Official weights for the major Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse have been released, charging a list of 100 hopefuls with allocations of a race-low 50.5kgs through to a race-high 59kgs.
A leading performer over the 2013 Australian racing calendar, local hero Buffering has been confirmed as sole runner allocated the task of overcoming 59 kilograms in the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap.
The standout performer of the 2013 spring, Buffering was unlucky to finish second to Samaready in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) first-up before completing an incredible run of three consecutive victories at the highest level of Australian racing in claiming the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
Unable to claim a race victory over four starts this preparation, trainer Robert Heathcote has confirmed Buffering will return to the spelling paddock and will not accept a position in the final field of the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap, meaning fellow Queenslander Spirit Of Boom will likely jump with a race-high weight of 58.5kgs on June 7th, with weights set to be lifted a further 1 kilogram.
Returning to the track in career-best form this season, Spirit Of Boom was unlucky to finish second behind the world’s leading sprinter Lankan Rupee in both the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before breaking through for a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on March 21st.
Returning to Brisbane in similarly impressive condition, the Sequalo entire was unlucky to finish second in both the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) last time out.
A total of 23 entrants have been offered the chance to enter at a race-low weight of just 50.5 kilograms, including exciting sprinters Hucklebuck and The Quarterback.
Claiming an impressive record of five wins and two places from just nine competitive starts to date, Hucklebuck was a standout performer over early 2014 autumn racing events; winning the Dominant Handicap (1200m) first-up and the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) before finishing off the pace in eighth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) after suffering respiratory issues.
Returning with a strong run for fourth in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) last time out, the Elvstroem gelding will be offered a great chance to make the most of the low weight if allocated an ideal barrier.
Also performing well over the 2014 autumn, The Quarterback has claimed three wins and three minor places from just nine appearance on track to date, and will be making a maiden appearance north of the border if accepted into the final field of the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap.
A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap is set to be determined by the morning of Wednesday, June 4th.
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2014 Stradbroke Handicap Weights
|2||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||57.5kg|
|3||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||56kg|
|4||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||55.5kg|
|5||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||55.5kg|
|6||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||55.5kg|
|7||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride||55.5kg|
|8||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||55kg|
|9||RIVER LAD||Natalie Mccall||54.5kg|
|10||HOT SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||54kg|
|19||BENNY’S BUTTONS||Kelso Wood||52.5kg|
|20||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon Corstens||52.5kg|
|21||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller||52.5kg|
|24||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes||52.5kg|
|25||SCAPOLO (NZ)||Kevin Myers||52.5kg|
|29||BELLE DE COEUR||Luke Price||52kg|
|31||BLACK CASH||Kelly Doughty||52kg|
|34||CHINTZ (NZ)||Joseph Pride||52kg|
|35||CHOICE BRO||John Sargent||52kg|
|36||DOLLY DOLLY (NZ)||Brian Smith||52kg|
|39||ESSAY RAIDER||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||52kg|
|40||FIRE UP FIFI||Robert Heathcote||52kg|
|41||FLORIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody||52kg|
|42||FULL OF SPIRIT||Peter G Moody||52kg|
|43||HENWOOD (NZ)||John Sadler||52kg|
|44||HIDDEN WARRIOR||Gordon Yorke||52kg|
|46||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith||52kg|
|48||LUCKY HUSSLER||Kent Fleming||52kg|
|50||MISHANI STEALTH||Les Ross||52kg|
|51||MISHANI WARRIOR||Les Ross||52kg|
|52||OFFICE BEARER||Peter G Moody||52kg|
|53||PERON||John P Thompson||52kg|
|55||PLATINUM ROCKER||Simon A Miller||52kg|
|56||PLUCKY BELLE||Peter G Moody||52kg|
|58||ROLLOUT THE CARPET||Jeff McVean & Emma-Lee Browne||52kg|
|59||RUGGED CROSS (GB)||Chris Waller||52kg|
|60||SACRED STAR||Tony Pike||52kg|
|61||SAID COM (NZ)||Chris Waller||52kg|
|63||SCORPIO QUEEN||Kris Lees||52kg|
|64||SCREAM MACHINE||Jason Coyle||52kg|
|66||STARTSMEUP||Bruce W Hill||52kg|
|67||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||52kg|
|68||THAT’S THE ONE||Barry Baldwin||52kg|
|69||THE WHITE HOPE||Matthew Dunn||52kg|
|70||TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ)||Chris Waller||52kg|
|71||TROMBONE ALLEY||Alicia Willick||52kg|
|72||TURBULENT JET||Lee Curtis||52kg|
|73||TYPHOON RED||Kevin Kemp||52kg|
|74||VAIN QUEEN||John Sadler||52kg|
|76||VINTAGE MOSS||John M Fitzgerald||52kg|
|77||YOU’LL NEVER||Chris Waller||52kg|
|79||BEAUTY’S BEAST (NZ)||David Greene||50.5kg|
|82||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes||50.5kg|
|87||INTO THE RED||Kelso Wood||50.5kg|
|88||JAZZ SONG||Mick Price||50.5kg|
|92||MISS SUNSET||Liam Birchley||50.5kg|
|93||NICKED AND COURT||Liam Birchley||50.5kg|
|94||OLYMPIC ANTHEM (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||50.5kg|
|96||SIR ANDREW (NZ)||Richard Otto||50.5kg|
|98||SPY DECODER (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||50.5kg|
|99||THE QUARTERBACK||Robbie Griffiths||50.5kg|
|100||WHISKEY ALLROUND||Tony Gollan||50.5kg|