2014 Stradbroke Handicap Day Scratchings & Track Report

Today Queensland’s biggest day of racing lights up Eagle Farm Racecourse with Stradbroke Handicap Day 2014 featuring an all Black Type, nine race program.

Catkins

Catkins (Dane Ripper Stakes) is the most notable Stradbroke Handicap Day 2014 scratching. Photo: Steve Hart.

With three Group 1 races highlighting the program it’s set to be a cracking day’s racing in Brisbane today and with no chance of rain it should be perfect conditions at the course proper at Eagle Farm that’s currently rated a Good (3).

Eagle Farm Track Report

  • Rail Position: +3 metres Entire Course
  • Track Condition: Good (3)
  • Track Type: Turf
  • Weather: Fine, some clouds
  • Chance of Rain: 0%
  • Penetrometer: 4.4

Despite warnings of rain earlier in the week it is clear skies in Brisbane today with no chance of rain keeping the track at a Good (3) with the mudlarks shifting out in the markets.

As mentioned, all nine Eagle Farm races today are stakes races with the meeting’s three majors running as races six – seven.

First up is the $500,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) for the two-year-olds where the Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau is hot favourite.

Then the three-year-olds face off in the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) another race where Sydney’s top trainer Waller saddles up a big chance in Vilanova.

Of course the race everyone’s there to see is the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) where a bumper 18-horse field is set to face off, the five emergencies now officially withdrawn.

All three Group 1 races have had no scratchings from their starting line-ups.

The only notable Stradbroke Handicap Day scratching then was from yesterday with Waller taking out his Tattersall’s Tiara-bound mare Catkins from the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) on vet’s instruction.

Check out the full Stradbroke Handicap Day race program, scratchings and jump times below.

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Eagle Farm Program & Scratchings – 07/06/2014

Race 1 (11:30am) – $100,000 Listed Ambassador Travel Hampden Stakes (1200m)

  • Scratched: #10 Rosella (11)

Race 2 (12:00pm) – $100,000 Listed James Boag’s Premium Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m)

  • Scratched: #2 Eiglestein (8)

Race 3 (12:35pm) – $125,000 Listed Best Security Daybreak Lover (1600m)

  • No current scratchings

Race 4 (1:10pm) – $100,000 Listed Evergreen Turf Lightning Handicap (1000m)

  • No current scratchings

Race 5 (1:450pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Virbac Animal Health Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m)

  • Scratched: #2 Catkins (11)

Race 6 (2:20pm) – $500,000 Group 1 Tatts Group J.J. Atkins (1600m)

  • No current scratchings

Race 7 (3:00pm) – $500,000 Group 1 Channel Seven Queensland Derby (2400m)

  • Scratched: #19e Lever Lever (5), #20e Deckhand (4)

Race 8 (3:40pm) – $1,360,000 Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m)

  • Scratched: #19e Masthead (15), #20e Into The Red (5), #21e Havana (9), #22e Belle De Coeur (7), #23e Scream Machinge (23)

Race 9 (4:20pm) – $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m)

  • No current scratchings

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