Tree Of Jesse Still in 2015 Stradbroke Handicap Contention

Bart & James Cummings’ Randwick winning filly from last weekend Tree Of Jesse is nominated for the Stradbroke Handicap 2015 on June 6 with connections still considering a run in the Group 1 at Doomben Racecourse.

Tree Of Jesse

Tree Of Jesse is Stradbroke Handicap nominated but more likely to have her maiden Group 1 run in the 2015 Tattersall’s Tiara at the Gold Coast this winter. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Street Cry three-year-old has won three of her six starts to date all in Sydney including a Benchmark 79 over 1400m on a Heavy (10) track at Royal Randwick last Saturday.

Thriving on the mud track she relished the distance and put one and a half lengths on Eisenhower to win with her regular rider Tim Clark in the saddle, a win that was enough for co-trainer James Cummings to suggest she would be good enough for a possible run in the $2 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben.

There are still officially 112 gallopers nominated for the Stradbroke Handicap, with Tree Of Jesse well down the order of entry and in danger of missing a run in Queensland’s richest race.

Leading the latest Stradbroke Handicap betting odds at are last Saturday’s impressive The Straight Six winner Lumosty ($7) from the stables of Robert Smerdon and the as yet un-nominated Najoom.

Gai Waterhouse’s filly earned a ballot free ride into the Stradbroke field should connections chose to pay the late entry for her after she beat home her rivals by over three lengths in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben over the weekend.

Tree Of Jesse meanwhile is much further down the markets at an outsider’s price of $41, the up-and-coming filly yet to race in black type company or outside of Sydney.

If she misses out on a Straddie run Cummings confirmed plans to run her in the $200,000 Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) at the same meeting for the fillies and mares under set weights plus penalties conditions.

“Tree Of Jesse is still in the Stradbroke and could run in the Dane Ripper,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Dane Ripper Stakes is the traditional lead-up to the final elite level of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at the Gold Coast Racecourse on June 20.

The Dane Ripper has produced three of the past four Tattersall’s Tiara winners including Red Tracer (2013) and Cosmic Endeavour (2014) who both completed the double when the latter was run at Eagle Farm.

Cummings also said Tree Of Jesse could be Tiara bound if she runs well on Stradbroke Handicap Day Saturday week.

“We are still looking at Tiara in a couple of weeks for her,” he said.

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