Stradbroke Handicap

Stradbroke Handicap

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday June 15, 2023
Location: Eagle Farm Racecourse – Brisbane, Queensland
Prize Money: $3,000,000
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.

2024 Stradbroke Handicap betting odds

Markets for the 2024 Stradbroke Handicap are currently unavailable.

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 14 years, only three 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.

Think About It (2023) saluted in smart fashion as a $3 favourite following a dominant win in the Kingsford-Smith Cup the start prior.

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 and Tofane paid double figures in 2015 and 2021.

The well-backed runners have finished in behind with Buffering running second in consecutive years and the likes of Streama, Beaded, Chamapagne Cuddles, Mic Mac and Tofane 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 seven 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.

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Final Field will update this page when the 2024 Stradbroke Handicap field is released.

Previous Stradbroke Handicap Fields

Plenty of the sprinting superstars of the racing scene have competed in the Stradbroke, here are some of the previous fields for the Stradbroke Handicap.

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Robert Heathcote
    Nash Rawiller
    2 Silks
    Lauren Abbott
    James Orman
    3 Silks
    James Cummings
    James McDonald
    4 Silks
    Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted
    Boris Thornton
    5 Silks
    Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    Tim Clark
    6 Silks
    Surf Dancer
    Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    Ryan Maloney
    7 Silks
    Gentleman Roy
    Ben & JD Hayes
    Craig Williams
    8 Silks
    Eleven Eleven
    Gregory Hickman
    Jason Collett
    9 Silks
    Think About It
    Joseph Pride
    Sam Clipperton
    10 Silks
    Cardinal Gem
    Grahame Begg
    Jordan Childs
    11 Silks
    Annabel Neasham
    Damien Thornton
    12 Silks
    Aft Cabin
    James Cummings
    Kerrin McEvoy
    13 Silks
    Royal Merchant
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Ben Thompson
    14 Silks
    Ruthless Dame
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Michael Dee
    15 Silks
    Chain Of Lightning
    Peter Moody
    Linda Meech
    16 Silks
    Chris Munce
    Kyle Wilson-Taylor
    17 Silks
    Tick Tock Queen
    Tony Gollan
    Angela Jones
    18 Silks
    Hawaii Five Oh
    Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    Rachel King
    19 Silks
    Alpine Edge (1E)
    Toby & Trent Edmonds
    Martin Harley
    20 Silks
    Opal Ridge (2E)
    Luke Pepper
    Tyler Schiller
    21 Silks
    Dragon Leap (3E)
    Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
    22 Silks
    Sinawann (4E)
    Anthony & Sam Freedman
    23 Silks
    Yellow Brick (5E)
    Tony & Maddysen Sears
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Private Eye Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 1 57kg
    2 Laws Of Indices Annabel Neasham James McDonald 13 56.5kg
    3 Apache Chase Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 3 55.5kg
    4 Eleven Eleven Gregory Hickman Hugh Bowman 5 55.5kg
    5 Alligator Blood Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 21 55kg
    6 Soxagon Mark Currie Brad Stewart 11 54.5kg
    7 Emerald Kingdom Robert Heathcote Kerrin McEvoy 2 54.5kg
    8 Wild Planet Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan 14 54.5kg
    9 Rothfire Robert Heathcote Tommy Berry 20 54.5kg
    10 I Am Superman Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 18 54.5kg
    11 Ayrton Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr Jamie Kah 19 54kg
    12 Bandersnatch Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jason Collett 12 54kg
    13 Niccanova Steve Tregea Anthony Allen 16 53.5kg
    14 Buffalo River Michael Moroney Rachel King 10 53.5kg
    15 Isotope Tony Gollan William Pike 4 52.5kg
    16 Brooklyn Hustle Jason Warren & Dean Krongold Craig Williams 22 52kg
    17 Vilana James Cummings Stephanie Thornton 8 50.5kg
    18 Startantes Robert Heathcote Taylor Marshall 15 50kg
    19 Scallopini (1E) Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted Boris Thornton 7 53.5kg
    20 Ranch Hand (2E) Chris Waller Jay Ford 23 50.5kg
    21 Flying Crazy (3E) Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou TBC 17 50.5kg
    22 Tycoonist (4E) Chris Waller TBC 9 51.5kg
    23 Frankie Pinot (5E) Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 6 51.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Mr Quickie Phillip Stokes James McDonald 1 56.5kg
    2 Savatoxl Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 13 55kg
    3 Tofane Michael Moroney Craig Williams 12 54.5kg
    4 Imaging Chris Waller Tim Clark 17 54.5kg
    5 Olmedo Annabel Neasham Ryan Maloney 18 54.5kg
    6 So Si Bon Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Mark Du Pless 2 54kg
    7 Wild Planet Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 3 54kg
    8 Niccanova Steve Tregea James Orman 14 54kg
    9 I Am Superman Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3 54kg
    10 Victorem Jenny Graham Mark Du Plessis 8 54kg
    11 Vega One Tony Gollan Rachel King 4 53kg
    12 The Harrovian Toby & Trent Edmonds Glen Boss 11 53kg
    13 Signore Fox Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Thompson 19 52kg
    14 Emerald Kingdom Robert Heathcote Robbie Fradd 10 52kg
    15 Madam Rouge Chris Waller N/A 16 51.5kg
    16 Subpoenaed Chris Waller Ron Stewart 21 51kg
    17 Master Jamie Graeme Green Taylor Marshall 6 51kg
    18 Apache Chase Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 7 49.5kg
    19 Outback Barbie (1E) Tony Gollan Jye McNeil 20 51kg
    20 Amish Boy (2E) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Stephanie Thornton 5 50kg
    21 Blazejowski (3E) Greg Eurell N/A 2 51kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Trekking James Cummings Michael Cahill 22 58kg
    2 Kementari James Cummings Ryan Maloney 10 55.5kg
    3 Niccanova Steve Tregea James Orman 17 53kg
    4 Ranier James Cummings Larry Cassidy 19 53kg
    5 Victorem Jenny Graham Dale Smith 9 52.5kg
    6 Tyzone Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 21 52.5kg
    7 Crack Me Up Bjorn Baker Justin Huxtable 11 52.5kg
    8 Vega One Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 20 52kg
    9 Chief Ironside Kris Lees Corey Bayliss 14 52.5kg
    10 Graff Kris Lees Sean Cormack 2 52kg
    11 Deep Image Robert Heathcote Stephanie Thornton 18 51.5kg
    12 Winter Bride Toby & Trent Edmonds Jake Bayliss 16 51kg
    13 Madam Rouge Chris Waller Jason Taylor 13 51kg
    14 Outback Barbie Tony Gollan Mark Du Plessis 8 51kg
    15 Bam’s On Fire Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tegan Harrison 1 51kg
    16 Dawn Passage Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 18 50kg
    17 Hightail Peter & Paul Snowden Black Spriggs 5 50kg
    18 Exhilarates James Cummings Taylor Marshall 4 49.5kg
    19 Baccarat Baby (1E) David Vandyke Michael Hellyer 3 51kg
    20 Brave Song (2E) Peter & Paul Snowden N/A 12 51.5kg
    21 Bandipur (3E) Kelly Purdy N/A 7 51kg
    22 Military Zone (4E) Peter & Paul Snowden N/A 15 51kg
    23 Delectation Girl (5E) Kris Lees N/A 6 51kg

2023 Stradbroke Handicap result

1stThink About It ($11.00)
2ndRothfire ($4.90)
3rdHawaii Five Oh ($3.90)

Stradbroke Handicap – Recent runnings

  • Joseph Pride and Sam Clipperton have combined with Think About It to take out the feature Group 1 race of the day, the Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm. After stepping up to Group 1 grade for the first time last start in his Kingsford Smith Cup victory, this four-year-old gelding has now recorded back-to-back Group 1 wins, taking out Queensland’s richest race. The speed map looked awkward for the son of So You Think, but Clipperton didn’t panic and found cover three-wide and travelled sweetly up to the home turn, before cutting loose and storming past his rivals in the final 200m of the race. Once he stormed clear and put up a length on Rothfire – who was game in defeat after sitting on speed – the race was all over and Clipperton throttled him down to sit up for the photo this up-and-coming star cantered over the line. All the way throughout betting, Pride’s stable star held favouritism with most online bookmakers, and even though he wobbled out from $3 to $3.50 in the final minutes, he did his followers proud with a big win.
  • Having been stripped of major victories and forced to overcome career-threatening injuries, Alligator Blood’s victory in the Stradbroke had to be seen to be believed. Despite being wide the trip, Tim Clark managed to gain cover throughout and once AB saw clear air in the home straight, he always looked the winner. With 200m to go he exploded past tiring leader Rothfire and went on to record a dominant victory over Private Eye and the aforementioned Rothfire.
  • Tofane was going to be under the hammer three weeks prior to the Stradbroke Handicap, however with the bold decision of some of the owners they believed she could be a group one winner, fast forward three weeks and the five-year-old mare is charging down the Eagle Farm straight catching up to favourite Tofane to win by .5 of a length to become a group one winner.
  • After only being able to deliver second a year prior in the 2019 Stradbroke handicap Tony and Trent Edmonds had planned to come back bigger and stronger the next year and that’s what they delivered securing their first group one win together with a photo-finish and winning over Madam Rouge by .2 of a length at the 2020 Stradbroke Handicap.
  • For 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.
  • 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
2023 Think About It Sam Clipperton Joseph Pride
2022 Alligator Blood Tim Clark Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
2021 Tofane Craig Williams Michael Moroney
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
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