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Stradbroke Handicap 2017

DateSaturday, June 10, 2017
TrackDoomben Racecourse
ClassGroup 1
Race Type Handicap
Prizemoney$1.5 million
Age2YO and Upwards

Stradbroke Handicap Betting Selections and Tips

Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Stradbroke Handicap betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Stradbroke Handicap pointers are:

  • Roughies have an excellent record, favourites struggle
  • Six-year-olds have the best record
  • Last start winners can be avoided

Where to bet on the Stradbroke Handicap

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Stradbroke Handicap History and Guide

The Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap is the richest race staged during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival with a $1.5 million prize fund and attracts some of the best sprinters in the game to Eagle Farm Racecourse every June.

Staged over the 1400m distance, it is one of the most competitive sprints staged each year and certainly the toughest to predict during the Carnival, which takes place between May and June each year at the Doomben and Eagle Farm Racecourses.

It is an open handicap and features a guaranteed full field of runners who will surge towards victory and attempt to join some familiar names on the roll of honour - the likes of dual winner Rough Habit (1991 and 1992), All Our Mob (1994), Dane Ripper (1997), course record holder Toledo (1998), Show A Heart (2002), Sniper's Bullet (2007) and Mr Baritone (2008). 

The Stradbroke Handicap, named after Lord Stradbroke who was a relative of Admiral Rous - the man who helped shape the weight for age scale in horse racing, was first held in 1890 when won by Pyrrhus. It was staged over 1200m until 1953 when Suncup won the first race run over the current 1400m trip.

The race was upgraded to Group 1 status in 1980 when Ducatoon won the race but was later disqualified due to a positive test. Victory instead went to Bemboka Yacht. The prize money was increased to $1 million in 1996, the year in which Danasinga was victorious and it now stands at $1.5 million.

Only one two-year-old has ever triumphed in the race, that being Wiggle in 1958, and four-year-olds have by far the best record, while Rough Habit and Campaign King (1988) are the only two horses to carry he top weight of 58.5kg to victory in the race during 100+ years of history.

The leading contenders for the Stradbroke Handicap will tend to arrive via the Group 1 Doomben 10,000, held two weeks earlier during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival at Doomben Racecourse. Others will have contested the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm or the Group 2 QTC Cup at Eagle Farm.

Stradbroke Day is the biggest, best and richest race meet held at Eagle Farm with the Stradbroke Handicap being joined by the Group 1 Queensland Derby, which features the best three-year-old colts, and the Group 1 JJ Atkins, formerly known as the TJ Smith, for two-year-olds. The Group 2 Brisbane Cup and Group 3 Dane Ripper Quality Handicap also form part of a classy day's racing. 

NOTE: The 2017 Stradbroke Handicap was switched to Doomben and run over 1350m due to problems with the Eagle Farm racetrack.

Stradbroke Handicap Winners (Since 2000)

2002Show A Heart
2003Private Steer
2004Thorn Park
2005St Basil
2006La Montagna
2007Sniper's Bullet
2008Mr Baritone
2009Black Piranha
2010Black Piranha
2012Mid Summer Music
2014River Lad
2016Under The Louvre

Eagle Farm Track description

Eagle Farm Racecourse is an even oval shaped track with sweeping bends on either side of the straight. Races are conducted in a clockwise direction.


Eagle Farm Racecourse is one of Queensland’s premier racecourses and has undergone a major redevelopment and opened up again in 2016.

It is located at one end of Racecourse Road in the suburb of Ascot, approximately 7km from the Brisbane CBD. Doomben Racecourse is located nearby in the same suburb.

Eagle Farm stages Group 1 racing during the Brisbane Winter Carnival and Queensland Winter Carnival with the track host to the Kingsford-Smith Cup, Queensland Oaks, Queensland Derby, Stradbroke Handicap, JJ Atkins and Tattersall's Tiara.

The Eagle Farm Racecourse was established in 1863 and had its main grandstand completed in 1890. Hunter and Corrie and architect John H. Buckeridge jointly designed the grandstands which are known as the Paddock Stands. 

In 1941 Eagle Farm Racecourse was taken over by the military authorities to house thousands of American troops during the Pacific War. It was then known as U.S. Camp Ascot. 

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