Favourite in the race last year, Ciaron Maher’s classy mare Srikandi returned to the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival for a second shot in Queensland’s richest race and this year came away with the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap win.
She ran third as the beaten top fancy 12 months ago and started at $12 odds through Ladbrokes.com.au in this year’s $2 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1350m), held at Doomben Racecourse for the first time in history, without the winning form.
The talented four-year-old daughter of Dubawi ran a luckless eighth in the BTC Cup two back before a Doomben 10,000 sixth to Boban last time out, but her superb work on Tuesday morning convinced the Warrnambool-based Maher she was ready to atone.
“Just this week her work was super,” Maher said post-win.
“The barrier draw was ideal and the rails position played into her hand.”
And atone she did, Srikandi ridden to perfection by Melbourne Cup winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy to beat home Chris Waller’s multiple Group 1 hero Boban by a tidy margin in the Stradbroke.
“Kerrin gave her a super ride,” Maher added.
“He’s a big race jockey and I was wrapped to have him on.”
In a photo for third it was the John O’Shea-trained Generalife from the outside barrier finishing off the Stradbroke Handicap trifecta with Hugh Bowman aboard on the back of a Doomben 10,000 third also.
McEvoy was full of praise for the mare who really dug deep over the closing couple of hundred metres to shrug off the challengers and was full of running on the line.
Skrikandi has now won eight of her 12 career starts for over $1.8 million in prize money thanks to the Stradbroke Handicap result.
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2015 Stradbroke Handicap Result
Doomben Racecourse – Saturday, June 6
|1||14||SRIKANDI||Ciaron Maher||Kerrin McEvoy||–||1||53kg||$12|
|2||1||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||1.8L||6||58kg||$16|
|3||5||GENERALIFE||John O’Shea||Hugh Bowman||2L||15||54.5kg||$12|
|4||6||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||2.4L||11||54.5kg||$26|
|5||2||HOT SNITZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||2.5L||12||55.5kg||$17|
|6||3||SACRED STAR||Tony Pike||Zac Purton||2.7L||4||55kg||$8.50|
|7||10||BIG MONEY||Rodney Northam||Robert Thompson||3.7L||7||53.5kg||$21|
|8||4||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||Chris Symons||3.8L||8||54.5kg||$31|
|9||16||DELECTATION||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||4L||9||52kg||$12|
|10||17e||LUMOSTY||Robert Smerdon||Corey Brown||4.1L||10||50.5kg||$6EF|
|11||12||FONTELINA||Anthony Cummings||Tim Clark||4.3L||14||53.5kg||$101|
|12||9||KNOYDART||John O’Shea||James McDonald||4.5L||3||54kg||$9|
|13||13||EL ROCA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Timothy Bell||4.8L||2||53.5kg||$41|
|14||8||CHARLIE BOY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Craig Williams||5L||5||54kg||$6EF|
|15||11||BLACK HEART BART||Vaughn Sigley||Glenn Smith||8.5L||13||53.5kg||$11|
|–||19e||FLAMINGO STAR (GER)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||–||0||–||–|
|–||20e||RIVA DE LAGO||Robert Heathcote||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||21e||TRIED AND TIRED||Leon & Troy Corstens||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||15||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Craig Newitt||–||0||–||–|
|–||7||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||Tommy Berry||–||0||–||–|
|–||18e||ROCK STURDY||Joseph Pride||Tim Clark||–||0||–||–|