Fri, Jun 23, 9:56am by Staff Writer
Doomben has had more than its fair share of racing in recent times and it once again holds centre stage with the running of the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1350m) – the final G1 of the racing calendar year. The rail is out 3.5m and even though the track was rated a soft-6 at acceptances, fine weather is predicted which should see an upgrade to a good surface come race day.
A capacity field of 16 runners and five emergencies have accepted for the race with In Her Time opening as the $3.30 favourite. A winner of five from 13 career starts, no one would begrudge the four-year-old mare a Group 1 victory. Her last three runs have been at G1 level with her most recent run being a 0.3L second to Impending in the Stradbroke (1350m) at Doomben. Before that she was fifth in the Doomben 10,000 and fifth in the Coolmore Classic, and all from barriers 12, 11 and 10 respectively. Prior to that she won the G2 Millie Fox (1300m) at Rosehill when jumping from barrier 11 and she’s drawn wide again on Saturday in gate 16.
Bonny O’Reilly ($9.50) has drawn next door in 17 and she met defeat for the first time in six starts when a 1L third to Prompt Response in the G2 Dane Ripper (1350m) a fortnight ago. A punters’ favourite, she drew wide on that occasion as well with trainer Bjorn Baker saying the bad gate affected her usual strong finish. Baker’s other runner Egyptian Symbol ($12) hasn’t fared any better in the barrier draw, coming up in 20.
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Prompt Response ($6) got a deserved win in the Dane Ripper after three seconds and a fourth from her runs this campaign. She’s won three from 14 career starts but has finished in the placings a further seven times. Stablemate My True Love ($16) split Prompt Response and Bonny O’Reilly in the Dane Ripper but looks unlikely to gain a start here as fifth emergency.
Chris Waller won this race back in 2013 with crowd favourite Red Tracer and he gets the chance to add to his tally of nine Group 1 wins this season with French Emotion ($26) – who’s drawn widest in 21. A winner two starts back at Moonee Valley over 1400m, she did run second to I Am a Star in the G1 Myer (1600m) during the Flemington carnival.
Eckstein ($9.50) and Miss Gunpowder ($12) are last start winners albeit in lesser grade. Tycoon Tara ($21) and Nancy ($12) line up for Team Snowden with Kinshachi ($21) and first emergency Maternal ($26) are in the mix for Godolphin. Last year’s winner Miss Cover Girl ($51) hasn’t won a race since while Koby Jennings and apprentice Tiffani Brooker make their G1 debuts on Danish Twist ($17) and Rare Occurrence ($61) respectively.
Deploy ($3.40) has been supported in early markets in the final race of the day, the G3 Healy Stakes (1200m). A winner of six from 13 with a further six placings, he landed some big bets last start in the G3 Moreton Cup (1200m) when defeating Dothraki ($6) who also lines up here. Dothraki will be joined by stablemate Flippant ($7) who is first up from a break and will jump from barrier two with Burning Passion ($8.50) for James Cummings drawing one. A winner of four from six on the heavy, he’s only got the one win from 12 starts on a good surface.
Too Good To Refuse ($9) will no doubt be flashing home late, Irish Constabulary ($17) is a lightly raced eight-year-old with seven wins and seven placings from his 22 career starts while 3YO filly All Over Bosanova ($18) looks likely to line up in this race and not the Tatts Tiara where she is fourth emergency.
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