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Stradbroke spot on the line ahead of Fred Best Classic

Last updated: 26 May 2020
Bets.com.au Staff 26 May 2020
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  • The winner of Saturday's Group Three Fred Best Classic is guaranteed a spot in next week's Stradbroke
Dawn Passage
Dawn Passage is looking to gain a ballot exempt entry into next week's Stradbroke Handicap (Getty Images)

Stradbroke spot on the line ahead of Fred Best Classic

Star Sydney colt Dawn Passage is the early favourite to win the Fred Best Classic at Doomben and clinch a ballot exempt spot in next week's the Group One Stradbroke Handicap.

The Group Three Fred Best Classic on Saturday features a number of three-year-olds who also hold nominations for the Stradbroke a week later, but the winner won't have to endure the ballot ahead of the Eagle Farm feature.

Dawn Passage was installed $3.30 favourite for the Fred Best with Ladbrokes on Monday with the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Hightail next best at $5.

Winner of the Hawkesbury Guineas and Inglis 3YO Guineas over 1400m at Rosehill at his past two starts, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Dawn Passage is one of the fancies for the Stradbroke but a defeat on Saturday would mean he's unlikely to make the cut given he's down the ballot at 37th.

Doncaster Mile-winning Sydney jockey James Innes Jr has travelled to Queensland and is undertaking 14 days of isolation in a bid to ride the colt at a light weight in the Stradbroke should he make the field.

The Fred Best Classic has attracted 24 nominations with a field limit of 16 plus emergencies.

CLICK HERE for the latest Fred Best Classic betting odds.

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