Trekking Leads Capacity 2020 Stradbroke Handicap Field

June 2, 2020

Trekking Leads Capacity 2020 Stradbroke Handicap Field

A capacity final field of winter hopefuls will face off at Eagle Farm on Saturday in the Stradbroke Handicap 2020 with the line-up led by the Godolphin-raced topweight Trekking.

Trekking. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Defending champion Trekking is back chasing successive victories in the 2020 Stradbroke Handicap on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Last start winner of the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide, the James Cummings-trained Street Cry five-year-old Trekking carries 58kg on the weekend in this year’s Group 1 $350,000 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

The reduced prize money due to COVID-19 hasn’t put a dent in the class of the Stradbroke Handicap field and Trekking will be out to add to his strong record at Eagle Farm.

Last Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival the horse ran under a length third behind The Bostonian in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) before his 1.75 length victory in the Stradbroke.

He rises four kilos from his winning weight 12 months ago, but remains one of the early favourites in Stradbroke Handicap betting at $5 through Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s barrier draw.

If successful on Saturday, Trekking will become the first back-to-back Stradbroke Handicap winner since Black Piranha (2009-10).

Cummings and the Godolphin stable saddle-up a total of four runners in the event with Trekking joined by in-form Lonhro four-year-old Ranier chasing a third win on the trot, the hit-and-miss 2018 Randwick Guineas winner Kementari and exciting filly Exhilarates.

Taylor Marshall is booked to ride Exhilarates who gets into the Stradbroke carrying just 49.5kg, the three-year-old daughter of Snitzel coming off two good runs this time in.

First-up on May 16 she was third in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) before her last start second at Doomben in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) when carrying 55kg.

She will be flying with the lightweight on the weekend and faces her two most recent conquerors with the Gold Coast Guineas winner Hightail and Fred Best Classic champ Dawn Passage the other two three-year-olds in this year’s Stradbroke field.

Peter & Paul Snowden opted to withdraw Hightail from last weekend’s Fred Best Classic field after the Stradbroke first acceptances revealed their talented Written Tycoon gelding was assured of a run in Queensland’s premier race.

Dawn Passage meanwhile will be on the quick back-up after winning the Stradbroke Handicap ballot exemption via a dominant display in the Fred Best Classic, the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Dawn Approach colt the new favourite.

Pre-barrier Stradbroke Handicap odds have Dawn Passage on top at $4.40, the flying youngster chasing a fourth win on the trot have also recently won the Hawkesbury Guineas – Inglis Guineas double at Rosehill.

The other best fancied of the Stradbroke Handicap acceptors is the Jenny Graham-trained Victorem ($10), the I Am Invincible five-year-old currently stabled at Eagle Farm with Barry Lockwood.

Victorem showed his affinity for the track on May 23 winning the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) in an upset and drops from 56.5kg to just 52.5kg on the weekend as he shoots for the double.

The Stradbroke Handicap barrier draw will be conducted at 5:30pm on Tuesday afternoon with current markets available here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Stradbroke Handicap Final Field

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barriers (TBA) Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x81324x721 TREKKING James Cummings Michael Cahill 0 58kg
2 39x27x3358 KEMENTARI James Cummings Ryan Maloney 0 55.5kg
3 22x81412x2 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea James Orman 0 53kg
4 3104210×11 RANIER James Cummings Larry Cassidy 0 53kg
5 x2814x2x01 VICTOREM Jenny Graham Dale Smith 0 52.5kg
6 x86436x775 TYZONE Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 0 52.5kg
7 x578x568x4 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Bjorn Baker Justin Huxtable (a) 0 52.5kg
8 1x8211x449 VEGA ONE Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 0 52kg
9 306x010x04 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Corey Bayliss (a) 0 52kg
10 40x3440x45 GRAFF Kris Lees Sean Cormack 0 52kg
11 213115×823 DEEP IMAGE Robert Heathcote Ms Stephanie Thornton 0 51.5kg
12 0x07x25x46 WINTER BRIDE Toby & Trent Edmonds Jake Bayliss 0 51kg
13 x41011x970 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Jason Taylor 0 51kg
14 00x1281x34 OUTBACK BARBIE Tony Gollan Mark Du Plessis 0 51kg
15 3321722213 BAM’S ON FIRE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tegan Harrison 0 51kg
16 x156x28111 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 0 50kg
17 x28x214x11 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Spriggs 0 50kg
18 1127x53x32 EXHILARATES James Cummings Taylor Marshall 0 49.5kg
19e 01x165x223 BACCARAT BABY David Vandyke Micheal Hellyer 0 51kg
20e x88880x992 BRAVE SONG Peter & Paul Snowden  TBA 0 51.5kg
21e 4466×61260 BANDIPUR Kelly Purdy  TBA 0 51kg 101
22e 21x7574x55 MILITARY ZONE Peter & Paul Snowden  TBA 0 51kg 99
23e 527×520640 DELECTATION GIRL (GB) Kris Lees  TBA 0 51kg 99

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