Stradbroke Handicap Day Preview

The T.J Smith (BR5) – Sizzling has always been highly regarded by astute trainer Kelso Wood and he should be too good for his rivals in this race. He has already beaten most of these, is drawn perfectly in barrier three and can handle any going. Boban should an electrifying turn of foot coming from last to win the Phoenix at Doomben at fortnight ago and will be better suited to Eagle Farm, while Victorian galloper Donna Cattiva warrants respect having already won over a mile. Academus hasn’t been disgraced chasing Sizzling at his last two starts and along with Kabayan, could run into a place.
Selections: Sizzling, Boban, Donna Cattiva, Academus 

Queensland Derby (BR6) – Fillies have a good record in this race and four girls are set to back up from last week’s Queensland Oaks, including authoritative winner Quintessential. She got a gun run from the inside gate last week and will have to contend with the widest draw this time around but certainly warrants respect. Brambles was an impressive winner of the Grand Prix Stakes two weeks when dictating terms from the front and is another that warrants consideration, but it is his stable mate who is of more interest here. Vatuvei ran home strongly to finish second in that event but showed his staying prowess with a strong win in the VRC St Leger the start before. He will relish the likely wet track and will be hard to beat, despite being drawn wide. South Australian derby winner Zabeelionaire should get a good run with Damien Oliver aboard from a good gate, while last start winners Scream Machine and Westsouthwest should go well.
Selections: Vatuvei, Zabeelionaire, Quintessential, Westsouthwest 

Stradbroke Handicap (BR7) - Sea Siren will be bidding to become the first horse to win Brisbane’s three group one sprints when she lines up in this race, having already won the BTC Cup and the Doomben 10000. Although she was much better suited by the weight-for-age conditions of those races, you cannot deny that she has strong claims despite having to carry 54.5kg as a three year-old filly. She narrowly beat Buffering in the 10000, who was gallant in defeat after overcoming a setback going into the race. Despite doubts over his ability to run out the trip and an awkward draw in barrier eighteen, he is worth considering. Tiger Tees has won eight of his eleven starts and has never finished worse than second. He will give a good sight, especially if the track is rain affected. Temple Of Boom and Mid Summer Music are other that will come into contention on a wet track, although the latter has history against her, with no mare having won the race since 1936. Spirit Of Boom and Wealth Princess will come into the reckoning on a dry surface.
Selections: Tiger Tees, Buffering, Sea Siren, Mid Summer Music 

Brisbane Cup (BR8) – Doomben Cup winner Mawingo has been the find of the winter carnival and despite having reservations about this race, trainer Anthony Freedman has pressed on in the hope of getting his charge qualified for the Melbourne Cup. His one attempt at this distance produced a fourth place finish in last year’s Germany derby and if he hasn’t had enough for his preparation he will again be in the finish. Victorian mare Dance With Her has been racing in career best form and looks well placed in this race, should get a good run from the inside draw and will relish the likely rain affected going. Another that gets into this race well is Wazn. The Chris Waller trained gelding has been racing well without much luck and will be able to race closer to the pace from gate two. Lights of Heaven and Scenic Shot were the first two horses home in last week’s Eagle Farm Cup and will again run well.
Selections: Dance With Her, Lights Of Heaven, Mawingo, Wazn

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