Betting markets for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival’s richest are really starting to heat up with the Stradbroke Handicap 2012 contenders being separated from the contenders in the lead-up meetings around the country.
Set to run on Saturday June 9 the $1 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) offers the most prize money of any Queensland race and is always a hotly contested affair by many of the season’s best middle distance sprinters.
Won 12 months ago by the then three-year-old Sincero, it looks like the Stradbroke Handicap will again be the three-year-olds’ for the taking with horses from this age dominating the bookmaker.com.au markets.
Cementing their spot at the top of the Stradbroke Handicap odds with a smart win in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday is the Peter Snowden-trained Mental.
The Lonhro three-year-old was tipped as the horse to beat in the Stradbroke at the start of the month when they scored an impressive first-up victory at Hawkesbury.
They showed off their brilliant turn of foot again over the weekend to put one and a half lengths on Amah Rock in the Fred Best despite having missed the start by a neck.
Mental however is still in danger of missing out on a start in the Stradbroke currently sitting 45th on the order of entry.
Snowden will run them next-up in the $250,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) Saturday week to force handicapper Nathan Bourke to penalise them and move them up the order of entry.
“We will go to the Guineas and have a think about it,” Snowden said.
“I am really looking after this horse.
“That (the Fred Best) was only his second run this time in, the Guienas will be his third and if he backs up a week later (in the Stradbroke) that would be the perfect scenario for him.”
Fellow three-year-old Pampelonne is in a similar situation as Mental.
Another weekend winner having scored a devastating three and a half length win in the Inglis 3YO Scone Guineas (1400m), Tim Martin’s Rock Of Gibraltar three-year-old is far from confirmed a Stradbroke spot sitting 43rd on the ballot before Saturday’s success.
Scoring the same Gosford Guineas – Scone Guineas double as Sincero did last year before winning the Stradbroke, Pampelonne is being considered as a runner in the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) this Saturday.
A Doomben 10,000 win will see them not only likely attract a weight penalty on top of their 50.5kg current minimum allocation, but will also earn them a Stradbroke Handicap ballot exemption.
Pampelonne firmed in from $10 to $8 in the Stradbroke Handicap betting markets after their Scone Guineas victory, an equal price with another three-year-old in the John O’Shea-trained BTC Cup winner Sea Siren.
Fastnet Rock filly Sea Siren is also the favourite to win the Doomben 10,000 this weekend, and her trainer O’Shea is disgusted by the fact that her along with both Pampelonne and Mental could fail to gain a start in the Stradbroke.
“To think Mental and Pampelonne wouldn’t make the Stradbroke, it is ridiculous,” O’Shea said.
“If they had the ballot done properly they would be in the race.
“Adjustments are now made to the ballot and it is ludicrous.
“They are stopping the better three-year-olds from making the field in preference to a bunch of geriatrics which over the years have went up in the weights but are out of form.”
Sea Siren will be ridden by regular hoop Jim Cassidy in the Doomben 10,000 and the Stradbroke if she is not too heavily weighted.
“The other day she exceeded our expectations in time run and so forth,” O’Shea said of the filly’s record breaking BTC Cup win.
“She will gallop on Tuesday at the Gold Coast.
“Obviously she is one of the top chances in the Stradbroke and we’ll see what happens with her weight after the 10,000.”
The major Stradbroke Handicap betting market mover after the weekend’s racing results is then $12 third pick Wealth Princess who was over $20 in the betting before her victory in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) on Doomben Cup Day.
See below for the Top 15 gallopers in the latest Stradbroke Handicap fixed win odds courtesy of our preferred sportsbook bookmaker.com.au.
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2012 Stradbroke Handicap Odds
Eagle Farm – 09/06/2012
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