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 2018 Stradbroke Handicap was won by Santa Ana Lane from Super Cash with Champagne Cuddles third.
|Date:||Saturday 9th June 2018|
|Track:||Doomben racecourse, Brisbane|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Santa Ana Lane|
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.
Santa Ana Lane (2018) took out the Gr1 Goodwood over 1200m at Morphettville in Adelaide before making the journey to Brisbane to become the first horse to capture the Goodwood and Stradbroke Handicap double. Recent Stradbroke Handicap winners include Impending (2017) and Under The Louvre (2016).
1. $14.00 Santa Ana Lane 55.5 Ben Melham
2. $31.00 Super Cash 51.5 Jamie Kah
3. $5.00 Champagne Cuddles 51.0 Corey Brown
4. $21.00 Crack Me Up 53.5 Jim Byrne
5. $6.50 Perast 50.0 Jeff Lloyd
6. $16.00 Shillelagh 52.5 Michael Dee
7. $6.50 Impending 57.5 Damian Browne
8. $19.00 Spieth 53.5 Craig Williams
9. $15.00 Invincible Gem 52.0 Brenton Avdulla
10. $26.00 Endless Drama 53.5 Glyn Schofield
11. $61.00 Most Important 53.0 Mark Du Plessis
12. $21.00 Foxplay 53.0 Kerrin McEvoy
13. $21.00 The Monstar 52.5 Skye Bogenhuber
14. $12.00 Care To Think 52.5 Tim Clark
15. $18.00 Voodoo Lad 53.5 Chris Parnham
16. $26.00 Burning Passion 52.0 Michael Cahill
Margins: 1.75 len, 0.20 len
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|2018||Santa Ana Lane||Super Cash||Champagne Cuddles||1:19.9|
|2017||Impending||In Her Time||Clearly Innocent||1:17.9|
|2016||Under The Louvre||Black Heart Bart||The Virginian||1:23.7|
|2014||River Lad||Temple Of Boom||Srikandi||1:21.6|
|2012||Mid Summer Music||Buffering||Happy Zero||1:23.0|
|2010||Black Piranha||Melito||Mic Mac||1:21.1|
|2008||Mr Baritone||Hard To Catch||Double Dare||1:26.4|
|2007||Snipers Bullet||Gold Edition||Bendetti||1:23.1|
|2006||La Montagna||Gee I Jane||Cog Hill||1:22.9|
|2005||St Basil||Perfect Promise||Shamekha||1:20.7|
|2004||Thorn Park||Consular||St Basil||1:21.3|
|2003||Private Steer||Diamond Dane||Into The Night||1:21.6|
|2002||Show A Heart||Falvelon||Kingsgate||1:21.7|
|2000||Landsighting||Mr Innocent||Brighter Scene||1:21.4|
|1997||Dane Ripper||Quick Flick||Celestial Choir||1:23.1|
|1994||All Our Mob||Baggio||Simonstad||1:21.5|
|1992||Rough Habit||Barrosa Boy||Rechabite||1:21.6|
|1991||Rough Habit||St Jude||Barrosa Boy||1:25.5|
|1990||Plush Embassy||Ark Regal||Aisle||1:27.6|
|1989||Robian Steel||Don't Play||Potrero||1:25.5|
|1988||Campaign King||Rancho Ruler||Planet Ruler||1:23.1|
Both the 2015 and 2018 Stradbroke Handicap were run over 1350m at Doomben.