The Stradbroke Handicap is Queensland’s greatest race, a 1400m handicap run at Group 1 level. Here is The Wolf’s runner by runner preview.
Best known for his exploits over longer trips, but can sprint well fresh and won the Victoria Handicap over this trip two back at Caulfield. Barrier one probably helps his cause. In the mix.
Won the Goodwood two back then sat on the speed before fading late in the Kingsford Smith. Likely to find a couple too sharp late but not the worst here.
Returned to something like her best form with a second placing in the BRC Sprint under 60Kg. That looks second tier form and she looks well found in the market.
Comes into this first up but really saves his best for firm ground, suspect he will struggle here.
Impossible to make any kind of case for him.
A Stradbroke campaign looked ambitious from the outset and a 14th placing in the Kingsford Smith confirmed it. No.
Flashed home for second in the Doomben 10,000 behind Eduardo which was a strong credential and a bunched finish in the Kingsford Smith Cup underlined this. From arguably Australia’s top stable and will appreciate the firm conditions. The one to beat.
Probably would have been top pick on wet ground but can still figure on firm. Ran third in this race last year and can be in the finish again.
Had several chances at Group 1 level and failed to measure up. Pass.
Seems to save his best form for up north and did enough in the Kingsford Smith. Not badly weighted and has claims.
Won the Kingsford Smith courtesy of some Jamie Kah magic and while he is in the mix again, he looks well under the odds as a result. Happy to risk at the price.
Raced by the same connections as last year’s winner Tyzone and there are plenty of similarities between the two horses, albeit Tyzone probably has the better sprint on this day. Showed though in the Doomben 10,000 that he is back to his best and is right in the mix in this race, being attractively weighed.
Got up along the fence to snatch third in the Kingsford Smith but highly skeptical of that form. Pass.
Will press forward and provide some speed but will likely be fading in the last 100m.
Would have been a huge chance if not her for her barrier draw (18 of 18 after scratchings). Has a big finish, in good form, and well weighted, so still some hope.
Would need to start now.
Controlled things in the Fred Best and held on late. Unlikely to get things on his terms here and will be struggling when it counts.
First emergency. Broke a long drought to win two back but outclassed here.
Second emergency. Best roughie in the race – if he can get a start. Flew home to finish second in the Fred Best after being a long way off them. Should be even better suited around here and has a feather weight.
Third emergency. Outclassed.
Wild Planet has terrific credentials for the 2021 Stradbroke and looks a great play.
Boxed Exacta: 1,7,8,12,20
1. Wild Planet
2. The Harrovian
3. Amish Boy
4. Mr Quickie