Race is on to Make Stradbroke Field

The race to make the final field for the sunshine state’s richest sprint, the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap, is heating up with the list of hopefuls cut to 44 on Wednesday morning with first acceptances taken.

Sincero

Sincero is the favourite of the 44 first acceptors to win the 2011 Stradbroke Handicap

Stephen Farley’s boom three-year-old Sincero remains the dominant favourite to win the Group 1, 1400m feature at Eagle Farm Saturday week.

Currently paying $5 to become this year’s Stradbroke Handicap winner, Umatilla gelding Sincero has won his past six races on the trot including the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) by an easy five lengths on Anzac Day and most recently the $250,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas over the mile at Scone on May 14.

Sincero, however, is still not guaranteed a start in the Stradbroke sitting 19th in the order of entry on the minimum 49.5kg weight.

This Saturday at Queensland Oaks Day, Sincero will attempt to earn an exemption by winning the $175,000 Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) and after coming up trumps with barrier one they have genuine claims to do so.

There is still a chance that Sincero will still get to line-up in the Stradbroke even without winning the QTC Cup if there are horses not accepted higher up the order of entry.

“The Stradbroke is falling away a bit and he might make it into the field without having to earn an exemption by winning on Saturday,” Farley said.

“I think he is sitting around 18th or 19th in the order of entry.”

The QTC Cup is the final race offering a ballot exemption into the Stradbroke field.

Earlier races that offered the same were the BTC Cup won by non-acceptor and superstar Black Caviar and the Doomben 10,000 held last weekend where Beaded snared a win.

Other top elects from the remaining Stradbroke entries include Love Conquers All ($6), Beaded ($6), Black Piranha ($7) and Woorim ($8).

Mossman four-year-old Love Conquers All burst into Stradbroke contention with their eye-catching second, defeated a nose by Beaded in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) last Saturday.

Love Conquers All is allocated just 53.5kg for the Stradbroke, a very advantageous drop back in weight from the 59kg they carried in the 10,0000.

Meanwhile, Peter Snowden’s ultra competitive Lonhro mare Beaded earned a 1.5kg penalty for her breakthrough Group 1 win in the Doomben 10,000 last Saturday, now to carry 53kg as she attempts back-to-back elite level victories in Brisbane.

With Love Conquers All now set to meet Beaded much better in the weights for round two, Racing Queensland handicapper Nathan Bourke defended the penalty decision and allocation.

“Obviously Love Conquers All will meet her (Beaded) better, but we can’t be mindful of just the one horse,” Bourke said.

Defending Stradbroke Handicap champion Black Piranha, Con Karakatsanis’s veteran seven-year-old vying for an unparalleled third straight Stradbroke success, is the 56kg topweight of the contenders.

The Clang gelding showed good form when finishing less than a length away third to Beaded in the 10,000.

Leading the local contingent for this year’s Straddie is the Robert Heathcote-trained Woorim, the last of the first acceptors paying single figure odds in the market.

Allocated 52kg for the million dollar showdown, Show A Heart five-year-old Woorim most recently claimed a gritty win in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) at Doomben carrying 56kg putting his Stradbroke claims on display.

The final acceptances for the 2011 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap close next Wednesday, June 8.

First acceptances for the two other Stradbroke Handicap Day Group 1 features, the Queensland Derby and The TJ Smith, also closed this morning.

Thirty-five three-year-olds remain on the hunt for a start in the $500,000 Queensland Derby (2400m) while just 19 juveniles were paid up for at first acceptance stage for the $500,000 TJ Smith (1600m).

2011 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap First Acceptors

# Horse Trainer Weight
1 BLACK PIRANHA Con Karakatsanis 56kg
2 ALL SILENT Grahame Begg 55kg
3 SNIPER’S BULLET Tracey Bartley 55kg
4 LOVE CONQUERS ALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 53.5kg
5 BEADED Peter Snowden 53kg
6 BORDER REBEL Sue Grills 52.5kg
7 ALVERTA Paul Messara 52kg
8 RIGHTFULLY YOURS Mick Price 52kg
9 WOORIM Robert Heathcote 52kg
10 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 51.5kg
11 THANKGODYOU’REHERE Patrick & Wayne Webster 51.5kg
12 BEETHOG Les Kelly 51kg
13 BLAZING HEARTS Danny J Bougoure 51kg
14 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote 51kg
15 CARIAD Steele Ryan 51kg
16 CULMINATE (NZ) Darren Weir 51kg
17 DALZAR Doug Duryea 51kg
18 DANE JULIA (SAF) Lee Freedman 51kg
19 DRENALIN James Lyons 51kg
20 FIFTEEN CARAT Howard Wilson 51kg
21 GOOD MEDICINE David Kelly 51kg
22 HURTLE MYRTLE Matthew Smith 51kg
23 KING PULSE Michael Moroney 51kg
24 LADYS ANGEL Joseph Pride 51kg
25 LISTEN SON Tony Gollan 51kg
26 MARQUARDT (NZ) John P Thompson 51kg
27 MEET GEORGE Brian Smith 51kg
28 MOTSPUR Kris Lees 51kg
29 MR UNFORGETTABLE Kevin Moses 51kg
30 STAR OF OCTAGONAL Todd Howlett 51kg
31 STEEL LIPS Steele Ryan 51kg
32 TIERQUALO Kelly Doughty 51kg
33 VARENNA MISS Tony Noonan 51kg
34 ZERO ROCK Kelso Wood 51kg
35 ZINGALING Kris Lees 51kg
36 SKILLED Peter Snowden 50.5kg
37 CELTIC DANCER Noel J Doyle 49.5kg
38 CURTANA Peter G Moody 49.5kg
39 FALINO Jeffrey Caught 49.5kg
40 HAVATRYST Barry Baldwin 49.5kg
41 SINCERO Stephen Farley 49.5kg
42 SKATING ON ICE Les Kelly 49.5kg
43 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan 49.5kg
44 TORIO’S QUEST Brett Partelle 49.5kg