Srikandi out of action for Autumn Carnival

By: Mark Mazzaglia
February 9th, 2016

Stradbroke Handicap winner Srikandi looks likely to miss the Autumn and Winter Carnivals after pulling up lame after a Caulfield gallop last week.

Dual Group 1 winner Srikandi is out of the Autumn Carnival due to a leg injury. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Dual Group 1 winner Srikandi is out of the Autumn Carnival due to a leg injury. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Trainer Ciaron Maher reported that Srikandi has injured her hind leg and further tests would reveal the extent of the injury and how long she would have to be on the sidelines.

“We’ve still got to do some more tests and scans on her but at this stage an autumn campaign is in doubt,” Maher told racing.com.

“She’s comfortable but she’s still quite sore.

“As we get more information it will become clearer as to the extent of the injury but I’d say she’s going to need a decent spell and can hopefully make it back for the spring.”

Maher had intended to have Srikandi ready for the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 2, Day One of ‘The Championships’, and then head back to Queensland to chase some Group 1 prizemoney over the Winter Carnival.

Maher would have loved to add the Group 1 $750,000 Doomben 10000 (1350m) at Doomben to Srikandi’s resume after she claimed a Group 1 winning double at the 2015 Queensland Winter Carnival.

Srikandi found her best form with a win in the Group 1 $2m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben and backed that up with a win in the Group 1 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Club Tiara (1400m) at the Gold Coast.

Maher gave Srikandi a light 2015 Spring Carnival campaign and the mare ran second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 $1m Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 23 followed by a fifth, beaten one and a half lengths, to the Chris Waller trainer Delectation in the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on the last day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Srikandi has been to the races fifteen times for nine wins, two seconds and a third and has earned $2,377,900 in prizemoney.

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