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.

"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.

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