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 (moved to Doomben for 2017)
- Date: Saturday 10 June 2017
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 2017 it was switched to 1350m at Doomben because of issues with the track surface at Eagle Farm.
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. Prizemoney is now $1.5 million. 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 2017
See below for latest betting odds in this years Stradbroke Handicap.‘Odds not currently available’
Stradbroke Handicap Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for the $1,500,000 2017 Ubet Stradbroke Handicap. The betting is fairly open and the early favourite is BTC Cup winner Clearly Innocent who was most impressive last outing but has drawn barrier 20. Second favourite is Mackintosh who is unbeaten fresh, has barrier 1, and has won both his starts here. Third favourite is Counterattack who has placed in Group 1 races at his last 2 starts.
Ulmann is lightly weighted and won the Wangoom before 3rd in the BRC Sprint. Jungle Edge won the BRC Sprint then was 2nd in the BTC Cup, but goes best on rain-affected ground. Bonny O’Reilly is 2nd emergency and will make her presence felt if she runs as she has won her last 5 races. Egyptian Symbol has had 2 good runs this campaign and goes well third-up. Burning Front has won 7 of his last 8 starts, while Impending and Derryn ran 4th and 6th respectively in the BTC Cup. All other runners are currently 17 to 1 or longer..
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Clearly Innocent||1 Clearly Innocent||1 Clearly Innocent|
|3 Burning Front||8 Mackintosh||8 Mackintosh|
|10 Ulmann||15 Derryn||2 Jungle Edge|
|18 Bonnie O’Reilly||13 Egyptian Symbol||15 Derryn|
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.
|2017||Impending||In Her Time||Clearly Innocent|
|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|