River Lad has caused a boilover in the Group 1 2014 Stradbroke Hanicap at Eagle Farm to edge out an always brave Temple Of Boom in Queensland’s biggest race.
Both River Lad and Temple Of Boom jumped well from outside barriers and pushed across to lead the pack in the 1400m. It was Temple Of Boom who held the early lead in the straight but River Lad fought hard to win the Stradbroke Handicap by a nose. Race favourite Srikandi could not run down the two Queensland horses and claimed third ahead of the retiring Spirit Of Boom who raced well with the top weight.
“To be honest I had never heard much about him, but when I looked through his form, especially his second to Appearance in the autumn, I gave him some chance,” jockey Damien Oliver said.
“I don’t mind speed horses from the outside because you are not forced to kick up and hold a position from the inside and you can take your time coming over.
“I felt a bit sorry for Tegan Harrison [on Temple Of Boom], it would have been wonderful for her to win her home town’s biggest race, but it is fantastic for Natalie McCall and a huge thrill for her.”
Today’s amazing win is the first Group 1 for both River Lad and Sunshine Coast trainer Natalie McCall. The win was also the first Stradbroke Handicap victory for veteran jockey Damien Oliver.
2014 Stradbroke Handicap Results
|1||7||RIVER LAD||Natalie Mccall||Damien Oliver||–||15||55kg||$31|
|2||5||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Tegan Harrison (a)||0.1L||14||56kg||$26|
|3||17||SRIKANDI||Ciaron Maher||Glen Boss||1.1L||13||51kg||$6F|
|4||1||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||1.3L||5||58kg||$9.50|
|5||9||SACRED STAR||Tony Pike||Timothy Bell||1.8L||16||53.5kg||$21|
|6||18||HUCKLEBUCK||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||2L||1||51kg||$6.50|
|7||2||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||Tommy Berry||2.1L||18||56.5kg||$10|
|8||6||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||Ben Melham||4.1L||3||55.5kg||$15|
|9||16||SCORPIO QUEEN||Kris Lees||Jim Byrne||4.3L||9||52.5kg||$91|
|10||4||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||4.4L||12||56kg||$7|
|11||3||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Ryan Wiggins||4.6L||7||56kg||$21|
|12||10||KNOYDART||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||4.8L||11||53.5kg||$8|
|13||12||VELROSSO||Chris Waller||Larry Cassidy||5L||17||52.5kg||$61|
|14||13||EMBLEMS||John O’Shea||Chad Schofield||5.2L||6||52.5kg||$31|
|15||14||REPARATIONS||Anthony Freedman||Daniel Moor||5.7L||10||52.5kg||$41|
|16||11||BELLTONE||Kelso Wood||Eddie Wilkinson||5.8L||4||53.5kg||$81|
|17||8||CONSERVATORIUM||Gary Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||6.8L||2||54kg||$31|
|18||15||LUCKY HUSSLER||Kent Fleming||Jason Taylor||7.1L||8||52.5kg||$151|
|–||22e||BELLE DE COEUR||Luke Price||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||23e||SCREAM MACHINE||Jason Coyle||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||19e||MASTHEAD||Chris Waller||Chris Munce||–||0||–||–|
|–||20e||INTO THE RED||Kelso Wood||Andrew Spinks||–||0||–||–|