They may be a double figure roughie for this Saturday’s 2013 Stradbroke Handicap but Gerald Ryan’s multiple Group winning four-year-old Hot Snitzel is in top form according to their trainer heading into the Eagle Farm classic.
The official field and barrier draw for the $1.36 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) is due for release at 11am (AEST) today but already Snitzel gelding Hot Snitzel is assured of a start sitting 15th in the order of entry.
This year is their second Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign, the former star juvenile having enjoyed great success two years ago winning the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) by three lengths.
They also ran a good second to Benfica in the Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m) that season.
Hot Snitzel missed last year’s Queensland carnival but is back in 2013 ready to bounce back after having mixed results on the track this time in.
After a blistering second-up victory in Sydney’s Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) on a Slow (7) track Hot Snitzel was found out in the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup (1300m) on the Gold Coast in May when 13th to fellow Stradbroke hopeful Famous Seamus.
They finished off much better when they encountered another rain affected track at Eagle Farm last Saturday however crossing seventh to Galah in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) less than a length off the winner.
It has been a far from perfect Stradbroke lead-up for them however with Ryan originally scheduling another run in between their mysterious Gold Coast failure and their QTC Cup run.
Hot Snitzel lined up in the barriers for the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) in late May but they were scratched from the race after kicking out in their stall which pushed part of his shoe into his foot.
Despite their decent effort in the QTC Cup the bookies aren’t rating them for a Stadbroke upset and pre-field Hot Snitzel was outside the top 16 in the bookmaker.com.au markets.
Ryan however believes they are a genuine contender and in with a shot happy with what he saw last start and how they have come on since.
“He has improved from Saturday and his coat is looking great again,” Ryan said.
“He hadn’t had a run for four weeks so he could only get better and I believe he has.”
Ryan is also confident the drop back from 58kg in the QTC Cup to just 54.5 on Saturday will play to his advantage as will the step up to 1400m.
“He’s got 54-1/2 kilograms in a race worth a million dollars to the winner,” Ryan said.
“The 1400 metres suits and we’re going to run.”
Stay tuned to Races.com.au to view the 2013 Stradbroke Handicap field and barriers later this morning.
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