A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up...
They are one of the youngsters in this year’s BTC Cup 2012 field taking on Group 1 company for the first time but Sydney horseman John O’Shea is confident of a good showing at Doomben on Saturday from his Stradbroke Handicap hopeful Sea Siren.
A lightly raced Fastnet Rock filly Sea Siren will line-up in the 15-horse $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) field on Saturday in just her sixth career start.
She has won three of her five runs so far most notable beating home Flight Stakes winner and subsequent Australian Oaks champion Streama in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm in February.
At her latest run Sea Siren ran second to Streama in the Group 2 Surround stakes (1400m) on March 10, Saturday to be her debut interstate appearance.
Sea Siren is one of the best drawn horses in the BTC Cup too coming up with gate five, Jim Cassidy to ride her for the third time on the trot.
On the other hand a number of the top fancies suffered wide BTC Cup barriers including Rob Heathcote’s flying local four-year-old Buffering (14) and the Tony Gollan-trained The Galaxy winner Temple Of Boom (15).
“Obviously she will have a lot of improvement on whatever she does on Saturday,” O’Shea said of Sea Siren.
“Buffering is an extremely well-performed weight-for-age horse and this is easier than what he has been running in previously.
“It will be dependent on the tempo, but if she was to get the right barrier and the right run in the race, she will be very competitive.”
Following the BTC Cup on Saturday Sea Siren will continue working her way towards a run in the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival’s richest race, the $1 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on June 9.
Winning a Stradbroke with a three-year-old filly may sound like a near impossibility but O’Shea managed to do just that back in 2003 with Private Steer.
The daughter of Danehill Dancer won back-to-back Listed features in Sydney before heading to Brisbane to run second to Black Caviar’s sire Bel Esprit in the Doomben 10,000 before their Stradbroke success with Glen Boss in the saddle nine years ago.
While O’Shea knows just how good Private Steer was he also rates Sea Siren very highly.
“Private Steer was a champion; this filly is a good filly,” he said.
“I just thought she (Sea Siren) would be an ideal Stradbroke filly.”
O’Shea will also be represented in the BTC Cup on Saturday by Elite Falls in gate 13 with Larry Cassidy in the saddle.
The More Than Ready filly, winner of the 2011 Reisling Stakes, resumed with a good first-up second to fellow BTC Cup hopeful Woorim in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate back in February.
She was last seen running four and a half lengths away 11th to another of her rivals on Saturday in Temple Of Boom in the Group 1 The Galaxy at Randwick on April 21.
“The form out of the Oakleigh Plate, to be fair, has only been moderate,” O’Shea admitted.
“So she might have been a bit flattered that day if we analyse the form objectively.
“She will have to improve a bit to be in the finish.”
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