Stradbroke Handicap 2012 Ballot & Weights Update

The latest 2012 Stradbroke Handicap order of entry was released by Racing Queensland on Monday with two of the top fancies still not assured of a start in next month’s million dollar showdown.

Mental

Stradbroke Handicap 2012 favourite Mental could still be balloted out of the race

Set to run at Eagle Farm on Saturday June 9 the $1 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) is the richest race held in Queensland each year and is shaping up in 2012 as a battle of the young guns.

The three horses topping the Stradbroke Handicap odds at bookmaker.com.au are all three-year-olds, but two could still miss out on a run in the classic.

Current $7 favourite is the Peter Snowden-trained Mental who backed up from their blistering first-up win at Hawkesbury with a victory over Amah Rock in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben last Saturday.

Handicappers however chose not to penalise the Lonhro gelding for their Fred Best win leaving Mental well down the Stradbroke Handicap order of entry sitting 45th on the 50.5kg minimum weight.

Snowden and co. will look to move Mental up the entry when they run in Saturday week’s $250,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m).

“It’s the ideal race and if Mental wins by two lengths and gets into the field, that’s great,” Darley Australia manager Henry Plumptre said of the Queensland Guineas.

“If we’re unlucky and he doesn’t make it this year, we will be philosophical about it and move on to the next carnival.

“We are confident we have a really nice colt. Yes, it would be disappointing to miss that one race, but is it the end of the world? No.”

In the same boat as Mental is co $8 second favourite in the Stradbroke Handicap betting markets, Pampelonne.

Forty third on the Stradbroke ballot Tim Martin’s Rock Of Gibraltar gelding was also overlooked by handicappers for their weekend win, Pampelonne having put three and a half lengths on their closest rival in the Inglis 3YO Guineas (1400m) at Scone.

“Their ratings just weren’t high enough to justify putting them alongside some of those better-performed horses above them, but both are now in the zone where they are close enough to get a penalty with one more good win,” RQL handicapper Nathan Bourke said of the decision not to penalise either Mental or Pampelonne.

Pampelonne has now won the same Gosford – Scone Guineas double as Sincero did last year on way to their victory in the Stradbroke Handicap, something Bourke took into account.

“As impressive as he was, the race just didn’t have the depth to justify it,” Bourke said.

“The second horse (Flying Fuji) was a 58 rater and even though (third-placed) Colorado Claire is a Group 2 winner.

“I couldn’t penalise him for beating that lot.

“His form is identical to Sincero and we didn’t penalise him either.”

Martin will give the youngster a chance to earn a Stradbroke Handicap ballot exemption this Saturday in the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) where they will face off against BTC Cup winner and fellow Straddie hopeful Sea Siren.

“I cannot be happier with how things have gone since last Saturday,” Martin said.

“He did cut his head when he arrived and it needed a stitch but it’s not a problem.

“I won’t do much with him between now and Saturday, just a trot and canter, he’s ready to go.

“He’ll be running on Saturday.”

The John O’Shea-trained Sea Siren meanwhile is guaranteed a start in the Stradbroke Handicap field, which has a capacity 18 starters plus five emergencies, as she earned a ballot free ride into the event for her BTC Cup victory.

She is currently three kilos under weight-for-age with 52.5kg but if she wins the Doomben 10,000 is likely to be penalised.

Currently the only horse to cop a Stradbroke weight penalty is the Joe Pride-trained Tiger Tees ($15) who received an addition 0.5kg for their narrow win in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) on Doomben Cup Day and is now on 53.5kg, still 5.5kg under weight-for-age.

The weight increase has pushed Tiger Tees to 15th on the order of entry assuring them of a run.

Other early fancies in the Stradbroke Handicap odds that sit inside the top 20 on the latest order of entry include the Peter Moody-trained Mid Summer Music ($14, 13th) last seen running second in the Prime Minister’s Cup on the Gold Coast, and Mark Kavanagh’s The Goodwood runner-up We’re Gonna Rock ($16, 19th)

Meanwhile horses that are right on the verge of a spot in the starting line-up include $12 third favourite Wealth Princess (22nd) who won the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben last Saturday, and Brett Partelle’s $15 chance Torio’s Quest (27th) who hails from Wyong where last year’s Stradbroke Handicap winner Sincero is also from.

See below for the latest 2012 Stradbroke Handicap ballot order and weights.

Stradbroke Handicap first acceptances will be taken on Wednesday May 30 followed by the release of the Stradbroke Handicap 2012 final field on Wednesday June 6.

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2012 Stradbroke Handicap Ballot & Weights

Updated 21/05/2012 – To run at Eagle Farm on 09/06/2012

Ballot Order Horse Name Ballot Allowance Weight Penalty WFA (kg) Prizemoney Since 30 April 2011
1# Sea Siren 2 52.5 -3 $460,730
1# Master of Design 55.5 -3.5 $812,700
3 Beaded 2 56 -1 $807,600
4 Albert the Fat 58 -1 $726,250
5 Black Piranha 57.5 -1.5 $110,600
6 Buffering 57 -2 $844,500
7 Woorim 56.5 -2.5 $694,500
8 Temple of Boom 56 -3 $511,250
9 Hurtle Myrtle 2 54 -3 $497,125
10 Pinwheel 55 -4 $310,200
11 Red Tracer 2 53 -4 $230,500
12 Happy Zero 55 -4 $26,750
13 Mid Summer Music 2 52.5 -4.5 $491,650
14 Neeson 54.5 -4.5 $255,450
15 Thankgodyou’rehere 54.5 -4.5 $182,500
16 Centennial Park (NZ) 54.5 -4.5 $55,500
17 Tiger Tees (NZ) 53.5 0.5 -5.5 $299,950
18 Varenna Miss 1.5 52 -5.5 $197,750
19 We’re Gonna Rock 53.5 -5.5 $184,550
20 More Strawberries 1.5 52 -5.5 $157,750
21 Phelan Ready 53.5 -5.5 $156,500
22 Wealth Princess (NZ) 1.5 52 -5.5 $119,600
23 Triple Elegance 53.5 -5.5 $55,750
24 Gathering 53.5 -5.5 $9,500
25 Spirit of Boom 53 -6 $401,250
26 Facile Tigre 53 -6 $241,100
27 Torio’s Quest 53 -6 $229,500
28 Star of Octagonal 53 -6 $209,000
29 Smokin’ Joey 53 -6 $198,313
30 Sistine Angel 1 52 -6 $148,050
31 Ladys Angel 1 52 -6 $122,000
32 Parables 1 52 -6 $75,250
33 Nobby Snip 51 -6.5 $297,950
34 Fillydelphia 0.5 52 -6.5 $285,600
35 Adebisi 52.5 -6.5 $285,500
36 Shopaholic (NZ) 0.5 50.5 -6.5 $279,813
37 Colorado Claire 0.5 50.5 -6.5 $266,050
38 Under the Eiffel 52.5 -6.5 $227,313
39 Shadows in the Sun 52.5 -6.5 $223,000
40 Listen Son 52.5 -6.5 $101,500
41 Jetset Lad (NZ) 52.5 -6.5 $75,026
42 Punch On 50.5 -7 $794,000
43 Pampelonne 50.5 -7 $667,900
44 Easy Running 50.5 -7 $305,500
45 Mental 50.5 -7 $264,550
46 Hendricus 50.5 -7 $262,050
47 My Destiny 52 -7 $234,300
48 Sophie’s Spirit 52 -7 $224,000
49 Solzhenitsyn (NZ) 52 -7 $210,800
50 Carry Me Bluey 52 -7 $205,700
51 Adamantium (NZ) 50.5 -7 $188,950
52 Morning Captain 50.5 -7 $187,500
53 Stratana 52 -7 $183,350
54 Metallurgical 52 -7 $180,000
55 Risk Aversion 52 -7 $178,950
56 Steel Zip 52 -7 $173,500
57 Riva de Lago 52 -7 $173,330
58 Emmalene 50.5 -7 $172,900
59 Amah Rock 50.5 -7 $172,675
60 Fontelina 50.5 -7 $170,800
61 Soft Sand 50.5 -7 $158,175
62 Pago Rock 52 -7 $157,863
63 Next the Universe 52 -7 $157,480
64 Celtic Dancer 52 -7 $152,200
65 Alberton Park (NZ) 52 -7 $147,950
66 Ever the Same 50.5 -7 $134,650
67 Landing 50.5 -7 $132,000
68 Ron’s Call 50.5 -7 $131,850
69 Extraceed 50.5 -7 $131,240
70 Belltone 52 -7 $126,500
71 Skating On Ice 52 -7 $123,200
72 Alltherightmoves 52 -7 $119,100
73 Boys On Tour 50.5 -7 $118,750
74 Latin News 52 -7 $114,750
75 Beethog 52 -7 $114,600
76 Durham Town (NZ) 52 -7 $105,559
77 Thefifthhole 52 -7 $105,200
78 Top Drop 52 -7 $102,863
79 Under the Sun (NZ) 50.5 -7 $100,837
80 Meet George 52 -7 $99,000
81 Rocker 52 -7 $96,300
82 Dual Chamber 52 -7 $94,500
83 Hood 52 -7 $93,800
84 Mr Armstrong 52 -7 $92,800
85 Oak Street 52 -7 $79,250
86 Bellissimo 52 -7 $77,063
87 Playaction 52 -7 $72,800
88 Cosmonaut 52 -7 $70,025
89 Hour of Peril 52 -7 $64,500
90 State of Wealth 50.5 -7 $63,750
91 Decircles 50.5 -7 $61,800
92 War Ends 52 -7 $57,450
93 Pontiana 52 -7 $57,250
94 General Purple 52 -7 $52,600
95 Infinite Energy 50.5 -7 $50,925
96 Emvoss 52 -7 $49,100
97 Potions 52 -7 $44,600
98 Green Beret 50.5 -7 $37,800
99 Club Command 50.5 -7 $37,750
100 Tromso 52 -7 $36,300
101 Pear Tart 50.5 -7 $35,800
102 Dusty Star 52 -7 $35,075
103 Spacecraft 52 -7 $34,950
104 Uate 50.5 -7 $31,000
105 Nico Moochi 52 -7 $28,300
106 Precious Mandy 50.5 -7 $26,600
107 Flight of Pegasus 50.5 -7 $23,100
108 Dalzar 52 -7 $18,000
109 Show a Prince 50.5 -7 $10,000