The 2015 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) has drawn a talented and capacity field of 16 runners to line up at Doomben on Saturday; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Lumosty ($4.60) has been assured a start in the feature race with this morning’s withdrawal of Lord Of The Sky, and has cut into clear favouritism in 2015 Stradbroke Handicap betting markets as a result; perched ahead of Charlie Boy ($7.50) and Black Heart Bart ($9) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Will Lumosty justify her resounding favouritism and win the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap, or will one of her many talented rivals find the line in the clear?
One of two leading chances of success for Godolphin, Knoydart has received an ideal lead-in to the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap, is weighted well, will leave from the ideal barrier 3 and is sure to be given a gem of a ride from James McDonald. Posting five wins and a further eleven minors through 25 career starts so far, the More Than Ready gelding ran sixth in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) on March 21st; progressing to fourth in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) and a close second in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) before boxing on for fourth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) most recently.
Srikandi has been unable to figure in contention in her two most recent starts, but is a proven performer over track and distance, has been charged with carrying just 53kgs, will leave from the rails draw and is sure to be boosted by the addition of jockey Kerrin McEvoy. The standout of the 2014 winter, Srikandi won each of the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m), Listed Juanmo Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) before running third in the Stradbroke. Having won the Victory Stakes most notably this time, the Dubawi mare is more than capable and is arguably offered her best chance of success this time on Saturday.
Lumosty has returned to racing in exceptional form this season, but is yet to line up against a field as classy as the confirmed for the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap and faces a monumental task in putting them away. Winning the Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) most notably over a strong spring preparation, the daughter of Fastnet Rock returned this time for a commanding first-up success in the All Victorian Sprint Series Heat (1100m) before taking out the Listed Straight Six (1200m) by three lengths a fortnight ago.
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