2024 Stradbroke Handicap Results: Three-Year-Old Filly Stefi Magnetica Beats Bella Nipotina

June 15, 2024

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Results: Three-Year-Old Filly Stefi Magnetica Beats Bella Nipotina

In an incredible finish to Queensland’s best race, Bjorn Baker’s three-year-old filly Stefi Magnetica was able to hold off Bella Nipotina thanks to a gun ride by young Zac Lloyd to claim a thrilling victory in the 2024 Stradbroke Handicap results at Eagle Farm.

Zac Lloyd

Zac Lloyd (pictured winning in Sydney) secured his first Group 1 aboard Stefi Magnetica in the 2024 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm. Photo: Steve Hart.

Son of former champion hoop Jeff Lloyd, Lloyd junior secured his maiden elite level win when making a winning move to go up the inside of his rivals and zoom home along the fence aboard Stefi Magnetica in this year’s Group 1 $3 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

“Very, very proud,” the winning jockey’s father told Sky Thoroughbred Central post-race.

“He’s been crying out to win a Group 1. To win it in Queensland, my home town, I couldn’t be prouder.”

It capped off an incredible rise through the ranks for the All Too Hard three-year-old Stefi Magnetica whose latest win was in a Benchmark 58 race at Orange back in December last year.

The progressive filly put in a top run fresh two back on May 18 crossing only 1.48 lengths off Bella Nipotina in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) before a Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1400m) third at Eagle Farm a fortnight back.

She presented fit third-up and ready to fire in the great Stradbroke race, relishing a drop right back to 50kg in the handicap classic.

“She’s an amazing filly,” stable rep Jim Clarke said when interviewed in place of Baker who is in London for jockey Rachel King’s wedding.

“Bjorn opted to give her a short break and set her for the winter.

“Her run in the 10,000 was amazing.

“An amazing ride there.

“To win Queensland’s greatest race with a filly…trained by one of my best mates is the biggest thrill of my career.”

The eventual winner suffered an early blow drawing out wide in gate 19, but that proved no barrier for Lloyd who got the filly into a lovely position the early stages before reading the race well and taking the cut up the inside.

“It’s amazing,” he said.

“I was very confidence pre-race. We honestly thought we were on the right horse.

“I had to make a decision…and I was travelling so well so I was happy to go up the inside with her.

“She was great.”

Ciaron Maher’s Doomben 10,000 winning mare Bella Nipotina presented the danger charging home on the outside the closing stages having also overcome a horror alley/

She was unable to run down her younger rival however giving away too weight with the top billing of 56kg.

In third completing the Stradbroke Handicap trifecta was the beaten favourite, James Cummings’ Group 2 Moreton Cup winner the weekend prior Vilana who was also brave in defeat.

Stefi Magnetica made history as the first three-year-old filly to win the Stradbroke since La Montagna back in 2006.

She looks set for a big upcoming spring carnival now with plenty of elite level options interstate.

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 17 STEFI MAGNETICA Bjorn Baker Zac Lloyd (a) 15 50kg $15
2 1 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 0.25L 17 56kg $11
3 6 VILANA James Cummings Tim Clark 2.35L 11 53kg $4.80F
4 9 THE INEVITABLE John Keys Craig Newitt 3.53L 6 53kg $26
5 10 AMENABLE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Chad Schofield 4.31L 13 53kg $9
6 12 OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis 5.21L 9 52.5kg $41
7 8 NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher Jason Collett 5.39L 8 53kg $14
8 4 BENEDETTA Jason Warren Daniel Stackhouse 5.41L 4 54kg $13
9 15 DREAM HOUR Kris Lees Robbie Dolan 5.51L 2 51.5kg $101
10 14 SEMANA Ciaron Maher Dylan Gibbons (a) 5.81L 18 52kg $21
11 18 ROLL ON HIGH Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Will Price 5.9L 10 50kg $26
12 3 ANTINO (NZ) Tony Gollan Vlad Duric 6.03L 16 54.5kg $7
13 16 STEPARTY Paul Preusker Dean Yendall 8.67L 3 50.5kg $16
14 2 MAGIC TIME Grahame Begg Michael Dee 9.35L 7 55.5kg $13
15 5 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Tommy Berry 10.16L 12 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $61
16 13 MIGHTY ULYSSES (GB) Annabel Neasham Damien Thornton 12.48L 14 52.5kg $26
17 11 PRINCE OF BOOM Robert Heathcote Tyler Schiller 14.17L 5 52.5kg $26
18 7 HERE TO SHOCK (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Regan Bayliss 14.69L 1 53kg $31
22e AUREUS ANGEL Chris Munce 0
23e CIFRADO Rex Lipp 0
21e STRAIT ACER Edward Cummings 0
19e FREEDOM RALLY Tony Gollan Tyler Schiller 0
20e YELLOW BRICK Tony & Maddysen Sears Kyle Wilson-Taylor 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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