Mandy Kriden to sign off
Two of Mandy Kriden's stablemates will be out to stop the pacer signing off from her career with a victory at Albion Park on Saturday.
Trainer Jack Butler is preparing to retire the seven-year-old if she extends her streak to a fourth consecutive victory. The three previous wins have all come at the track over the past three weeks.
Ending last season with an impressive win over 2138m, Mandy Kriden has reverted to 1660m for two outings since then.
The Australian Pacing Gold purchase now boasts 13 victories from 78 starts and Butler says if she adds to that tally it will be a good time for her to head to stud.
Brendan Barnes won't be the driver this time, though. Having guided the mare to the three recent victories, he's this time out to stop her as he will be behind stablemate Zaras Delight.
Leonard Cain will drive Mandy Kriden, who has drawn barrier three and will also come up against another Butler entrant in Iownaturbo.
Butler says of his in-form pacer: "If she wins at the weekend I will probably pull the pin; if not, she may keep going a little longer to win one more."
He added: "She has always been a handful. She has the ability but is bad gaited and does things wrong. She has finally started to put it together and will be hard to beat from the draw."
A big danger to Mandy Kriden, who has also drawn well, is January who won on her last start on the same track last week over 2138m.
Trained by Kylie Rasmussen, January was beaten by a head into third at the start of the month by Zaras Delight when Mandy Kriden claimed the second of her three race victories.
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