Guy Walter and connections are yet to decide whether Saturday’s 2014 Doomben Cup will be the final race appearance for consistent mare Streama but either way she’s in flying form ahead of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival feature.
The five-year-old daughter of Streama goes up in distance for the $500,000 Group 1 Titan Energy Services Doomben Cup (2000m) seeing further than 1800m for the first time since her Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) victory as a three-year-old back in 2012.
She became a triple Group 1 winner last September in Sydney with her George Main Stakes victory over the mile, having also won the 2011 Flight Stakes by a big margin as a young filly, and won her first race since last time out at the Gold Coast on May 3.
There she ran the ideal Doomben Cup lead-up with her half-length victory over Mr O’Ceirin in the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) that was run on a Heavy (8).
Having now amassed a tidy $2,347,650 in prize money Streama’s track career is coming to a close with a new future as a broodmare on the horizon.
Saturday then could mark her swansong appearance before retirement to the breeding barn.
At this stage however Walter’s focus is on Doomben Cup Day, concerns over what happens next saved until he’s hopefully celebrating post-race.
“She has come through the Hollindale in really good order,” Walter told AAP.
“I went up to Brisbane to watch her work on Saturday morning and was very pleased.
“She will have a gallop on the course proper on Tuesday to top her off for the race.
“I think she is ready for the 2000 metres.”
Her Hollindale victory, and decent form in Sydney before that including a close fourth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) that showed Walter she was begging for more distance, saw Streama shoot to the top of the futures Doomben Cup odds.
She now shares top spot in the pre-field markets at $3.80 with the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained Hawkesbury Cup winning Zabeel four-year-old Leebaz.
The other main dangers then look to be Darren Weir’s Warnambool Cup champ Akzar ($4.60), the Chris Waller-trained Junoob ($5) and Hollindale Stakes runner-up Mr O’Ceirin ($8).
Walter could also be represented in Saturday’s showdown by Angel Of Mercy who is currently at $21 to win despite not officially being paid up for.
The Hussonet mare was one of three horses whose connections forgot to pay the first acceptance fee to keep them in Doomben Cup calculations last week.
While the other two of those runners have now been accepted for, Walter is leaving it a last minute decision for Angel Of Mercy who won at Eagle Farm over the mile two back before her eighth in the Hollindale.
“We will wait until we see how she is after she works in the morning,” he said yesterday.
“If she works well then we will pay up.”
Angel Of Mercy could join Streama in retirement after the race also as she features in a public auction at the end of the month.
The official Doomben Cup 2014 final field of acceptances is set for release on Wednesday morning so stay tuned.
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