Ayrton Heads 2022 Stradbroke Handicap Field & Betting

June 7, 2022

Ayrton Heads 2022 Stradbroke Handicap Field & Betting

The bookies are tipping a return to form from the Mick Price & Michael Kent Junior-trained Aryton who heads betting on the 2022 Stradbroke Handicap final field in Brisbane this weekend.

Ayrton | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Races.com.au

Ayrton is favourite to take out the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap in 2022 at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Queensland’s richest race dominates the Eagle Farm card on Saturday with the running of the Group 1 $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

This year’s Stradbroke Handicap field features a capacity line-up of winter hopefuls led in betting by Victorian raider Ayrton.

The Kiwi-bred son of Iffraaj has a six-from-nine career record ahead of his Group 1 debut.

Two back the four-year-old was good winning Caulfield’s Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) before a disappointing eighth behind Zaaki at the Gold Coast on May 7 in the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m).

Kept fresh since, Ayrton returns for a shot at the Stradbroke coming back from 59kg that run to just 54kg in the handicap classic with Jamie Kah also coming back aboard.

Proven at the track having won last winter’s Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1600m) here on the same day in 2021, he should also appreciate coming back to 1400m having a stellar record over the distance (5:3-1-1).

The latest Stradbroke Handicap betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au have Aryton at a firm $4.80 to win.

There are two other single-figure fancies in the current pre-barrier markets with Kingsford-Smith Cup graduates Eleven Eleven ($6) and Apache Chase ($9).

The local Desleigh Forster-trained Better Than Ready four-year-old Apache Chase was excellent at Eagle Farm on May 28 narrowly denying Paulele victory in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m).

Jim Byrne continues associations with the eight-time winner at the track, Apache Chase also boasting a strong 1400m record (10:6-0-2) ahead of his shot at the Group 1 double.

He looks value too coming back from 59kg to 55.5kg.

The Gregory Hickman-trained Eleven Eleven was also good in the same key lead-up running a second-up third only a quarter-length beaten.

Winner of the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions Cup over 1400m back in January, the five-year-old son of Fasnet Rock presents as a threat again here fit third-up with Hugh Bowman to ride.

Outside of the runners under $10 Stradbroke Handicap odds the other best in betting is Alligator Blood ($10), the Queensland expat now prepared by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott out of Sydney.

It has been a long time between drinks for the now five-year-old son of All Too Hard who last enjoyed victory back in February 2020 winning Flemington’s Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Raced sparingly since, he looked back to his best fresh a fortnight ago here when narrowly denied a return to winning form at a big price finishing second to Soxagon in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1300m).

Last Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival the Michael Moroney-trained Tofane became the first Stradbroke Handicap winning mare since Srikandi (2015) to beat home the boys.

This year the best fancied of the female gallopers looking to go back-to-back for the girls include the Tony Gollan-trained Magic Millions Sprint winning mare Isotope ($13) last seen running ninth in the Kingsford-Smith Cup and the Rob Heathcote-trained filly Startantes ($13).

Other standout Straddie hopes include the Heathcote-trained Group 1 winner Rothfire ($13) and Joe Pride’s 57kg top-weight Private Eye ($15).

The official Stradbroke Handicap 2022 barrier draw took place at 5:15pm (AEST) on Tuesday evening with Ayrton drawing out in barrier 19.

Click here for the latest Stradbroke Handicap 2022 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2022 Stradbroke Handicap Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 74185×3508 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 1 57kg 109
2 8x5x573040 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 13 56.5kg 108
3 x114133x21 APACHE CHASE Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 3 55.5kg 110
4 56x4181x43 ELEVEN ELEVEN Gregory Hickman Hugh Bowman 5 55.5kg 108
5 320x4x68x2 ALLIGATOR BLOOD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 21 55kg 107
6 2x40x35x11 SOXAGON Mark Currie Brad Stewart 11 54.5kg 0.5kg 106
7 181x29x619 EMERALD KINGDOM Robert Heathcote Kerrin McEvoy 2 54.5kg 105
8 0x20x79860 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan 14 54.5kg 104
9 x14x47x554 ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Tommy Berry 20 54.5kg 106
10 00x582x450 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 18 54.5kg 105
11 x121x13x18 AYRTON (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 19 54kg 104
12 11x638x510 BANDERSNATCH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jason Collett 12 54kg 104
13 43244×7036 NICCANOVA Steve Tregea Anthony Allen 16 53.5kg 103
14 0x02108x26 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Ms Rachel King 10 53.5kg 103
15 Lx12x1x079 ISOTOPE Tony Gollan William Pike 4 52.5kg 105
16 x054x26266 BROOKLYN HUSTLE Jason Warren & Dean Krongold Craig Williams 22 52kg 104
17 21×1151 VILANA James Cummings Ms Stephanie Thornton 8 50.5kg 97
18 30x362x459 STARTANTES Robert Heathcote Taylor Marshall 15 50kg 99
19e x662x61x27 SCALLOPINI Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted Boris Thornton 7 53.5kg 54kg 103
20e 1745×24091 RANCH HAND Chris Waller Jay Ford 23 50.5kg 97
21e 7×41916118 FLYING CRAZY Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 17 50.5kg 97
22e 4x2122x157 TYCOONIST Chris Waller 9 51.5kg 99
23e 2123221×14 FRANKIE PINOT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 6 51.5kg 99

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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