The Stradbroke Handicap is a 1400 metre handicap race run by the Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm. It is held during June and is the richest race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open Handicap
- Distance: 1,400 metres
- Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane, Queensland
- Date: Saturday 11 June 2016
The Stradbroke Handicap was first held as a principal race over 6 furlongs (about 1200 metres) in 1890 and was won by Pyrrhus. The race was not held in the war years of 1942 to 1945, and in 1953 the distance was increased to 7 furlongs. It became a Group 1 race in 1980 and was known as the QTC Elders Handicap for most of the 1980’s.
In 1993 the prizemoney for the Stradbroke Handicap was set at one million dollars and it is the richest race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. The Group 1 Doomben 10,000 over 1350 metres is the major lead-up race, and fillies and mares who run well in the Stradbroke will go on to contest the Winter Stakes two weeks later on the last day of the Brisbane Carnival.
The Stradbroke Handicap generally attracts capacity fields and requires horses with speed and stamina. It is a middle distance race that is well suited to milers. Horses that perform well in the race will generally follow-up by racing in high status races in the Sydney or Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivals.
Stradbroke Handicap Final Field & Odds 2016
See below for latest betting odds in this years Stradbroke Handicap.‘Odds not currently available’
Stradbroke Handicap Preview & Tips 2016
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 18 for the $1,500,000 2016 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap. The early favourite is Azkadellia who won the Queen Of The Turf then ran 2nd in the Doomben 10,000 and drops 2.5kg from that run. Second favourite is Black Heart Bart who won The Goodwood last outing and is topweight but has a fantastic record over this distance. Third favourite is three-year-old Counterattack who won the Group 3 Fred Best Classic by 1.3 lengths and only has 52.5 kg.
Malaguerra has won 3 of his 4 starts this campaign and drops 2.5 kg from his last start win in the BTC Cup. Music Magnate drops 3.5kg from his last start win in the Doomben 10,000 and is unbeaten over this distance which makes him a great chance. Kaepernick won by 2.3 lengths when resuming in the Ortensia Stakes at Scone and has a great second-up record. Under The Louvre charged home from 14th to get 2nd in the Goodwood. All other runners are currently 16 to 1 or longer, including Charmed Harmony who has 8 wins over this distance.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Black Heart Bart||5 Azkadellia||5 Azkadellia|
|4 Music Magnate||15 Kaepernick||1 Black Heart Bart|
|5 Azkadellia||3 Malaguerra||12 Counterattack|
|3 Malaguerra||4 Music Magnate||15 Kaepernick|
Previous winners of the Stradbroke Handicap:
Eight horses have managed to win the Stradbroke on two occasions during its long history. They are Black Piranha (2009 and 2010), Rough Habit (1991 and 1992), Daybreak Lover (1984 and 1986), Lucky Ring (1949 and 1950), Petrol Lager (1934 and 1935), Highland (1925 and 1926), Gold Tie (1918 and 1919) and Babel (1895 and 1896).
Fillies and mares have a poor record in the race, and although a few fillies have won in recent years, when Mid Summer Music won in 2012 she was the first mare since Capri in 1936.
|2016||Under The Louvre||Black Heart Bart||The Virginian|
|2014||River Lad||Temple Of Boom||Srikandi|
|2012||Mid Summer Music||Buffering||Happy Zero|
|2010||Black Piranha||Melito||Mic Mac|
|2008||Mr Baritone||Hard To Catch||Double Dare|
|2007||Sniper’s Bullet||Gold Edition||Benedetti|
|2006||La Montagna||Gee I Jane (NZ)||Cog Hill (NZ)|
|2005||St Basil (NZ)||Perfect Promise||Shamekha|
|2004||Thorn Park||Consular||St Basil (NZ)|
|2003||Private Steer||Diamond Dane||Into The Night|
|2002||Show A Heart||Falvelon||Kingsgate|
|2000||Landsighting||Mr Innocent||Brighter Scene|