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She may be out for the spring but last weekend’s Emirates Stakes scratching Streama already has a big Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival 2013 on the horizon with trainer Guy Walter already scheduling in some important Group 1 targets for the reigning NSW Horse of the Year.
Four-year-old Stratum mare Streama, winner of this year’s Australian Oaks and last year’s Flight Stakes, was to have run in the Emirates Stakes last weekend but was withdrawn after suffering heat in her leg.
Walter has confirmed the $1.28 million earner won’t return for another run this spring, Streama last seen running eighth in the Myer Classic on Derby Day, but that she would be back for a full-on autumn campaign next year.
“She was scratched because she had a bruised heel and she won’t race again until February or March now,” Walter said.
Last Sydney Autumn Carnival was a cracker for Streama who enjoyed a number of good runs including her win in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) second-up, her close second to Mosheen in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and of course her narrow victory in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick.
Streama also ran in this year’s Coolmore Classic running a brave fifth to Ofcourseican.
The $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), set to run at Rosehill Gardens on March 23, is on the radar again for Streama next year as is one of the season’s biggest races – the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) on April 20 at Randwick.
“She’ll come back for the Coolmore Classic and Doncaster, hopefully,” he said.
His star mare may be out in the paddock but Walter is still hoping to see the season out on a high this weekend on Zipping Classic Day at Sandown with Skyerush, fourth to $40 roughie and stablemate Appearance in the Myer Classic last time out, set to contest the $120,000 Listed Summoned Stakes (1600m).
Fourth in the 2011 Myer Classic also, Skyerush may have run a good race two weeks ago but she will have her work cut out for her on Saturday after drawing wide with barrier 16, into 13 with emergencies out.
“I was very, very happy with her run in the Myer,” Walter said.
“She’s been a very consistent mare, she’s been Group One placed and has won a couple of stakes races.
“But she’ll need a lot of luck on Saturday from that alley now.”
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