Taste of success: Blake Shinn returns to scale on Hot Snitzel at Doomben.Taste of success: Blake Shinn returns to scale on Hot Snitzel at Doomben. Photo: Tertius Pickard

BTC Cup winner Hot Snitzel is facing the prospect of being left as the Stradbroke Handicap’s topweight as contenders for the showpiece of the Queensland winter carnival continue to fall by the wayside.

Hot Snitzel, one of two runners set to attack the $2 million sprint on Saturday week for leading syndicators Triple Crown, could be left carrying the No.1 saddlecloth despite being lumped with just 55.5 kilograms when handicaps were released on Monday.