Counterattack stakes his Stradbroke claims with strong win

Chris Waller’s high opinion of Counterattack was vindicated when the colt booked a Stradbroke Handicap start after his win in the Fred Best Classic at Doomben.

Waller has stated publicly he believes Counterattack is a group 1 winner in the making and gets his chance to test that theory in the $1.5million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 11.

By winning Saturday’s Classic, Counterattack is exempt from a ballot for the Stradbroke.

James McDonald is convinced the colt will be highly competitive. “He was strong through the line at the end of 1350 metres today and he’s right on track for the Stradbroke,” McDonald said.

“You need a horse with plenty of strength to win that race and he’s exactly the right type especially with the big weight drop in his favour.” – Sydney Morning Herald