Ciaron Maher’s smart mare Srikandi is at the top of a wide open betting market for Saturday’s $750,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).
The 4-year-old mare is a $6 chance with www.tab.com.au, despite finishing eighth last start in the BTC Cup when she was slowly away.
Srikandi will jump from barrier 4 if the emergency Nite Rocker doesn’t get a run, and Maher is confident she can bounce back.
“She’s an on-pace horse and Doomben’s a tight, little track, so it’s always nice to draw one-to-eight,” Maher told Racing.com.
“I’m very happy with her. She’s done well up here and her gallop (on Tuesday) was good, so hopefully she can get away cleanly and get back to her good form.”
The Godolphin-trained Generalife is the second elect at $6.50, and will race without blinkers.
“We have taken the blinkers off him because he has just been waiting for the other horses to jump before getting out of the barriers,” O’Shea told Fairfax Media.
“We think allowing him some peripheral vision might help him get out with them.”
Paul Messara’s Scissor Kick is on the third line of betting at $8 with Bring Me The Maid, while Chris Waller’s veteran Boban has met with some support and is into $15.
Several other runners have been backed in what shapes as a wide open betting affair, including Knoydart ($12), Sacred Star ($10), Rock Sturdy ($14), Flamingo Star ($16) and Time For War ($26).