The BTC Cup is the first major race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and takes place at Doomben Racecourse in early May each year. In 2013, however, it was staged at Eagle Farm Racecourse following a switch of venues.
Run over the sprint distance of 1200m, the BTC Cup is an open weight for age race and pits some of the best talents together chasing a Group 1 prize and a share of the $400,000 prize fund. Some will be making their seasonal debuts, while other will be back from a short break following the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
The BTC Cup was first held in 1964, when known as the BATC J.T. Delaney Quality Handicap and won by Rashlore. The race has been held under several different names during its existence with the BTC Cup name settled upon in 2009. Its stock has risen significantly throughout the years with the race becoming a Group 1 contest in 2006, the year in which Gee I Jane caused a shock.
Some notable names are on the roll of honour of the BTC Cup, not least the unbeaten Black Caviar, who took the race in 2011, and smart sprinters Falvelon, a dual winner, Apache Cat, Vinegar Joe, Strawberry Road, High Regard, Accomplice, Lord Essex, Albert The Fat and back-to-back BTC Cup winner Buck's Pride.
The BTC Cup is typically used as a lead up race to the Group 1 Doomben 10,000, held at Doomben Racecourse two weeks later over the slightly longer trip of 1350m. Apache Cat was the first horse to do the BTC Cup/Doomben 10,000 double when winning both in 2008 and Sea Siren matched the feat in 2012 with success in both races.
The BTC Cup is the headline act of a day that also includes the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m), the Group 3 Chairman's Handicap (2100m) and the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m).