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Joe Pride’s progressive galloper Tiger Tees has moved up the Stradbroke Handicap 2012 order of entry and is now assured of a spot in Queensland’s richest race after being penalised for their BRC Sprint win on the weekend.
The four-year-old Dubawi gelding caught the eyes when winning the Group 3 Darley BRC Sprint (1350m) in a speedy 1:18.78 seconds from barrier 13 of 16 carrying 58kg.
Originally they were allocated 53kg for the $1 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), running at Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 9, but have since received an additional 0.5kg bringing their weight to a still very manageable 53.5kg.
After their BRC Sprint success Tiger Tees now pays $15 in the Stradbroke Handicap odds at bookmaker.com.au.
They will have to overcome a nasty hoodoo to win the Stradbroke in an upset as no horse in history has ever won the BRC Sprint – Stradbroke Handicap double.
Warwick Farm trainer Pride however believes Tiger Tees is a good chance to become the first should the Stradbroke be run in the wet this year.
“Good luck trying to beat him on a wet track,” he said.
“He’s extremely good on all tracks, but on the wet, he goes up another level.”
While Tiger Tees received the weight penalty moving up to on the Stradbroke Handicap ballot two other impressive weekend winners failed to attract a penalty with the Peter Snowden-trained Mental and Tim Martin’s Pampelonne both still on the 50.5kg minimum.
Currently topping the Stradbroke Handicap odds at a quote of $7, Lonhro three-year-old Mental easily won the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben but still sits around 50 on the Stradbroke ballot.
Equal $8 second elect Pampelonne meanwhile scored a decisive three and a half length victory in the Listed Scone Guineas (1400m), their third straight win for the season, but is also far from guaranteed a Straddie start sitting 43rd in the ballot.
Pampelonne will attempt to get into the Stradbroke by winning the ballot exemption on offer in Saturday’s $600,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).
“I’d rather he go straight into the Stradbroke but I’ve got no choice,” Martin said.
“I’ll see how he travels up. At the moment I would say he will be running but we don’t have to make a decision until Wednesday morning.”
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