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Black Caviar Heads Gr1 Stradbroke Weights At 60.5kg

Tuesday, 17th May 2011

Racing Queensland handicapper Nathan Bourke released the weights for the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 11, headed by 6-time Gr1-winning unbeaten 4YO mare & the world's highest-rated horse Black Caviar (Bel Esprit-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) on 60.5kg. In her previous handicap appearance, Black Caviar was allotted 58kg in March's Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington; since then she has added a further 3 Gr1 triumphs. A weight of 60.5kg or more has been carried to victory in the Stradbroke only once in the past 100 years: Pittsworth Gun lugged the equivalent of 63kg in 1912. Next in this year's weights behind Black Caviar is Hay List with 57.5kg. And Black Piranha (winner of the past 2 Stradbrokes) has 56kg (up 0.5kg from last year).

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