Ciaron Maher experienced notable success with talented mare Srikandi through the 2014 edition of the Brisbane Winter Carnival and has revealed he will again look north with the four-year-old following a Geelong barrier trial on Monday.
Yet to finish outside the first three over her impressive eight start career, Srikandi was set for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) during the 2014 Winter Carnival and finished a credible third behind an impressive River Lad and veteran sprinter Temple Of Boom.
Disappointed with the condition of the daughter of Dubawi leading into the Spring Carnival last year, Maher told Racing Victoria he is far-more convinced by the form displayed by Srikandi leading into her 2015 campaign.
“She had a good blow afterwards and the jockey didn’t put any pressure on her,” Maher said.
“She seems in good order, she’s just had a couple of soft trials at this stage and she’ll probably have another trial next week.”
Debuting with a close second in the Drain Man Fillies Maiden (1000m), Srikandi broke through for a maiden race win in the Brown’s Sawdust & Shavings BM64 (1200m) on March 26th before repeating the dose in the Carlton Draught BM70 (1200m) a fortnight later.
Making a successful transition to black type racing in taking out the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m), Srikandi continued to impress in taking out each of the Listed Juanmo Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) in the lead-up to her Stradbroke Handicap third.
Nominations for the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap are due by the first of June, while a final field and barrier draw will be completed and released two days later.
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