Azkadellia Clear 2016 Stradbroke Handicap Favourite

By: Thomas Hackett
June 11th, 2016

Azkadellia has been backed into 2016 Stradbroke Handicap odds of $3.40 and the talented mare is set to start the Group 1 event at Eagle Farm on Saturday as a dominant favourite.

Azkadellia has been a clear market mover in 2016 Stradbroke Handicap betting markets. Photo by: Steve Hart

Azkadellia has been a clear market mover in 2016 Stradbroke Handicap betting markets. Photo by: Steve Hart

Azkadellia opened at a quote of $4.20 when the Stradbroke Handicap field was released on Wednesday morning, but there has been consistent support for the Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner to claim her second Group 1 victory this preparation.

Black Heart Bart has drifted out to a price of $6.50 after being available at $5.50 24 hours ago, but he remains on the second line of Stradbroke Handicap betting.

The Blackfriars gelding has gone to another level since he joined the Darren Weir stable and arguably could have already recorded two Group 1 victories this preparation following his second place finishes in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) as well as his win in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).

Counterattack is another horse that will bring winning form into the Stradbroke Handicap and is priced at $8 to record a maiden victory at Group 1 level.

The Chris Waller-trained entire has had a disrupted autumn preparation, but he was finally able to return to winning form when he took out the Group 2 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben on May 21.

The only other horse that is available at single figure Stradbroke Handicap odds is Bjorn Baker-trained Music Magnate, who has been steady at a quote of $9 throughout the week.

Music Magnate produced the best performance of his career to date to win a brutally-run Doomben 10,000 last start and he is set to receive an ideal run into the Stradbroke Handicap with the in-form Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.

BTC Cup winner Malaguerra ($8 out to $12), Team Snowden-trained Charlie Boy ($26 out to $34), Under The Louvre ($11 out to $13), last start winner Kaepernick ($10 out to $13), country galloper Artlee ($16 out to $31), Gary Moore-trained Takedown ($15 out to $34) and the only Queensland runner The Viriginian ($91 out to $151) have all been on the drift.

The best-backed outsiders have been Kiwi visitor Sacred Star ($81 into $67) and Rod Northam-trained Big Money ($81 into $67), while there has also been some money for Robert Sangster Stakes winner Precious Gem ($61 into $51).

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