Trainer Guy Walter is confident in the chances of Group 1 champion Streama in this weekend’s featured Group 2 Wimmers Soft Drinks A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) as the talented mare makes her first Queensland appearance ahead of her final racing campaign this winter.
Confirmed to retire into a career as a breeder come spring this year, Walter could not be more pleased with the glittering career produced by the five-year-old mare, and revealed the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) as the Hollindale Stakes’ proceeding target.
“She’ll head up there and run in the Hollindale with one eye on running in the Doomben Cup” Walter told the Daily Telegraph.
A noted performer in sprint events over her impressive 32 competitive race career so far, Streama has not contested a race over a mile (1600m) since taking out the major Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) in 2012, but has appeared to relish the increasing distance of her five races this season so far.
“I think she’ll be very competitive, and she races the other day like the 1800m will really suit her” Walter said of Streama’s strong final straight turn of foot in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) most recently.
A performer over every preparation since debuting in the autumn of 2011, Streama was unlucky when second in each of her career opening races, which included running on to be beaten by a short nose in the Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m).
Returning over the 2011 spring to stamp her claims as one of the country’s leading fillies, the daughter of Stratum finishing third in the Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) first-up before scoring three consecutive victories which included a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in the Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m).
Returning in 2012 to win the Australian Oaks and place an unlucky second in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) most notably, Streama arguably hit career best form throughout 2013; finishing outside the places in just two of ten appearances which included an impressive victory in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 21st.
Continuing on her steady path this time in, Streama finished fifth amongst particularly classy competition in the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic first-up before overcoming checks to run on for sixth in both the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
Despite being unable to handle the heavy going of the soaked Randwick track when 17th in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in her only other appearance prior to the Queen Of The Turf, the firm Gold Coast surface is sure to play into the strengths of Streama in the Wimmers Soft Drinks A.D. Hollindale Stakes this weekend.
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