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!
Massive Odds on All Races!
Sign-up and start betting with PlayUp in 2 minutes!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Steve Hart
Connections of Private Eye hope a low draw can help offset his handicap

Drawing the rails in a big race can be a boon or a burden, but Joseph Pride is happy for Private Eye to take his chances from barrier one in the Stradbroke Handicap.

The Group 1 winner has been dealt a string of tricky gates in feature races, jumping from barrier 14 of 18 in the Golden Eagle, 19 of 20 in the Doncaster Mile and 12 of 16 when finishing midfield last start in the Kingsford Smith Cup.

While Pride admits jockey Brenton Avdulla will need the runs to present at the right time, he also believes an inside draw will allow Private Eye to settle just worse than midfield, rather than be taken back to last.

“Don’t get me wrong, he is going to need some luck but I’d rather be wishing for luck up the inside than dragging him back off the outside and having to come around the whole field, particularly with topweight,” Pride said.

“He is a very good horse Private Eye, and I am convinced he’s going better than ever so he gets a great opportunity.”

Private Eye has 57kg, an impost no horse has carried to victory in the Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) for the past 20 years.

Show A Heart won with 56kg in 2002 while Black Piranha carted 55.5kg when racing to his second Stradbroke victory in 2010.

While Pride is mindful of the history, he also believes Saturday’s Eagle Farm feature is not as strong as past renewals.

“It’s a very even Stradbroke but I’d suggest it’s not the best Stradbroke we have seen in the last few years either, so maybe that makes it easier for him to win as topweight,” he said.

“Brisbane has been a happy hunting ground for the stable and I like taking horses up here at this time of year.

“He is going terrific and I’m confident he will run a super race, he just needs an even break of luck, which he hasn’t had much of lately.”

*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...

Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh dies

Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh has died following colic-related complications. Rogan Josh was Bart Cummings’ 11th Melbourne Cup winner and had...

Horse Racing Big Bets – Saturday’s Races (inc Tatts Tiara) 25/6/2022

We take a look at the big bets the online bookmakers have taken on Saturday’s horse racing around the country...

Watch 📺 Nature Strip smashes rivals at Royal Ascot

It was ten years since the last Australian horse won at Royal Ascot, and what a day that was with...

Multiple G1 winners racing career in doubt

The racing career of dual Derby winner Hitotsu hangs in the balance following an injury that will see him miss this year’s...

Verry Elleegant to race on in France

Verry Elleegant remains a chance to contest this year’s Arc de Triomphe after Thursday night’s shock announcement that she would be...

Tattersalls Tiara

The is a race held at and is the feature female event of the Brisbane Winter Carnival. The () boasts...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

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


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