Srikandi Up To 2014 Stradbroke Handicap Class?

May 19, 2014

Srikandi Up To 2014 Stradbroke Handicap Class?

A debate is raging between trainer Ciaron Maher and top jockey Glen Boss as to whether the very promising Srikandi is good enough for a Stradbroke Handicap 2014bid after her stakes win at Doomben over the weekend.


Srikandi could be 2014 Stradbroke Handicap bound this winter. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The flying three-year-old Dubawi filly posted her fifth win from six starts and her fourth on the trot with an easy victory in the $100,000 Listed Junamo Stakes (1200m).

Following a two and a half length effort in her Black Type debut at the Gold Coast a fortnight earlier in the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m), Boss and Srikandi combined again on Doomben Cup Day for another big win by the same margin.

Boss was impressed once again with the emerging youngster, who could have won by double that in the Junamo before Boss eased her off over the closing stages, and declared her a star in the making.

Whether that star is bright enough just yet to entertain serious talks of a shot at the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 7 however is the question.

Caulfield-based horseman Maher was more than happy to talk the Stradbroke talk after the Junamo, the trainer aware of the light weight his filly would receive for Queensland’s richest race.

“We might go to the Stradbroke,” he told The Courier Mail after the win.

“Three year old fillies get in well on the weights.

“And she sits up on the pace it would be a nice way to have a crack at a 1400m race.”

Boss though still needs convincing she can graduate from a fillies-only Listed to a Group 1 open handicap in the space of a few weeks.

“They are not what I call Group horses,” Boss said of the field she beat over the weekend and in the Silk Stocking.

“She is beating fillies at the moment and standard horses.

“She is making them look ordinary but it’s a different ball game when you start talking about Stradbrokes.

“You are talking big league there, it might all come too quick for her?”

That was taking nothing away from the high opinion Boss had of the filly he thinks may be better suited to something like the $250,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) on Oaks Day, May 31.

“Queensland might have seen the birth of a very, very good horse here,” he said.

“I do know they have got a Group horse in waiting.

“Whether it is this preparation or next prep, she is very exciting.

“She is a good filly but she is more like a colt.

“I had the opportunity to sit off one today and she gave me a beautiful feel.

“It was soft, very soft.”

Futures Stradbroke Handicap betting is led by the likes of Spirit Of Boom ($6), Rebel Dane ($6.50) and Buffering ($7) – all Group 1 winners set to face off in this weekend’s $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).

Srikandi meanwhile is yet to be added to the markets.

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