Black Piranha’s Triple Shot of Stradbroke Hopes

April 18, 2011

Black Piranha’s Triple Shot of Stradbroke Hopes

It has been a long time between drinks for Con Karakatsanis’ seven-year-old Black Piranha, but the Rosehill-based trainer has another $1 million mission in his sights for the veteran galloper.

Clang gelding Black Piranha has not raced since finishing ninth to star colt Playing God in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot in early December last year.

Black Piranha is still in the spelling paddock and while he is yet to resume, Con Karakatsanis is setting his sights high for his return.

Karakatsanis has plans to send Black Piranha up to Queensland for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival where the prestigious $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm is the main aim.

The last time Black Piranha was in the winner’s circle was June last year when he overcame a wide barrier 12 draw to take out the 2010 Stradbroke Handicap in a gritty victory over classy mare Melito.

It was his second Stradbroke Handicap win having also saluted in the 2009 edition ahead of Danleigh making Black Piranha just the seventh horse to win back-to-back Stradbrokes.

Now he will attempt to enter the history books and score victory in Brisbane’s richest race for an unprecedented third time.

“Our aim is the Straddy,” Karakatsanis said.

To date Black Piranha has had 53 career starts that have produced just eight wins and 16 minor placings, the dual Stradbroke victories pushing his total earnings to over $2.5 million.

Black Caviar

Black Caviar is heading towards a start in the 2011 BTC Cup

Facing a tough test first-up, Black Piranha is scheduled to return to the track for the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) next month where a clash with sprint queen Black Caviar is on the cards.

“He’s on target,” Karakatsanis said of Black Piranha’s Brisbane campaign.

“He’s probably going to have to run into Black Caviar in Brisbane but that’s life.”

Peter Moody’s superlative mare Black Caviar was recently rated the best thoroughbred in the world for her performances over the past six months which have included five consecutive Group 1 wins.

In the BTC Cup at Doomben on May 14, she will attempt to add an incredible 13th victory to her unbeaten streak.

Last week Black Piranha ran sixth in the 900m barrier trial at Rosehill with jockey Brenton Avdulla aboard.

“He had an easy trial on Tuesday (April 12) and he went around lovely,” Karakatsanis said.

“Brenton Avdulla rode him and said he felt great and he loved it.

“He’s still a fair way off being where I want him because it’s still three weeks away from his first-up run in Brisbane, but he showed to me he is on his way to where I want him to be.

“Since that trial on Tuesday he’s starting to switch on and it won’t take much to get him back where I want him fitness wise.”

As well as the BTC Cup the battle of the Blacks could continue with Caviar and Piranha both possible starters in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 28.

“If she (Black Caviar) beats him first-up and in the 10,000 that’s life,” Karakatsanis said.

“The Straddy is the one we want.”

Another runner aiming at a spot in the Stradbroke Handicap field, if not this year then next, is Noel Doyle’s Gold Coast gelding Celtic Dancer.

The Choisir three-year-old enjoyed a promising Stradbroke trial last Saturday at Doomben, coming within a quarter of a length of winning the $100,000 Listed B.R.C. Queensland Day (1350m) when third behind Steel Zip.

Although fighting on bravely, the third place finish may not be enough for Doyle to nominate Celtic Dancer for the Stradbroke.

“At this stage he’s heading to the Queensland Guineas,” Doyle said.

“I’ll throw in a nomination for the Stradbroke which is on the same day but I honestly believe he’ll be a Stradbroke chance next year.”

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field