Three year old filly Srikandi is Stradbroke Handicap bound after winning her second race at Doomben in the space of week in the Group 3 $150,000 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) today.
Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher will now turn his attention to the Group 1 $1.36m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 7 after Srikandi took her winning streak to five.
“If she is fit and well and trains on I think we will go to the Stradbroke,” Maher said.
“I think she paraded better today in the yard, she looked a bit brighter around the coat. Andy Kerman he rode her work during the week, gave her an easy gallop and said that she felt great so she is just striving up here, just loving it.”
Maher now has two weeks to prepare Srikandi to take on a field of tough seasoned sprinters in the Stradbroke Handicap.
Today was the test for Srikanndi to prove to Maher that she had the credentials to go to the top level and she came through with flying colours.
“She had a wide gate and a bit of weight. We thought if she could sought of win similarly to what she did last week, you would really think about going there in a fortnight’s time and it’s a nice sought of smooth program in.”
Top jockey Glen Boss had no worries about crossing the field from a wide gate and Srikandi travelling smoothly in front by the time they got to the first turn.
Boss dictated the race from their and the filly responded instantly when he let go at the top of the straight.
Boss hardly touched her in the run to the line and Srikandi ($2.80 favourite) was able to beat Belle De Couer ($12) comfortably by one and a quarter lengths with Platinum Rocker ($4.20) fighting on for third after racing in the leading division throughout the race.