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Facts about the Stradbroke Handicap


Some facts about the $1 million Group One Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday:-
* First staged in 1890 when won by Pyrrhus.

* 1890-1953 run over six furlongs (1200m).

* The race was not run between 1942-45 due to World War II.

* Notable winners include Babel (1895-96), Gold Tie (1918-19), Highland (1925-26), Petrol Lager (1934-35), Lucky Ring (1949-50), Karendi (1954), two-year-old filly Wiggle (1958), Persian Lyric (1961), Kilshery (1962), Cele’s Image (1964), Winfreux (1965), Cabochon (1968), Divide And Rule (1970), Rajah Sahib (1971), Triton (1972), Grey Receiver (1982), Daybreak Lover (1984, 1986), Campaign King (1988), Rough Habit (1991-92), Dane Ripper (1997), Show A Heart (2002), Private Steer (2003) and Thorn Park (2004).

* 1980 winner Ducatoon was later stripped of the title after returning a positive swab.

* Babel shouldered a massive 10st 12lb (69kg) to victory in 1895 and 10st 10lb (68kg) to win again in 1896.

* Only two topweights have won the Stradbroke in the past 20 years – Rough Habit 58.5kg (1992) and Campaign King who also lugged 58.5kg to victory in 1988. Show A Heart was equal topweight (56kg) when he won in 2002.

* Rough Habit won his second Stradbroke in 1992 – not only carrying topweight but coming from barrier 18.

* 1998 winner Toledo holds the metric record for the Stradbroke – 1:20.2.

* The most successful Stradbroke trainer is Bart Cummings who has won the race four times with Campaign King (1988), Robian Steel (1989), Never Undercharge (1993) and Dane Ripper (1997). He is represented by Russeting and Latin News on Saturday.

* Other winning trainers in the last 20 years with a runner this year:- Con Karakatsanis – Black Piranha (Black Piranha 2009); Mike Moroney – Mr Baritone (Mr Baritone 2008).

* Winning jockeys in the last 20 years with a ride on Saturday:- Craig Williams – Ortensia (Sniper’s Bullet 2007); Chris Munce – Swift Alliance (Landsighting 2000, Dane Ripper 1997); Glen Boss – Graceful Anna (Private Steer 2003); Craig Newitt – Latin News (La Montagna 2006).