A talented list of 111 runners have been included in nominations for the 2015 Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m); highlighted by the pending appearances of several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing at Doomben Racecourse on June 6th.
Srikandi boxed on for a credible third in the 2014 edition of the Stradbroke Handicap and looks likely to jump as a clear favourite this year following an impressive first-up performance for success in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) over the weekend.
Yet to finish outside the first three through her nine career starts so far, Srikandi more than announced her racing arrival through last year’s Winter Carnival; winning each of the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m), Listed Juanmo Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) on her way to the Stradbroke.
Our Boy Malachi has been set for a campaign through the major Group 1 sprints and should hit peak condition for the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap.
Posting 17 wins over his 19 career starts so far, Our Boy Malachi has won three black type races over his most recent starts and will be very hard to beat in the Stradbroke Handicap.
Several talented three-year-olds have been included in 2015 Stradbroke Handicap nominations, including Delectation, Scissor Kick and local runner Traveston Girl.
Stamping his claims as one to watch over an impressive spring campaign highlighted by a close second to Brazen Beau in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Delectation ran second in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) first-up this time, and while unable to figure in his next two starts, returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m) last time out.
Scissor Kick is arguably the most talented three-year-old yet to break through for a win at the highest level but looks to be offered three good chances of success through winter, including the Stradbroke Handicap.
Traveston Girl returned to racing for a credible third in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) over the weekend and is a proven performer at the highest level, having finished a close second in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at the conclusion of spring.
Talented sprinters Under The Louvre and El Roca are both reportedly in career-best condition ahead of the 2015 Brisbane Winter Carnival and will both be weighted well for success should they contest the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap.
Posting eight wins and a further seven minors through his 19 career starts so far, Under The Louvre returned to racing this year for a close second in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m); taking out the Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) on March 28th before placing second in the Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) most recently.
Placing in the minors in two major Group 1 races through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, El Roca has not been seen at the races in more than a year but has trialled well in the lead-up to his competitive return.
The 2015 Stradbroke Handicap final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, June 3rd.
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