The 2015 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) final field and barrier draw has been completed and released; confirming alleys for all sixteen confirmed runners and five emergencies for Saturday’s feature race at Doomben.
Clear favourite Lumosty is yet to be assured a start in the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap after being confirmed as first emergency, but will leave from barrier 13 with Corey Brown aboard should she gain a start.
Posting four wins and a further three minors over her nine career starts so far, Lumosty stamped her claims as one to watch over a strong spring campaign, highlighted by successes in the Oxford Landing Estates Maiden (1423m) and Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m).
Unbeaten this year in taking out both the All Victoria Sprint Series (1100m) and Listed Straight Six (1200m) amongst open company, the daughter of Fastnet Rock will be very difficult to beat in the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap should she gain a start.
Godolphin is offered two good opportunities for success in Knoydart and Generalife in the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap, however it was the former who’s chances received a huge boost on Wednesday when allocated the ideal barrier 4.
Returning for a credible fourth in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) on March 7th, the son of More Than Ready has placed fourth in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m), second in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) and fourth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) since arriving in Queensland and appears primed for success.
Charged with overcoming the outside barrier, Generalife has also found impressive form this time in winning the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) and finishing fifth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) before placing third in the Doomben 10,000 last start.
Perth raider Black Heart Bart has taken well to his time in Queensland but will need some luck in running in the Stradbroke Handicap after drawing barrier 17.
Posting seven wins and as many minors over 19 career starts, Black Heart Bart posted consecutive wins in four black type sprints in Western Australia at the beginning of the year before proving he is up to the task when fourth despite a luckless run in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 16th.
Talented mare Srikandi is yet to make anything of an impact over two Group 1 starts this season but is offered a great chance of redemption in the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap from the rails draw.
The standout performer of the 2014 Brisbane Winter Carnival, the daughter of Dubawi won each of the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m), Listed Juanmo Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) before finishing third in the Stradbroke Handicap.
Having improved slightly for sixth in the Doomben 10,000 last start, Srikandi has been confirmed to be partnered by Kerrin McEvoy this weekend.
The only local runner confirmed in the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap field, veteran Temple Of Boom will leave from barrier 14 with Michael Rodd aboard.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2012 edition of The Galaxy (1100m), the Piccolo gelding ran an agonizingly-close second in last year’s Stradbroke Handicap but is yet to find the same form this season.
Four-time Group 1 winner Boban has been charged with carrying a topweight of 58kgs in the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap but will probably find ideal running position from barrier 8.
Talented sprinters Lord Of The Sky and Charlie Boy have both finished second in Group 1 feature races this year, will both carry 54kgs and are both sure to figure in contention from barrier 3 and 7 respectively.
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2015 Stradbroke Handicap Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||4559x970x1||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||8||58kg||–|
|2||21689×7031||HOT SNITZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||16||55.5kg||–|
|3||5x049x11x5||SACRED STAR||Tony Pike||Zac Purton||5||55kg||–|
|4||77444124×0||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||Chris Symons||10||54.5kg||–|
|5||x43324x153||GENERALIFE||John O’Shea||Hugh Bowman||21||54.5kg||–|
|6||2x2560x670||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||14||54.5kg||–|
|7||4×42270422||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||Tommy Berry||3||54kg||–|
|8||x02346x512||CHARLIE BOY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Craig Williams||7||54kg||–|
|9||3250×46424||KNOYDART||John O’Shea||James McDonald||4||54kg||–|
|10||1x4911x960||BIG MONEY||Rodney Northam||Robert Thompson||9||53.5kg||–|
|11||41121111×4||BLACK HEART BART||Vaughn Sigley||Glenn Smith||17||53.5kg||–|
|13||5x12239x05||EL ROCA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||–||2||53.5kg||–|
|14||111113×186||SRIKANDI||Ciaron Maher||Kerrin McEvoy||1||53kg||–|
|15||131×334645||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Craig Newitt||6||53kg||–|
|16||4342×20713||DELECTATION||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||11||52kg||–|
|17e||3x21816x11||LUMOSTY||Robert Smerdon||Corey Brown||13||50.5kg||–|
|18e||211421×827||ROCK STURDY||Joseph Pride||Tim Clark||12||53kg||–|
|19e||53241411×8||FLAMINGO STAR (GER)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||20||53kg||–|
|20e||x6865789x1||RIVA DE LAGO||Robert Heathcote||–||15||52kg||101|
|21e||x45123x464||TRIED AND TIRED||Leon & Troy Corstens||–||18||52kg||99|