Stripper's career cut short

Stakes winning filly Stripper has been prematurely retired after being diagnosed with a degenerative respiratory problem.

Trainer David Payne said the diagnosis explained some of her more recent performances when she did not live up to expectations.

"She has gone in the wind, there is a flap which is paralysed and it’s a condition which gets worse not better," Payne said.

"Going back to when Duporth just beat her in the Golden Rose, she got to the front and stopped.

"There have been other times when she has run up like she has been going to go straight past horses and it hasn’t happened.

"This explains it.

"She is a Group winner which makes her a valuable mare."

By Danehill Dancer, Stripper beat Glowlamp and Samantha Miss in the Group Three Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) but missed a start in the Golden Slipper due to a foot abscess.

Her first start as a three-year-old was when she was beaten a short head by Duporth in the $1 million Golden Rose.

Her last two career starts were a fifth in the Tea Rose Stakes and sixth in the Flight Stakes, both won by Samantha Miss.

She was found to have a cough after the Tea Rose but the source of her problems was not found until recently.

Stripper is owned by John Cordina and his partner Sandy Ward who also race Gallant Tess.
The winner of the Chelmsford Stakes and a three-time Group One placegetter, Gallant Tess will be aimed at the CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield next month.

"That looks like a race that will suit her," Payne said.

As a two-year-old, Gallant Tess ran third to Mentality in the Champagne Stakes and ran third to that horse again 2-1/2 years later in the George Main Stakes and was also third to Theseo in the Epsom Handicap.
By Caryl Williamson