WHO is your favourite Stradbroke winner of the last 30 years?
Queensland’s most famous sprint race will be run on June 9 with $1.5 million up for grabs.
The race has produced some of the most spine-tingling finishes and fairytale stories over a long period of time.
The Courier/Sunday Mail and Superracing is calling on readers to cast their vote for their favourite Stradbroke winner, from Campaign King (1988) to last year’s blistering winner Impending.
The Brisbane Racing Club has come on board and are running a competition in conjunction with our poll to WIN 2 tickets to the Nova Lawn Party on UBET Stradbroke Day 2018.
In the week leading up to the Stradbroke, Racing Editor Nathan Exelby will reveal his six favourite Stradbroke winners, counting down from Monday through to the most popular winner being revealed on Stradbroke Day, June 9.
CAMPAIGN KING (1988)
One of the great sprinters of his era, he completed the big Brisbane sprint double of the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke in the winter of 1988. He carried 58.5kg to win that year’s Stradbroke and no horse since has been able to complete the double
ROUGH HABIT (1991-92)
The Kiwi made Queensland his home away from home between 1990 and 1995. He was one of the hottest Stradbroke winners ever in 1991 on his preferred wet ground, but the following year went out at big odds to land one of the most memorable Stradbrokes ever, weaving through the field under Jimmy Cassidy.
NEVER UNDERCHARGE (1993)
“He’s a beauty all right.” Wayne Wilson’s call sticks in the memory after punters jumped out of trees to back the Bart Cummings trained sprinter, who jumped from barrier 18 and still won by a big space.
ALL OUR MOB (1994)
A big win for now Gold Coast-based trainer Bryan Guy with a galloper that would go on to be one of the iron horses of Australian racing during the mid-1990s, winning Group 1 races from 1200-2000m.
The first million dollar Stradbroke attracted a field worthy of that status, with Melbourne rocket Hareeba sent out the warm favourite. But it was the Lee Freedman-trained Danasinga, freshened up off a Hollindale Cup failure who won the day.
DANE RIPPER (1997)
Yet another winner for the Cups King Bart Cummings, this girl’s true ability had been masked to an extent up to this point, sent out a 16-1 chance under Chris Munce. She powered down the outside to win, before going to even greater heights the following season, winning the Cox Plate-Australian Cup double.
The two Woodlands Stud geldings Crawl and Hire cleared out to fight out the finish for trainer John Hawkes, with $13 chance Crawl getting the better of the stablemate for Darren Gauci.
SHOW A HEART (2002)
Falvelon and Show A Heart had been wonderful flag bearers for Queensland racing over a number of seasons and they levelled up to fight out the finish of the 2002 Stradbroke. After Falvelon had the better of the pair in the Doomben 10,000, Show A Heart turned the tables before heading off into retirement and a successful stud career.
PRIVATE STEER (2003)
The John O’Shea-trained filly was considered “a weighted certainty” after her flashing second in the Doomben 10,000 and she lived up to that billing with a classy display under the 48kg for Glen Boss, proving her starting price of $3.40 a luxury. She later went on to be one of the best sprinter-miler mares of her era.
THORN PARK (2004)
A gifted stallion, Thorn Park had surprisingly not won a Group 1 race until he turned up to Eagle Farm to conclude his career. He went on to a successful stud career in New Zealand (siring Cox Plate winner Ocean Park among others) before dying prematurely in 2012.
ST BASIL (2005)
The grey had been a top level performer in Queensland for a number of seasons but went to a new level as a seven-year-old that winter, running second in the BTC Cup before overcoming barrier 17 to win for jockey Michael Cahill and trainer Bevan Laming.
La Montagna storms home out wide.
LA MONTAGNA (2006)
As spectacular winner as you will ever see. Popular local trainer Barry Baldwin was heard to be singing with joy as rain fell in the lead-up to the race.
BLACK PIRANHA (2009-2010)
Perhaps not as lauded as other dual Stradbroke winners, Black Piranha’s first Stradbroke win is notable for him being the only favourite to win the race in the past 13 years, before he repeated the dose at the more generous quote of $21 a year later.
Mid Summer Music wins for Peter Moody.
MID SUMMER MUSIC (2012)
Another low profile Stradbroke winner, but notable for it being the biggest Queensland win of her trainer Peter Moody’s career. Moody dominated the day, also claiming the Queensland Derby (Brambles) and Brisbane Cup (Lights Of Heaven). The win is also prominent because it was the first of two heartbreaking runner-up prizes for Queensland idol Buffering.
RIVER LAD (2014)
A magnificent contest on what was the last Stradbroke run on the ‘old’ Eagle Farm surface. Damien Oliver on River Lad going head to head with Tegan Harrison on Temple Of Boom in a 1-2 finish for the locals.
The first Stradbroke won at Doomben and a big prize for a mare that had been prominent in back-to-back winter carnivals.
Godolphin had decided to spell him after he floundered in the Kingsford Smith Cup, but the change of venue to Doomben prompted a change of heart and he turned his form around at Doomben, rounding up the tremendously brave In Her Time.
Under The Louvre denies Black Heart Bart.
Robian Steel (1989) — the famous photo finish with Don’t Play; Plush Embassy (1990); Rouslan (1995); Toledo (1998); Adam (1999); Landsighting (2000); Sniper’s Bullet (2007); Mr Baritone (2008); Sincero (2011); Linton (2013); Under The Louvre (2016).