The 2017 Stradbroke Handicap is the premier Group 1 race held in Queensland as part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Conducted annually in June, this $1.5 million open handicap event is raced over 1400m and is the richest race of the carnival. Run as the highlight event on Stradbroke Handicap Day at Eagle Farm Racecourse, the race shares the day with other quality events including the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) for two-year-old milers, Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) for three-year-olds and the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) for stayers.
The key new lead-up race for runners in the Stradbroke Handicap is the Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup (1300m) – formerly known as the BTC Cup and conducted over 1200m – held a fortnight before at the Eagle Farm track. Another good lead-up into both races is the weight-for-age Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in mid-May.
Class sprinters that perform well in the Stradbroke Handicap may go on to contest some of the other high status Australian races held during the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivals later in the year.
When betting on the Stradbroke Handicap it is important to look at things like the age of the competitors, as six-year-olds have dominated the race over the past decade with five wins from 2008 – 2016. Only one two-year-old has claimed victory in the race, Wiggle in 1958.
The 2017 Stradbroke Handicap will be run on Saturday June 10, 2017.
|Date:||Saturday June 10, 2017|
|Track:||Eagle Farm Racecourse|
|Prize Money:||$1.5 million|
2017 Stradbroke Handicap Betting Odds
The top Stradbroke Handicap 2017 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the richest Group 1 race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival will be available below leading-up to the race.
2017 Stradbroke Handicap Field
The Stradbroke Handicap field attracts a quality field of middle-distance sprinters each season from both local Queensland stables as well as interstate raiders. In recent years horses from Sydney and Melbourne have enjoyed plenty of success over the Brisbane sprinters in the Stradbroke Handicap field. Horses come into the race via runs in lead-up events in Brisbane like the Doomben 10,000 and the new-look Kingsford Smith Cup (formerly the BTC Cup). The Goodwood over 1200m in Adelaide the month before is also a key lead-up into the Stradbroke Handicap field.
The official Stradbroke Handicap 2017 Final Field & Barriers will be released by Racing Queensland on Wednesday June 7, 2017 and published in full below.
2017 Stradbroke Handicap Nominations
Early Stradbroke Handicap 2017 nominations close on Wednesday May 3, 2017 and will be available below followed by the official Stradbroke Handicap First Acceptances on May 31, 2017.
Stradbroke Handicap History
First run in 1890, the Stradbroke Handicap is one of the oldest Queensland races. Pyrrhus won the inaugural event when it was a principal race run over six furlongs. During the war the race was not held from 1942 to 1945. In 1953 the race distance was increased to seven furlongs and was later converted to 1400m in 1973. In 1980 the event was given Group 1 status. The race is named after Lord Stradbroke one of the originators of the weight-for-age scale in thoroughbred racing.
The Stradbroke Handicap became Queensland’s most lucrative and anticipated race in 1996 when the prize purse was increased to $1 million and it is now worth $1.5 million in total prize money.
Notable Stradbroke Handicap winners from the past few decades include Daybreak Lover (1984 & 1986), Rough Habit (1991-92), Dane Ripper (1997), Black Piranha (2009-10) and Under The Louvre (2016).
Recent Stradbroke Handicap Winners
|1st||Under The Louvre||1 minute 23.72 seconds|
|2nd||Black Heart Bart|
|1st||Srikandi||1 minute 18.26 seconds|
|1st||River Lad||1 minute 21.66 seconds|
|2nd||Temple Of Boom|
|1st||Linton||1 minute 22.06 seconds|
|1st||Mid Summer Music||1 minute 23.06 seconds|
|1st||Sincero||1 minute 22.8 seconds|
|1st||Black Piranha||1 minute 21.16 seconds|
|1st||Black Piranha||1 minute 25.5 seconds|
|1st||Mr Baritone||1 minute 26.4 seconds|
|2nd||Hard To Catch|
|1st||Snipers Bullet||1 minute 23.1 seconds|
|1st||La Montagna||1 minute 22.9 seconds|
|2nd||Gee I Jane|
|1st||St Basil||1 minute 20.7 seconds|
|1st||Thorn Park||1 minute 21.3 seconds|
|1st||Private Steer||1 minute 21.6 seconds|
|3rd||Into The Night|
|1st||Show A Heart||1 minute 21.7 seconds|
|1st||Crawl||1 minute 20.5 seconds|
|1st||Landsighting||1 minute 21.4 seconds|