40 Stradbroke Handicap 2013 First Acceptances

Today the first acceptances for a number of the final Group 1 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival features were taken with the hopefuls heading towards the state’s richest race, the $1.36 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), cut from 137 to just 40.

Epaulette

Early favourite Epaulette is one of three Peter Snowden-trained horses among the 2013 Stradbroke Handicap first acceptances. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The headline race of the winter, the 2013 Stradbroke Handicap is due to light up Eagle Farm on June 8 and which gallopers will be in Saturday week’s final field is becoming clearer.

The number one rated horse in the Stradbroke Handicap first acceptances and ballot is the Peter Snowden-trained dual Group 1 winner Epaulette.

Current favourite in the Stradbroke Handicap betting markets, the Golden Rose winning Commands colt enjoyed a big two length win in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) last Saturday.

It was an impressive effort and they are well fancied to score again in the Straddie despite their 56kg allocation.

Snowden has also accepted for Gold Coast Guineas winner Academus and another son of Commands Complicate who are due to face off in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1400m) this Saturday seeking that Straddie ballot exemption on offer to the winner.

Other Stradbroke first acceptors in the Queensland Guineas field on the weekend include the Kelso Wood-trained Sizzling, Mick Price’s Al Aneed, Fred Best Classic runner-up Boban, Ferment and Reflectance.

Along with Saturday’s Queensland Guineas the other Queensland Oaks Day race offering a ballot free ride into the Straddie seven days later is then the $175,000 Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) where nine of the 17 final acceptors are still in the mix for the Group 1.

Some of the more notable QTC Cup hopes bound for the Stradbroke are BRC Sprint runner-up Mahisara, the Clarry Conners-trained Decision Time, Gerald Ryan’s Sebring Stakes winner Hot Snitzel and the Group 1 The Goodwood second placegetter Conservatorium.

Along with Epaulette, the other major players in the Stradbroke Handicap odds have also all accepted including Kelly Schweida’s BTC Cup runner-up Better Than Ready, one time favourite Your Song, Chris Waller’s class mare Arinosa, and the local Rob Heathcote-trained duo of Buffering who was second to Mid Summer Music in the race last year and last start Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup winner Solzhenitsyn.

Notable non-acceptors meanwhile that have dropped out of Stradbroke Handicap contention include Manawanui, Rain Affair, Tattersalls Tiara-bound Skyerush, Moment Of Change and the ill-fated Rangirangdoo.

The 2013 Stradbroke Handicap final field will be released Wednesday next week and published right here at Races.com.au.

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2013 Stradbroke Handicap First Declarations & Ballot

Eagle Farm Racecourse – 08/06/2013

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote 3 58kg
2 EPAULETTE Peter Snowden 1 56kg
3 SOLZHENITSYN (NZ) Robert Heathcote 5 56kg
4 DECISION TIME Clarry Conners 10 54.5kg
5 LINTON John Sadler 9 54.5kg
6 MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Peter G Moody 7 54.5kg
7 STREAMA Guy Walter 4 54.5kg
8 HAPPY ZERO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13 54kg
9 HOT SNITZEL Gerald Ryan 14 54kg
10 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan 12 54kg
11 YOUR SONG Anthony Cummings 2 54kg
12 BELLTONE Kelso Wood 18 53.5kg
13 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith 19 53.5kg
14 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 20 53.5kg
15 YOSEI Stuart Webb 6 53.5kg
16 BETTER THAN READY Kelly Schweida 11 52.5kg
17 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell 24 52.5kg
18 PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan 25 52.5kg
19 RIVA DE LAGO Chris Waller 22 52.5kg
20 SPIRIT SONG Kelso Wood 8 52.5kg
21 STARTSMEUP John, Daniel & Christopher Meagher 23 52.5kg
22 ARINOSA Chris Waller 17 52kg
23 CELTIC DANCER Noel J Doyle 28 52kg
24 JETSET LAD (NZ) John Wheeler 35 52kg
25 LATIN NEWS Bryan Dais 39 52kg
26 LISTEN SON Tony Gollan 40 52kg
27 MAHISARA Paul Messara 27 52kg
28 MISS STELLABELLE Gai Waterhouse 31 52kg
29 PEAR TART John P Thompson 16 52kg
30 SHE’S CLEAN Chris Waller 26 52kg
31 SIZZLING Kelso Wood 15 52kg
32 SMOKIN’ JOEY Mick Price 38 52kg
33 ACADEMUS Peter Snowden 21 51.5kg
34 AL ANEED Mick Price 33 50.5kg
35 BOBAN Chris Waller 32 50.5kg
36 COMPLICATE Peter Snowden 30 50.5kg
37 FERMENT John P Thompson 34 50.5kg
38 PERON John P Thompson 37 50.5kg
39 REFLECTANCE John P Thompson 36 50.5kg
40 SOOKIE John P Thompson 29 50.5kg