2014 Stradbroke Handicap Weights Released

May 26th, 2014

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.

Spirit Of Boom is likely to carry a race-high weight in the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap

Spirit Of Boom is likely to carry a race-high weight in the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap. Photo: Daniel Costello

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

# Horse Trainer Weight
1 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote 59kg
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
11 CATKINS Chris Waller 53.5kg
12 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell 53.5kg
13 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Con Karakatsanis 53.5kg
14 PLATELET Darren Weir 53.5kg
15 BELLTONE Kelso Wood 53kg
16 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse 53kg
17 KNOYDART John O’Shea 53kg
18 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen 52.5kg
19 BENNY’S BUTTONS Kelso Wood 52.5kg
20 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon Corstens 52.5kg
21 COUP AY TEE (NZ) Chris Waller 52.5kg
22 HONORIUS David Payne 52.5kg
23 MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht 52.5kg
24 PAGO ROCK David Hayes 52.5kg
25 SCAPOLO (NZ) Kevin Myers 52.5kg
26 UNPRETENTIOUS Nikki Burke 52.5kg
27 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher 52kg
28 ARINOSA Chris Waller 52kg
29 BELLE DE COEUR Luke Price 52kg
30 BENNETTA Grahame Begg 52kg
31 BLACK CASH Kelly Doughty 52kg
32 BUAKAW Matthew Dunn 52kg
33 BYMONASHEE Brian Smith 52kg
34 CHINTZ (NZ) Joseph Pride 52kg
35 CHOICE BRO John Sargent 52kg
36 DOLLY DOLLY (NZ) Brian Smith 52kg
37 DOUBTFILLY Stuart Kendrick 52kg
38 EMBLEMS John O’Shea 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
45 KAYPERS Greg Bennett 52kg
46 KINGDOMS (NZ) Brian Smith 52kg
47 LONHSPRESSO Darren Weir 52kg
48 LUCKY HUSSLER Kent Fleming 52kg
49 MASTHEAD Chris Waller 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
54 PICKABEE Caitlin Lavin 52kg
55 PLATINUM ROCKER Simon A Miller 52kg
56 PLUCKY BELLE Peter G Moody 52kg
57 REPARATIONS Anthony Freedman 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
62 SALUTER Robert Heathcote 52kg
63 SCORPIO QUEEN Kris Lees 52kg
64 SCREAM MACHINE Jason Coyle 52kg
65 SOMEDAY Kelso Wood 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
75 VELROSSO Chris Waller 52kg
76 VINTAGE MOSS John M Fitzgerald 52kg
77 YOU’LL NEVER Chris Waller 52kg
78 AGADIR John O’Shea 50.5kg
79 BEAUTY’S BEAST (NZ) David Greene 50.5kg
80 DOTHRAKI Gerald Ryan 50.5kg
81 ENQUARE Jason McLachlan 50.5kg
82 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes 50.5kg
83 GREGERS David Hayes 50.5kg
84 HAVANA Paul Messara 50.5kg
85 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote 50.5kg
86 HUCKLEBUCK Phillip Stokes 50.5kg
87 INTO THE RED Kelso Wood 50.5kg
88 JAZZ SONG Mick Price 50.5kg
89 KRAFTWERK Troy Corstens 50.5kg
90 LONDEHERO Matthew Dunn 50.5kg
91 MINIATURE John O’Shea 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
95 RUDY Helen Page 50.5kg
96 SIR ANDREW (NZ) Richard Otto 50.5kg
97 SPLENDORA Matthew Dunn 50.5kg
98 SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings 50.5kg
99 THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths 50.5kg
100 WHISKEY ALLROUND Tony Gollan 50.5kg