The stage is set for a wide-open Stradbroke Handicap 2024 this Saturday at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Bella Nipotina

Group 1 winning mare Bella Nipotina heads the 2024 Stradbroke Handicap field and weights in Brisbane this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The $3 million Group 1 race (1400m) is Queensland’s biggest racing event, and this year’s edition promises to be a thrilling contest.

Tuesday’s barrier draw threw a wrench into pre-race predictions, with several top contenders landing unfavourable outside positions.

Godolphin‘s Vilana, currently the favourite at $5 through Ladbrokes, is a case in point.

The James Cummings-trained gelding is fresh off a dominant win in the Group 2 Moreton Cup (1200m) last weekend and appears well-suited for the slightly longer distance.

However, she drew barrier 14, adding a challenge for jockey Tim Clark to navigate.

Local hope Antino, initially the favourite, also faces a hurdle with barrier 20 (16 after scratching emergencies).

Despite the wide draw, Tony Gollan‘s star boasts a formidable record at Eagle Farm and thrives over the 1400m distance.

Ridden by Vlad Duric, he’s expected to be a major contender after a competitive sixth-place finish in the lead-up Kingsford Smith Cup at weight-for-age.

Ciaron Maher‘s Bella Nipotina, carrying the top weight of 56kg, is another horse to watch.

This consistent mare recently won the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) and narrowly missed out in the Kingsford Smith Cup when I Wish I Win turned the tables.

Partnered with Craig Williams, she offers good value at $12 in the latest Stradbroke Handicap betting markets.

The race for glory is further complicated by several other in-form horses.

Grahame Begg‘s Magic Time ($11) enjoyed a recent victory in the prestigious Sydney All Aged Stakes (1400m), while Amenable ($11) finished runner-up in the same race.

Jason Warren‘s four-year-old Hellbent mare Benedetta ($11), a recent Group 1 winner at Morphettville, also deserves attention after drawing a favorable barrier 6.

With the favourites facing challenges and a strong field of contenders vying for the top prize, the 2024 Stradbroke Handicap promises to be an edge-of-your-seat race.

2024 Stradbroke Handicap Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 15×4542412 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 21 56kg 117
2 x5131x6718 MAGIC TIME Grahame Begg Michael Dee 9 55.5kg 115
3 1x41220x16 ANTINO (NZ) Tony Gollan Vlad Duric 20 54.5kg 109
4 1134×44131 BENEDETTA Jason Warren Daniel Stackhouse 6 54kg 112
5 151120x00x CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Tommy Berry 15 54kg 54.5kg 108
6 x56830x261 VILANA James Cummings Tim Clark 14 53kg 108
7 22057×3121 HERE TO SHOCK (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Regan Bayliss 1 53kg 106
8 3x404x7340 NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher Jason Collett 10 53kg 106
9 3x287524x7 THE INEVITABLE John Keys Craig Newitt 8 53kg 106
10 x1564x2922 AMENABLE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Chad Schofield 16 53kg 106
11 11x094x463 PRINCE OF BOOM Robert Heathcote Tyler Schiller 7 52.5kg 105
12 1x573030x9 OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis 11 52.5kg 105
13 15x516x014 MIGHTY ULYSSES (GB) Annabel Neasham Damien Thornton 18 52.5kg 105
14 215x21123x SEMANA Ciaron Maher Dylan Gibbons (a) 22 52kg 108
15 4x171x45x4 DREAM HOUR Kris Lees Robbie Dolan 3 51.5kg 86
16 1x113x3x68 STEPARTY Paul Preusker Dean Yendall 4 50.5kg 103
17 1x12342x53 STEFI MAGNETICA Bjorn Baker Zac Lloyd (a) 19 50kg 105
18 2211×64771 ROLL ON HIGH Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Will Price 13 50kg 98
19e x24121x324 FREEDOM RALLY Tony Gollan Tyler Schiller 5 51.5kg 104
20e 122x20x251 YELLOW BRICK Tony & Maddysen Sears Kyle Wilson-Taylor 23 51.5kg 104
21e 243×562248 STRAIT ACER Edward Cummings 17 51.5kg 102
22e 11333x0x10 AUREUS ANGEL Chris Munce 2 51.5kg 96
23e x40619x620 CIFRADO Rex Lipp 12 50kg 94

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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