Stradbroke Handicap

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 7 June 2014

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 2014

See below for latest betting odds in this years Stradbroke Handicap.

‘Odds not currently available’

Stradbroke Handicap Preview & Tips 2014

Track: Good   Weather: Fine

There is a full field of 18 plus 5 emergencies declared for the $1,360,000 2013 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap. Two three-year-olds are sharing favouritism in the early market. Srikandi has won 6 of her 7 starts, up to 1350m, while Hucklebuck has raced over this distance twice for two wins. Third favourite is six-year-old Spirit Of Boom who won the Doomben 10,000 last start and is in great form.

Red Tracer goes well at this track and has won 2 trials since her last race. Rebel Dane and Knoydart ran 4th and 5th respectively in the Doomben 10,000. Smokin’ Joey won The Goodwood last start, but has not performed well at this track in the past. Famous Seamus won the BTC Cup, then ran 9th in the Doomben 10,000. Sacred Star won the Group 2 QTC Cup here last start, but has drawn very wide. All other runners are currently 25 to 1 or longer, but plenty of them have lots of talent.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
Mick’s Picks
Ed’s Choice
17 Srikandi  12 Velrosso  1 Spirit Of Boom
1 Spirit Of Boom  10 Knoydart  18 Hucklebuck
18 Hucklebuck  18 Hucklebuck  10 Knoydart
4 Red Tracer  1 Spirit Of Boom  12 Velrosso

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.

Year Winner Second Third
2014 River Lad Temple Of Boom Srikandi
2013 Linton Buffering Streama
2012 Mid Summer Music Buffering Happy Zero
2011 Sincero Beaded Zero Rock
2010 Black Piranha Melito Mic Mac
2009 Black Piranha Danleigh Ortensia
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
2001 Crawl Hire Mr Innocent
2000 Landsighting Mr Innocent Brighter Scene