Stradbroke Handicap Race Information

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
  • Distance: 1400 metres
  • Conditions: Open handicap
  • Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane, Queensland (moved to Doomben for 2017 and 2018)
  • Prizemoney: $3,000,000
  • Date: Saturday 10 June 2023

Stradbroke Handicap Race History

See the 2023 Stradbroke Handicap Preview and results.

See the 2022 Stradbroke Handicap Preview and results.

See the 2021 Stradbroke Handicap Preview and results.

See the 2020 Stradbroke Handicap Preview and results.

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 and 2018 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.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Srikandi (2015)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Impending (2017); Filly – La Montagna (2006)

Multiple winners: Black Piranha (2009 & 2010); Rough Habit (1991 & 1992); Daybreak Lover (1984 & 1986); Lucky Ring (1949 & 1950); Petrol Lager (1934 & 1935); Highland (1925 & 1926); Gold Tie (1918 & 1919); Babel (1895 & 1896).

Fastest time (1400m): Tyzone (2020) 1:20:43

Interesting trivia: In 1980 Ducatoon was first past the post but later disqualified due to a positive swab and Bemboka Yacht was declared the winner.

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
2023 Think About It Rothfire Hawaii Five Oh
2022 Alligator Blood Private Eye Rothfire
2021 Tofane Vega One Signore Fox
2020 Tyzone Madam Rouge Niccanova
2019 Trekking Tyzone Endless Drama
2018 Santa Ana Lane Super Cash Champagne Cuddles
2017 Impending In Her Time Clearly Innocent
2016 Under The Louvre Black Heart Bart The Virginian
2015 Srikandi Boban Generalife
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
1999 Adam City Fair Staging
1998 Toledo Monopolize Blazing Steel
1997 Dane Ripper Quick Flick Celestial Choir
1996 Danasinga Encores Monopolize
1995 Rouslan Schillaci Khaptingly
1994 All Our Mob Baggio Simonstad
1993 Never Undercharge Danjiki Pharaoh
1992 Rough Habit Barrosa Boy Rechabite
1991 Rough Habit St Jude Barrosa Boy
1990 Plush Embassy Ark Regal Aisle
1989 Robian Steel Don’t Play Potrero
1988 Campaign King Rancho Ruler Planet Ruler
1987 Dancing Poet Society Bay Dancing Report
1986 Daybreak Lover Goldorme Paris Beau
1985 Canterbury Belle Kingdom Bay Coal Pak
1984 Daybreak Lover Prince Hervey Final Affair
1983 Brenlaine Manuan Nosey Parker
1982 Grey Receiver Mr Magic Aquatorial
1981 Watney Yir Tiz Tulip Tow
1980 Bemboka Yacht Mr Magic Turf Ruler
1979 Imposing Gentle James Joyita
1978 Innisfree Galway Bay Kelly’s Eye
1977 Sir Wisp Tiger Town Maybe Mahal
1976 Manawapoi Socha Ima Shadow
1975 Spedito Skyjack Go Mod
Ima Shadow
1974 Go Fun Charlton Boy Millefleurs
1973 Lucky Cloud Bengalla Lad Lord Nelson
1972 Triton Bengalla Lad Havaspot
1971 Rajah Sahib Ricochet Intrepid Clippe
1970 Divide And Rule Gypsy Moss Black Onyx
1969 Prince Medes Regal Vista Prince Gauntlet
1968 Cabochon Bye Bye Prince Medes
1967 Mister Hush Farmer’s Daughter Peppino
1966 Castanea Maritana Brandy Lad
1965 Winfreux Harmonise Persian King
1964 Cele’s Image Prince Ming Heirloom
1963 Mullala Prunda Samson
1962 Kilshery Samson Fine And Dandy
1961 Persian Lyric Samson Aquanita
1960 Wallgar Fine And Dandy Hianthus
1959 Grey Ghost Second Earl Fountainhead
1958 Wiggle Yahabeebe Duchesne
1957 Kingster Mandingos Kharass
1956 Knave Teranyan King’s Fair
1955 Plato Grand Topic Prince Charm
1954 Karendi Persian Link Kev Mar
1953 Suncup Maltmaid French Echo
1952 Wedborough Humming Top Mr. Standby
1951 Aqua Regis Lucky Ring Eclair
1950 Lucky Ring Fordham Buzmark
1949 Lucky Ring Ballyvista Proud Monash
1948 Ballyvista Stands Alone Radstock
1947 Hedui Wellington Nestor
1946 Abbeville High Rank Nestor
1945  ** Race not held **
1944  ** Race not held **
1943  ** Race not held **
1942  ** Race not held **
1941 High Rank Monash Star Godfrey
1940 Heroic’s Double Bahwing Karait
1939 Bahwing First Prize Waireka
1938 Thurles Lad Lord Bine Cashman
1937 King Merlin Jocular Manresa
1936 Capris High Speech Heroic Faith
1935 Petrol Lager High Speech Some Cure
1934 Petrol Lager Cuban Song Moorenbar
1933 Sun Eagle Will Yet Some Cure
1932 Credence Some Cure Taragoola
1931 Lady Linden Gay Plumage Will Yet
1930 Will Yet Amble Boy Margin
1929 I.O.U. Wise Force Lady Bine
1928 Sarlind Miss Wolowa Lady Field
1927 Running Girl Chipwood Fair Exchange
1926 Highland Dalcyse Fair Exchange
1925 Highland Pigeondor King Seremond
1924 Molly Cyrus Borrosong Limpopo
1923 Lady Aura Sim Dallas Wisemond
1922 Laneffe Gold Tie Admetus
1921 Syceonelle Red Rock Ercanil
1920 Syce Lad Sheila Endoretta
1919 Gold Tie King O’Malt Joculator
1918 Gold Tie Greenstead Syce Lad
1917 Sydney Damsel Amberdown Claret King
1916 Amberdown La Steppe Fringella
1915 Cairn Wallace Heathergo Patrea
1914 Malt Mark Tatterley Fogbell
1913 Line Gun Sanguine Barambah
1912 Pittsworth Gun King Cleo Bronze King
1911 Lady Hope Pittsworth Gun Rhondda
1910 Bright Laddie Malt Mary Mischief
1909 Storm King Mischief Barallan
1908 Satisfaire Jute Ardency
1907 Jessie’s Dream Gun Metal Olaf King
1906 Darelong King Vale Stronghold
1905 Ruscity His Lordship Whitebait
1904 Forge Airloch Ard-Na-Ree
1903 Fitz Grafton Bedrock Harrow
1902 Blunderer Gozan Flame
1901 Glengary Lord Monmouth Lucknow
1900 Prince Edward Velocity Araxes
1899 Sweetheart Little John Avidious
1898 Boreas Raven Fitzroy
1897 The Scamp
 * dead-heat 1st Archie’s Daughter
1896 Babel Ketina Economy
1895 Babel Acorn Sir Oliver
1894 Studbook Fred Sir Oliver
1893 Rosy Dawn Kitty O’Shea Marble
1892 Tallboy Vera Saturn
1891 Dan O’Connell Vizier George Fox
1890 Pyrrhus Carlton Lionel

From the archives:

Stradbroke Handicap Preview & Tips 2018

Track: Soft   Weather: Showers

There is a full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for the $1,500,000 2018 Ubet Stradbroke Handicap. The early favourite is Gold Coast Guineas winner Champagne Cuddles who was 3rd in the BTC Cup last start. Second favouritism is shared between BTC Cup winner Impending who won this race last year, and Perast who has won his last 2 starts at this track and distance.

Danon Liberty is a Japanese horse having his first run here who won a Werribee trial on 28 May. Osborne Bulls won the Luskin Star Stakes at Scone last outing, while Care To Think is a specialist at this distance. Santa Ana Lane stormed home to win the Goodwood at long odds last outing and could go well again. Invincible Gem was 3rd in the Luskin Star Stakes. All other runners are currently 16 to 1 or longer.

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

Jo’s Tips
1 Impending
15 Perast
16 Champagne Cuddles
2 Santa Ana Lane