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Poor run won't discourage Srikandi from Doomben 10,000

TRAINER Ciaron Maher said Srikandi would head to Saturday's Doomben 10,000 despite the mare's poor run in the BTC Cup at the same course last weekend.

Srikandi was a $3.40 second favourite for Saturday's Group 1 but suffered from a poor start and ended up seven lengths behind the winner Hot Snitzel.

The Caulfield trainer said the mare pulled up well, despite the result.

"She just sort of leapt in the air and in a 1200m Group 1 around Doomben, you can't afford to do that really," Maher told Racing.com.

"It was (frustrating). After they went 50m the race was sort of over for her.

"Sometimes you worry when a horse is so quick from the barriers they can slip or something like that and hurt themselves, but she seems to be fine.

"The vet went over her on Sunday ... she seemed quite bright and free.

"I think the horse beside her was annoying her.

"We may look at putting the barrier blanket on her.

"Being a mare sometimes they can get a bit touchy."

Our Boy Malachi, the beaten favourite in the BTC Cup, finishing third, will also head to the Doomben 10,000, trainer Wayne Hawkes has confirmed.

"His run was outstanding really, at his first time at Group 1 weight-for-age level," Hawkes said.

"Tommy (Berry) rode him spot on, but at that level you need everything to go 100 % (right)."



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