Trekking will need to make history to win his second Stradbroke Handicap after he was allotted the top weight of 58kg on Monday.
Racing Queensland Chief Handicapper Nathan Bourke released the weights of 123 horses entered for the $1.5 million feature which confirms boom horse Ayrton has to win Saturday’s Fred Best Classic to make the field after coming in at 110 on the order of entry with 49.5kg.
That number is expected to dwindle down significantly as acceptances are released down to a final field of 18.
No horse has carried more than 56kg to victory to win the race since Rough Habit in 1992 with 14 of the last 20 winners carrying 54kg or less.
Country cups champ – and joint second favourite – The Harrovian is likely to get a run after coming in at 25 on the order of entry and will carry 53kg with Glen Boss booked to ride.
James Cummings and Kerrin McEvoy after Trekking won the Stradbroke Handicap. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
Goodwood winner Savatoxl along with Emerald Kingdom and Master Jamie all have exemptions into the race should they decide to go after winning qualifying races.
After running an unlucky third last year, Niccanova will carry an extra kilo this time around with 54kg along with popular galloper So Si Bon.
The Phillip Stokes-trained Mr Quickie is well in at the weights after attracting 56.5kg despite carrying 59kg to victory in last year’s Toorak Handicap.
Other race fancies Wild Planet and Tofane have been allotted 52kg and 54.5kg respectively.
A total of 18 three-year-olds have been entered for Saturday’s Fred Best Classic at Eagle Farm.
Saturday’s Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) also shapes as a pivotal race with Savatiano, Trekking and Wild Planet all featuring prominently in Stradbroke markets.
Originally published asTrekking faces weighty issue in Stradbroke
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