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BTC Cup

The BTC Cup is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held each May at Doomben 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.

2018 BTC Cup info

Date: Saturday 26th May 2018
Track: Doomben racecourse, Brisbane
Distance: 1300 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $750,000
2018 Winner: Impending

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).

2018 BTC Cup Result

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

then followed
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
Time: 1:19.51

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BTC Cup recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Impending Le Romain Champagne Cuddles 1:19.5
2017 Clearly Innocent Jungle Edge Counterattack 1:19.0
2016 Malaguerra Dothraki Japonisme 1:08.7
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
2000 Falvelon Mr Innocent Toledo 1:08.4
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