A talented list of 100 runners has been nominated for an appearance in the major Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 7th, highlighted by several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.
Arguably Queensland’s most talented current race horse, trainer Robert Heathcote has nominated Buffering for an appearance in the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap.
Securing 15 wins and 15 places from his 40 competitive race starts to date, Buffering was one of the standout performers of the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, claiming the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) first-up and unlucky not to break through for a maiden Group 1 title in finishing fourth in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m), third in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and second in the 2013 edition of the Stradbroke.
Returning to the track in undoubtable career best form in the spring, the talented Mossman gelding finished second in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) first-up before breaking the drought with incredible back-to-back victories in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
Finishing third in the rain soaked Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) last time out, Heathcote is confident of another strong carnival for his stable’s star over the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and victory in the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap.
Trainer Chris Waller is poised to launch a massive assault on the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap; nominating no fewer than 10 of his runners for an appearance, including Arinosa, Catkins and Red Tracer.
Securing an impressive total of nine wins and six places from 33 race starts to date, Arinosa has been unable to figure over three appearances in 2014, but is a proven performer over winter events.
A standout performer over the 2014 autumn season, Catkins secured three victories and a place form five starts, and arguably figures as one of Australia’s most talented performers yet to claim a victory at the highest level of racing.
One of 2013’s highest achievers, Red Tracer broke through for a maiden Group 1 victory in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) during the 2013 winter racing carnival, before returning to the track in spring to claim the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
Closing the 2014 autumn with a strong turn of foot to finish third in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m), Red Tracer arguably offers Waller his greatest chance of success in the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap.
Claiming five wins and two places from only eight race starts to date, Hucklebuck was returned to the spelling paddock after suffering respiratory issues when eighth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 1st, but has a return for the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap earmarked this season.
Securing a dominant win amongst classy company in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) one race prior to the Guineas, trainer Phillip Stokes had outlined a busy schedule for the Elvstroem gelding over autumn, but is confident of a return to winning form throughout winter.
Breaking through for a maiden Group 1 victory in The Galaxy (1100m) on March 29th, Tiger Tees was one of the shock performers in major events over autumn, having also registered good results in the T.J. Smith and Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).
A great chance of extending his strong run of form, trainer Joseph Pride revealed the Stradbroke as a long target for the Dubawi gelding at the beginning of 2014.
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2014 Stradbroke Handicap Nominations
|5||BEAUTY’S BEAST (NZ)||David Greene|
|6||BELLE DE COEUR||Luke Price|
|9||BENNY’S BUTTONS||Kelso Wood|
|10||BLACK CASH||Kelly Doughty|
|15||CHINTZ (NZ)||Joseph Pride|
|16||CHOICE BRO||John Sargent|
|17||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon Corstens|
|19||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|20||DOLLY DOLLY (NZ)||Brian Smith|
|26||ESSAY RAIDER||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas|
|27||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith|
|28||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes|
|29||FIRE UP FIFI||Robert Heathcote|
|30||FLORIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|31||FULL OF SPIRIT||Peter G Moody|
|34||HENWOOD (NZ)||John Sadler|
|35||HIDDEN WARRIOR||Gordon Yorke|
|38||HOT SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan|
|41||INTO THE RED||Kelso Wood|
|42||JAZZ SONG||Mick Price|
|44||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith|
|49||LUCKY HUSSLER||Kent Fleming|
|53||MISHANI STEALTH||Les Ross|
|54||MISHANI WARRIOR||Les Ross|
|55||MISS SUNSET||Liam Birchley|
|56||NICKED AND COURT||Liam Birchley|
|57||OFFICE BEARER||Peter G Moody|
|58||OLYMPIC ANTHEM (NZ)||Robert Heathcote|
|59||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes|
|60||PERON||John P Thompson|
|63||PLATINUM ROCKER||Simon A Miller|
|64||PLUCKY BELLE||Peter G Moody|
|65||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli|
|66||RED TRACER||Chris Waller|
|68||RIVER LAD||Natalie Mccall|
|69||ROLLOUT THE CARPET||Emma-Lee Browne|
|71||RUGGED CROSS (GB)||Chris Waller|
|72||SACRED STAR||Tony Pike|
|73||SAID COM (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|75||SCAPOLO (NZ)||Kevin Myers|
|76||SCORPIO QUEEN||Les Kelly|
|78||SIR ANDREW (NZ)||Richard Otto|
|79||SOLZHENITSYN (NZ)||Robert Heathcote|
|81||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan|
|83||SPY DECODER (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|84||STARTSMEUP||Bruce W Hill|
|85||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff|
|86||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan|
|87||THAT’S THE ONE||Barry Baldwin|
|88||THE QUARTERBACK||Robbie Griffiths|
|89||THE WHITE HOPE||Matthew Dunn|
|90||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride|
|91||TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|92||TROMBONE ALLEY||Alicia Willick|
|93||TURBULENT JET||Lee Curtis|
|94||TYPHOON RED||Kevin Kemp|
|96||VAIN QUEEN||John Sadler|
|98||VINTAGE MOSS||John M Fitzgerald|
|99||WHISKEY ALLROUND||Tony Gollan|
|100||YOU’LL NEVER||Chris Waller|