Thu, Jun 21, 3:08pm by Staff Writer
The final Group 1 of the racing season is upon us this Saturday at Doomben where the rail is out 3.5m and the track expected to be in the good range.
The Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1350m) is the feature of the day and as one would expect during the Brisbane Winter Carnival – and amongst fillies and mares grade – it’s a wide-open affair. A capacity field of 16 plus five emergencies have accepted for the race with Chris Waller saddling up three runners (plus one emergency) as he looks to add to his 13 G1’s for the season, six of those coming from wonder mare Winx.
Shillelagh ($15) is third-up and comes into this off a closing sixth of 16 in the G1 Stradbroke (1350m) behind Santa Ana Lane on a heavy-8. Her last win was back in November 2017 in the G1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) at Flemington which was also third-up into her prep. French Emotion ($41) was fifth in this race last year – beaten 3.3L – and comes into this after a fourteenth of 15 in the G2 Dane Ripper (1350m). Before that, she notched up back-to-back wins, the most recent in G2 grade at Morphettville.
Invincibella ($15) took out the Dane Ripper, and that continued her recent good form of late with two placings at her past two runs in Stakes grade when beaten less than a length in each. She’s drawn poorly in barrier 15 but last start she won from barrier 14. Noire ($23) is the fourth of the Waller quartet and she’s third emergency for the race with six wins and three minors from her 12 starts, this her first attempt at black type were she to gain a start.
Prompt Response ($6) was beaten 0.2L in this race last year and lines up after finishing 0.4L behind Invincibella last start. A gallant mare with a strong record of five wins, ten seconds and a third from her 26 starts she’s been within a length of the winner in G1 grade on 3 occasions – plus a second beaten 2L – and no one would begrudge her a well-deserved G1 victory. Moss Trip ($10) finished alongside Prompt Response last start – with two wins prior to that – but she’s been given no favours with the barriers drawing 21 of 21.
Three-year-old filly Champagne Cuddles ($5.50) is favourite for the race and she’s been at or near the top of betting since her two thirds in the G1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) and Stradbroke (1350m) – and she’s drawn ideally in barrier four.
Pedrena ($12) landed some good bets two starts back when taking out the G3 Glenlogan Stakes (1350m) – beating Invincibella on that occasion – before finishing midfield in the Dane Ripper last start. She’s had good early support at odds for Saturday with trainer Mick Price confident his mare can bounce back on a firmer surface.
Siren’s Fury ($21) is racing in great form with two wins from her past three starts – and three wins from her past five – and she was a fast-finishing fourth in the Dane Ripper last start.
Daysee Doom ($14) is a popular mare with a G1 Coolmore (1500m) win under her belt from the autumn. She’s first-up on Saturday with two wins and two placings from five first-up runs although barrier 20 won’t help her cause.
Super Cash ($10) has been fourth and second to Santa Ana Lane at her past two runs with Missrock ($19) second in the G1 Goodwood (1200m) last start while Kris Lees saddles up Just Dreaming ($27) and Invincible Gem ($16) who are capable on their day given the right circumstances.
Savanna Amour ($8.50) was underdone according to her trainer when first-up but she bounced back with a win last start in Listed grade over 1200m. Miss Wilson ($16) is a last start NZ G1 winner over 1600m back in early April with Volpe Veloce ($41) also over from NZ but she’s had the one run at Doomben when sixth to Impending beaten 3.2L.
Suggested Bet: Hoping No Annamossity ($3.20, race 4 number 4) can make it back-to-back wins after a fairly dominant win last start. He’s building a good record, he’s drawn beautifully and with the 3kg claim, he’s only half a kilo above the limit.
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