Rolling Pin to contest Stradbroke race

Gwenda Markwell has made Rolling Pin the latest addition to a long list of contenders eyeing off the Stradbroke Handicap (1400 metres) in winter.

The Queen of Kembla reported her multiple stakes winner had returned in good order from a gruelling spring campaign, but was still some time away from making his first start of the autumn.

Gwenda Markwell's Rolling Pin, with Megan Mansell, won the Shannon Stakes. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Gwenda Markwell's Rolling Pin, with Megan Mansell, won the Shannon Stakes. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

"He did well in the paddock," Markwell said. "He's well and bright and he's the same horse [who went out last campaign].

"He's probably another eight to 10 weeks away and we were more than happy with what he did [in spring]."

Rolling Pin's delayed return will align perfectly with a tilt at the $1 million Stradbroke - Queensland's richest race behind the Magic Millions Classic that was run earlier this month.

On Rolling Pin's suitability for the Stradbroke, Markwell said: "He's a horse that jumps and puts himself there and he doesn't seem to get into too much trouble."

The five-year-old Pins gelding enjoyed a breakthrough preparation in spring, annexing Newcastle's Cameron Handicap (1500m) and the Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill.

He was also a gallant third behind Fat Al in the Epsom Handicap (1600m).

Meantime, Markwell also confirmed progressive stayer Peal Of Bells was a chance of joining his stablemate on a Queensland-centric program.

"We'll just bring him through his divisions and see how he comes up," she said.