This Saturday Eagle Farm Racecourse will host the race formerly known as the Winter Stakes with the fillies and mares facing off in the season’s final Group 1 – the Tattersall’s Tiara 2014.
Due to run as Race 7 at 3:40pm, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) originally drew a final field of 17.
The early scratching of Griante due to irregular blood results however has left 16 hopefuls in the last Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival major.
There are now two co-favourites in the Tattersall’s Tiara odds at Ladbrokes.com.au with money coming in for the defending champion Red Tracer.
She’s been backed in from $5.50 into $5 equal favouritism with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Cosmic Endeavour with the bookies rating the Sydney raiders.
Twelve months ago Chris Waller’s Dane Shadow mare Red Tracer won the Tattersall’s on the back of a Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes success at the same track and distance a fortnight before.
She did it from a wide gate then and again has a double digit draw for her title defense on the weekend, the six-year-old set to jump from barrier 14 with Nash Rawiller aboard again.
This year however Red Tracer didn’t win her lead-up instead finishing a disappointing 10th in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in a run she’s out to atone for here.
History is still on her side however.
The Stradbroke is the key lead-up into the Tiara over the past eight years producing four winners, but only one of those ran a place in the Straddie with Melito who ran second in 2010 before her end-of-carnival Group 1 win.
This year’s Dane Ripper Stakes winner meanwhile is after the same double Red Tracer achieved last year, Northern Meteor filly Cosmic Endeavour drawn well in barrier five with Tommy Berry back over from Hong Kong for the ride.
Along with the well fancied three-year-old, Waterhouse has also accepted for Robert Sangster Stakes winner Driefontein ($11) who has barrier three and comes off a second in the Dane Ripper behind her youngster stable mate.
The two other single figure hopes in Tattersall’s Tiara betting are then the John O’Shea-trained Steps In Time ($6) who retires after this where the Coolmore winner looks to bow out a dual Group 1 champ and another of Waller’s contingent in Dubawi four-year-old Catkins ($6) with the inside alley.
Other notable gallopers out to score an upset Tattersall’s Tiara result this year then include last start June Stakes winning sprinter Avoid Lighting ($15) up to the 1400m for the first time here, the Darren Weir-trained Lonhrpsresso ($19) and Peron ($21).
See below for the full Tattersall’s Tiara 2014 field, barriers and odds – fixed win prices available online at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Ladbrokes Australia are also offering a top Tiara bonus – your first Fixed Win bet on the race refunded up to $50 as a bonus bet if they run second on Saturday!