The BTC Cup is a Group 1 race held under weight for age conditions in Brisbane each year. This event takes place at Doomben Racecourse and is the first Group 1 race of the Brisbane winter racing carnival. The BTC Cup is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $400,000 in prize money.
The BTC Cup is held on the same day as the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate and Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap, although it attracts the majority of attention from punters. This event has produced some great winners over the years, including names like Black Caviar in 2011, Apache Cat in 2008, Falvelon in 2000 and 2003, General Nediym in 1998, and Chief De Beers in 1996.
The BTC Cup always manages to attract a high quality field of gallopers and is one of the important lead up events to later Group 1 events in the Queensland winter. The BTC Cup is the ideal indicator for the Group 1 Doomben 10,000, with Apache Cat being the last horse to win both titles in 2008. There is a lot of history between these two races, with second place horse in 2007, Takeover Target, winning the Doomben 10,000 that year and Melito (second in 2010) going on to run third in the Doomben 10,000.
The BTC Cup has been held since 1964, starting out as a Principal Race and staying that way until 1979. This event moved up through the ranks gradually, first a Group 3 race before graduating to a Group 2 race in 1987 and a Group 1 race in 2006. The BTC Cup has also been known as the BTC Carlton Cup, BTC Richmond Grove Cup, BATC Tourist Minister’s Cup, BATC J.T. Delaney Quality Handicap, and more.
The BTC Cup has been won in recent years by Apache Cat in 2008, Duporth in 2009, Albert The Fat in 2010, Black Caviar in 2011, and Sea Siren in 2012. Sea Siren won the 2012 edition ahead of Scenic Blast in second place and Beaded in third.