O’Shea Chases Maiden Group 1 in Stradbroke Handicap 2014

June 7, 2014

O’Shea Chases Maiden Group 1 in Stradbroke Handicap 2014

Darley’s recently appointed new head trainer John O’Shea is chasing his maiden Group 1 success today in the Eagle Farm major with livewire chance Knoydart and stablemate Emblems lining up in the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap.


Knoydart is a genuine chance to take out the Stradbroke Handicap 2014 at Eagle Farm today. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Money has been steady for More Than Ready four-year-old Knoydart in the markets for the $1.36 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) since the capacity field for Queensland’s richest race was released on Wednesday.

The Sydney raider has firmed right in to single figures in the latest Stradbroke Handicap odds paying $8 as the fourth favourite behind Ciaron Maher’s flying filly Srikandi ($5).

Emblems meanwhile is a $31 outsider in Stradbroke Handicap betting but drawn to perfection in barrier five with Group 1 winning hoop Chad Schofield riding.

“He’s got a lovely ‘soft’ draw and he should be able to settle up with the leaders,” O’Shea’s stable representative Jason Walsh told The Daily Telegraph.

O’Shea gave both horses a testing gallop on Tuesday morning and was particularly happy with where Knoydart was leading up to Saturday’s assignment.

“John went to Brisbane to watch Knoydart and Emblems work on Tuesday morning and he was particularly pleased with Knoydart,” Walsh said.

The top elect Srikandi gets in on 51kg, a nice drop back from the 57kg she carried to victory in the Glenlogan last start, but Knoydart also enjoys a light Stradbroke weight of just 53.5kg while Emblems is a kilo lighter with 52.5kg.

The weight will be a huge advantage to Knoydart who carried 59kg in the 10,000.

“We are very pleased with Knoydart,” Walsh said.

“His Doomben 10,000 run was a great Stradbroke trial and he drops significantly in weight.

Knoydart originally drew barrier 11 but with the emergencies now officially out that becomes gate eight, seemingly the ideal starting position for the gelding and their jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

McEvoy has been aboard the up-and-comer for their two most recent runs, including their Brisbane debut and debut run for O’Shea at Doomben last start on May 24.

There they stepped up to Group 1 company for the third time putting in a brave effort to finish under two lengths away fifth to the winner Spirit Of Boom, the 58kg topweight and $7.50 chance for the Stradbroke, in the Doomben 10,000 (1350m).

They couldn’t get into a spot that day when pushed back and trailing last in the 11 horse field onto the straight.

Racing wide over the final stages they made up lots of late ground however in a good performance they get a chance to improve on here with a gear change from O’Shea.

“He’s adjusted the horse’s gear slightly by putting a cross-over nose band on and taken the winkers off which should give Kerrin McEvoy more control, plus help the horse settle into the bridle,” Walsh said.

“With a good tempo, big field and the pressure of a $1 million race, we believe Knoydart is well suited and will be finishing strongly.”

Certainly no stranger to this class, Knoydart also ran third behind Lankan Rupee in both the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap this autumn so with a run in Brisbane now under their belt they’re tipped to finish closer today.

If not the Stradbroke there are other Group 1 chances for O’Shea on the Eagle Farm card today too.

The stable saddles up Auberge in the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m), while Careless and Mohave are the two-year-olds for O’Shea in the $500,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m).

To back Knoydart at the best possible odds visit Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on your Stradbroke Handicap winnings!

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

Brave Smash to race in Chris W...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbourne Cup Win with Surrey

A son of triple Melbourne Cup hero Makybe Diva, Surrey, could develop into a...

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...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Tattersall’s Club T...

2018 Tattersall’s Club T...

2018 Tattersall’s Club Tiara: Emergencies not needed, Prompt Response new favourite

The five emergencies were not needed which leaves the original field of...

Invincible Gem firms in 2018 T...

Invincible Gem firms in 2018 Tattersall’s Club Tiara betting

The Kris Lees trained Invincible Gem has been well supported in the betting...

An inside barrier to help Cham...

An inside barrier to help Champagne Cuddles claim Group 1 win in 2018 Tattersall’s Club Tiara

A good barrier draw will assist Champagne Cuddles in winning a maiden Group 1...

Tradesman is top weight for 20...

Tradesman is top weight for 2018 Tattersall’s Cup

Ipswich Cup winner Tradesman has been given the top weight for Saturday’s...

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

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

The Goodwood Day Fields – National Stakes 2013

Adelaide Cup Winner Riayla Heads RA Lee Stakes Field 2013

Linton Continues Stradbroke Handicap 2013 Campaign in Adelaide

Can Moody Score Second Goodwood With Moment Of Change?