Stradbroke Out for Retired Solzhenitsyn

May 19, 2014

Stradbroke Out for Retired Solzhenitsyn

This year’s $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) will play out without the inclusion of the Robert Heathcote-trained Solzhenitsyn who has been retired from racing after their weekend flop in Brisbane.


Dual Toorak Handicap winner Solzhenitsyn has been retired from racing. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The local St Petersburg seven-year-old had their swansong in the Group 3 Darley BRC Sprint (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday, a disappointing finish as they failed to beat home any of their 12 rivals when injured during the run.

Failing to handle their hefty 61kg top weight the Group 1 winning gelding, best known for their dual Toorak Handicap wins, Solzhenitsyn was beaten 12 and a half lengths by the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap-bound River Lad.

While Natalie McCall’s winning Top Echelon six-year-old as secured a Straddie bid, Solzhenitsyn was yesterday sent to the paddock permanently and retired from racing having injured their fore fetlock.

“He has a near fore fetlock injury and the vet said it’s more than likely a lower suspensory,” Heathcote told

“It was a bit sad on Saturday night, but really, we have nothing to be sad about.

“He won two Group 1 races and over $1 million.”

Solzhenitsyn bows out having won 13 of their 38 career starts for $1,087,615 in prize money.

They won the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) in Caulfield, the second of those their last turf triumph.

With Solzhenitsyn out Heathcote still has five horses in Stradbroke Handicap contention this year, the contingent led by Buffering.

The triple Group 1 champ is currently the $7 third pick in futures Stradbroke Handicap betting at behind the Tony Gollan-trained Spirit Of Boom ($6) and Sydneysider Rebel Dane ($6.50).

The trio is all engaged to face off first this Saturday in the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) when Stradbroke Handicap assignments will be decided and weights affected.

It is the first year the Stradbroke weight announcement has been held off until after the 10,000.

Triple Group 1 winning Mossman six-year-old Buffering was last seen getting run down as the beaten favourite in the BTC Cup on May 10, an effort they’re out to atone for this weekend.

As it stands Racing Queensland handicapper Nathan Bourke said they would likely receive 58.5kg or 59kg, but wouldn’t get more than Apache Cat’s 60kg.

“It could change after the 10,000,” Bourke said.

“If Buffering were to win, he might go a touch higher, but the benchmark in recent years is Apache Cat (60kg) and he won’t get that.”

As for the autumn’s William Reid Stakes winner Spirit Of Boom, they are likely to enjoy around three kilos less than Buffering in the Stradbroke, the son of Sequalo going into the 10,000 on the back of a BTC Cup second.

They will however likely go in as the 58kg top weight if Buffering doesn’t back-up in the Stradbroke Handicap, a likely reality.

How they go this weekend is also a question after their BTC Cup loss was accredited to a back injury Heathcote had a chiropractor work on last week.

“We had it corrected last Sunday, but it was out again midweek,” Heathcote said.

“It is not an uncommon affliction for horses in training and I’m not that bothered by it to be honest.

“He lacked dash in the BTC Cup. Whether that could be attributed to this, I don’t know.”

Stay tuned to for all the latest on both the Doomben 10,000 this weekend and the upcoming Stradbroke Handicap classic.

To get in on the futures betting for both the big Group 1s make sure you have an account open online at where new depositing players are rewarded with a bonus bet valued up to $250!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field