Guy Walter’s dual Group 1 winning mare Streama has opened top of the 2013 Tattersall’s Tiara odds just ahead of fellow Sydneysider Red Tracer to win the last Group 1 race of the 2012-13 Australian Racing Season.
Due to light up Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse as Race 7 on Saturday this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) is shaping up as one of the best editions of the fillies-and-mares’ Queensland Winter Racing Carnival classic in years.
Drawn ideally with the inside alley, Stratum four-year-old Streama is well fancied to add a third elite level title to her record following those she achieved during her three-year-old season in the 2011 Flight Stakes and 2012 Australian Oaks.
She’s been in good form again this year including her close fourth to Sacred Falls in the wet for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in April and her eye-catching last start third in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
The Stradbroke Handicap has been an excellent recent guide to the Tattersall’s Tiara with four of the past seven winners coming via Queensland’s richest race, another pro for backing the $4.20 favourite Streama in the Tattersall’s Tiara odds.
With only two of the past 10 Tattersall’s Tiara favourites actually saluting for the punters however it could be worth looking at the narrow $4.80 second fancy for this weekend’s edition, the Chris Waller-trained Red Tracer.
Red Tracer is certainly deserving of a Group 1 victory after just being nudged out of two by Appearance during a very impressive Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign.
The Dane Shadow five-year-old bummed out in the Doncaster but was back to her best in Brisbane two weeks ago when beating a similar field to that she’ll face on Saturday to take out the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
She overcame barrier 16 (of 18) for that turf triumph and will have to be handy again if she and jockey Nash Rawiller are to post another win at the same track and distance from gate 16 again.
Occupying the third line of Tattersall’s Tiara betting is then the in-form Peron at $8.
There’s plenty to like about this Husson filly too with form and stats galore for her to score.
Firstly she’s prepared by last year’s winning trainer John Thompson who won the race with Pear Tart.
Pear Tart was a three-year-old when she won the Group 1 and came off three straight victories, exactly the same as Peron who posted her third on the trot last Saturday at Ipswich with a big two length effort in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m).
The only other hopes under $10 in the markets are then Guy Walter’s other hopeful Skyerush ($9) who was second to Pear Tart in the race last year and the John O’Shea-trained Steps In Time ($9) who has the third best win rate of the field (42.11%) and who is one of just three previous winners over the 1400m at Eagle Farm.
Throw into the mix a host of genuine double figure chances including local Queenslander Risk Aversion ($11) out to improve on her eighth in the Dane Ripper, Waller’s last start June Stakes winner She’s Clean ($12) in gate four, the now Kelso Wood-trained Group 2 winner Spirit Song ($12) and 2011 Tattersall’s Tiara winner Yosei ($16) out to break a two year losing streak, and this is certainly a race not to miss.
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2013 Tattersall’s Tiara Odds
|3||RED TRACER (16)||4.80|
|5||SPIRIT SONG (2)||12.00|
|6||STEPS IN TIME (10)||9.00|
|8||SHE’S CLEAN (4)||12.00|
|9||SKATING ON ICE (6)||71.00|
|10||ARCTIC FLIGHT (15)||17.00|
|12||RISK AVERSION (7)||11.00|
|14||DIAMOND EARTH (9)||67.00|
Eagle Farm Race 7 (3:40pm – local) – June 22, 2013
*Odds are fixed win from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change