The punters are coming for the Joe Pride-trained...
Sydney’s Chris Waller has two of the single-figure fancies in the updated 2017 Stradbroke Handicap odds for the Brisbane major on Saturday, but markets on the Group 1 remain led by the widely-drawn Clearly Innocent.
Running as Doomben Race 8 at 3:40pm (AEST) after the meeting was moved from Eagle Farm Racecourse, this year’s $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) attracted a full field of 16 plus five emergencies.
In the latest Stradbroke Handicap betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au five of the contenders are under double-figures for the win despite the past five winners of the clash having jumped at a starting price of $11 or more.
Two of Chris Waller’s three contenders are near the top of the markets with early money for Counterattack ($7.50) and Mackintosh ($7.50) who were the big winners at Wednesday morning’s Stradbroke Handicap barrier draw.
Counterattack is in barrier two with Opie Bosson aboard the four-year-old Redoute’s Choice stallion who is in excellent form this time in.
Two back Counterattack was runner-up to Redzel in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) before his third to Clearly Innocent in Eagle Farm’s Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) a fortnight ago.
Just the one four-year-old has won the Stradbroke Handicap since 2004 however, the mare Srikandi (2015) saluting from barrier one at Doomben, and it has been over a year between wins for Counterattack.
His latest turf triumph was at this track and distance in last winter’s Group 3 Fred Best Classic before he ran a distant seventh to Under The Louvre in the Stradbroke over 1400m when it ran at Eagle Farm.
Mackintosh is drawn the rails for this year’s Stradbroke Handicap and gets into the race on 53.5kg with Kerrin McEvoy, who rode the aforementioned Srikandi to victory in the race two years ago, aboard the returning galloper.
Pins four-year-old Mackintosh is undefeated at Doomben Racecourse where he has won both of his previous starts having completed the Rough Habit Plate – Grand Prix Stakes double last May before things went amiss for a last place finish in the Queensland Derby.
He has won just one race since at Rosehill first-up last September over 1300m in Group 2 company and also placed third over the Randwick mile in the Epsom Handicap that spring.
First-up on Saturday from the gate at Doomben, Mackintosh is gaining attention as the horse is also yet to taste defeat in a resuming run (2-2-0-0).
Waller’s third runner meanwhile is Good Project who pays $26 to score a Stradbroke Handicap upset first-up having last been seen running second to Scales Of Justice in Perth’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) last November.
Despite drawing the second outside barrier, the Kris Lees-trained Kingsford-Smith Cup winner Clearly Innocent has retained favouritism for the Stradbroke.
The in-form Not A Single Doubt five-year-old has eased out from $4.60 to $4.80 to continue his winning streak and become the first Stradbroke favourite to salute for the punters since Black Piranha ($4) for his first in 2009.
The other hopes under $10 out to defy recent Stradbroke Handicap history at single-figures are the Darren Weir-trained Ulmann ($8.50) and Mick Bell’s mudlark Jungle Edge ($9) who ran third and first respectively in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m).
Jungle Edge also has the benefit of a subsequent Kingsford-Smith Cup second, but from 10 goes on Good-rated tracks is yet to post a win.
See below for the latest Stradbroke Handicap 2017 odds, betting open online now at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2017 Stradbroke Handicap Betting
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