Chris Parnham guides Lumosty to victory in the All Victorian Sprint Series Heat 2 on Saturday.Victory: Chris Parnham guides Lumosty to victory in the All Victorian Sprint Series Heat 2 last month. Photo: Getty Images

The Stradbroke Handicap picture became no clearer after a barrier draw that only confused punters as two trainers who gave the race a shake last year declared it one of the most open renewals in years.

Favouritism still rests with Victorian filly Lumosty despite being left stranded as first emergency when connections of renowned wet-tracker Lord Of The Sky and out-of-sorts New Zealander El Roca paid up – as expected – on Wednesday morning.