Start Wondering About Stradbroke Handicap 2017

May 12, 2017

Start Wondering About Stradbroke Handicap 2017

This weekend in-form Kiwi Group 1 winner Start Wondering debuts down under in the Doomben 10,000 ahead of a possible tilt at the 2017 Stradbroke Handicap next month.

Start Wondering

Start Wondering needs to run well in the Doomben 10,000 to press onto a Stradbroke Handicap 2017 campaign next month. Photo: Steve Hart.

Prepared at Wanaganui by Evan & Jennifer Rayner, the Eighth Wonder six-year-old is one of the key chances for Saturday’s $700,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in Brisbane.

Having his 20th career start and first on Aussie soil since May last year when prepared by Chris Waller, the consistent gelding races for the first time since his second to Kawi in the Group 1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m) in late February at Otaki, a race that also featured last year’s ATC Oaks winner Sofia Rosa (3rd).

It followed a gun summer of runs for the sprinter – miler highlighted by his Group 1 victories in the Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day and Te Rapa’s NRM Sprint (1400m) on February 11.

A first-up flyer, Start Wondering has posted four wins from six resuming runs to date and the 1200m of the Doomben 10,000 this year should be ideal for his return on Saturday.

Current Doomben 10,000 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained colt Russian Revolution ($3.10) as the firm favourite despite his disappointing TJ Smith Stakes sixth last time out.

Start Wondering, drawn in barrier seven that has produced the past two Doomben 10,000 winners, is a little further down the markets at $13.

Boban ($17 in 2015) was the last double-figure winner of the race and jockey Johnathan Parkes is charged with riding Start Wondering at a similar price this year.

Parkes travels down under to continue his successful association on Start Wondering and has done his homework on the Doomben track ahead of Saturday’s Group 1.

“It’s his first time over here and he [Parkes] walked the Doomben track today and will again in the morning,” co-trainer Evan Rayner told the New Zealand Racing Desk on Friday.

“He’ll work it out. I’m happy to have him on. Why break a winning combination?”

Rayner is confident of a good showing fresh from Start Wondering this weekend with the horse having settled into Queensland well since arriving at his temporary Gold Coast base.

“He’s done very well since he’s been here,” Rayner said. “He has worked well and settled in. I couldn’t be happier with him.

“Whether he’s up to the Aussie sprinters we’ll find out on Saturday.”

If Start Wondering does prove he can handle the hot Aussie talent this weekend, Rayner confirmed the team would be tempted to target the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 10.

Start Wondering is already one of the best in pre-field Stradbroke Handicap odds paying $15 for the win with futures markets led by the Darren Weir-trained Black Heart Bart ($10).

“A start in the Stradbroke will depend on how he goes in this one and also on what weight he gets,” Rayner said.

“Black Heart Bart is nominated so he will bring us down in the weights. If we win on Saturday it’ll be interesting to see what weight he gets.

“He’ll run in the Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup next start after this and then we’ll decide on the Stradbroke.”

Formerly the BTC Cup run in place of this year’s Doomben 10,000, the Kingsford Smith-Cup is contested on May 27 this year at Eagle Farm over 1300m.

To back Start Wondering in the Doomben 10,000 this weekend and to access all the other upcoming Brisbane Group 1 racing odds head to Ladbrokes.com.au.

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