With potential rivals to the mighty Frankel in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes looking distinctly thin on the ground, the idea must have crossed the mind of shrewd handler, Roger Varian, that his very useful Sri Putra might have serious prospects of pocketing big place money in the race if the race cuts up as expected, writes Elliot Slater.
Sri Putra bounced right back to his best form when equipped with a hood for the first time in his 28-race career, much to the relief of fans who had gambled on Putra in the online horse racing betting stakes.
The new headgear had the desired effect, as he stayed on bravely to beat Luca Cumani’s potential Melbourne Cup contender, Afsare, by a neck to land the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes over the ‘International’ course and distance at the end of last month.
Sri Putra has been a tremendous servant to connections, winning seven times in all during a career with the late Michael Jarvis, the man who groomed Varian to take over the reins of his Newmarket yard when he was aware his health was failing.
The winner of the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown as a juvenile, the son of Oasis Dream won in Group 2 company at Deauville as a three-year-old but is best remembered for his fine efforts in defeat at a high level, including twice finishing placed in the Group 1 Coral Eclipse Stakes.
Should the Juddmonte International Stakes suffer more high profile defections, as trainers run scared of Frankel on his first outing over 10 furlongs, Varian will surely be more inclined to let his charge take his chance and possibly grab another Group 1 placing.
The Bet Victor horse racing news has more information on Sri Putra, as well as the most accurate picks for the Ebor and St Leger meetings.Share on Facebook