Stradbroke Handicap 2020 Barriers: Favourite Dawn Passage Draws Outside

June 3, 2020

Stradbroke Handicap 2020 Barriers: Favourite Dawn Passage Draws Outside

Saturday’s 2020 Stradbroke Handicap favourite Dawn Passage suffered an early blow on Tuesday afternoon drawing the extreme outside barrier for Queensland’s premier race at Eagle Farm.

Dawn Passage (photo: Steve Hart). Races.com.au

In-form colt Dawn Passage has drawn the far outside barrier for Saturday’s 2020 Stradbroke Handicap. Photo: Steve Hart.

A capacity field is engaged for this season’s Group 1 $350,000 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), one of only two elite level races taking place during the COVID-19 affected Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival for 2020.

With a full 18 starters plus five emergencies, there were 23 barriers drawn on Tuesday afternoon and the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained youngster Dawn Passage came up with the widest alley.

The in-form Dawn Approach colt remains favourite to extend his winning streak to four on the trot despite the wide barrier.

The three-year-old is on the quick back-up having won his way into the Stradbroke field via last weekend’s Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben.

That followed on from his back-to-back Rosehill wins in the Hawkesbury Guineas and Inglis Guineas, both contested over the 1400m distance of the Stradbroke.

Having carted 56.5kg to a dominant win last Saturday, Dawn Passage looks a genuine lightweight hope dropping back to just 50kg for the Group 1 with James Innes Jnr to ride.

Updated Stradbroke Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au list Dawn Passage at an easing $4.60 to join Black Piranha (2009) as the only favourite to salute in the race since 2004.

Occupying the second line of Stradbroke Handicap betting at $7 is the defending champion Trekking for Godolphin out to emulate Black Piranha (2009-10) as the last dual winner.

The James Cummings-trained son of Street Cry was last seen winning Adelaide’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) and gives the weight away to his rivals on Saturday allocated 58kg.

Trekking too remains in favour with the punters despite having no luck barrier-wise, the horse to jump from 17 of 18 once emergencies come out having drawn 22.

Last year he won from barrier 8 of 17 carrying just 54kg.

“There is no doubt the barrier draw has opened the race right up,” Tom Hackett from Ladbrokes.com.au said on Tuesday.

“We are still keeping Dawn Passage safe, despite the wide barrier, but this does make Trekking’s task much more difficult.”

Drawing far more favourably with an ideal barrier nine meanwhile is the $7.50 third elect, last start Group 2 Victory Stakes winner at the track Victorem.

Prepared in Port Macquarie by Jenny Graham, the I Am Invincible five-year-old is currently stabled with Barry Lockwood at Eagle Farm and his Victory Stakes win over 1200m on May 23 was his second from four starts at the track.

The last of the current single-figure hopefuls and another for the powerhouse Godolphin stable, smart filly Exhilarates is at $9.50 carrying only 49.5kg from a gun barrier four draw.

She comes off two strong placings behind fellow Stradbroke hopefuls Hightail and Dawn Passage and with the ideal gate and weight stands a strong chance to turn the tables this weekend in tougher grade.

“She will be able to take up a nice position. She’s only got 49.5kg, she’s got a great barrier, we don’t see the 1400m as an issue. On the seven-day back-up like she did in the Magic Millions, it’s not a bad formula,” Godolphin’s Vin Cox told The Courier Mail.

Click here for the updated Stradbroke Handicap 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Stradbroke Handicap Barrier Draw

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x81324x721 TREKKING James Cummings Michael Cahill 22 58kg 116
2 39x27x3358 KEMENTARI James Cummings Ryan Maloney 10 55.5kg 110
3 22x81412x2 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea James Orman 17 53kg 106
4 3104210×11 RANIER James Cummings Larry Cassidy 19 53kg 106
5 x2814x2x01 VICTOREM Jenny Graham Dale Smith 9 52.5kg 109
6 x86436x775 TYZONE Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 21 52.5kg 104
7 x578x568x4 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Bjorn Baker Justin Huxtable (a) 11 52.5kg 105
8 1x8211x449 VEGA ONE Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 20 52kg 102
9 306x010x04 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Corey Bayliss (a) 14 52kg 103
10 40x3440x45 GRAFF Kris Lees Sean Cormack 2 52kg 103
11 213115×823 DEEP IMAGE Robert Heathcote Ms Stephanie Thornton 18 51.5kg 102
12 0x07x25x46 WINTER BRIDE Toby & Trent Edmonds Jake Bayliss 16 51kg 105
13 x41011x970 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Jason Taylor 13 51kg 104
14 00x1281x34 OUTBACK BARBIE Tony Gollan Mark Du Plessis 8 51kg 104
15 3321722213 BAM’S ON FIRE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tegan Harrison 1 51kg 102
16 x156x28111 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 23 50kg 100
17 x28x214x11 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Spriggs 5 50kg 96
18 1127x53x32 EXHILARATES James Cummings Taylor Marshall 4 49.5kg 96
19e 01x165x223 BACCARAT BABY David Vandyke Micheal Hellyer 3 51kg 102
20e x88880x992 BRAVE SONG Peter & Paul Snowden  TBA 12 51.5kg 102
21e 4466×61260 BANDIPUR Kelly Purdy  TBA 7 51kg 101
22e 21x7574x55 MILITARY ZONE Peter & Paul Snowden  TBA 15 51kg 99
23e 527×520640 DELECTATION GIRL (GB) Kris Lees  TBA 6 51kg 99

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