Osborne Bulls is will be hard to beat in the third on Derby Day. Photo: Steve Hart

Plenty Of Value in 2018 Stradbroke Handicap Betting

An outstanding and capacity field has been taken for Saturday’s featured Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben Racecourse and subsequently, there is plenty of value to be taken from a betting perspective.

Three-year-old Champagne Cuddles has returned to racing in typically strong form this time in and is the $4.70 Stradbroke Handicap favourite, despite drifting slightly.

Champagne Cuddles has been a strong and consistent performer throughout her entire racing career so far and was unlucky not to score a maiden win at the highest level through the 2017 Spring Carnival; running second in both the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) most notably.

The Not A Single Doubt filly resumed this time for an easy win in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) and was strong to the line when third behind Impending and Le Romain in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup over this track and distance a fortnight ago.

She’ll carry only 50kgs in the Stradbroke Handicap 2018 and will have plenty of options from the rails draw on Saturday.

Defending champion Impending has also returned to racing in slick form this time, but he’s been charged with carrying a race-high 57.5kgs in the Stradbroke Handicap.

The Lonhro entire was kept to light duties in spring with a view towards this preparation and that decision was immediately justified when he won the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) first-up in April.

Having hit the line well for second in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) second-up, Impending completed a perfectly-timed sprint to win his second Group 1 crown a fortnight ago and on class alone, he can win the Stradbroke Handicap again.

Three-year-old Perast will carry winning form into the Stradbroke Handicap and has already received some interest in betting; firming onto the third line at $8.

The Snitzel colt has produced a number of quality performances and results since debuting last year and arrived in Brisbane for a smart win in the Listed Queensland Day Stakes (13500m) on May 12th, before holding on to beat Assimilate in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) a fortnight ago.

Danon Liberty and Osborne Bulls are both yet to gain a start in the Stradbroke Handicap, but the pair have continued to attract attention in betting and are currently available at $8 and $9 quotes respectively.

Danon Liberty is yet to make a competitive appearance in Australia, but he trialled extremely well at Werribee last week and has great form under similar conditions in his native Japan.

Osborne Bulls has been racing well this time and while he faces a clear step up in class into the Stradbroke Handicap field, he is primed for another big performance.

The Street Cry gelding is yet to miss a place through five starts since resuming in March and was last seen beating a quality field in the Listed Luskin Park Stakes (1300m).

The Goodwood winner Santa Ana Lane ($15), second-up Spieth ($18) and Shillelagh ($19) all look over the odds at their current prices to win the Stradbroke Handicap.