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FEATURE PREVIEWS: STRADBROKE HANDICAP

STRADBROKE HANDICAP

Track: Eagle Farm | Distance: 1400m | Type: Group 1 | Rail Position: +4m entire | Condition: Good 4 | Prizemoney: $1,500,000

SPEEDMAP

Expect speed to be strong here. With ROTHFIRE having no option but to push forward, I expect a number of horses to push up to find spots.

STRADBROKE HANDICAP | RUNNER-BY-RUNNER ANALYSIS

1. Rothfire- Wide gate makes it too difficult to entrtatin him a winning chance.

2. Superstorm- Will start $900 + on Betfair, back it there if you like it.

3. Vilana- Couldn’t find a spot in the Top 6.

4. Scallopini- On speed runner who should be shorter than $21. Top 5 chance.

5. Converge- Eye catching last time, task against with map but must respect.

6. Surf Dancer– Looks a rung below the Top 10 hopes.

7. Gentleman Roy– Should be on speed, and expect sharp improvement here.

8. Eleven Eleven– No chance from the gate

9. Think About It- Genuine winning hope, Sub $3 is too short.

10. Cardinal Gem- Progressive type, Top 6 chance.

11. Holyfield– No

12. Aft Cabin- Map against, happy to work around him.

13. Royal Merchant- Going well, but prefer stablemate.

14. Ruthless Dame- Couldn’t have been any more impressive this preparation. Huge chance.

15. Chain Of Lightning- Would have been a sneaky hope with a better gate.

16. Palaisipan- Hard to have.

17. Tick Tock Queen– No.

18. Hawaii Five Oh- Top 5 chance. Executed the win last start with the PR, much harder here.

19. Alpine Edge– EMERGENCY

20. Opal Ridge- EMERGENCY

21. Dragon Leap- EMERGENCY

22. Sinawann- EMERGENCY

23. Yellow Brick- EMERGENCY

SHANE CIURLEO’S TOP 4 SELECTIONS

#14 RUTHLESS DAME
#9 THINK ABOUT IT
#5 CONVERGE
#18 HAWAII FIVE OH

STRADBROKE HANDICAP | BETTING STRATEGY

Really like the way #14 RUTHLESS DAME sets up here. Will be off speed, but not too far back. Tempo will suit, and she represents a great each-way chance. Have to respect #9 Think About It who is the horse to beat. #18 HAWAII FIVE OH is a LAY sub $5.00.

 

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