The Stradbroke Handicap is the premier Group 1 race held in Queensland as part of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Conducted by the Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) annually in June, this $1 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 the picturesque Eagle Farm racecourse, the race shares the day with other quality events including the Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m), Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) and the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m).
Good lead-up races for runners in the Stradbroke Handicap 2014 include the Group 3 BTC Sprint (1350m) held at Doomben in May, or the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) two weeks before. The Stradbroke Handicap is a challenging middle distance run well suited to a galloper that displays both speed and stamina to run the 1.4km at full pace. Top quality horses that have won the Stradbroke Handicap include Dane Ripper (1997), All Our Mob (1994) and Rough Habit (1991 & 1992).
Champion 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 Victoria 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 four-year-olds have dominated the race over the years. Only one two-year-old has claimed victory in the race, Wiggle in 1958.
Also look at the career statistics of the jockeys and trainers. The most successful Stradbroke Handicap trainer is Bart Cummings. The Cups King has trained four winners in this race, Campaign King (1988), Robian Steel (1989), Never Undercharge (1993) and Dane Ripper (1997).
The 2014 Stradbroke Handicap will be run on Saturday 7 June 2014.
|Date:||Saturday 7 June 2014|
|Track:||Eagle Farm Racecourse|
|Prize Money:||$1.36 million|
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.
In 2013 the prize money for the Stradborke Handicap was given a boost of $360,000, with the winner of the race now receiving $1million from the total race prize money of $1.36million.
Recent Stradbroke Handicap Winners
|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|