Western Victoria: Swan Hill or stud for Symon's Sirileo?
By Tim Auld, May 13, 2024 - 12:01 PM

The career of top Warrnambool mare Sirileo Miss is at the crossroads after her disappointing 10th in the Group 3 Cummings Stakes at Morphettville last Saturday.
Sirileo Miss ($10) finished 8.2 lengths from winner En Francais in the 1600-metre feature following a 3.12-length 10th in the Gold Bracelet first up at Bendigo on April 13.
“I thought she would have run better in the Cummings,” said trainer Symon Wilde. “She was disappointing but it was only her second run back from a year’s break. 
“We’ll just take a wait-and-see policy. We’ll get her back from Adelaide and get the vet to go right over her. 
“She’s been a wonderful horse for her connections. She’s getting on in years and we may have to consider retiring her but we’ll work those decisions out over the next few weeks. 
“We’d thought of running her in Brisbane over the winter if she ran well at Morphettville but I’d say those plans are off the table. A race like the Swan Hill Cup next month would probably suit but we’ll check her out before making a call.”
Sirileo Miss has had 27 starts for nine wins and $970,800. Her wins include the Group 2 Sunline Stakes, the Group 3 Matron Stakes and two runnings of the Group 3 Ladies Day Vase. 
In other stable news, Wilde will be well represented in flat and jumps events at this Sunday’s big Casterton Cup meeting.
Rawiller wrist good to go
Young jumps jockey Campbell Rawiller hopes to be back in the saddle this weekend.
Rawiller has been on the sidelines since a fall from Sir Peter in a maiden hurdle at Warrnambool on April 30. The son of champion jockey Nash Rawiller injured his right wrist in the fall.
“It wasn’t a serious wrist injury,” he said. “The biggest disappointment was it meant I missed out on some good rides at the Warrnambool carnival. 
“I’ve just taken it easy for the last fortnight but it’s all good now. 
“Racing has plenty of highs and lows and I’ve just had a rough run lately. I’m hoping to be back riding in the jumps races at Casterton on Sunday.”
Rawillier only returned to race riding on the opening day of the three-day Warrnambool carnival following a fall from Teofilo Star at the same track on March 12. He broke his collarbone in that fall.
Guerite too good
Top Warrnambool trainer Lindsey Smith is keeping the lid on after the impressive win of Guerite in last Saturday’s Donald Classic, at her second start.
Guerite ran second on debut in the $50,000 Rafferty’s Tavern 2YO Open Handicap (1200m) at the Warrnambool carnival before backing up 10 days later at Donald, where she started $3.30 favourite. 
The filly won by 2¾ lengths, despite the stewards’ report noting that she was slow to begin, raced three wide without cover until near the 600-metre mark and shifted in abruptly passing the 200 metres, unbalancing jockey Fred Kersley.
The stable was advised a warning would be placed on the Shamus Award filly for her racing manners.
Smith said Guerite had always shown ability. 
He added that she was likely to have a short break after two hard runs within a fortnight.
Guerite’s two starts have yielded $50,300 in stakemoney for owner/breeder Rosemont Stud.
Sonic gets a spell
Popular Warrnambool trainer Mark O’Donnell has sent stable star Prince Sonic to the spelling paddock following the lightly raced four-year-old’s longshot win at Warrnambool on April 30.
Bookmakers bet as much as $40 about Prince Sonic winning the 1200-metre benchmark 70. He started officially at $31 and led all the way.
O’Donnell said Prince Sonic deserved a break after a successful four-start campaign yielding two Warrnambool wins.
“I just thought I’d give him a six-week break in the paddock,” O’Donnell said. “The Warrnambool win has seen his rating lift pretty significantly (from 65 to 69). 
“I suppose we might have to head to town with him for a midweek race next start. I think he’s got a bit of ability but I won’t be rushing him. 
“Winning at the Warrnambool carnival was a huge thrill not only for me but for all the connections. I’m lucky to have a great group of people in the ownership.”

 

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