Stradbroke Handicap 2015: Tight field leaves Brisbane Racing Club no choice but to leave Lumosty hanging for start in Group 1 sprint   Leave a comment

Stradbroke Handicap 2015: Tight field leaves Brisbane Racing Club no choice but to leave Lumosty hanging for start in Group 1 sprint

BRC chairman Neville Bell says the club’s qualifying system for the Stradbroke is fair. P

BRC chairman Neville Bell says the club’s qualifying system for the Stradbroke is fair. Picture: Peter Wallis Source:News Corp Australia

BRISBANE Racing Club chairman Neville Bell says it is unfortunate favourite Lumosty is in danger of missing a run in Saturday’s Stradbroke but does not support discretionary invitations for feature races.

The Queensland Turf Club, which preceded the BRC merger, had the option to parachute a runner into the race but Bell said the club ended that option more than a decade ago, believing qualifying conditions were sufficient.

“It’s a difficult situation because Lumosty is the favourite who will generate a lot of turnover,” Bell said. “The smaller field this year (16 at Doomben as opposed to 18 at Eagle Farm, the usual venue) has been the culprit. In a normal year, we haven’t had that problem.

“The option of committees determining the make-up of a field brings with it a downside and that is telling connections of a fully qualified horse they aren’t going to run.

“There is certainly a case to be made for hand-picking the best field, but I think the fairer option is to leave it to the official qualifying order.”

Stradbroke favourite Lumosty is first emergency for the Group 1 race. Picture: Ian Currie

Stradbroke favourite Lumosty is first emergency for the Group 1 race. Picture: Ian Currie Source: News Corp Australia

Bell said there were several ballot-free races in the lead-up to the Stradbroke that could have been used, including the Fred Best and last Saturday’s QTC Cup, but the connections of Lumosty opted to use Flemington for her lead-up runs.

It is not the first time this season a red-hot Group 1 chance has been made an emergency.

Kermadec was second emergency for the Doncaster Mile in April and only secured a run seconds before the 7.30am deadline, then romped away with the $3 million race later that afternoon.

If Lumosty did miss out in the Stradbroke, it would set up a tantalising clash with Catkins in the Dane Ripper earlier on the card. The Group 2 race is worth only 10 per cent of the Stradbroke purse.

Originally published as Tight field leaves BRC no choice

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Posted June 4, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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