Stradbroke Handicap

Stradbroke Handicap

Group One Betting Guide
Date: June 12, 2021
Location: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,500,000
Distance: 1400m

THE Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap is the most popular race during the Brisbane Racing Carnival and one of the premier sprint races on the Australian racing calendar.

Run at Eagle Farm in mid-June, the Stradbroke is considered one of the must-win races of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. The best sprinter-milers from around Australia routinely hit the sunshine state to compete for the prize.

Punters love betting on the Stradbroke, but steer away from the favourites. The well-backed runners have a shocking record in the race, so keep that in mind when placing your bets.

2021 Stradbroke Handicap betting odds

Vega One
Following his big win in the Kingsford Smith Cup, Vega One is the all-in favourite for this year’s Stradbroke Handicap.

Vega One has seen plenty of market support following his breathtaking win in the Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup two weeks out from the Stradbroke Handicap. Odds of $6 are available for the Tony Gollan-trained runner to take out the two marquee sprinting events at Eagle Farm during the QLD Winter Racing Carnival.

Despite Vega One’s win in the Kingsford Smith Cup, online bookmakers are wary that the Stradbroke Handicap will see plenty of star sprinters being aimed towards the race. Wild Planet, Tofane, Mr Quickie and The Harrovian are the other runners at a single figure quote, in a race that is expected to be one of the best races of the carnival.

Best Stradbroke Handicap bookmakers

Because the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap is such a popular race, most bookmakers will open up markets very early in the season.

All the bookmakers listed offer Stradbroke markets. Take a look at our reviews of the bookies below.

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Stradbroke Handicap betting guide

River Lad won the Stradbroke Handicap as a huge outsider. Source: Bradley Photos.

In the last 12 years, only two winners has started as the race favourite. That came in 2009 with back-to-back winner Black Piranha, which also won in 2010, but at much bigger odds. Black Piranha won in 2009 paying $4, but punters didn’t follow up the following year when it paid $19.

Trekking (2019) became the second favourite in that time to win the Stradbroke Handicap when taking the race out as a $7 favourite, which indicates how open a race like the Stradbroke is.

Apart from that it has been a race for the underdog which is very surprising. It shows the winter races can throw form out of the window and the results speak for themselves.

Mr Baritone (2008), Mid Summer Music (2012) and River Lad (2014) all paid $30 when winning and even the slick sprinting Srikandi paid double figures in 2015.

The well-backed runners have finished in behind with Buffering running second in consecutive years and the likes of Streama, Beaded, Chamapagne Cuddles and Mic Mac all placed, but could not win.

Punters will often get good prices throughout the market due to the wide variety of options. There is rarely a short-priced favourite which opens the gate for an unpopular pick to steal the race.

The Stradbroke favourite has won only six times since 1983 which doesn’t bode well for favourites punters.

One of the best barriers to jump from is barrier 18. You don’t typically see a statistic like that, but four winners have won from the widest barrier and the stats don’t lie. The inside barriers are also good to have, with ten winners drawing the inside three barriers (including 4 from barrier three), but look for the horses drawn wide and their price will likely be inflated.

2020 Stradbroke Handicap result


1stTyzone ($14.00)
2ndMadam Rouge ($14.00)
3rdNiccanova ($4.20)

Stradbroke Handicap – Recent runnings

  • Having finished second in the 2019 Stradbroke Handicap, Tyzone went one better in the 2020 Stradbroke in a blanket finish to the race. Having settled towards the rear of the field, Tyzone needed to put in a massive sprint to take out the Group 1 event. He did just that as the widest runner in the home straight. Despite needing to make up several lengths at the 200m, he got his nose down just in time to back up his second-placed finish in 2019 and won the 2020 edition in dramatic style to swamp Madam Rogue on the line.
  • Fro the first time since 2009, Trekking took out the 2019 Stradbroke Handicap as the pre-race favourite. Having settled midfield three wide with cover, Trekking sustained a long sprint down the middle of the track and destroyed his rivals in smart fashion. Having finished third in the Kingsford Smith Cup a fortnight prior as favourite, Trekking certainly redeemed himself when breaking through for his first Group 1 win for Godolphin.
  • Santa Ana Lane delivered another stunning performance in a Group 1 race after winning the Goodwood less than a month prior. It was a stunning performance once again from the underrated horse, which went on to record a powerful 1.75 length win ahead of Super Cash and red-hot favourite Champagne Cuddles.
  • Impending turned around some suspect form to win the 2017 Stradbroke Handicap in fine style. It hadn’t had much go its way on the rain-affected tracks that season, but returning to the good surface at Doomben provided the three-year-old all the ammo it needed to give Darren Beadman his first and last group one training success as a solo trainer for Godolphin. Race favourite Clearly Innocent ran home well for third. Read the full report. Read the race report here.
  • Under The Louvre turned the tables on Black Heart Bart in a classic running of the Stradbroke. Ridden by Dwayne Dunn, the Robert Smerdon-trained Under The Louvre ($11) held off a challenge from Black Heart Bart ($5.50), with $81 shot The Virginian ($81) surprising to come home in third. It was an epic victory given Black Heart Bart had toppled Under The Louvre in the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide last start.
  • The 2015 Stradbroke Handicap was run at Doomben whilst track renovations were taking place at Eagle Farm. The Ciaron Maher-trained Srikandi took advantage of the leaders bias and went forward from the inside barrier. Despite coming into the race with good form and a light weight of 53kg, punters let it slide out to $12. The field it defeated was packed full of superstars which included Boban, Smokin’ Joey, Lumosty and Black Heart Bart.
  • River Lad created a huge upset when winning at $31. It had shown form in Queensland, but not at group 1 level and even though top jockey Damien Oliver was in the saddle, bookmakers didn’t give it a chance of winning. The gelding which was passed in at the sales of $4000 scored one of the richest wins of the season and it was another which went forward from an outside barrier (15) and sat on the pace.
  • Linton added itself to not only the long-priced winners list, but also the list of winners which have won from an outside barrier. The John Sadler-trained gelding jumped from barrier 16 and after dropping back from the draw, allowed for luck to play its part in the straight. Jockey Nick Hall picked a path along the inside and scored narrowly on the post. It paid $26 with bookmakers.
  • The Peter Moody-trained Mid Summer Music cleared away for an impressive win in 2012 and it paid $31 with bookmakers. One of the outsiders of the field sat midfield and took the lead with 100m to go, before clearing out for a big win. The win was surprising for many, but the light weight of 53.5kg helped and it’s a key to betting in the Stradbroke – look for the lighter-weighted runners paying a good price.
  • Sincero in 2011 carried a premium weight of 50.5kg to victory. The three-year-old pulled away on the line over the likes of Beaded and Buffering in what was the gelding’s biggest win of its career. There was plenty of class in behind Sincero in 2011 and the first seven horses home all carried less than 54.5kg. The highest-weighted horse was Black Piranha (two-time winner) which finished eighth when carrying 57kg.

Stradbroke Handicap winners

Stradbroke Handicap Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2020 Tyzone Robbie Fradd Toby Edmonds
2019 Trekking Kerrin McEvoy James Cummings
2018 Santa Ana Lane Ben Melhham Anthony Freedman
2017 Impending Corey Brown Darren Beadman
2016 Under The Louvre Dwayne Dunn Robert Smeardon
2015 Srikandi Kerrin McEvoy Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2014 River Lad Damien Oliver Natalie Mccall
2013 Linton Nicholas Hall John Sadler
2012 Mid Summer Music Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2011 Sincero Jason Taylor Stephen Farley
2010 Black Piranha Nash Rawiller Con Karakatsanis
2009 Black Piranha Tye Angland Con Karakatsanis
2008 Mr Baritone Sebastian Murphy Mike Moroney
2007 Sniper’s Bullet Craig Williams Tracy Bartley
2006 La Montagna Craig Newitt Barry Baldwin
2005 St. Basil Michael Cahill Bevan Laming
2004 Thorn Park Danny Nikolic Bob Thomsen
2003 Private Steer Glen Boss John O’Shea
2002 Show A Heart Danny Nikolic Bernie Miller
2001 Crawl Darren Gauci John Hawkes
2000 Landsighting Chris Munce Noel Mayfield-Smith

Stradbroke Handicap winners pre-2000

Stradbroke Handicap Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Adam
1998 Toledo
1997 Dane Ripper
1996 Danasinga
1995 Rouslan
1994 All Our Mob
1993 Never Undercharge
1992 Rough Habit
1991 Rough Habit
1990 Plush Embassy
1989 Robian Steel
1988 Campaign King
1987 Dancing Poet
1986 Daybreak Lover
1985 Canterbury Belle
1984 Daybreak Lover
1983 Brenlaine
1982 Grey Receiver
1981 Watney
1980 Bemboka Yacht
1979 Imposing
1978 Innisfree
1977 Sir Wisp
1976 Manawapoi
1975 Spedito
1974 Go Fun
1973 Lucky Cloud
1972 Triton
1971 Rajah Sahib
1970 Divide And Rule
1969 Prince Medes
1968 Cabochon
1967 Mister Hush
1966 Castanea
1965 Winfreux
1964 Cele’s Image
1963 Mullala
1962 Kilshery
1961 Persian Lyric
1960 Wallgar
1959 Grey Ghost
1958 Wiggle
1957 Kingster
1956 Knave
1955 Plato
1954 Karendi
1953 Suncup
1952 Wedborough
1951 Aqua Regis
1950 Lucky Ring
1949 Lucky Ring
1948 Ballyvista
1947 Hedui
1946 Abbeville
1945-42 Race Not Held
1941 High Rank
1940 Heroic’s Double
1939 Bahwing
1938 Thurles Lad
1937 King Merlin
1936 Capris
1935 Petrol Lager
1934 Petrol Lager
1933 Sun Eagle
1932 Credence
1931 Lady Linden
1930 Will Yet
1929 I.O.U
1928 Sarlind
1927 Running Girl
1926 Highland
1925 Highland
1924 Molly Cyrus
1923 Lady Aura
1922 Laneffe
1921 Syceonelle
1920 Syce Lad
1919 Gold Tie
1918 Gold Tie
1917 Sydney Damsel
1916 Amberdown
1915 Cairn Wallace
1914 Malt Mark
1913 Line Gun
1912 Pittsworth Gun
1911 Lady Hope
1910 Bright Laddie
1909 Storm King
1908 Satisfair
1907 Jessie’s Dream
1906 Darelong
1905 Ruscity
1904 Forge
1903 Fitz Grafton
1902 Blunderer
1901 Glengarry
1900 Prince Edward
1899 Sweetheart
1898 Boreas li
1897 The Scamp / Dalnair
1896 Babel
1895 Babel
1894 Studbook
1893 Rosy Dawn
1892 Tallboy
1891 Dan O’Connell
1890 Pyrrhus

Stradbroke Handicap News

Today's horse racing tips & best bets | June 12, 2021

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