Jockey Jeff Lloyd rides Care To Think to win race 6, the Magic Millions Cup, during the Gold Coast Magic Millions at Aquis Park, Gold Coast Turf Club, Queensland, Saturday, January 13, 2018. (AAP Image/Albert Perez) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Jockey Jeff Lloyd rides Care To Think to win race 6, the Magic Millions Cup, during the Gold Coast Magic Millions at Aquis Park, Gold Coast Turf Club, Queensland, Saturday, January 13, 2018. (AAP Image/Albert Perez) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Care To Think out of luck again

TRAINER Matt Dunn's sprinter Care To Think's tough run with wide barriers has continued with the speedster drawing gate 16 in Saturday's Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.

Three-year-old filly Champagne Cuddles firmed as favourite for the rich sprint after drawing gate one on Wednesday, while defending champion Impending came up with barrier nine.

Care To Think was an eye-catching sixth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 on May 12 when he came from second last from a wide gate.

His run of bad barriers continued in the Kingsford Smith Cup on May 26 when he drew the outside barrier and again had to go back to last. At his past six starts Care To Think has drawn a single digit barrier once.

An exasperated Dunn said before the draw it was no use whingeing about the bad barriers.

"He just can't get a decent barrier. We have just had to have to make the best of them," Dunn said.

"Care To Think doesn't have to go back. If there is no pace inside him he can roll forward and get a good position."

Care To Think drops from 59kg in his recent weight-for-age assignments to 52kg in the Stradbroke (1350m). Sydney jockey Tim Clark will take over from James McDonald who can't make the weight in the Stradbroke.

Keira Dunn with Stradbroke contender Care To Think. Picture: Justin Lloyd
Keira Dunn with Stradbroke contender Care To Think. Picture: Justin Lloyd

Clark has been in great form in Brisbane over the carnival highlighted by his wins on English in the Doomben 10,000, Dark Dream in the Rough Habit Plate and two stakes wins on Perast who he will be riding against in the Stradbroke.

Impending, last year's winner, and three-year-old filly Champagne Cuddles are the $4.60 equal favourites ahead of the declaration of the final field and barrier draw for the Stradbroke with Perast next at $7.50 and Care To Think at $8.50.

STRADBROKE HCP

Race 5, 2.15pm

1. IMPENDING J Cummings D Browne (9) 57.5kg

2. SANTA ANA LANE A Freedman B Melham (3) 55.5kg

3. CRACK ME UP L Birchley J Byrne (5) 53.5kg

4. ENDLESS DRAMA C Waller G Schofield (20) 53.5kg

5. VOODOO LAD D Weir C Parnham (7) 53.5kg

6. SPIETH D & B Hayes & T Dabernig C Williams (21) 53.5kg

7. FOXPLAY C Waller M Walker (19) 53kg

8. MOST IMPORTANT T Gollan M Du Plessis (2) 53kg

9. THE MONSTAR B Cavanough S Bogenhuber (8) 52.5kg

10. SHILLELAGH C Waller M Dee (10) 52.5kg

11. CARE TO THINK M Dunn T Clark (16) 52.5kg

12. BURNING PASSION M Newnham M Cahill (15) 52kg

13. SUPER CASH A Noblet J Kah (13) 51.5kg

14. INVINCIBLE GEM K Lees B Avdulla (17) 51.5kg

15. PERAST P Perry J Lloyd (12) 50kg

16. CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES B Baker C Brown (1) 50kg

17e. DANON LIBERTY D Weir - (6) 51.5kg

18e. OSBORNE BULLS J Cummings K McEvoy (4) 51.5kg

19e. MOSS 'N' DALE P Gelagotis A Darmanin (11) 51kg

20e. PECANS J Pride - (18) 51kg

21e. I'M A RIPPA T Gollan - (14) 51kg


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