Gold Symphony draws 11 for Stradbroke

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IT’S barrier 11 for Gold Symphony in Queensland’s most prestigious Group 1 event of the Winter Carnival, the $1.5 million UBET Stradbroke Handicap, to be held this Saturday at Doomben.

On a sunny day in Brisbane, Gold Symphony owner Millie Coorey was on hand to deliver the goods, in what looks a useful draw for the dual Group 3 winner.

Favourite Clearly Innocent faces a much sterner test as he drew barrier 20, while three of the emergency entries have drawn beneath Gold Symphony, meaning he will likely end up jumping from barrier 8.

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Doomben 10,000 hero Jim Byrne will link up with Gold Symphony for the race, who tuned up for the feature event by winning a trial at Randwick on June 2, and holds excellent form, having finished third behind the race favourite Clearly Innocent in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes at Scone on May 13, with Gold Symphony receiving a 5kg swing in his favour for the rematch.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden said: “The way the field is with the emergencies drawn under him he comes into barrier 8, which is perfect.

“Horses with good chances have drawn wide while we’re right there in the middle. There looks to be some good speed in the race for him to get some cover and the harder they go early the better.

“He holds a good chance from a good gate.”

Bjorn Baker holds two entries for the race; Saturday’s Helen Coughlan Stakes winner Bonny O’reilly is second reserve but having drawn barrier 6 she would hold a fantastic chance should she get a run. Meanwhile Egyptian Symbol, who most recently finished second behind Eckstein in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes a fortnight ago, has drawn just inside Gold Symphony in barrier 10.