Group 1 bridesmaid Osborne Bulls and local three year old star Zoustyle share favourtism in early betting after the nominations were released today for the 2019 Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 8.
The James Cummings trained Osborne Bulls and Tony Gollan’s Zoustyle are among the one hundred and forty-four nominations for the Queensland Winter Carnival’s flagship race.
Osborne Bulls is well overdue for a Group 1 victory after being runner up at the highest level at his last four starts and the five year old is one of seven Cummings trained sprinters entered for the Stradbroke Handicap.
Osborne Bulls began his run of Group 1 placings with a second to In Her Time in the $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington during the 2019 Melbourne Autumn Carnival followed by a second to Sunlight in the $1.25m Seppelt Newmarket Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight again.
Osborne Bulls then ran on from the back of the field to be runner up to Santa Ana Lane in the Group 1 $2.5m Aquis T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Day One of The Championships on April 6 before running second to Pierata in the Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick a fortnight later.
The other Cummings trained horses to wear the Godolphin royal blue colours are Encryption, Home Of The Brave, Intuition, Plague Stone, Trekking and Viridine.
Gollan also has multiple nominations for the Stradbroke Handicap and Zoustyle is joined by stablemates Coldstone, Ef Troop, I’m A Rippa, Outback Barbie, Tokoriki Lad and Vega One.
Sydney’s champion trainer Chris Waller also has a very strong representation in the Stradbroke Handicap nominations with Zousain the highest rated in the in the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au of his twelve entries.
Waller’s other Stradbroke Handicap nominations are Cellarman, Charge, Egg Tart, Invincibella, Nature Strip, Prompt Response, Ringerdingding, Sexy Eyes, Star Of The Seas, Sweet Scandal and Tom Melbourne.
Early betting for the 2019 Stradbroke Handicap at Ladbrokes.com.au: $6 Osborne Bulls, Zoustyle, $9 Champagne Cuddles, Zousain, $12 Home Of The Brave, $15 Boomsara, Encryption, Plague Stone, $17 I Am Excited, Iconoclasm, Military Zone, Nature Strip, Outback Barbie, Tyzone, $21 Archedemus, Gem Song, Invincibella, Man Booker, Noble Boy, Spright, The Bostonian, Thrillster, Trekking, Tribal Wisdom, Widgee Turf, Winter Bride, $26 or better the rest.