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Stradbroke Handicap Day at Eagle Farm

June 8, 2019 | By More

Eagle Farm takes centre stage this weekend with 3 Group 1’s including the iconic feature event, the $1.5M Stradbroke Handicap.

What a ripper race the Straddie is this year! A wide-open affair with enormous value for punters. Kiwi visitor and giant killer The Bostonian will attempt to carry top weight of 57kg and win a third Group 1 this trip. Can he do it or will Godolphin win with Home of the Brave? It promises to be an epic contest that befits the incredible list of previous winners of the race.

As always, we examine the historical aspects of the race in an attempt to uncover some hitherto unrealised value for villagebet punters. Make sure you have your account open at our preferred online bookmaker and we’ll look at the program of G1 races to find a winner or two.

Queensland Derby

First up is the 2019 Queensland Derby 2400m. It is pretty easy to work out the chances from a historical perspective.

The Rough Habit and the Grand Prix are the main lead-ups and the Queensland Oaks and S.A Derby are also good guides to the race. History says you want horses trained from outside Queensland and starting at $10 or less.

Mr Quickie brings form through the SA Derby in which he finished 3rd to Qafila. He got a long way back off a very slow tempo and was in an impossible position to make up ground. Nonetheless, he still powered home with fantastic sectionals. Mr Quickie at $5.00 in most markets is our main bet.

Postscript: Mr Quickie won the Queensland Derby from Vow and Declare and Aliferous. Mr Quickie was the favourite and paid $2.60 for the win.

Aliferous $12.00 is also fancied. Fun Fact $16.00, Savvy Oak $20.00, Lord Arthur $21.00, A Man To Match $41.00 and Re Edit $6.50 are also added for the exotics.

J.J. Atkins Plate

The J.J Atkins Plate for 2YO’s over 1600m is a good edition this year with many promising types.

The BRC Sires Produce Stakes is the main lead-up form. Those having had their last run in Sydney are also in the mix. The S.A Sires Produce also has some precedent.

Again, we are looking for horses trained outside Queensland and who have drawn barriers between 3 and 10. Previous winners of the race started at the odds of $10.00 and under.

Accession $3.60, Strasbourg $5.00, Kubrick $11.00, Prince Fawaz $4.20 and Reloaded $6.00 are the chances.

We think the main bet is Prince Fawaz $4.20. The Fastnet Rock colt won with something in hand at Randwick last start and will be tough to beat.

Postscript: Prince Fawaz won the J.J. Atkins Plate from Kubrick and Reloaded. Prince Fawaz was well-backed and paid $3.70 for the win. The trifecta paid $375.50. The First Four, with Shadow Hero 4th, paid $2,881.30

Kubrick $11.00 is the value. Unbeaten in 2 starts, he could give jockey Johnny Allen a nice G1 victory here.

If you are looking for a few runners to throw in at $10.00+ for the exotics, Shadow Hero $14.00, Eric The Eel $41.00 and Ballistic Boy $34.00 are the way to go.

The Stradbroke Handicap

Finally, the iconic Queensland showpiece, the $1.5M G1 Stradbroke Handicap. The important races to concentrate on are the Kingsford Smith Cup, the BCR Sprint and the Goodwood. We are looking for horses trained outside Queensland, and starting at decent odds of between $11.00 and $30.00. The three chances therefore are Princess Posh, Spright and Irithea.

Princess Posh $26.00 produced a huge run in the Kingsford Smith to finish second at odds of $151. Most importantly, she has G1 form having placed in the Coolmore earlier this year. She draws to get a soft run midfield and if she gets breaks at the right time, can figure in the finish. Because of these reasons, Princess Posh $26.00 is our main bet.

Postscript: Princess Posh was a late scratching at 3:28 pm by order of stewards acting on veterinary advice. 

Irithea $26.00 is the saver. A noted leader but is drawn wide. Irithea was so brave in the Kingsford Smith. The expected frantic tempo up front may not be ideal for her but will give a great sight.

Widgee Turf $10.00 from Melbourne is in peak form and registered the fastest final 200m in the G1 Doncaster. Given a charmed run, he is right up to his ears in this. Pretty in Pink $14.00 carries a postage stamp from an inside gate and therefore will figure prominently.

Will Spright $12.00 provide G1-Glen Boss with his 83rd G1 winner? The Hinchinbrook mare has a huge finishing burst.

Tyzone $9.00 is flying and his last start win in the Group 3 BTC Sprint was a career-best performance. The Stradbroke should set up perfectly for him because he gets a pattern to suit with plenty of speed, much of it drawn out wide. In a wide open race, he looks as strong a chance as any.

The Bostonian $4.80, Widgee Turf $10.00, Trekking $6.50, I’m A Rippa $81.00 and Pretty In Pink $14.00 should fill the exotics.

Postscript: Trekking won the Stradbroke from Tyzone and Endless Drama. Trekking paid $7.60 for the win.

Good luck on Stradbroke Handicap Day!

The Mayor’s racing tips and best bets will be available in the morning so remember to log into Villagebet and grab them before heading out and about.

If you can’t be at the track, make sure you log into the Thoroughbred Village racing forum where you’ll join hundreds of race fans and punters discussing the day’s proceedings. It’s the next best thing to being there!

Wishing everyone many winners and lots of success! 

By Voyager, a Village member since 2007.

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