stradbroke handicap

Queensland’s richest race outside of the Magic Millions series, the Stradbroke Handicap is run over 1,400 metres at Eagle Farm Racecourse during Brisbane’s Winter Carnival. Total prizemoney for the Stradbroke Handicap is $1.5 million.

Stradbroke Handicap: Key runners

Professional punter Cameron O’Brien runs the Key Race Insights service for Champion Bets. The below is just some of Cameron’s runner comments for this race. Key Race Insights members receive Cameron’s full report for every Group 1 and $1 million race in Australia. This is for those who want to win on the big races, and includes his historical race profile, speed map, full rated market and recommended bets.

MR QUICKIE is the top-rater for me, but it is an open affair. He hit his absolute top rating of 116 in the G1 Toorak last Spring at Caulfield. The genuine tempo helped him there as did a brilliant ride from Jamie Kah that day. This prep he has come back well. He did 113 first-up, failed at the Valley second-up on a wetter track but then won the Victoria Hcp at Group 3 level third-up going 111 when not very suited. Last start at Caulfield he was close up again going 108. He has had a little freshen since, he has already shown that he likes Eagle Farm, the 1400m is a nice trip for him and from barrier 1 he can settle just worse than midfield, save all ground round the turn and JMac can pilot him into the finish. The pace in front helps him in this respect, too.

TOFANE is likely to give them a pretty big start, but she looks back in pretty good form this prep. She closed it out well in the BRC Sprint second-up last start at Doomben, and the extra 50m here is in her favour. She’s fitter for that run and no doubt being set for this, too, and has shown in the past with wins at Randwick and Flemington that she likes a big track to wind up on. Hoping we catch a little drift so we can be on her.

WILD PLANET closed it out well first-up in the BRC Sprint, and he has better figures from last prep to improve back to, his peak being 114 in the G3 Moonga stakes at Caulfield in the Spring. His second-up record is good, and though drawn wide I have him getting in. One of the leading hopes here.

VEGA ONE had a solid win in the Kingsford-Smith and that is a good formline for this race, however he ‘only’ rated 112 there, and that’s his top, too. He’s obviously in form but he might need a little more than that to win here. Also, he loses Jamie Kah, and though Rachel King is an excellent jockey there’s not many in the same league as Jamie Kah! A winning chance of course, but at the time of writing I am twice the price of the market.

OLMEDO is not the worst $91 shot you’re going to come across, that’s for sure! Two back at Doomben he rated high – 115 – winning at Listed level, then failed LST in the BRC sprint. The 115 was in line with form he’d shown overseas, he’d rated 115/6 several times over there. He has a big issue from the gate, I map him without cover three wide but have penalised him for that and still have him some chance, happy to have a small bet.

THE HARROVIAN was the toast of Queensland in 2019/20, stringing 11 wins in a row together, at first in Far North Queensland before bringing it to the city and culminating in two wins at Listed level, hitting a top of 112. He was good first up in the Doomben 10,000 too, closing it out well over the 1200m there, and is better suited up to the 1400m here. That being said, he’s a seven-year-old now so I don’t think we’re going to see anything more than his 112, and he may need a little more than that to win here. From the middle draw he’ll get a good run though and has Group 1 Bossy on!

IMAGING is a chance here if he can go to his best, which he did resuming three back at Caulfield, rating 114. He then had two disappointing runs second and third-up, and has had seven weeks off since then. He has had two trials since, the second of which was okay, and generally this trip is about right for him. However, he does have an issue from the gate. I map him having to go right back from there, which makes it tougher. Will need a great ride from Tim Clark.

APACHE CHASE is racing well, winning two of his last three and just failing when he went up to the mile in the Queensland Guineas. He rated 110 in each of those two runs, and may have a little more in him, however he is likely to get pressured here by EMERALD KINGDOM. This prep is getting long now, too. He’ll give a game sight, but I think he may find a couple better late.

VICTOREM had not much luck last start when he closed it out well late after being held up. He’ll need a bit better than that to win here but that’s not an impossibility. He maps better this time too.

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