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Stradbroke history still with Ayrton after wide draw

Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap has been thrown wide open after fancies Ayrton and Alligator Blood drew off the track in Tuesday night’s barrier draw.

After being heavily backed following an impressive piece of work on Tuesday morning, Ayrton backers were dealt a blow when connections drew barrier 19 in the field of 18 plus five emergencies.

The news was worse for Alligator Blood, who may have bitten off more than he could chew with barrier 21.

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While it was doom and gloom for Ayrton and Alligator Blood, leading local hope Apache Chase grabbed the plum inside draw of barrier three, setting it up for him to control affairs from the front.

With just three barriers left, Rob Heathcote was sweating bullets for his comeback star Rothfire, with barrier four still left on the table, but ended up with barrier 20 instead.

Apache Chase has drawn perfectly for the Stradbroke. Picture: Grant Peters-Trackside Photography

Connections of Isotope then snapped up the prized barrier, putting the gun mare pole position to bounce back from a couple of disappointing runs.

Toowoomba hopeful and home-bred hero Soxagon will get a superb passage in running from barrier 11.

History says wide barriers do not spell the end of a Stradbroke campaign however, with 15 of the last 30 winners drawing double-digit alleys.

Earlier, an 11th-hour decision by rival connections not to pay a late entry fee for Moreton Cup hero Baller has opened the door for a Stradbroke Handicap defense for Michael Moroney at.

Moroney’s Victorian raider Buffalo River earned a start in the $1.5m field on Tuesday following news from Queensland trainer Tony Gollan that Baller would not be running in the sprint.

Star mare Tofane delivered Moroney some Stradbroke Handicap glory in 2021 after also winning the race with Mr Baritone in 2008.

Chris Waller chose not to accept with multiple Group 1 winner September Run, allowing Queensland talent Niccanova to also get a run.

Epsom Handicap winner Private Eye will carry the top weight of 57kg.

– additional reporting by Jett Hatton

2022 STRADBROKE HANDICAP FIELD (No – Horse – Trainer – Jockey – Barrier – Weight)

1 – PRIVATE EYE – Joe Pride – Brenton Avdulla – 1 – 57kg

2 – LAWS OF INDICES – Annabel Neasham – James McDonald – 13 – 56.5kg

3 – APACHE CHASE – Desleigh Forster – Jim Byrne – 3 – 55.5kg

4 – ELEVEN ELEVEN – Greg Hickman – Hugh Bowman – 5 – 55.5kg

5 – ALLIGATOR BLOOD – Gay Waterhouse & Adrian Bott – Tim Clark – 21 – 55kg

6 – SOXAGON – Mark Currie – Brad Stewart – 11 – 54.5kg

7 – EMERALD KINGDOM – Rob Heathcote – Kerrin McEvoy – 2 – 54.5kg

8 – WILD PLANET – Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes – Brock Ryan – 14 – 54.5kg

9 – ROTHFIRE – Rob Heathcote – Tommy Berry – 20 – 54.5kg

10 – I AM SUPERMAN – Peter & Paul Snowden – Sam Clipperton – 18 – 54.5kg

11 – AYRTON – Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr – Jamie Kah – 19 – 54kg

12 – BANDERSNATCH – Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes – Jason Collett – 12 – 54kg

13 – NICCANOVA – Steve Tregea – Anthony Allen – 16 – 53.5kg

14 – BUFFALO RIVER – Mike Moroney – Rachel King – 10 – 53.5kg

15 – ISOTOPE – Tony Gollan – Willie Pike – 4 – 52.5kg

16 – BROOKLYN HUSTLE – Jason Warren & Dean Krongold – Craig Williams – 22 – 52kg

17 – VILANA – James Cummings – Stephanie Thornton – 8 – 50.5kg

18 – STARTANTES – Rob Heathcote – Taylor Marshall – 15 – 50kg

19th – SCALLOPINI – Steve O’Dea & Matt Hoysted – Boris Thornton – 7 – 53.5kg

20th – RANCH HAND – Chris Waller – Jay Ford – 23 – 50.5kg

21st – FLYING CRAZY – Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou – TBD – 17 50.5kg

22nd – TYCOONIST – Chris Waller – TBD – 9 – 51.5kg

23rd – FRANKIE PINOT – Tony & Calvin McEvoy – Barend Vorster – 6 – 51.5kg

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