Ciaron Maher makes pitch for Darley Sprint Classic and Hong Kong Sprint with super mare Srikandi   Leave a comment

Ciaron Maher makes pitch for Darley Sprint Classic and Hong Kong Sprint with super mare Srikandi

Maher said he hadn’t formalised a plan yet, but the two races he had in mind for Srikandi were the $1 million Darley Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington in November and the Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) in December.

Srikandi takes out Tatt’s Tiara at the Gold Coast

Srikandi takes out Tatt's Tiara at the Gold Coast

CIARON Maher believes his star mare Srikandi has done enough to warrant an attack on feature sprint races in Australia and Hong Kong later in the year.

Trainer Ciaron Maher. Picture: Jono Searle

Trainer Ciaron Maher. Picture: Jono Searle Source: News Corp Australia

Srikandi elevated her status to one of Australia’s leading sprinters with Group 1 wins at her past two starts in Queensland, taking out the Stradbroke Handicap and the Tatts Tiara Stakes.

Last year, Maher choose not to race Srikandi in the spring after a successful Queensland campaign.

“This is a bit different to last year as she’d been in work all year and was feeling the effects of a long campaign. She just didn’t come up for the spring,” Maher said.

Last year, Maher gave Srikandi one trial last spring at Cranbourne in September before opting to abandon her spring campaign.

“This year, she didn’t race earlier in the year and she’s going out for a break in great shape and should bounce back quickly,” he said.

Srikandi has now won nine of her 13 starts and Maher said she sat in the top echelons of Australian sprinters.

“I think she’s now done enough to target the top-drawer sprints. With her rating, we have to have a shot at them,” he said. “She’s improved every campaign as she’s needed to do and I’m hoping for that to happen again.”

Srikandi at Doomben during another successful Queensland winter for the super mare. Pictu

Srikandi at Doomben during another successful Queensland winter for the super mare. Picture: Jack Tran Source: News Corp Australia

Maher said Srikandi would have to be invited to run in the Hong Kong Sprint.

Sydney trainer Joe Pride said last year’s Darley Sprint Classic winner, Terravista, had returned to work and would be aimed at that event again. He said Terravista would have a similar build-up to last year.

michael.manley@news.com.au

Srikandi and Kerrin McEvoy combine to win the $500,000 Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara. Picture: Lia

Srikandi and Kerrin McEvoy combine to win the $500,000 Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara. Picture: Liam Kidston Source: News Corp Australia

Originally published as Kandi in fast lane to Honkers

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Posted June 24, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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