Srikandi Features in 2015 Stradbroke Handicap Nominations

Ciaron Maher’s impressive Victory Stakes winning mare Srikandi is one of the headline entries among the bumper 111 nominations taken for the Stradbroke Handicap 2015 this week by Racing Queensland.

Group 1 nominations for all the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival features are now out including those for Queensland’s richest race, the $2 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) running over 50m shorter at Doomben Racecourse this year on June 6.

The last mare to beat home the boys in the Stradbroke was the Peter Moody-trained Mid Summer Sun who scored an upset as a 30/1 roughie back in 2012, but this year a female sprint star is set to start near the top of the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au with Srikandi looking an early favourite.

The Dubawi four-year-old put the writing on the wall in Brisbane last year winning three Queensland races including the Listed Junamo Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben before her third behind River Lad in the Straddie at Eagle Farm.

Srkiandi

Victory Stakes winner Srikandi looks a top hope for June’s 2015 Stradbroke Handicap held at Doomben Racecourse this year. Photo: Daniel Costello.

She returned off a spell at the Gold Coast only last Saturday and showed she had lost none of her shine with a soft win over Ball Of Muscle and Dances On Stars in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m).

Her name is now firmly entrenched in the Group 1 Brisbane race nominations with the class mare holding entries for both the BTC Cup and Doomben 10,000 as well as the Stradbroke.

Other good quality mares in the Stradbroke mix this winter include this weekend’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes favourite in Adelaide Vain Queen, the in-form Robert Smerdon-trained Politeness and the Chris Waller-trained Catkins.

Waller has six Stradbroke Handicap nominees as Sydney’s premier trainer chases his first win in the race this year, Catkins one of his best hopes of breaking his duck.

Connections have suffered through a host of close calls at elite level with the talented grey daughter of Dubawi, five-year-old Catkins last seen missing out again on April 11 at Randwick when runner-up to Amanpour in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m).

Waller has also nominated for Boban, last start Arrowfield 3YO Sprint winner Delectation, German import Flamingo Star, Strawberry Boy and You’ll Never.

Also with six Stradbroke Handicap entries this winter is local Brisbane horseman Tony Gollan who came close to success last year with his 2014 Victory Stakes winner Temple Of Boom crossing third past the post to River Lad, who is also nominated for the $2 million classic this year.

A rising nine-year-old, Temple Of Boom is nominated for all the sprint majors again this carnival but will need to be improving off his sixth in the Victory Stakes when failing to defend his title on April 25.

Gollan’s other Stradbroke hopes this year are Alma’s Fury, Gundy Spirit, Whiskey Allround, and three-year-old fillies Hijack Hussy and Traveston Girl.

Traveston Girl is one of the most exciting young Stradbroke hopes this season after the daughter of Flying Spur ran third in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) last weekend in her first run since a Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) second over the mile in Melbourne last spring.

Ace colt Sincero (2011) was the last three-year-old Stradbroke Handicap winner and other three-year-old hopes this year include Peter Moodys Group 1 placegetter Bring Me The Maid, the aforementioned Waller-trained Delectation, Robert Smerdon’s Group 2 winner Lumosty last seen running sixth in the Crown Oaks at Flemington and Nostradamus.

Prepared by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes, Medaglia D’Oro colt Nostradamus was last seen winning the Gold Coast Guineas.

Team Hawkes’ other headline Stradbroke Handicap-bound sprinter is Our Boy Malachi, a winner of 17 of his 19 career starts to date after the Top Echelon six-year-old enjoyed an all-too-easy win in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 18.

Also well-placed in that run and nominated for the Stradbroke in Brisbane are runner-up Craftiness, third placegetter Hidden Warrior and the fourth-placed Fast ‘N’ Rocking.

The traditional final lead-up for horses heading into the Stradbroke Handicap is the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m), and all 55 nominees for this year’s 10,000 feature in the Stradbroke entries as well.

2015 Stradbroke Handicap weights are due out on Tuesday June 2 followed by the final acceptances closing on Wednesday June 3 at 9:00am (AEST).

Before then get in on the juicy futures Stradbroke Handicap betting markets set to open again shortly at our preferred online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the $250 bonus sign-up offer!

2015 Stradbroke Handicap Nominations

Doomben Racecourse – 06/06/2015

# Horse Trainer
1 ABU BEN ADAM Pat Duff
2 ADDICTIVE HABIT (NZ) Lee Somervell
3 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen
4 ALLEZ EAGLE (NZ) Tony Pike
5 ALMA’S FURY Tony Gollan
6 AUSSIES LOVE SPORT David Vandyke
7 AWESOME ROCK Leon & Troy Corstens
8 BALIGARI Lloyd Kennewell
9 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride
10 BIG MONEY Rodney Northam
11 BLACK HEART BART Vaughn Sigley
12 BOBAN Chris Waller
13 BOOMWAA Robbie Laing
14 BRING ME THE MAID Peter G Moody
15 BYMONASHEE Brian Smith
16 CAPE KIDNAPPERS Kelly Schweida
17 CATKINS Chris Waller
18 CHARLIE BOY Peter & Paul Snowden
19 CRAFTINESS Joseph Pride
20 CUM DIVIDEND Liam Birchley
21 DANCES ON STARS (NZ) Gerald Ryan
22 DEIHEROS Lloyd Kennewell
23 DELECTATION Chris Waller
24 DOTHRAKI Peter & Paul Snowden
25 EL ROCA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
26 ENQUARE Jason McLachlan
27 ESTONIAN PRINCESS Gerald Ryan
28 FACILE TIGRE Jason McLachlan
29 FARE WELL Clarry Conners
30 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
31 FINAL CRESCENDO David Kelly
32 FINE BUBBLES Kris Lees
33 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody
34 FLAMINGO STAR (GER) Chris Waller
35 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings
36 FORGET MAYBE Anthony Cummings
37 GENERAL GROOVE Leon & Troy Corstens
38 GENERALIFE John O’Shea
39 GET THE NOD Lloyd Kennewell
40 GREGERS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
41 GUNDY SPIRIT Tony Gollan
42 HENWOOD (NZ) John Sadler
43 HIDDEN WARRIOR Gordon Yorke
44 HIJACK HUSSY Tony Gollan
45 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote
46 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Con Karakatsanis
47 HUCKLEBUCK Phillip Stokes
48 JABALI Mick Price
49 JAZZ SONG Mick Price
50 JETSET LAD (NZ) Brian Smith
51 KAEPERNICK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
52 KATIE’S COVE Mick Mair
53 KEMPELLY Kevin Kemp
54 KINGDOMS (NZ) Brian Smith
55 KNOYDART John O’Shea
56 KURO (NZ) Joseph Pride
57 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing
58 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir
59 LUMOSTY Robert Smerdon
60 MARWOOD (NZ) Michael Moroney
61 MIRAGE Peter G Moody
62 MISS COVER GIRL Kelly Schweida
63 MR CHA CHA Brad Herne
64 MY SABEEL (NZ) Kevin Moses
65 NEO (NZ) Stuart Kendrick
66 NITE ROCKER Lloyd Kennewell
67 NOSTRADAMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
68 OUR BOY MALACHI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
69 PERON Peter G Moody
70 PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan
71 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon
72 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke
73 PRINCE HARADA Danny O’Brien
74 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride
75 REKINDLED POWER Paul Messara
76 REPARATIONS Lee & Anthony Freedman
77 RIVA DE LAGO Robert Heathcote
78 RIVER LAD Natalie Mccall
79 RIZIZ Ken Sweeney
80 ROCK STURDY Joseph Pride
81 ROMANARMA Desleigh Forster
82 ROSE OF CHOICE Peter & Paul Snowden
83 SACRED STAR Tony Pike
84 SARAJEVO John O’Shea
85 SCISSOR KICK Paul Messara
86 SHAMALIA Bart & James Cummings
87 SILENT WHISPER Lloyd Kennewell
88 SISTINE DEMON Andrew Noblet
89 SMOKIN’ JOEY Wez Hunter
90 SOLDI DOMANI Bryan Dais
91 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott
92 SRIKANDI Ciaron Maher
93 STAVIVA Matt Laurie
94 STRAWBERRY BOY Chris Waller
95 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan
96 THUMP Kris Lees
97 TIME FOR WAR Stuart Kendrick
98 TIME TO PLUNDER Liam Birchley
99 TOKAMAK Barry Lockwood
100 TRAVESTON GIRL Tony Gollan
101 TREE OF JESSE Bart & James Cummings
102 TRIED AND TIRED Leon & Troy Corstens
103 TRUST IN A GUST Darren Weir
104 TYPHOON RED Kevin Kemp
105 UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon
106 VAIN QUEEN John Sadler
107 VERGARA Anthony Cummings
108 WE’VE GOT THIS Greg Eurell
109 WHISKEY ALLROUND Tony Gollan
110 YESTERDAY’S SONGS Michael Moroney
111 YOU’LL NEVER Chris Waller

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