Initially confirmed to take her place in this weekend’s Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse, trainer Ciaron Maher has confirmed Srikandi will not take her place in the feature race, and will instead return to the spelling paddock ahead of a busy 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
Performing well in a 1000 metres hit-out this morning, Maher had initially reported the Dubawi filly would take her place in the final Group 1 event of the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, but has since pulled up sore after cooling down, according to Maher’s racing manager Ben Connolly.
“She pulled up sore after she cooled down and Ciaron decided she had done enough this preparation and will give her a lengthy spell,” Connolly told Racenet.
“There are no dramas with her but she has done a great job and we’ll wait for her next campaign.”
A standout performer over the 2014 Australian racing calendar so-far, Srikandi was unlucky to finish second in the Drain Man Fillies BM70 (1000m) first-up before completing an impressive run of five-straight race victories including the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m), Listed Juanmo Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) on May 24th.
Charging home to finish a fighting third in the featured Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm two weeks ago, Srikandi has more than stamped her claims as a leading contender for major events throughout the 2014 Spring.
A total of 24 horses remain in the nominations list for the 2014 Tattersall’s Tiara, with a final field and barrier draw due to be released on Wednesday morning.
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