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10,000 Still Target For Srikandi
Trainer Ciaron Maher has confirmed that Srikandi (Dubawi-Raining, by Hurricane Sky) will press on towards the Doomben 10,000 despite a disappointing performance in Saturday's Gr1 BTC Cup in Brisbane. The 4YO Dubawi mare, who was sent out a $3.40 second favourite, ruined her chances of a maiden Gr1 victory when leaping in the air when the gates opened causing her to miss the start. She eventually finished eighth, some seven lengths behind surprise winner Hot Snitzel. "At the start she sort of leapt in the air, and in a 1200 metre Group One around Doomben you can't afford to do that," Maher told RSNs Shane Anderson. "After they went fifty metres the race was sort of over for her." He added, "She seems to be fine. The vet went over her and this morning [Monday] we just took her for a lead off the pony and she seemed quite bright and free." Maher said the catalyst for the incident was a rival horse in an adjacent stall. "I think the horse beside her was annoying her." he said. "We may look at putting a barrier blanket on her. Being a mare, sometimes they can get a bit touchy...but it probably wasn't entirely her fault." The Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) will be run at Doomben on 23 May.