Sea Siren represents Australia in the G1 Diamond Jubilee (1200m) at Royal Ascot on Saturday and she will be cheered home right across the continent.
Sea Siren has thrilled trainer John O’Shea since her arrival in England. “She looks great, her weight is perfect, she’s bright and fit and is pretty much ready to go,” O’Shea said. “She has drawn barrier 13 but no-one over here seems to think it’s a problem.”
Local bookmakers have priced her on the third line of betting at $8 behind local star Society Rock ($4.30) and Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Krypton Factor ($6).
Sea Siren (4m Fastnet Rock – Express A Smile by Success Express) was a G1 winner of the BTC Cup, Doomben 10,000 and MVRC Manikato Stakes last year. She left for English shortly after running second to Epaulette in this year’s Doomben 10,000.
A homebred for Kalgoorlie businessman Keith Biggs, Sea Siren is a younger half-sister to Mungrup Stud champion Oratorio (Aus) who will claim his third Sunspeed 2YO sires’ premiership this season.
Oratorio is a son of Stravinsky who sired Soldier’s Tale to defeat Takeover Target in the 2007 Golden Jubilee Stakes.
And there’s another Royal Ascot link through Oratorio’s trainer Lee Freedman. He prepared WA bred mare Miss Andretti to a famous victory in the 2007 King’s Stand Stakes.
Biggs sold Sea Siren to Michael Tabor for a reported $2 million last month. The mare will race in Coolmore Stud’s orange and blue colours on Saturday night but she looked right at home wearing the Aushorse Southern Cross rug before flying out to England.