Fell Swoop Second Favourite in BTC Despite Wide Draw
There is, as they say, a first time for everything and if Fell Swoop can win the BTC Cup, it will be the first time since the race was elevated to Group 1 status in 2006 that any horse has won from barrier 10 or beyond.
He will have to contend with Japonisme jumping from barrier three and history indicates that anything outside gate six has not produced a winner. The Chris Wallace trained sprinter won the Coolmore Stud Stakes last year and is the favourite the day prior to the race, quoted by Sportsbet at $4.00, followed by Fell Swoop and $4.60. Malaguerra is third currently at $6.00, but like Fell Swoop, he will have to come from an outside barrier eight that has never produced a winner.
Fell Swoop has a recent victory at Doomben, the Group 2 Victory Stakes, and he had a very respectable showing in the T.J. Smith Stakes in early April, finishing second, as almost all do, when going against Chautauqua. Fortunately for the entire field, Chautauqua is having a brief holiday after taking on the world’s best in the Chairman’s Sprint at Hong Kong’s Sha Tin racecourse and will not be racing in the BTC Cup.