Stradbroke Handicap 2018 Tips and Predictions: Is the time right for In Her Time?

Ben Smith is confident with his classy mare
Corey Brown on In Her Time wins race 7 during The Everest Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse. (Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Stradbroke Handicap Tips & Betting Predictions


In Her Time looks set to capture another Group 1 victory in the Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben in June.

The Ben Smith-trained five-year-old was a brilliant winner of the Group 1 Galaxy just prior to running third in the T.J. Smith Stakes during The Championships and that form is going to stack up nicely in Brisbane.

She has won eight of her 19 career starts and many punters thought she was unlucky to miss out on a run in the 2017 Everest at Randwick. She ended up winning the consolation race in style and there's no doubting her credentials this time around.

The daughter of Time Thief is also nominated for the Doomben 10,000 and Kingsford-Smith Cup, but the Stradbroke Handicap is the sprinting race to win during the Brisbane Winter Carnival and her connections will be targeting the feature.

Bookmakers are offering $6 for the classy mare and she's likely to face a field that doesn't feature any of her recent rivals, including The Everest winner Redzel and quality imported runners Brave Smash and Redkirk Warrior, which could be running at Royal Ascot instead.

Osborne Bulls is a threat to In Her Time and although he hasn't been exposed to group racing let alone Group 1 racing, he's a horse on the rise.

Trained by James Cummings, the four-year-old has won six of his nine career starts and he has been a touch unlucky in the other three starts due to some poor riding decisions.

His natural turn-of-foot is an asset needed to win at this level and being from the Godolphin Stable, he might well travel the world if he's victorious here.

$9 is on offer in the early markets and he represents good each way value.

Another each way chance is Crack Me Up at $26.

The four-year-old gelding is a winner of over $600,000 and his win in the Group 3 Liverpool Cup was good enough to warrant attention at this level.

He was nowhere to be seen in the Doncaster Mile during The Championships, but that's asking too much of the Bjorn Baker-trained runner at this stage of his career.

Race experience isn't something he lacks and despite being only four, he has already had 24 race day starts. That fitness could help and he could land the prize at big odds.

Best Bet: In Her Time to win @ $6

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Daryl Curnow 10 May 2018

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