Stradbroke Handicap Barrier Draw 2013 – Epaulette In 22

Following the release of the capacity 18-starter, five-emergency 2013 Stradbroke Handicap field earlier this morning, the barrier draw for the premier sunshine state showdown has also now taken place with race favourite Epaulette drawing one of the extreme outside barriers with 22.


Pre-race favourite Epaulette has suffered a blow with barrier 22 for the Stradbroke Handicap 2013. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The Peter Snowden-trained classy son of Commands shot to the top of the Stradbroke Handicap odds after beating home a crack field in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 25 by two lengths.

They must however overcome the 56kg second top-weight to secure the Doomben 10,000 – Stradbroke Handicap double and now will need to have a lot of luck with a horror barrier 22 draw.

If the five emergencies don’t get a run however Epaulette will come into gate 17 of 18, a gate that has produced one former Stradbroke Handicap winner.

There were plenty of wide draws for the other top fancies for the $1.36 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) too including:

  • #Sizzling (Barrier 18) – Kelso Wood-trained local Snitzel colt looked spot on when winning the Group 2 Queensland Guineas over this track and distance last Saturday from barrier 11 (of 16), has to handle the short back-up but gets in with a great weight dropping from 57kg to just 52kg with Chris Munce to ride this track specialist, is also wide with 18 which is actually the most successful Stradbroke Handicap barrier in history; into 14 with emergencies out which has produced two previous winners
  • #8 Your Song (Barrier 11) – Anthony Cummings’ Sydney visitor was former favourite for the Straddie after winning the Group 1 BTC Cup (1350m) at Doomben first-up by an impressive five lengths in the wet, weren’t quite as good however when sixth in the 10,000 but had the visitor’s gate (15 of 15) and is tipped to improve here with Peter Robl taking back in the saddle; into 8 with emergencies out
  • #17 Better Than Ready (Barrier 19) – Another top local chance this one prepared by Kelly Schweida, Craig Newitt to ride the More Than Ready colt who was third in the BTC Cup and fifth in the 10,000 – another favourite out wide with gate 19; into 15 with emergencies out

The big winner at today’s draw meanwhile was the Rob Heathcote-trained Buffering who came up trumps with gate six.

The always honest $2.3 million earner is out to break their Group 1 maiden status at attempt number 16th on the back of a Doomben 10,000 third and should get a sweet run from their barrier, into four with the emergencies out.

Also in the mix for Heathcote and perhaps the forgotten horse in the Stradbroke Handicap 2013 is his Group 1 Toorak Handicap winner Solzhenitsyn who has barrier 17.

The St Petersburg gelding is Heathcote’s only Group 1 champion to date and ran a nice Stradbroke lead-up when winning the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) at Doomben on May 18 from the outside barrier (11 of 11).

They had 59kg for that run and go back to 56kg on Saturday which may look like a lot of weight for some other horses but is actually a nice allocation for them according to Heathcote.

Other horses to draw favourably for the race then include the Tony Gollan-trained Toowoomba galloper Spirit Of Boom (barrier two), Kelso Wood’s BRC Sprint winner Belltone (barrier three) and the Anthony Cummings-trained Fontelina (barrier four) who is a last start black type winner at Scone.

Remember too that if the five emergencies fail to gain a start then the Stradbroke Handicap barriers will change come jump time on Saturday with the final 18 starters drawn wider than the spares coming into closer gates.

See below for the full 2013 Stradbroke Handicap field and barrier draw.

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2013 Stradbroke Handicap Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Race 8 – 3:40pm (AEST) – 08/06/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt.
1 2x1168x143 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 6 58kg
2 0x3113x261 EPAULETTE Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 22 56kg
3 13136×3071 SOLZHENITSYN (NZ) Robert Heathcote Michael Rodd 17 56kg
4 3618×22734 STREAMA Guy Walter Glen Boss 14 54.5kg
5 x2401150x7 MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 23 54.5kg
6 x1x400x511 LINTON John Sadler Nicholas Hall 21 54.5kg
7 x150x23663 DECISION TIME Clarry Conners Hugh Bowman 12 54.5kg
8 311283×16 YOUR SONG Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 11 54kg
9 273×366264 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan Michael Cahill 2 54kg
10 053x950x00 HAPPY ZERO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 13 54kg
11 0x942x6107 HOT SNITZEL Gerald Ryan 8 54kg
12 783040×309 YOSEI Stuart Webb Ms Michelle Payne 10 53.5kg
13 52117x0x51 BELLTONE Kelso Wood Christian Reith 3 53.5kg
14 010×635110 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Glen Colless 16 53.5kg
15 6x10x77501 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings Jim Cassidy 4 53.5kg
16 2230×62180 SPIRIT SONG Kelso Wood Michael Walker 9 52.5kg
17 311×215135 BETTER THAN READY Kelly Schweida Craig Newitt 19 52.5kg
18 x46122x561 SIZZLING Kelso Wood Chris Munce 18 52kg
19e 6×23511222 RIVA DE LAGO Chris Waller 7 52.5kg
20e x72532x522 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell Joe Bowditch 5 52.5kg
21e 06x2237x69 PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan Timothy Bell 20 52.5kg
22e 09690×8838 CELTIC DANCER Noel J Doyle 1 52kg
23e 340×732435 MISS STELLABELLE Gai Waterhouse Jim Byrne 15 52kg