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Stradbroke Handicap Day Preview

Three G1′s including the biggest race in the Queensland racing calendar are upon us this weekend and with the weather holding out for now, it’s looking to be a great day. The rail is out 3m from the true position last weekend, but the track should still play reasonably fair. 

Stradbroke Handicap 1400M G1

Unlike some of the other Group 1′s over the Winter Carnival, the Stradbroke has produced some surprising results in the past with the average winning price being $15. Only two times over the past 20 years has a last start winner won the race, with the most recent being last years winner in Linton. So what does this mean? Well it might pay to look for value on Saturday in Queensland’s richest race. 

The key lead-up races to the Stradbroke are the Doomben 10,000 (won by Spirit of Boom) and the BTC Cup (won by Famous Seamus). The 10,000 has produced 6 of the past 10 winners. Both the 10,000 and the BTC Cup are under WFA conditions, and with the Stradbroke a handicap, it’s little surprise that there have been some surprise results over the years with horses dropping in some cases severely in weight for this race.  Continue reading

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QLD Oaks Day Preview

After a few weeks at Doomben we are headed to Eagle Farm where the track is currently rated as a Good 3 and the rail is at its true position. Following a very leader bias two weeks at Doomben the track this weekend should play a lot fairer, with winners to potentially come from anywhere in the field. Overall the meeting looks fairly weak with exception to a few, so the preview will just concentrate on those which take my fancy.  Continue reading

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