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WINNO'S WINNERS - STRADBROKE DAY, JUNE 12, 2021

By Darren Winningham | Thursday, June 10, 2021

Eagle Farm this weekend – featuring the Group 1 TAB Stradbroke Handicap – the pinnacle of QLD racing each year! The program also features Listed and Group races – a feast of great racing on the Grand Final of the Brisbane QLD Winter Carnival.

This weekend the track is rated “GOOD” and the rail is out 4 metres for the entire circuit.

NB: As these selections were made prior to race-day please check for any changes to track conditions and for any scratchings on the day.

Race 1

We start the day with a Listed event for the two-year-old runners over 1200 metres.

I think there is a roughie here that could get the job done for the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stables – Socialist (12) to be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. Last time out she was checked in the running in the Bill Carter at Doomben – she seemed to resent that and then just plugged home. This weekend the winkers go on and, given some luck in running, I hope she can start the day on a winning note at around the $9 mark.

In The Congo (5) has only the one start for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and won on debut. This son of Snitzel looked promising and will lead them here. He may just get all the favours in front and just keep going and not give anything else a chance. Tim Clark remains aboard here for his second career start.

Park Avenue (2) and Warrior Hero (3) are both trained by Richard & Michael Freedman who have been having a good trot in QLD. Park Avenue (2) won last start at Randwick over 1100 metres and gives the impression that he is looking for further. He will be storming home late and Craig Williams will ride.

Warrior Hero (3) won a midweek race at Doomben and steps up to a higher grade. Has drawn wide in barrier 12 – but has Tommy Berry aboard this weekend. Tommy finally has come to QLD – so he must like his book of rides.

There has been some solid support for the Kacy Fogden trained Maotai (8) who won on debut five weeks ago at Ipswich – winning by 5 lengths. Brad Stewart will ride him here – keep your eye on this one.

Selections:

12 – Socialist
5 – In The Congo
2– Park Avenue
3 – Warrior Hero
Rough chance – (8) Maotai

Race 2 The RADIOTAB Wayne Wilson (Listed)

The first leg of the Early Quaddie is over 1600 metres.

A race named in honour of a superb race caller who was a joy to listen to. Each year his family members attend the meeting and present the winning trophies – it is a great initiative that his memory is honoured in the way.

Despite the small field I think you can make a case for every runner in the field.

Kings Will Dream (3) is my selection from the Chris Waller Racing team. He is second up here after what I thought was a reasonable effort in the Doomben 10,000 over an unsuitable distance. He loves this distance and has a notable second up record. Nash Rawiller will ride him. He has raced in Group 1 events last preparation and drastically drops in grade. If he brings his best form here for this race – he should just be winning.

There has been support for the stable mate Mister Sea Wolf (2) who has been well backed since the markets opened. He comes out of a solid run in the Hollindale behind the barnstorming Zaaki (Race 5 – number 2). James McDonald to ride – keep safe.

Kememtari (1) is trained by James Cummings for Godolphin. To be fair the stable has had what could be classed an ordinary Carnival to date. This runner was flashing home in the Kingsford-Smith Cup when beaten around 2.65 lengths by Vega One. He has had three goes here at Eagle Farm for no placings, but I think he gets in well enough at the race conditions to pop up here this weekend – Kerrin McEvoy will don the royal BLUE colours for the stable this weekend – could be an omen after the BLUE’s win earlier in the week in the rugby league.

The runner that has my attention on this program is the Anthony & Sam Feeedman trained Delphi (5). This will be his first run for the stable and in Australia. He ran well in a recent barrier trial at the Sunshine Coast – looked well above himself in that trial. Jim Byrne has the ride. I am just wondering whether we may see I possible star in the making on Saturday. Either way I will be watching with great interest and probably seeing what they do with him in the coming weeks and then into Spring when the Sydney and Melbourne Carnivals come around.

Profit (8), from the Chris Anderson stables, resumed with a win that had authority about it last time out. He loves this track and a small field gets perfect conditions to suit again this weekend. There is no knock on this gelding who has always shown ability – he may just do it for QLD and get a win. He deserves the chance at this level – just some reservations at the weights. Glen Boss will give him every chance.

Selections:

3 – Kings Will Dream
1 – Kementari
5 – Delphi
8 – Profit
Rough chance – (2) Mister Sea Wolf

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A jubilant James McDonald brings the Annabel Neasham trained Zaaki back to scale after his runaway win in teh Group 1 Doomben Cup. Many expect to se similar scenes again after the running of the Q22 on Saturday (see race 5)

Photos: Graham Potter and Darren Winningham
A jubilant James McDonald brings the Annabel Neasham trained Zaaki back to scale after his runaway win in teh Group 1 Doomben Cup. Many expect to se similar scenes again after the running of the Q22 on Saturday (see race 5)

Photos: Graham Potter and Darren Winningham
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