Black Heart Bart Heads 2017 Stradbroke Handicap Nominations

Darren Weir’s champion galloper Black Heart Bart is the headliner among the Stradbroke Handicap 2017 nominations now out for the Eagle Farm Group 1 on June 10.

Black Heart Bart

Last year’s runner-up Black Heart Bart is a key 2017 Stradbroke Handicap nominee for this year’s $1.5 million feature on June 10. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The richest race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) steals the show in next month’s major meeting and has attracted a bumper 133 nominations.

Early favourite in the all-in Stradbroke Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is five-time Group 1 winning Blackfriars six-year-old Black Heart Bart.

Also nominated for the Doomben 10,000 in May, the $3.4 million is likely to defend his title in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide instead before heading to Brisbane for the Stradbroke Handicap.

He won last year’s The Goodwood before a brave second to Under The Louvre in the Stradbroke Handicap results, which the bookies are tipping Black Heart Bart to go one better than this winter.

The horse was last seen taking out the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double at Caulfield and is one of 11 Stradbroke Handicap nominations for Weir.

The other key contenders for the record-breaking Victorian horseman include super-consistent miler Burning Front and three-year-old El Divino.

Under The Louvre is not in the mix to defend his title, but trainer Robert Smerdon is in with a shot at back-to-back Stradbroke Handicap victories with two nominees.

Smerdon has nominated for three-year-old Commands colt Oak Door who won the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) in February along with his smart Casino Prince stallion Hooked who was last seen winning Caulfield’s Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) on April 15.

Another key chance in pre-field Stradbroke Handicap odds this season is the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained mare English.

She shoots for a top level win in Adelaide’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) this Saturday, May 6, but could be Brisbane-bound for the team after that.

Two mares have beaten home the boys in the Stradbroke Handicap results from the last five years, most recently Srikandi in 2015.

Encosta De Lago four-year-old English is yet to race in Brisbane, but is a proven Group 1 winner and Waterhouse chases her first Stradbroke Handicap success since her victory with All Our Mob back in 1994.

Along with English, Waterhouse & Bott have also nominated for last weekend’s Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup winner Fabrizio.

Other key mares in the Stradbroke Handicap mix this winter include the Bjorn Baker-trained Egyptian Symbol, dual Group 2 winner over the autumn in Sydney In Her Time, Oakleigh Plate winner Sheidel for Lindsay Park and local hope Miss Cover Girl who ran third to reigning Doomben 10,000 winner Music Magnate in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) last weekend.

The Victory Stakes runner-up Hopfgarten is also nominated for the Stradbroke Handicap as Brisbane’s Rob Heathcote chases his first win in the classic.

The Stradbroke Handicap 2017 first acceptances close on May 31, while updated odds are set for release shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Stradbroke Handicap Nominations

Eagle Farm Racecourse – 10/06/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 314181458x ADDICTIVE HABIT (NZ) G 7 Lee Somervell
2 x00021524x AKAVOROUN G 7 Ciaron Maher
3 1x111x5 ALL OVER BOSANOVA F 3 Mel Eggleston
4 520x21x137 ARTISTRY M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
5 0210x5240x ATTENTION C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
6 63x211150x BANDA SPICE M 4 Stuart Kendrick
7 3x242x111x BASSETT (NZ) G 4 Mick Price
8 318x12302x BETTER LAND H 5 Toby Edmonds
9 025x75420x BIG MONEY G 7 Rodney Northam
10 12129x211x BLACK HEART BART G 6 Darren Weir
11 11x6211x BONNY O’REILLY (NZ) M 4 Bjorn Baker
12 345xL760x8 BROOK ROAD M 6 Kris Lees
13 6241111141 BURNING FRONT G 6 Darren Weir
14 2x131x10 CALANDA G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
15 3016126x9x CAVALOCE M 6 Will Clarken
16 2x44224x2x CHARNLEY RIVER C 3 Stuart Kendrick
17 1111x640x9 CLEARLY INNOCENT G 5 Kris Lees
18 0x048286x4 COOLRING G 6 Bjorn Baker
19 7x2602x802 COUNTERATTACK H 4 Chris Waller
20 600x21172x DAL CIELO (NZ) G 4 Kris Lees
21 359x47350x DANISH TWIST M 5 Kris Lees
22 16x DELAWAR H 4 David Vandyke
23 44434×2407 DENMAGIC M 4 David Pfieffer
24 2612x1111x DEPLOY G 4 Gerald Ryan
25 037x43181x DERRYN C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
26 21311×4207 DIVINE CENTURI M 4 Stuart Kendrick
27 x2x411113x ECKSTEIN F 3 Kurt Goldman
28 236x15162x EGYPTIAN SYMBOL M 4 Bjorn Baker
29 1x477x2504 EL DIVINO C 3 Darren Weir
30 11147x165x ELEGANT COMPOSURE M 5 Chris Anderson
31 x5470x1726 ENGLISH M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
32 16225×7200 FAATINAH G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
33 1410110×01 FABRIZIO G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
34 42x23343x6 FEDERAL G 5 John O’Shea
35 6x323x663x FELL SWOOP G 5 Matthew Dale
36 8x122x7 FRANCE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
37 5x111410x FUHRYK F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
38 84x013421x GOLD SYMPHONY G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
39 x377x0472x GOOD PROJECT H 5 Chris Waller
40 433x1136x6 GRUNDERZEIT G 5 John O’Shea
41 x1x14x3207 GUARD OF HONOUR C 3 Kris Lees
42 1x2411011x HALL OF FAME (NZ) C 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
43 x0192x519x HEAR THE CHANT F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
44 46x11470x6 HEART STARTER G 4 Darren Weir
45 x1323x224x HEROIC VALOUR C 3 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
46 7x6x231102 HERRSCHAFT G 5 Gerard Betros
47 1134x3119x HEY DOC G 3 Tony McEvoy
48 40x112x HONOUR’N’STRENGTH G 3 Melissa Leitch
49 0x70x9x201 HOOKED H 6 Robert Smerdon
50 x4062538x2 HOPFGARTEN G 6 Robert Heathcote
51 6×1126 I THOUGHT SO C 3 David Pfieffer
52 3314x6433x IMPENDING C 3 John O’Shea
53 205x11115x IN HER TIME M 4 Benjamin Smith
54 2018235265 IN HIS STRIDE G 4 Rex Lipp
55 x4x21111x1 INVINCIBLE EXPRESS M 4 David Vandyke
56 x6039x6509 JAPONISME G 4 Chris Waller
57 34028×5313 JUNGLE EDGE G 6 Mick Bell
58 0x3021x875 KAEPERNICK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
59 013x70x310 KELLYVILLE FLYER M 7 Jason Attard
60 1124×2212 KEN’S DREAM C 3 Darren Weir
61 511432×532 LAND OFFICE G 5 Steele Ryan
62 0x10x3815x LE CORDON BLEU G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
63 0x411351x3 LUCKY LIBERTY G 5 Henry Dwyer
64 041x60x100 LUCKY TOM G 5 Harold Norman
65 110x13540x MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
66 x0527x121x MADOTTI M 4 Matthew Dunn
67 110x3630x9 MAHUTA H 4 Darren Weir
68 98x9310x21 MALIBU STYLE G 5 Neville Parnham
69 415452112x MAN OF HIS WORD G 4 Bruce W Hill
70 1x6x4339x MANAYA F 3 Michael Costa
71 1746×2115 MILWAUKEE G 3 Michael Moroney
72 741x4300x3 MISS COVER GIRL M 5 Kelly Schweida
73 x227x430x1 MISS GUNPOWDER M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
74 x1521x540x MORTON’S FORK C 3 John O’Shea
75 x1210x1501 MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker
76 04x11912x1 MYSTIC OPAL M 4 Chris Anderson
77 115x NEW UNIVERSE (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller
78 345x1224x5 NUDIERUDIE M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
79 163211419x OAK DOOR C 3 Robert Smerdon
80 14124x94x7 OLD NORTH G 4 John O’Shea
81 352x2744x4 PAINTE G 5 Joseph Pride
82 0x6120210x PERFECT DARE G 4 Matthew Dunn
83 x14240x122 PRIVLAKA G 4 Robert Heathcote
84 3x3121x11x RADIPOLE (IRE) G 4 Michael Moroney
85 10x54219x7 RAGEESE H 4 Darren Weir
86 236710x99x REBEL DANE H 7 Gary Portelli
87 148x51319x REIBY RAMPART M 4 Jason Attard
88 x32218116x RELIGIFY G 6 Chris Waller
89 9655345×91 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney
90 0759623234 ROUND MOUNTAIN GAL M 5 Philip Kimmet
91 0x61324x14 ROYAL TUDOR G 4 Rodney Ollerton
92 324314x64x RUETTIGER (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
93 11114x16x RUSSIAN REVOLUTION C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
94 969x0x041x SAGARONNE M 4 Toby Edmonds
95 341x17731x SAVANNA AMOUR F 3 John Meagher
96 x30380x95x SAVOUREUX M 5 Kris Lees
97 38338×4614 SEBRING SUN H 4 Darren Weir
98 24x167x51x SECRET AGENDA M 4 Mick Price
99 x12147x311 SEVENTH UP (NZ) G 6 Shelley Hale
100 21152x146x SHEIDEL M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
101 51024×9401 SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller
102 231x21214x SILENT SEDITION M 4 Andrew Noblet
103 0x145167x8 SIR BACCHUS G 4 Chris Waller
104 3x0x091020 SIR MOMENTS G 6 Steven O’dea
105 545x24335x SNIPPETS LAND G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
106 425531120x SNOOPY G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
107 x68x23059x SOLD FOR SONG M 4 Kevin Kemp
108 1153429×65 SONY LEGEND G 6 Brian Smith
109 2020541×06 SOOBOOG H 4 Darren Weir
110 948x23276x SOVEREIGN NATION G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
111 1x21x SPLURGE (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
112 3x111x3848 SPRIGHT F 3 Garry Frazer
113 x6x191212x START WONDERING (NZ) G 6 Evan & J J Rayner
114 x348x8635x STRAWBERRY BOY G 8 Matthew Dunn
115 3761 STREETS BETTER C 3 Bryan & Daniel Guy
116 36x143x18x SUPER CASH M 4 Andrew Noblet
117 32x147x46x SYLPHEED F 3 Toby Edmonds
118 24x111138x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 3 James Cummings
119 2021257×18 TAILLEVENT G 4 Bruce W Hill
120 x112516x84 TAKEDOWN G 4 Gary Moore
121 121386618x THE MONSTAR G 6 Brett Cavanough
122 1613x66x THE VIRGINIAN G 4 Toby Edmonds
123 82161113×9 THUNDER RAIDER F 3 Darleen Duryea
124 2152427428 TOO GOOD TO REFUSE H 4 Desleigh Forster
125 4873x30x98 TRUBIA H 5 Michael Lakey
126 0x11412x05 TYCOON TARA M 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
127 x21152136x ULMANN G 5 Darren Weir
128 1111x9171x VEGA MAGIC G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
129 1276x22x21 VIDDORA M 4 Lloyd Kennewell
130 35x132715x VOLPINO G 3 Les Kelly
131 311210×257 VOODOO LAD G 5 Darren Weir
132 42213×1932 WAR HERO G 3 Toby Edmonds
133 818x587x8x YESTERDAY’S SONGS G 6 Michael Moroney

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