A talented field of 18 plus five emergencies has been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s featured Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Aiming for an incredible sixth consecutive race win in the Stradbroke Handicap this weekend, Srikandi has maintained favouritism in betting markets for success, but has been joined on the top line of betting by exciting sprinter Hucklebuck following Wednesday’s barrier draw.
Claiming an impressive record of six race wins and one second place of just seven competitive starts, Srikandi is yet to appear in a Group 1 race, but has more than earned her place as favourite for the Stradbroke Handicap in winning the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m), Listed Juanmo Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) most recently.
While allocated the awkward barrier 13, trainer Ciaron Maher is confident the Dubawi filly will not be affected by the draw, having saddled her to victory from the same alley last time out.
Re-opening at a quote of $6.50, Srikandi has so-far received the greatest market share of wagers for success in the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap, cutting in to current odds of $5 and registering as clear market mover.
A standout performer over races throughout the early stages of the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Hucklebuck strolled home to claim both the Dominant Handicap (1200m) and Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) before respiratory issues experienced during the running of the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 1st forced a premature end to his campaign.
Confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Dom Tourneur, the Elvstroem gelding offers punters great value for success at Eagle Farm this weekend.
Interesting featured as the only two other runners confirmed for the Stradbroke Handicap that are offered at a quote of less-than $10, Group 1 champions Spirit Of Boom and Rebel Dane are more than worth a wager for success for varying reasons.
Returning to the track in career-best form this season, Spirit Of Boom finished second to 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.
Having continued to build in form and class on his way to another Group 1 title in the Doomben 10,000 (1350m) last time out, Spirit Of Boom will need to shoulder a race-high 58.5kgs to victory in the Stradbroke Handicap, but will leave from the ideal barrier 6.
A leading chance since early betting markets for the Stradbroke Handicap opened a few weeks ago, Rebel Dane’s chances took a huge hit when allocated the wide and awkward barrier 22 for this weekend’s feature race.
Winner of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1200m) over a memorable 2013 spring preparation, Rebel Dane finished second to Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) first-up this year, and has received an ideal lead-in to the 2014 Stradbroke Handicap.
Arguably offering punters the best value for money in betting markets for success in the Stradbroke Handicap, talented mare Red Tracer can be taken at sensational odds of $10, or $3.20 to run a place.
A noted performer in events over the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, Red Tracer strolled home to win the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) before repeating the dose just two weeks later in claiming the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
Returning to her pet distance of 1400 metres, the Dane Shadow mare is a strong chance of success this weekend.
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