A minor foot abscess has ruled promising mare Arinosa out of Stradbroke Handicap 2013 contention this Saturday, trainer Chris Waller to save her for the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) in three weeks’ time.
The dashing grey Dash For Cash five-year-old kicked off her career in Victoria with Danny O’Brien but joined Waller’s ace Sydney operation in the summer of 2011.
It took her a while to find her feet for the stable too but once she did there’s been no stopping her.
Arinosa has now won six of her 15 starts for Waller and was also first over the line in the Listed Wenona Girl Handicap (1200m) but was disqualified due to a positive blood test.
She entered calculations for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival’s famous $1.36 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), running at Eagle Farm this weekend, when she scored successive Group Sydney wins on the back of the Wenona Girl saga.
Firstly she defeated Shamal Wind by one and three quarter lengths in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in March and was then the emphatic 4.5 length winner of the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) easily accounting for runner-up Miss Stellabelle in the Randwick April feature.
She returned 42 days later but was disappointing fourth behind Sookie when the beaten short priced favourite in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on May 25 when carrying 58.5kg to the winners’ 54kg.
Waller was confident Arinosa could bounce back and step up to Group 1 company for the Stradbroke this Saturday.
The bookies looked to have agreed too with Arinosa paying $10 in the Stradbroke Handicap betting markets before her withdrawal.
While her foot issue isn’t serious Waller doesn’t want to take any risks with the progressive galloper and is happy to wait for the 2013 Tattersall’s Tiara, formerly the Winter Stakes, back at the track on June 22.
“She has a very mild foot abscess and I need to treat it properly with anti-inflammatories and antibiotics,” Waller said.
“Rather than try and patch it up for this week, I want to make sure I have her right for the Tatts Tiara.”
Waller also admitted that the unnoticed abscess could help explain her last start defeat.
“In hindsight, it was probably brewing away last start,” he said.
The season’s leading Group 1 winning trainer with nine elite level trophies to date still officially has Riva De Lago ($34) and Boban ($26) entered for the Straddie.
Neither is likely to gain a start however sitting 22nd and 32nd in the order of entry before the withdrawal of their stablemate Arinosa.
As Arinosa was 17th in the Stradbroke Handicap ballot her early scratching paves the way for fellow Sydney trainer Anthony Cummings to launch a double pronged attack on Queensland’s richest race with Fontelina (20th) now looking to gain a start.
The Stradbroke Handicap field has a capacity 18 starters.
Number 19 on the ballot, Famous Seamus ($51) was already in thanks to the withdrawal of the reigning Stradbroke Handicap winner Pear Tart (16th).
Testa Rossa four-year-old Fontelina is now in too, the last start Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) winner at Scone sure to firm in from their current price of $18 to win the Stradbroke now they are in the final field.
Cummings’ other runner is BTC Cup winner Your Song, a top fancy at $5.50 to bounce back from their sixth to current $4.60 Stradbroke betting favourite Epaulette in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).
As it now stands the first two emergencies for the Stradbroke will be Epaulette’s stablemate Academus ($10) who trainer Peter Snowden has been sweating over a start for, and the Gary Kennewell-trained Adelaide raider Conservatorium ($51) who was a competitive second to Galah beaten a short half-head in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) last Saturday.