Stradbroke Handicap Field 2013 – Barrier Draw To Follow

After much anticipation over the ins and outs for this year’s race the official 2013 Stradbroke Handicap field has been announced with a capacity field of gallopers set to face off in the Eagle Farm feature this Saturday.

Epaulette

Current favourite Epaulette is the only 2013 Stradbroke Handicap contender for trainer Peter Snowden. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Due to run as Race 8 at 3:40pm (AEST) the $1.36 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) field has 18 confirmed starters plus five emergencies eager for their chance to run in the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival showcase race.

One of the surprising non-acceptors was the Peter Snowden-trained Gold Coast Guineas winner Academus who had been sweating on a start in Queensland’s richest race sitting 21st on the ballot.

Despite rating them a top light-weight chance if they made the field with just 51.5kg Snowden has opted not to pay the final acceptance fee with Academus not one of the emergency runners.

Instead he will take on a much easier field in the third race of the day having been accepted for in the $125,000 Listed Daybreak Lover (1600m).

Snowden will still be represented in the Stradbroke Handicap 2013 field however by the punters’ pick Epaulette who comes off a win in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).

The only concern for the classy Commands colt however is their 56kg weight allocation.

Heading the Stradbroke Handicap field and weights meanwhile is Rob Heathcote’s perennial Group 1 minor place-getter Buffering (58kg) who will be ridden by Damian Browne as the Mossman five-year-old lines up in their 16th elite level assignment.

Buffering is one of the top four fancies for the Stradbroke too after their nice third in the Doomben 10,000 where they carried 59kg to the winners’ 57kg.

They are trailing a crop of three-year-olds in the Stradbroke Handicap betting markets however with the form of the youngsters outstanding this season.

Along with Epaulette the other highly fancied three-year-olds to take it out on Saturday are the Kelly Schweida-trained Better Than Ready (52.5kg) tipped to improve on their Doomben 10,000 fifth with that nice light weight, Kelso Wood’s Queensland Guineas winning stablemate Sizzling (52kg) and the Anthony Cummings-trained Sydney raider Your Song (54kg) who will be ridden by Peter Robl as they vie for the BTC Cup – Stradbroke double.

Other top local chances along with Buffering, Better Than Ready and Sizzling meanwhile are Kelso Wood’s other two runners Belltone (53.5kg) coming off a win in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) at Doomben on May 18; and Group 2 Sunline Stakes winner Spirit Song (52.5kg) who was a disappointing 12th in the Listed Chief De Beers in Brisbane last time out.

There is also Buffering’s stablemate Solzhenitsyn (56kg) who shouldn’t be discounted after their narrow win carrying 59kg in the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) last month.

After his in-form mare Arinosa was ruled out of the Stradbroke with a foot abscess yesterday, Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller could still be represented in the race with the first emergency Riva De Lago needing just one pre-start scratching to gain a run.

The other Stradbroke Handicap emergencies are then Adelaide raider Conservatorium, Phelan Ready, Celtic Dancer and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Miss Stellabelle.

The 2013 Stradbroke Handicap barrier draw is due to take place live at 11am (AEST) and will be published right here at Races.com.au so stay tuned.

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2013 Stradbroke Handicap Final Field

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