Victorian horseman Danny O’Brien is eyeing a big pay day with his untapped Pins filly Shopaholic who could be set for a trip to Brisbane for the Stradbroke Handicap 2012 should she run well in Flemington’s Straight Six this Saturday.
The three-year-old has won five of her 11 starts to date including her first three back this season.
After a sprint win at Caulfield she held on in a thrilling finish to beat home subsequent Australian Guineas – Randwick Guineas – Vinery Stud Stakes triple winner Mosheen in the Group 3 The Vanity (1410m) at her home track at Flemington.
She then backed up to add a Group 2 victory to her record in the Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) on Blue Diamond Day before she got “pole-axed” at her next start.
Back at Flemington on March 10 Shopaholic was beaten five lengths when she ran a disappointing 11th to Empress Rock in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m), O’Brien hoping she can bounce back on Saturday.
“I have been very happy with her,” he said.
“She has come on super.”
Shopaholic is one of the headliners in the $100,000 Listed The Straight Six (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.
If she performs at to par O’Brien will consider taking her up to Queensland for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival’s richest event, the $1 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9.
“I would love to run her in the Stradbroke,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien came close to a Stradbroke Handicap win with a three-year-old filly back in 2008 when Absolut Glam ran fourth beaten only half a length by Mr Baritone before progressing onto win that year’s Winter Stakes – a race now known as the Tattersall’s Tiara.
Absolut Glam also ran in the 2009 Stradbroke when fifth to Black Piranha who would go on to successfully defend his title in 2010.
“We went close in (the Stradbroke) with Absolut Glam a few years back and it’s certainly a race three-year-old fillies have a reasonable record in,” O’Brien said.
“This year we have got an unbelievable crop of three-year-old fillies that have been winning everything and this filly has got the right form line.
“In the autumn she won three of her four starts and was the only filly to beat Mosheen.”
Stradbroke Handicap weights were released earlier in the week and Shopaholic would get in nicely on the 50.5kg minimum.
She is however far from guaranteed a spot in the Stradbroke Handicap field as she currently sits 36th in the order of entry.
Leading up to the Stradbroke Handicap, should she travel to the sunshine state, Shopaholic is earmarked to run in the $250,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) on June 2.
There is also a chance she would go onto the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) for fillies and mares back at Eagle Farm on June 23.
Latest Stradbroke Handicap betting markets at bookmaker.com.au are led by the Peter Snowden-trained Mental ($8) and last Saturday’s BTC Cup winner Sea Siren ($9) who is the three-year-old filly to beat this year.
Further down the odds punters can find Shopaholic at a juicy $26.
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