Stradbroke Handicap 2015: Lumosty boost as Gai Waterhouse unlikely to pay up for Najoom
STRADBROKE Handicap favourite Lumosty is edging closer to a start in the rich Queensland sprint with connections of Najoom now unlikely to pay a late entry fee.
Najoom, the Gai Waterhouse filly, qualified for the Stradbroke when she sat three-wide and romped home in the Fred Best Classic last Saturday.
But connections on Tuesday morning indicated it was most likely Najoom would instead head to the Group 1 Tatts Tiara on the Gold Coast on June 20. They would have to pay a $30,000 late fee for entry to the Stradbroke and it now appears they won’t be paying up.
Lumosty, the Robert Smerdon-trained three-year-old, is looking far more likely to sneak into the field.Lumosty was allocated the minimum weight of 50.5kg, which puts her in 31st position in the order of entry with the final field for the race capped at 16 plus five emergencies.
However, the high number of non-Stradbroke starters above her — including Lucky Hussler which has been sent to the paddock — means the daughter of Fastnet Rock is already placed about 20 in the field.
And if Najoom doesn’t head to the Stradbroke, Lumosty is another step closer to getting a start.
Borderline runners Vain Queen (retired), Alma’s Fury, Reparations and Riziz have also been ruled out, while Robbie Laing said guaranteed starter Lord Of The Sky will only make the trip to Queensland if the rain comes next week.
“If the track looks like being slow or heavy he will head up and run in the Stradbroke and if not he will be freshened and then go to the (Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield in July) and then the Bletchingly Stakes,” Laing said.
Ciaron Maher said Srikandi has come from her disappointing sixth in the Doomben 10,000 well and will press onto the Stradbroke.
“She was a bit disappointing and she didn’t finish it off but she had a good blow after the race,” he said.
Joe Pride’s three Stradbroke chances — Rock Sturdy, Kuro and Ball Of Muscle all sit outside the field of 16 at this stage but the latter two will press their claims in the QTC Cup at Doomben on Saturday.
“Rock Sturdy is the only definite in terms of being aimed at the Stradbroke and for Kuro and Ball Of Muscle it depends how they go this Saturday,” Pride said.
The QTC Cup winner is exempt from the Stradbroke ballot.
Doomben, June 6
FIELD AS IT STANDS
1. Boban (50-50)
2. Hot Snitzel
3. Sacred Star
4. Catkins (unlikely)
6. Smokin’ Joey
8. Temple Of Boom
9. Lord Of The Sky *
10. Charlie Boy
13. Big Money
14. Black Heart Bart
15. Strawberry Boy (50-50)
16. Fontelina (50-50)
17. El Roca
18. Kuro (undecided)
19. Fast ‘N’ Rocking
21. Rock Sturdy
22. Bring Me The Maid
23. Flamingo Star (50-50)
24. Politeness (50-50)
25. Riva De Lago
*Lord Of The Sky will only travel to Queensland for the Stradbroke if the track is likely to be wet.
**Najoom will gain an automatic start if late entry fee is paid.