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Stradbroke Handicap moved to Doomben

Brisbane’s premier race day featuring the Stradbroke Handicap will be run at Doomben following widespread criticism of the Eagle Farm track.

On Monday, Racing Queensland announced the transfer of Saturday’s Queensland Oaks meeting to Doomben despite the objections of the Brisbane Racing Club.

Later in the day, RQ confirmed the Stradbroke on June 10 would also be run at nearby Doomben.

RQ chief executive Dr Eliot Forbes said the administrative body would be working closely with the BRC to come up with a solution to the problems at Eagle Farm.

While some horses handled the track, including Kingsford Smith Cup winner Clearly Innocent, trainers reported others pulled up with problems.

The track on Saturday was rated in the heavy range despite no rain or irrigation on the track and the surface was loose.

Clearly Innocent is the TAB’s $4 favourite for the Stradbroke ahead of Counterattack ($6.50), third in the Kingsford Smith, and runner-up Jungle Edge ($9).

Black Heart Bart was given top weight of 58.5kg for the Stradbroke on Monday but will not run.

The Kris Lees-trained Clearly Innocent and Lindsay Park’s Goodwood winner Vega Magic are next on 55.5kg.

The next acceptance stage is on Wednesday with the Stradbroke topweight to carry a minimum 57kg.

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