Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Improving three-year-old Hopfgarten could be a surprise entry for the Group One Stradbroke Handicap if he races up to expectations at Eagle Farm.

Hopfgarten has been the star of the recent Brisbane midweek meetings winning his past three starts in impressive style.

He takes on far stronger class in Saturday’s Group Three Gunsynd Plate (1600m), a race many of Queensland’s better three-year-olds are using as a stepping stone to the big winter races.

Hopfgarten carried 59kg when he strolled home to beat Tracey’s Angel in a Class 3 at Eagle Farm at his last start.

Tracey’s Angel franked the form when she ran third in the Listed Members Cup (1600m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday.

Trainer Robert Heathcote has a big opinion of Hopfgarten who like his champion Buffering is by Mossman.

“I know it is a big step up on Saturday. But the way he won under 59kgs last start really confirmed my big opinion of him,” Heathcote said.

“At this stage we think he is a Queensland Guineas horse but the winner of the Guineas is exempt from the ballot for the Stradbroke.

“Saturday will tell me which way to go with him but if he races well he could be a Straddie entry.”

Heathcote also has Olympic Anthem in the Gunsynd and he is also on a Guineas-Stradbroke path.

“Saturday’s race will show which way to go but if they race like I think they will both could head the same way,” he said.

Heathcote has had the chiropractor working on his other smart three-year-old Sea Red who will press on to the Gold Coast Bracelet on Saturday week and Queensland Oaks on May 31.

Meanwhile, Heathcote’s dual Group One winner Solzhenitzen will make his return from a throat operation in the Group Two Victory Stakes (1200m).

“He sounds like an old Victa mower but he has won a jump-out and a trial so he is ready to race,” Heathcote said.

Solzhenitzen will be ridden by Glen Colless while Damien Browne will stick with smart mare Fire Up Fifi in the same race.

Heathcote said all going well, both would head to the BTC Cup, Doomben 10,000 and the Stradbroke, the same path as stable star Buffering.

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Young jockeys future riding career in doubt

The immediate riding career, and perhaps future riding career of Sydney’s champion apprentice Robbie Dolan is at the cross roads....

Watch 📺 Best thing beaten you have ever seen?

Oh, this just has to be seen to be believed. Sadly, actually, you won’t get to see a great deal...

Jamie Kah lands 1000 milestone win

A late double at the Sale meeting transferred to Pakenham on Wednesday has provided Jamie Kah with her 1000th career victory....

Kentucky Derby winner returns positive drug test

Las weekends Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has returned a positive drug test and could be disqualified from the race....

Watch 📺 Jockey stops riding and gets beat

Punters who backed Exalted Maxine at Murray Bridge on Wednesday will be furious of the ride of Stacey Metcalfe. Exalted...

Watch 📺 Jockey cops big fine for exuberant celebration

Who doesn’t love seeing sports people celebrate? All of us, right? Hmm, think again. The stewards at Warrnambool of Day...

Bizarre story behind jockeys eight year ban

It is the bizarre case of Daniel Jack Smith. Smith was disqualified for eight years after being found guilty of...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2021 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or