The curtain closes on Stradbroke Handicap Day in Brisbane this Saturday with the $1.2 million Group 2 The Q22 (2200m) at Eagle Farm.

Fawkner Park

Fawkner Park is the best in 2024 The Q22 betting at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Day. Photo: Steve Hart.

A talented field of weight-for-age contenders is set for battle, with Annabel Neasham‘s stable holding a strong hand.

Fawkner Park sits atop the betting charts at $4 through Ladbrokes, aiming to improve on his narrow third-place finish behind stablemate Bois D’argent in the recent Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).

The Zoffany five-year-old is expected to relish the step up in distance and finally claim a feature race victory.

Jockey Tyler Schiller will guide him from barrier three.

Neasham has a strong history in The Q22, having captured the trophy in 2021 with Zaaki and 2022 with Numerian.

This year, she boasts five runners in the race, showcasing her dominance.

Aside from Fawkner Park, Bois D’argent also lines up, priced at $10 with Blake Shinn in the saddle.

The surprise Doomben Cup winner will start from barrier four.

Chris Waller‘s Queensland Derby winner, Kovalica, is the second favourite at $6.50 in The Q22 betting.

The Ocean Park four-year-old seeks his first win since his Derby success last winter in Brisbane but boasts an undefeated record (3-for-3) at Eagle Farm.

He’ll need to overcome a wider barrier draw (12).

Kris Lees‘ import Adelaide River ($8) is another horse to watch.

Ridden by champion jockey James McDonald, the four-year-old Australia colt looks to improve on his ninth-place finish in his Australian debut.

Keep an eye on Neasham’s other entries: the Group 2 winner Numerian ($21), veteran Spirit Ridge ($16), and Doomben Cup fifth-placer Naval College ($26).

Waller also has El Bodegon ($101) as an outsider.

With Neasham’s powerful stable presence and several other contenders in the mix, The Q22 promises to be a thrilling race.

2024 The Q22 Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6x94714x10 NUMERIAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Jamie Mott 10 59kg 112
2 x0666x0154 HUETOR (FR) Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 17 59kg 111
3 x3723320x7 LIGHT INFANTRY MAN (FR) Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 5 59kg 109
4 2674×27431 BOIS D’ARGENT (GB) Annabel Neasham Blake Shinn 4 59kg 109
5 250×409536 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller James Orman 12 59kg 108
6 23x28221x9 ADELAIDE RIVER (IRE) Kris Lees James McDonald 6 59kg 108
7 54x10172x0 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Ciaron Maher Vlad Duric 15 59kg 108
8 x02295x240 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 2 59kg 107
9 11632×3170 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Michael Dee 14 59kg 106
10 5233220×41 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Annabel Neasham Ryan Maloney 16 59kg 106
11 07x0090x00 EL BODEGON (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 13 59kg 105
12 50x49621x0 CLEVELAND (IRE) Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 11 59kg 104
13 700×953171 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Chad Schofield 1 59kg 104
14 32x8111x95 NAVAL COLLEGE (GB) Annabel Neasham Tom Sherry 7 59kg 104
15 0x50x44113 FAWKNER PARK (IRE) Annabel Neasham Tyler Schiller 3 59kg 104
16 27x4006x02 CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 8 59kg 104
17 x050413x24 KNIGHT’S CHOICE John Symons & Sheila Laxon Robbie Dolan 9 59kg 95
18 7111x03x09 AMOKURA Kris Lees Mark Zahra 18 57kg 102

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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