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Defending champion Impending will lead out the field for the 2018 Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Impending, above, will lead the field out for the for the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

Impending, above, will lead the field out for the for the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

Impending scored his first Group 1 win in last year’s Stradbroke Handicap and goes into this year’s race on the back a Group 1 win after taking out the $700,000 Altus Traffic Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben on May 26.

A full field of sixteen plus five emergencies make up the final field for the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap with the James Cummings trained Impending to carry the top weight of 57.5kg.

Impending, with Damian Browne booked to ride, has drawn barrier nine in the original draw but could jump from gate seven with two of the five emergencies drawn inside of him and Godolphin foreman Paul Reid is not too concerned with the draw.

“That is oaky. Two emergencies, the first two emergencies are drawn inside of him so he will start from seven if they don’t gain a run so that is a good barrier,” Reid said.

“Couldn’t be any happier with him.”

“He has done really well and had a nice gallop on Tuesday and all is good.”

“He worked really nice and he seems to like the Doomben track, so that is a real help.”

Impending has won twice over the 1350m at Doomben and Reid said that the Lonhro stallion has a great chance to win back to back Stradbroke Handicaps even with the top weight of 57.5kg

“He will be very competitive anyway and he will run well,” Reid said.

The Godolphin Team was looking to have two runners in the Stradbroke Handicap but their second stringer Osborne Bulls could only make second emergency.

Reid would have liked to see Osborne Bulls (barrier 4) in the final field but said that if the four year old fails to gain a start, he is certain to shine in the future.

“He is a horse on the way up, but it would have been his toughest test at the moment and it looks like he is well up to it. He is only in his second prep and there is still good things for him to come down the track,” Reid said.

Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir was also banking on having two starters in the Stradbroke Handicap, but Voodoo Lad, (Chris Parnham, barrier 7) looks likely to represent the stable after Japanese import Danon Liberty came up as the first emergency spot with barrier 6.

The Bjorn Baker trained Champagne Cuddles has held her spot at the top of the Stradbroke Handicap betting after drawing the inside gate with lightweight jockey Corey Brown in the saddle again.

Champagne Cuddles only has to carry 50kg and showed that she up to Group 1 company with a last start third to Impending in the Kingsford-Smith Cup.

Final field for the 2018 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 341x23x121 IMPENDING James Cummings Damian Browne 9 57.5kg
2 x341x6x031 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 3 55.5kg
3 x21419140x CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Jim Byrne 5 53.5kg
4 x360x31495 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 20 53.5kg
5 x257x145x0 VOODOO LAD Darren Weir Chris Parnham 7 53.5kg
6 290x2860x5 SPIETH (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 21 53.5kg
7 3475×38485 FOXPLAY Chris Waller Michael Walker 19 53kg
8 641241×289 MOST IMPORTANT Tony Gollan Mark Du Plessis 2 53kg
9 2234430×51 THE MONSTAR Brett Cavanough Skye Bogenhuber 8 52.5kg
10 x731x076x4 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 10 52.5kg
11 11x1112x67 CARE TO THINK Matthew Dunn Tim Clark 16 52.5kg
12 15330×3717 BURNING PASSION Mark Newnham Michael Cahill 15 52kg
13 0x188x1x04 SUPER CASH Andrew Noblet Jamie Kah 13 51.5kg
14 12x13x3503 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 17 51.5kg
15 3715×57911 PERAST Paul Perry Jeff Lloyd 12 50kg
16 1x32222x13 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Bjorn Baker Corey Brown 1 50kg
17e x2x533x98x DANON LIBERTY (JPN) Darren Weir  – 6 51.5kg
18e 1121×13121 OSBORNE BULLS James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 4 51.5kg
19e 8211313×71 MOSS ‘N’ DALE (NZ) Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 11 51kg
20e 2x21121x15 PECANS Joseph Pride  – 18 51kg
21e x21812x312 I’M A RIPPA Tony Gollan  – 14 51kg

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.