The Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap is the premier race of the Brisbane winter racing carnival.
There are eight Group 1s in total that make up the carnival, but it’s the Stradbroke Handicap that is considered Queensland’s most prestigious race.
Held at Eagle Farm over a distance of 1400m, the $1.5million Stradbroke Handicap makes up a day that offers more than $5million in prizemoney, with the Group 1 JJ Atkins also taking place on Stradbroke Day.
In 2021, the inaugural running of the Q22 will take place on Stradbroke day, with the weight-for-age Group 2 worth $1.2million.
Pyrrhus was the very first winner of the Stradbroke Handicap back in 1890, when it was run over 1200m. The distance was changed to 1400m in 1953.
Several horses have gone back-to-back in the Stradbroke. Babel was the first horse to achieve the feat, taking out the 1895 and 1896 editions. Gold Tie (1918-19), Highland (1925-26), Petrol Lager (1934-35), Lucky Ring (1949-50), Rough Habit (1991-92) and Black Piranha (2009-10) have since gone on to do the same.
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Punters can watch the Stradbroke Handicap live on Sky Racing.
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