Doomben 10,000 2015: Srikandi blanket start put to bed
THE connections of Doomben 10,000 favourite Srikandi have abandoned plans to use a barrier blanket on the mare for fear it will disrupt her preparation.
Trainer Ciaron Maher was keen to use a barrier blanket to help settle the sprinter in the gates after she blew her chance at the start in the BTC Cup and was beaten seven lengths.
However chief steward Allan Reardon advised that the mare would have to trial or jumpout in a barrier blanket before it could be used on raceday.
Srikandi had been booked for a trackwork gallop at Doomben early on Tuesday morning and connections did not want to alter the preparation, with jumpouts and trials not on until Thursday.
It is not ideal, especially as jockey Damian Browne had felt the mare would benefit from a barrier blanket.
“I think a barrier blanket would have been good on her as some mares get a bit fidgety at the start and it helps to relax and settle them,’’ Browne said.
“But the bottom line is, I think we have got to put her performance in the BTC Cup down to her simply having an off day. Every good horse is entitled to one bad run.”
Browne was initially concerned Srikandi had been injured in the BTC Cup but Maher insisted she had pulled up well despite the poor result.
Maher jetted into Brisbane on Monday and the Victorian trainer is confident about the sprinter who goes into the Doomben 10,000 as the $6.50 equal favourite on UBET.
“She seemed to be fine after the last run and it’s full steam ahead,’’ Maher said.
“We would have probably liked to use the barrier blanket on her on Saturday but we don’t want to change things up too much with her preparations. It is what it is. She has never missed the start like that before and I’m sure she will be fine on Saturday.’’
Our Boy Malachi shares Doomben 10,000 favouritism and owner Ross Donovan, who manages a roadhouse north of Townsville, is bullish that fans will see the best from the sprinter on Saturday.
Our Boy Malachi, the former Rockhampton Rocket, started as the well-backed favourite in the BTC Cup but ran third in only his third defeat in a 20-start career.
Meanwhile three-year-olds Rekindled Power and Deiheros are set to bypass the Doomben 10,000 and will instead run in Saturday’s Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m).
Group 1 BTC winner Hot Snitzel will be a late nomination for the Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben on June 6.
Perth trainer Vaughn Sigley has confirmed exciting sprinter Black Heart Bart will have his next run on in the Stradbroke, after finishing fourth in the Goodwood last Saturday.