-->

Srikandi Can Measure Up First-Up in Manikato Stakes

Deposit $100
to get

$250*

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $50 bet with

$200*

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $25
to get

$75*

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $250
to get

$250*

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Caulfield horseman Ciraon Maher is confident his dual Group 1 winning mare Srikandi can “measure up” when she returns to racing under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse Friday evening in the Manikato Stakes.

Srikandi

Srikandi returns to racing at Moonee Valley this Friday night in the Manikato Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The now five-year-old daughter of Dubawi hit the headlines during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival last season with her impressive victories in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) and the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m), but hasn’t raced since June 20.

She is first-up on Friday night on the back of two smart Cranbourne trials and takes on a field of the nation’s best sprinters in the $1 million Manikato Stakes (1200m).

Srikandi has had just the one run at the notoriously tight Moonee Valley circuit when runner-up over 1000m back in February last year.

Her 1200m form though is far more impressive with the classy mare boasting five wins from her six previous runs at the distance she resumes over this weekend on Cox Plate eve.

A gun when fresh, Srikandi having won two of her three first-up runs to date and crossed second in the other, she is currently one of five single-figure hopes in the all-in Manikato Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Odds-on favourite is the Team Hawkes-trained Chautauqua who looks hard to beat on the back of two outstanding wins this time in with victories in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at the Valley and the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) down the Flemington straight from the start of the month.

Maher is well aware of the quality of rivals Srikandi lines-up against in the Manikato, but remains confident she can give the boys a run for their money.

“I wanted to give her a good break and come into this first-up,” Maher told The Age.

“We have been getting her ready but we know we are taking on the big guns. Kerrin [McEvoy] has been on her a couple of time for two group 1 wins and we think she can measure up.”

Kerrin McEvoy rode her to victory in her Group 1 Queensland double in the winter and chases his third Manikato Stakes win this season.

He has had five rides in the classic to date for two wins, a second and a third with his victories being aboard Danleigh (2009) and Sepoy (2011).

Despite occupying the third line of futures betting, the John O’Shea-trained Golden Rose winning Lonhro colt Exosphere will not feature in this year’s Manikato Stakes field.

Instead the Godolphin-raced three-year-old will have a jump out at Flemington before targeting the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) Saturday week on Victoria Derby Day, October 31, back at the track.

The other headline Manikato Stakes hopefuls this spring include the Joe Pride-trained Terravista coming off a win in Sydney’s Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) and the 2013 winner Buffering who won the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley first-up.

About The Author

Lucy Henderson

Lucy is an experienced horse racing journalist that has been a crucial member of the horseracing.com.au team for the better part of a decade. She has taken great delight in covering champion mares Black Caviar and Winx throughout their careers and always has a soft spot for a winning filly.

77 Comments

  1. key programming

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital
    to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  2. card prints

    Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with
    the images on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or
    if it’s the blog. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  3. business cards printing

    No matter if some one searches for his essential thing, therefore he/she wishes to be available that in detail, therefore that thing is maintained over here.

  4. duplicate key

    Thanks on your marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and
    definitely will come back sometime soon. I want to encourage one to continue your great writing,
    have a nice holiday weekend!

  5. podcasts format

    I constantly spent my half an hour to read this
    weblog’s articles or reviews everyday along with a mug
    of coffee.

  6. James Frazer Mann

    Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and
    I’m looking for something unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had
    to ask!

  7. security management

    Excellent article. Keep writing such kind of info
    on your blog. Im really impressed by your blog.
    Hey there, You have done a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it
    and personally recommend to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited
    from this website.

  8. Nichol

    Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.

    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to
    get there! Many thanks

  9. repeat advertising podcast

    At this moment I am going to do my breakfast, afterward having
    my breakfast coming again to read additional news.

  10. Matthias

    Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article.
    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your
    useful info. Thanks for the post. I will certainly comeback.

  11. James Frazer Mann

    I’m gone to convey my little brother, that he should also go
    to see this web site on regular basis to obtain updated from
    latest gossip.

  12. business card serves

    This piece of writing is really a nice one it helps new net
    users, who are wishing in favor of blogging.

  13. exhaust pipes carry

    For the reason that the admin of this site is working,
    no doubt very rapidly it will be renowned, due to its feature contents.

  14. James Frazer Mann

    Incredible! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject but it has pretty
    much the same layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!

  15. computer protection

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you
    knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter
    updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have
    some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into
    anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  16. Luiz Gastao Bittencourt da Silva

    May I just say what a relief to find an individual who genuinely knows what they’re talking about on the
    internet. You actually know how to bring a problem
    to light and make it important. More and more people really need to read this and understand this side of
    the story. I was surprised that you are not more popular since
    you most certainly have the gift.

  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGQMFdLPZXs

    Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this site.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s very difficult to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability
    and visual appearance. I must say you’ve done a very
    good job with this. In addition, the blog loads extremely fast
    for me on Opera. Excellent Blog!

  18. good business

    I like what you guys are usually up too. This kind of clever work and
    reporting! Keep up the very good works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to blogroll.

  19. resep cemilan sehat untuk anak

    Hi to every single one, it’s actually a nice for me to visit this
    web page, it contains important Information.

  20. James Frazer-Mann

    Admiring the dedication you put into your website
    and in depth information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog
    every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed
    material. Great read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including
    your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  21. business campaign

    I have read so many articles on the topic of
    the blogger lovers except this paragraph is really a nice post, keep
    it up.

  22. Gena

    Quality posts is the key to interest the visitors
    to pay a visit the website, that’s what this web page is providing.

  23. ii code scanner

    You actually make it appear really easy along with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually one thing which I believe I would by
    no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and extremely large
    for me. I’m taking a look ahead in your next publish,
    I will attempt to get the cling of it!

  24. vehicle diagnostics

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this
    topic to be actually something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  25. duplicate key

    Thanks for your marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it,
    you could be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark
    your blog and will come back from now on. I want to encourage one to continue your great work, have a
    nice holiday weekend!

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.