Stradbroke barrier draw: Generalife draws poorly, Lumosty needs a scratching

Early Stradbroke favourite Lumosty will need a scratching if he is to get a run.

Early Stradbroke favourite Lumosty will need a scratching if she is to get a run.

BETTING on Saturday’s $2 million Stradbroke will be stifled until it becomes clear whether gun filly Lumosty will make it into the field.

Lumosty held her position on top of betting charts after drawing gate 13 at Wednesday’s barrier draw and she is likely to start significantly shorter than her current $6 quote if she does get in.

The uncertainty means punters are likely to be wary of investing too heavily in the race at this stage.

One of the big firmers after the draw was Srikandi, who came up with the inside gate, which was in stark contrast to the 13 alley she jumped from when third in the race 12 months ago.

Srikandi firmed from $13 to $10, but underlining the depth in this year’s race, seven runners are ahead of her in the market.

Srikandi, right, was the big firmer after the barrier draw on Wednesday. Picture: Jono Se

Srikandi, right, was the big firmer after the barrier draw on Wednesday. Picture: Jono Searle

Darren Beadman was trying to take something positive out of the horror draw for Generalife, who drew clearly the worst of Godolphin’s two Stradbroke chances.

Stablemate Knoydart firmed from $10 to $8.50 after securing gate 4, but Generalife was a $6.50 to $9 drifter with UBET after coming up with barrier 21. He will start from the extreme outside of 16 after all the emergencies come out.

“Knoydart should be right in among the pack from there and it’s a much better draw than he had in the Doomben 10,000,” Beadman said.

“Generalife is a horse that likes a bit of room and it is a great run to the first turn from the 1350m start at Doomben. He was three deep with cover the other day and only peaked the last 100m.”

The Stradbroke was one of the few big races to allude Beadman during his illustrious riding career, but he believes in his role as assistant trainer with Godolphin he can celebrate success this weekend.

Darren Beadman winces after drawing gate 21 for Generalife on Wednesday. Picture: Jono Se

Darren Beadman winces after drawing gate 21 for Generalife on Wednesday. Picture: Jono Searle

“Our horses meet Boban up to 4kg better for the 10,000 and even though it looks a very even race, I’m sure they will both be very competitive.’’

Charlie Boy leapt to the second line of betting, firming from $8.50 to $7, after drawing barrier 7.

He shares that line with Black Heart Bart, who eased from $6.50 to $7 after drawing gate 17. Three-year-old Delectation is a $7.50 chance from barrier 11.

Other market movers from Wednesday’s draw included Sacred Star ($11-$10) and Lord Of The Sky ($17-$15).

Queensland’s lone hope, Temple Of Boom, drew terribly (14) and now needs plenty of luck if he is to go one better than his second placing from last year.

 

Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Courier Mail  http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/stradbroke-barrier-draw-generalife-draws-poorly-lumosty-needs-a-scratching/story-fnii0mrv-1227381138835

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