Last weekend’s impressive Stradbroke Handicap winning mare Srikandi is set to back up in the Tattersall’s Tiara 2015 at the Gold Coast on June 20 chasing back-to-back Group 1 wins this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
Ciaron Maher’s four-year-old daughter of Dubawi atoned for her third as the beaten favourite as a filly last winter with her impressive one and three quarter length victory over Boban in the $2 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) last Saturday.
Having pulled through her maiden Group 1 win in good order, connections of the $1.84 million earner who now boasts eight wins from 12 starts will take her to the Gold Coast Racecourse Saturday week for the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
The Caulfield-based Maher actually thinks Srikandi has improved out of her Stradbroke Handicap success and is keen to give her the chance at another elite level in the Sunshine State.
“I think she’s actually come on for the run,” Maher told RSN.
“Her coat looks better this week than last (week) and it’s been on a steady improve the whole time she’s been up there.”
The last Tattersall’s Tiara winner to back-up from a Stradbroke Handicap run and win the fillies-and-mares’ feature was the Gerald Ryan-trained Melito (2010) who ran second in Queensland’s richest race before the Tiara triumph.
The others to do so before her were Absolut Glam (2008) and Nova Star (2007) who ran fourth and fifth respectively in the Stradbroke Handicap before their Tiara victories.
The traditional Tatt’s Tiara lead-up is the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes, which has produced the past two winners with Red Tracer (2013) and Cosmic Endeavour (2014) both completing the double.
Run on Stradbroke Handicap Day, this year’s Dane Ripper Stakes was won in an upset by the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Hazard who beat home Chris Waller’s honest grey Catkins by one and a quarter lengths.
Hazard and Catkins, after her first Group 1 win after five minor placings from seven previous starts in elite level company, will face off in a rematch in the Tatt’s Tiara, which is shaping up as an even more intriguing showdown with the likely inclusion of Srikandi.
Srikandi returns to the Gold Coast after winning the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at the track first-up this time in on April 25.
Eagle Farm Racecourse is the traditional home of the Tattersall’s Tiara but is currently undergoing renovations and Maher is convinced the tighter track at the Gold Coast will work in Srikandi’s favour.
“Providing everything is order, she should line up there,” he said.
“She’s got a good record at the Gold Coast, it’s a similar track to Doomben and the 1400m will be up her alley.”
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