Preview, Trends & Analysis
Outside of the Magic Millions Carnival in January, the Stradbroke Handicap is richest race on the Queensland racing calendar.
Run over 1400 metres during the winter carnival, the race is heaped with prestige and attracts some of the best sprinting and mile horses in the land.
With the conditions set at Group 1 handicap level, the race is for three-year-old horses or older with the best rated horses in the field getting the most weight.
Inaugurated in 1890, the race was originally run over the sprinting distance of 1200 metres, but was eventually increased to 1400 metres in 1953.
Since then, the race has always been run at Eagle Farm bar 2015 when the reconstruction of Eagle Farm saw the race transferred to Doomben.
The Famous Winners and Record Results
Every time a racing enthusiast mentions the Stradbroke Handicap the minds go straight to champion New Zealand-bred thoroughbred Rough Habit.
The John Wheeler-trained galloper scored back-to-back victories in the race by taking home the 1991 and 1992 editions of the Stradbroke Handicap.
It is the 1992 win that has everyone remember this horse after he stormed home from a minute back and darted back to the inside rail to find a passage through to victory.
Since then, horses like All Our Mob (1994) and Dane Ripper (1996) have all been triumphant in the race.
More recently, the locals have had success with Tyzone (2020) winning for Queensland-based training duo Toby & Trent Edmonds.
The current defending champion is Tofane.
Toldeo (1998) holds the record for the fastest time run in the race with a 1:20.2 win also being the track record over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm and is yet to be broken to date.
The saying that barriers win races often rings true, but for Stradbroke Handicaps it is clear you can almost drawn anywhere and win.
Barrier 3 and barrier 18 have provided four winners each since 1983, while barrier two is yet to provide punters with a winners in that time frame.
The Australian Guineas Recent Winners
|2022||Alligator Blood||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||$11.3|
|2021||Tofane||Mike Moroney||Craig Williams||$12|
|2020||Tyzone||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Dwayne Dunn||$14|
|2019||Trekking||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||$7|
|2018||Santa Ana Lane||Anthony Freedman||Ben Melham||$14|
|2017||Impending||Darren Beadman||Corey Brown||$21|
|2016||Under The Louvre||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||$11|
|2015||Srikandi||Ciaron Maher||Michael Walker||$12|
|2014||River Lad||Natalie Mccall||Damien Oliver||$31|
|2013||Linton||Nicholas Hall||John Sadler||$26|
|2012||Mid Summer Music||Peter Moody||Luke Nolen||$31|
|2011||Sincero||Stephen Farley||Jason Taylor||$7.5|
|2010||Black Piranha||Con Karakatsanis||Nash Rawiller||$21|
The race will be run and won on the 11th of June, 2022 at Eagle Farm Racecourse.
- There are host of races on the card outside of the Stradbroke Handicap, in particular, the running of the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m).
- Other notable races on the program include the Dane Ripper Stakes, The Brisbane Cup and the Q22.
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The Stradbroke Handicap is often used as a lead into the Tatts Tiara for the fillies and mares who compete.
If a horse does not continue on he or she will usually be freshened up and sent to the spelling paddock in order to tackle the spring carnival.