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 prize money. The 2019 Stradbroke Handicap was won by Trekking from Tyzone with Endless Drama third.
|Date:||Saturday 6th June 2020|
|Track:||Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
The Stradbroke Handicap was first run in 1890 and is the biggest race of the Brisbane winter carnival offering $1,000,000 in prize money 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.
Trekking (2019) ran third in the Gr1 BTC Cup over 1300m at Eagle Farm before scoring a comfortable victory in this event for the James Cummings stable.
Recent Stradbroke Handicap winners include Santa Ana Lane (2018) and Impending (2017).
1. $7.00 Trekking 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $8.00 Tyzone 53.0 Tommy Berry
3. $11.00 Endless Drama 54.0 Leith Innes
4. $17.00 Spright 53.5 Glen Boss
5. $41.00 Tom Melbourne 53.5 Michael Dee
6. $8.00 Viridine 53.5 Tim Clark
7. $8.00 Widgee Turf 54.0 Billy Egan
8. $41.00 Dollar For Dollar 54.0 Jamie Kah
9. $31.00 Irithea 51.0 Robbie Fradd
10. $31.00 Encryption 52.0 Craig Williams
11. $8.00 The Bostonian 57.0 Michael Cahill
12. $15.00 Pretty In Pink 49.5 Robbie Dolan
13. $19.00 Despatch 54.5 Barend Vorster
14. $26.00 Man Booker 53.5 Joe Bowditch
15. $101.00 I'm A Rippa 53.0 Jeff Lloyd
16. $21.00 Deploy 53.5 Brenton Avdulla
17. $13.00 Home Of The Brave 56.0 James McDonald
Margins: 1.75 len, 1.25 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.