Srikandi Heads Stradbroke Betting

Srikandi - Stradbroke Handicap
Exciting filly Srikandi is favourite for Saturday's Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap. Picture: Mark Calleja/News Corp Australia

Srikandi has been impressive in her three starts in Queensland, winning the Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast, as well as the Juanmo Stakes and Glenlogan Park Stakes at Doomben. They were at Listed and Group 3 level and this is a big step up in class.

The Stradbroke is a tough 1400m race at Eagle Farm at Group 1. It is a handicap and the bonus for a progressive horse like Srikandi is the weight relief. The daughter of Dubawi will carry 51kg and gets 7kg off topweight Spirit Of Boom . Connections paid a $23,000 late entry fee and trainer Ciaron Maher says they knew they had a live Stradbroke chance after her last start victory over fillies and mares in the Glenlogan. “She has just thrived and kept improving. She won that race with a little in hand.”

In fact, Srikandi has saluted at six of her seven lifetime starts. Her only defeat came at the start of this preparation in a 3yo Fillies Benchmark 70 over 1000m at Moonee Valley on February 28 behind Pilly’s Wish. Less than nine months after winning a 3yo Maiden at Cranbourne, Srikandi is looking to secure Queensland’s premier sprint, which dates back to 1890.

Having won on rain-affected going , Brisbane’s predicted wet weather won’t be a problem. “She’s pretty adaptable. She can handle all conditions. Being down in the weights also helps. Hopefully she gets a nice draw and can sit just behind them and get a handy run,” said Maher.

Srikandi was one of many contenders to work at the ‘breakfast with the stars’ session on Tuesday morning. Maher is pleased heading into the $1.36m feature, where the winner collects $1m. “I’m very happy, she’s pulled up well and is ready to go.”

Local trainer Tony Gollan is happy with his two leading chances, Spirit Of Boom and Temple Of Boom , who finished first and second in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000. “Everything has ticked over pretty smoothly,” reported Gollan. However, he would prefer no rain, as his ‘Booms’ would be better suited on firmer going.

Hucklebuck  has been the big firmer after the barrier draw. The smart three-year-old has barrier one, compared to Srikandi's 17.

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