Srikandi May Not Lead In Juanmo Stakes

Srikandi led all the way to score a dominant win in the Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast a fortnight ago, but jockey Glen Boss has revealed that he may not lead on the talented filly in the 2014 Juanmo Stakes at Doomben tomorrow.

Srikandi will be chasing his second straight win when he contests the 2014 Lancaster Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.

Srikandi will be chasing his second straight win when he contests the 2014 Juanmo Stakes at Doomben on Saturday. Photo by: Daniel Costello

Srikandi led all the way to record wins in the Brown’s Sawdust & Shavings Handicap (1200m) at Mornington on March 26 and the Carlton Draught Handicap (1200m) at Sandown on April 16 before her most impressive win in the Silk Stocking, but Boss told Racing Ahead that he could take a sit behind the leaders in the Juanmo Stakes this weekend.

“She is a bit of a sleeper I think,” Boss said.

“When you look at her she has got the physique of a colt and she has the attitude of a real bully colt; she is very aggressive.

“She is a really business like colt when you are on her back and Ciaron and Craig Williams is of the opinion that she is much better when she can get the drop and take the sit in a race and she just hasn’t had that opportunity because she has been very quick.

“I am sure that Ciaron will want me to give her a chance in the run and we can see what turn-of-foot she has got when she gets a bit of a smother.”

Trainer Ciaron Maher clearly has a high opinion of Srikandi, revealing earlier in the week that the Dubawi filly is a chance of contesting the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 7, but Boss believes that the three-year-old may need to improve on her performance in the Silk Stocking to win the Juanmo Stakes.

Boss said that Srikandi had everything go her way in the Silk Stocking and feels that she will not get it as easy against the likes of Miniature, She’s Clean and She Can Skate at Doomben tomorrow.

“The other day in the Silk Stocking she got a very soft lead and she loved that heavy track, so the margin was quiet great and it was a soft victory,” Boss said.

“She is probably going up in grade and you have to take that into the account that was a better soft win, but she gives me the impression that she is a bit of a sleeper and she will improve immensely when the class around her improves.”

Srikandi is currently available at 2014 Juanmo Stakes odds of $2.50 and is the favourite in the betting market for the Listed event from Darley filly Miniature ($3), Chris Waller-trained She’s Clean ($8) and the resuming She Can Skate ($9.50).

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