2014 Stradbroke Handicap Weights – Topweight Buffering Out

May 26, 2014

2014 Stradbroke Handicap Weights – Topweight Buffering Out

With Brisbane horseman Robert Heathcote confirming the non-acceptance of topweight Buffering from Saturday week’s Stradbroke Handicap 2014, weights for the Eagle Farm classic out today are set to go up half a kilo.


Topweight Buffering has been ruled out of the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Mossman six-year-old Buffering has run in the past three Stradbrokes, carrying 58kg for the past two years.

Since last year’s edition of the $1.36 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), running on June 7 this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, however the local champ has won three Group 1s interstate.

The handicapper then handed down 59kg for Buffering to carry when Stradbroke Handicap weights were released this morning.

They will all be raised by 0.5kg however with Spirit Of Boom to carry the required maximum of 58kg with Buffering out.

Heathcote confirmed ‘The Buff’ would be sent to the paddock ahead of a likely spring return and bypass the Stradbroke after running third for the third time on the trot this season last weekend in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).

“The bottom line is the Stradbroke is a handicap and he will get 59 kilograms. He can’t win it with that weight,” Heathcote told AAP this morning.

“Buffering has been beaten at set weights twice by Spirit of Boom but I will have to give him 1.5 kilos.

“He is getting to an age where we have to manage his career and what is the point of sending him around in a race he can’t win.

“And if Srikandi runs in the Stradbroke he would be giving her anything up to eight kilos.”

Buffering’s Doomben 10,000 loss followed thirds behind Lankan Rupee in Sydney’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and Famous Seamus when run down in similar fashion to their fading 10,000 run in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) back home on May 10.

Doomben 10,000 winner Spirit Of Boom meanwhile is currently allocated 57.5kg for the Stradbroke, up to the 58kg topweight without Buffering.

Trainer Tony Gollan is yet to confirm 100 percent whether his star Sequalo six-year-old will run their swansong in the Stradbroke before retirement, but it looks likely they will line-up.

A dual Group 1 champion after the weekend having also won Melbourne’s William Reid Stakes this preparation, Spirit Of Boom is current $6.50 third pick in futures Stradbroke Handicap betting.

Stradbroke Handicap odds are led by Srikandi at $4.60 with her Victorian trainer Ciaron Maher confirming connections would pay the $23,000 late entry this week.

The three-year-old Dubawi filly has won six of her seven race starts to date including three Black Types on the trot in Queensland.

Her most recent run was on 10,000 Day when the easy winner of the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) proving the 1400m of the Stradbroke would be a non-issue.

Not being currently nominated for the Stradbroke, Srikandi is without a weight allocation for the major.

It has been indicated though she’ll get in on the 50.5kg minimum, something that will help jockey Glen Boss decide whether he stays on her or on Gary Portelli’s Sydney raider Rebel Dane.

Boss was also aboard California Dane four-year-old Rebel Dane at Doomben last Saturday where the equal favourite ran a luckless fourth, in the end beaten only three quarters of a length, in the Doomben 10,000 behind Spirit Of Boom.

They have been allocated 56kg for the Stradbroke Handicap and are the $6 second pick in the markets.

Following the top three heaviest weighted in the Stradbroke handicaps are then the likes of BTC Cup winner Famous Seamus, Chris Waller’s reigning Tatt’s Tiara winning mare Red Tracer, Gollan’s 10,000 runner-up Temple Of Boom and the Joe Pride-trained Tiger Tees all on 55.5kg.

The best fancied of those in the Stradbroke markets is Red Tracer paying $12, an equal price as Darley’s improver Knoydart who gets in on 53kg.

The John O’Shea-trained More Than Ready gelding ran fifth in the Doomben 10,000 beaten under two lengths with improvement likely over more distance.

The other best fancied Stradbroke nominee is then Red Tracer’s stable mate, the fellow Waller-trained mare Catkins at $10.

She’s currently allocated 53.5kg for the big one, the Dubawi four-year-old last seen running sixth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 19.

Other notable Stradbroke Handicap-bound sprinters and their weights include Phillip Stokes’ Adelaide raider Hucklebuck ($13) and Group 3 Fred Best Classic winning three-year-old Havana ($16) both on the 50.5kg minimum, and Jason Coyle’s Doomben 10,000 sixth placed Scream Machine ($16) with 52kg.

Upset The Goodwood winner Smokin’ Joey meanwhile has been given 55kg just ahead of Natalie McCall’s Sunshine Coast galloper River Lad (54.5kg) who won the Group 3 BRC Sprint on May 17 and Hot Snitzel (54kg).

See below for the original Stradbroke Handicap 2014 weights that will be raised when Buffering is officially withdrawn at first acceptance stage this Wednesday.

In the meantime, check out the juicy early Stradbroke Handicap betting markets online at Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on all the Brisbane Group 1s this carnival.

2014 Stradbroke Handicap Weights

Eagle Farm Racecourse – 07/06/2014

# Horse Trainer Weight
1 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote 59kg
2 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan 57.5kg
3 REBEL DANE Gary Portelli 56kg
4 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith 55.5kg
5 RED TRACER Chris Waller 55.5kg
6 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan 55.5kg
7 TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride 55.5kg
8 SMOKIN’ JOEY Wez Hunter 55kg
9 RIVER LAD Natalie Mccall 54.5kg
10 HOT SNITZEL Gerald Ryan 54kg
11 CATKINS Chris Waller 53.5kg
12 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell 53.5kg
13 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Con Karakatsanis 53.5kg
14 PLATELET Darren Weir 53.5kg
15 BELLTONE Kelso Wood 53kg
16 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse 53kg
17 KNOYDART John O’Shea 53kg
18 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen 52.5kg
19 BENNY’S BUTTONS Kelso Wood 52.5kg
20 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon Corstens 52.5kg
21 COUP AY TEE (NZ) Chris Waller 52.5kg
22 HONORIUS David Payne 52.5kg
23 MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht 52.5kg
24 PAGO ROCK David Hayes 52.5kg
25 SCAPOLO (NZ) Kevin Myers 52.5kg
26 UNPRETENTIOUS Nikki Burke 52.5kg
27 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher 52kg
28 ARINOSA Chris Waller 52kg
29 BELLE DE COEUR Luke Price 52kg
30 BENNETTA Grahame Begg 52kg
31 BLACK CASH Kelly Doughty 52kg
32 BUAKAW Matthew Dunn 52kg
33 BYMONASHEE Brian Smith 52kg
34 CHINTZ (NZ) Joseph Pride 52kg
35 CHOICE BRO John Sargent 52kg
36 DOLLY DOLLY (NZ) Brian Smith 52kg
37 DOUBTFILLY Stuart Kendrick 52kg
38 EMBLEMS John O’Shea 52kg
39 ESSAY RAIDER Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 52kg
40 FIRE UP FIFI Robert Heathcote 52kg
41 FLORIA (NZ) Peter G Moody 52kg
42 FULL OF SPIRIT Peter G Moody 52kg
43 HENWOOD (NZ) John Sadler 52kg
44 HIDDEN WARRIOR Gordon Yorke 52kg
45 KAYPERS Greg Bennett 52kg
46 KINGDOMS (NZ) Brian Smith 52kg
47 LONHSPRESSO Darren Weir 52kg
48 LUCKY HUSSLER Kent Fleming 52kg
49 MASTHEAD Chris Waller 52kg
50 MISHANI STEALTH Les Ross 52kg
51 MISHANI WARRIOR Les Ross 52kg
52 OFFICE BEARER Peter G Moody 52kg
53 PERON John P Thompson 52kg
54 PICKABEE Caitlin Lavin 52kg
55 PLATINUM ROCKER Simon A Miller 52kg
56 PLUCKY BELLE Peter G Moody 52kg
57 REPARATIONS Anthony Freedman 52kg
58 ROLLOUT THE CARPET Jeff McVean & Emma-Lee Browne 52kg
59 RUGGED CROSS (GB) Chris Waller 52kg
60 SACRED STAR Tony Pike 52kg
61 SAID COM (NZ) Chris Waller 52kg
62 SALUTER Robert Heathcote 52kg
63 SCORPIO QUEEN Kris Lees 52kg
64 SCREAM MACHINE Jason Coyle 52kg
65 SOMEDAY Kelso Wood 52kg
66 STARTSMEUP Bruce W Hill 52kg
67 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff 52kg
68 THAT’S THE ONE Barry Baldwin 52kg
69 THE WHITE HOPE Matthew Dunn 52kg
70 TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ) Chris Waller 52kg
71 TROMBONE ALLEY Alicia Willick 52kg
72 TURBULENT JET Lee Curtis 52kg
73 TYPHOON RED Kevin Kemp 52kg
74 VAIN QUEEN John Sadler 52kg
75 VELROSSO Chris Waller 52kg
76 VINTAGE MOSS John M Fitzgerald 52kg
77 YOU’LL NEVER Chris Waller 52kg
78 AGADIR John O’Shea 50.5kg
79 BEAUTY’S BEAST (NZ) David Greene 50.5kg
80 DOTHRAKI Gerald Ryan 50.5kg
81 ENQUARE Jason McLachlan 50.5kg
82 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes 50.5kg
83 GREGERS David Hayes 50.5kg
84 HAVANA Paul Messara 50.5kg
85 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote 50.5kg
86 HUCKLEBUCK Phillip Stokes 50.5kg
87 INTO THE RED Kelso Wood 50.5kg
88 JAZZ SONG Mick Price 50.5kg
89 KRAFTWERK Troy Corstens 50.5kg
90 LONDEHERO Matthew Dunn 50.5kg
91 MINIATURE John O’Shea 50.5kg
92 MISS SUNSET Liam Birchley 50.5kg
93 NICKED AND COURT Liam Birchley 50.5kg
94 OLYMPIC ANTHEM (NZ) Robert Heathcote 50.5kg
95 RUDY Helen Page 50.5kg
96 SIR ANDREW (NZ) Richard Otto 50.5kg
97 SPLENDORA Matthew Dunn 50.5kg
98 SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings 50.5kg
99 THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths 50.5kg
100 WHISKEY ALLROUND Tony Gollan 50.5kg

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