Stradbroke Handicap Tips & Betting advice
Stradbroke Handicap 2019
|Date||Saturday, June 8, 2019|
|Track||Eagle Farm Racecourse|
|Age||2YO 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
Stradbroke Handicap History and Guide
The Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap is the richest race staged during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and attracts some of the best sprinters in the game every June.
It is one of the most competitive sprints staged each year and certainly the toughest to predict during the Brisbane 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 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. 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 earlier during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival at Doomben Racecourse. Others will have contested the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup or the Group 2 QTC Cup.
Stradbroke Day is the biggest, best and richest race meet held in Queensland 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.
Stradbroke Handicap Winners (Since 2000)
|2002||Show A Heart|
|2012||Mid Summer Music|
|2016||Under The Louvre|
|2018||Santa Ana Lane|
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.
The course proper has a circumference of 2027m and the home straight is 434m long.
EAGLE FARM RACECOURSE HISTORY
Eagle Farm Racecourse is one of Queensland’s premier racecourses and was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2004.
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.
Eagle Farm has undergone a major redevelopment pning almost two years and reopened during the 2016 Brisbane Winter Carnival.
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.