Wet track fits Tiger to a Tee

Major mudlark: Nash Rawiller rides Tiger Tees to win The Galaxy on a slow track in March. Picture: DAMIAN SHAW

Major mudlark: Nash Rawiller rides Tiger Tees to win The Galaxy on a slow track in March. Picture: DAMIAN SHAW

BTC CUP 

The long-range Brisbane weather forecast is bad news for some, but has delighted trainer Joe Pride as he prepares to send Tiger Tees north in pursuit of another Group 1 win.

The six-year-old won The Galaxy (1100m) at the third of his five starts this campaign before finishing fourth in the $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes won by Lankan Rupee and third in the All Aged Stakes taken out by Japanese mare Hana's Goal.

All three Group 1 races were run on rain-affected tracks and Pride is hoping the predicted wet weather arrives in time to soften the ground for Saturday's BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben.

"I'm liking the idea of the rain," Pride said.

"Tiger is in great shape. He will have a gallop on Tuesday morning and travel to Brisbane on Thursday.

"He has been so good this preparation. I even thought his run in the Challenge Stakes was good."

Tiger Tees only beat one runner home in the Group 2 Challenge (1000m) won by Villa Verde, but finished just a little over two lengths from the filly.

He was one of 15 nominations taken on Monday for the first Group 1 race of the Brisbane winter carnival.

The entries include Black Caviar Lightning winner Snitzerland, who will not start if the track is worse than dead, Brisbane champion Buffering and Group 1-winning siblings Temple Of Boom and Spirit Of Boom.

Pride said barriers would determine tactics with both Buffering and Tiger Tees noted front runners.

"It will all come down to barriers," he said.

"If we draw inside Buffering then I wouldn't want to hand up the lead to him so we just have to wait and see what we come up with."

Triple Group 1 winner Buffering finished third in the TJ Smith at his most recent start and had a solid workout last week to get him ready for the BTC. AAP

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