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The Stradbroke Handicap is a Group 1 open handicap race that takes place annually in June at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 1350 metres and worth $1,500,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Stradbroke Handicap was won by Under The Louvre from Black Heart Bart with The Virginian third.
Stradbroke Day is Eagle Farm's biggest race day for the year and is ably supported by the Gr1 Queensland Derby for three-year-olds and Gr1 The TJ Smith for two-year-olds.
The Stradbroke Handicap was first run in 1890 and is the biggest race of the Brisbane winter carnival offering $1,000,000 in prizemoney to entrants. The Stradbroke was named after Lord Stradbroke who was a relative of Admiral Rous, an architect of the weight for age scale.
The race itself is one of the premier sprint races held in Australia and is one of the toughest 1400m handicaps on the racing calendar each year. The Stradbroke is a high pressure race that always attracts a capacity field of very talented gallopers and suits those horses who can run out a very strong 1400 metres. It is not a race for the feint hearted and strong milers are well suited in the Stradbroke.
Class gallopers such as Dane Ripper (1997), All Our Mob (1994) and Rough Habit (1991-92) have all won this race over the years and the Stradbroke is the most highly anticipated race of the Brisbane winter carnival that generally sees four-year-old gallopers run very well.
Races such as the Gr1 Doomben 10,000 at Doomben and the Gr2 QTC Cup at Eagle Farm are typical lead up races to the Stradbroke and Black Piranha (2009) ran second in the Doomben 10,000 prior to winning this event, while Ortensia (3rd in 2009) won the QTC Cup before her third placing in this race. Buffering (2nd in 2012) finished runner-up in both races.
The Doomben 10,000 has always been a great guide to the Stradbroke and in recent times Private Steer (2003), Show A Heart (2002), Adam (1999), All Our Mob (1994) and Rough Habit (1992) all finished runner-up in the Doomben 10,000 prior to winning this race.
Talented mare Melito (2nd in 2010) went on to win the premier mares race of the winter carnival, the Gr1 Winter Stakes, after finishing runner-up in the Stradbroke, while Streama (3rd in 2013) ran second in the Winter Stakes after running third in this race. Srikandi (2015) managed to claim the Stradbroke Handicap & Winter Stakes double in successive starts.
Under The Louvre (2016) finished runner-up in the Gr1 Goodwood over 1200m at Morphettville in Adelaide before making the trip north to Brisbane to score an exciting victory in this event and recent Stradbroke Handicap winners include Srikandi (2015) and River Lad (2014).
2016 Stradbroke Handicap result
1. $11.00 Under The Louvre 54.5 Dwayne Dunn
2. $5.50 Black Heart Bart 58.0 Brad Rawiller
3. $81.00 The Virginian 50.5 Ms Rosie Myers
4. $26.00 Delectation 57.0 James McDonald
5. $81.00 Sacred Star 54.5 Vinnie Colgan
6. $41.00 Precious Gem 52.5 Tim Clark
7. $6.50 Counterattack 52.5 Joao Moreira
8. $26.00 Charlie Boy 54.5 Tommy Berry
9. $9.50 Malaguerra 56.0 Hugh Bowman
10. $4.00 Azkadellia 54.5 Damien Oliver
11. $18.00 Kaepernick 52.0 Christian Reith
12. $41.00 Big Money 54.0 Robert Thompson
13. $31.00 Hooked 54.0 Tye Angland
14. $31.00 Takedown 50.5 Jason Taylor
15. $26.00 Artlee 52.0 Mitchell Bell
16. $7.50 Music Magnate 55.5 Kerrin McEvoy
17. $101.00 Two Blue 52.0 Ms Tegan Harrison
18. $81.00 Charmed Harmony 53.0 Chad Schofield
The 2015 Stradbroke Handicap was run over 1350m at Doomben.
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