Srikandi all but ended her chances of a maiden Group 1 triumph in last weekend’s BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben when standing in the gates, however trainer Ciaron Maher has revealed the four-year-old has come through the race well and will press on to the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) in a fortnight.
Srikandi received massive attention in betting markets over the days leading up to the BTC Cup but was unable to recover from her blunder at the gates and finished a disappointing eighth, despite hitting the line relatively well.
Maher was understandably disappointed with the daughter of Dubawi’s BTC Cup result but toldd Racing Ahead he remains pleased with her overall condition ahead of the 2015 Doomben 10,000.
“She just sort of leapt in the air and in a 1200m Group 1 around Doomben, you can’t afford to do that really,” Maher said.
“It was (frustrating) – after they went 50m the race was sort of over for her.
“Sometimes you worry when a horse is so quick from the barriers they can slip or something like that and hurt themselves but she seems to be fine.
“The vet went over her (Sunday), this morning we put her for a lead off the pony and she seemed quite bright and free.
“I think the horse beside her was annoying her. We may look at putting the barrier blanket on her, being a mare sometimes they can get a bit touchy.”
The standout performer of the 2014 edition of the Brisbane Winter Carnival, Srikandi won each of the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m), Listed Juanmo Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) on her way to a credible third in the major Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
Having won the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) first-up this time in what was her only other start prior to the BTC Cup, Srikandi remains $7.50 favourite in early betting markets to win the 2015 Doomben 10,000 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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