1:08.7|
|2003||Falvelon||Make Mine Magic||Diamond Dane||1:10.0|
|2002||Lord Essex||Falvelon||Phoenix Park||1:08.3|
|2001||Fritz||Show A Heart||King Lotto||1:09.1|
|1999||Staging||Pimpala Prince||Ab Initio||1:09.0|
|1998||General Nediym||Mulugwa||Sahara Zed||1:10.9|
|1997||Accomplice||Chief De Beers||Poetic King||1:09.3|
|1996||Chief De Beers||Monopolize||Gold Ace||1:13.3|
|1995||Seawinne||Hot To Race||Schillaci||1:10.6|
|1994||Bucks Pride||Bint Marscay||All Our Mob||1:12.9|
|1993||Bucks Pride||Friends Venture||Barrosa Boy||1:09.0|
|1992||Barrosa Boy||Sonic Express||Soho Square||1:11.1|
|1991||St Jude||Lightening Bend||Thrifty Reserve||1:10.3|
|1990||Gypsy Rogue||Lygon Arms||Alpine Flyer||1:18.2|
|1989||High Regard||Groucho||Our Beaujolais||1:21.0|
|1988||Cool Report||Our Poetic Prince||Regal Affair||1:18.5|