The final field and barriers for the 2010 Bundy Red Rum BTC Cup were announced today, with 12 star gallopers engaged in the sprint feature, which is the first Group 1 race held in Queensland for the year.
Early favourite for Saturday is the Tony Noonan-trained Ortensia. The four-year-old Testa Rossa mare is coming off a string of successes including her win in the Group 1 Galaxy (1100m) on April 17.
Ortensia has drawn well in barrier four for the BTC Cup and will have champion hoop Hugh Bowman aboard.
Set on revenge is the Chris Waller-trained Shellscrape, who ran a gallant second to Ortensia last start in the Galaxy and will be looking to do one better on Saturday starting from barrier 10.
The three-year-old Dane Shadow colt was in the middle of a jockey war throughout the week as Gold Coast trainer Gillian Heinrich had a steward’s inquiry over Waller’s contract for Stathi Katsidis to ride Shellscrape in the BTC Cup.
Heinrich claimed Katsidis had already agreed to take the mount on her BTC Cup hopeful Ghetto Blaster, but the stewards ruled in Waller’s favour and so Shellscrape will be ridden by the in-form jockey.
Meanwhile Ghetto Blaster, who took out the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) last start at Eagle Farm, will jump from barrier five on Saturday but a jockey is yet to be named.
The history books stand to be rewritten this year, as three top fillies attempt to become the first filly to claim BTC Cup victory since the race was changed to a weight-for-age feature in 1991.
The shortest priced filly to do so is the Gerald Ryan-trained Melito. Due to jump from barrier seven with Blake Shinn aboard, the three-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice is in red-hot form having won her maiden Group 1 race two starts back in the T J Smith Stakes.
She backed that up with an eye-catching second to Hot Danish in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 24 and looks well positioned to become a dual Group 1 winner this weekend.
The other two fillies in the final field on Saturday are fellow Sydney-trained runners Set For Fame, trained by Peter Moody and drawn ideally in barrier two, and the Anthony Cummings-trained Sister Madly out wide in barrier 11.
Racefest on Saturday has a great line-up of other races and entertainment including a live concert by singing sensation Ricki-Lee, as well as two other Group race features, the $125,000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) and the $100,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2020m).
Detailed previews and the final fields for both of these races will be published on the News page of this site on Thursday May 13.
2010 Bundy Red Rum BTC Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw:
KING MUFHASA (NZ)
|Stephen Mckee||Sam Spratt||12||58.5|
|Paul Messara||Shane Scriven||8||58.5|
ALBERT THE FAT
|Eden Petrie||Damian Browne||3||58.5|
|Chris Waller||Stathi Katsidis||10||57|
|Tim Martin||Tye Angland||1||57|
|Bart Cummings||Michael Cahill||6||57|
|Tony Noonan||Hugh Bowman||4||56.5|
|Bart Cummings||Craig Grylls||9||56.5|
|Gerald Ryan||Blake Shinn||7||55|
SET FOR FAME
|Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||2||55|
|Anthony Cummings||Jim Byrne||11||55|