Champion jockey Corey Brown will chase his seventh Group 1 win for the season this Saturday partnering with odds-on favourite Beaded in the Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm, but could come away with as many as seven more wins to his impressive record at the end of the day.
Brown boasts a top book of seven-rides for Tattersall’s Tiara Day, including the mount on the Peter Snowden-trained Doomben 10,000 winner Beaded in the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
With Darley’s No. 1 rider Kerrin McEvoy serving a suspension, Brown has been blessed to pick up the ride on Beaded as well as a number of other top Darley-owned hopes.
“I am really happy to be picking up the McEvoy rides,” Brown said.
He reunites with Beaded after having ridden her to her maiden elite level success in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 28.
“I am very excited to be back on her,” Brown said.
One of the most consistent Group performers of the past racing season, Lonhro mare Beaded is the deserved $2 favourite to add a second Group 1 to her commanding record on Saturday.
With the ideal barrier three draw and a last-start second to Sincero in the Stradbroke Handicap, for which McEvoy had the mount, at the same track and distance as Saturday’s assignment, there looks to be little stopping Beaded from becoming the 2011 Tattersall’s Tiara winner and giving Brown his seventh Group 1 win of the season – which will see him equal Black Caviar’s regular rider Luke Nolen.
“She was gallant in defeat last start and is a 100 per cent trier,” said Brown.
“I wouldn’t say she is the favourite by a long way but she is a Group 1 winner; albeit by the barest of margins.
“On paper she definitely looks the one to beat, she has drawn the perfect barrier and will no doubt look the winner at some stage.”
While punters are also giving QTC Cup winner Varenna Miss and last-start Dane Ripper Stakes victor Hurtle Myrtle some love in the Tatt’s Tiara markets, it is a double-figure outsider that Brown tips as one of Beaded’s main dangers tomorrow.
“I think Steps In Time is going to be a really good racehorse but this race may have come just a bit too early for her but she is one of the ones to beat,” he said.
“I had the choice to ride Steps In Time but decided to go with Beaded.”
Yet to finish out of the money in her four race starts to date, John O’Shea’s Danehill Dancer filly Steps In Time will jump from barrier nine on Saturday and comes into the Tiara on the back of a narrow win in the Listed Daybreak Lover Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 4.
Along with Beaded, Brown will take the mount on six other livewire chances on Saturday.
After the opening three races of the day where Brown will ride Tightrope (Race 1), Good Medicine (Race 2) and Ready Steady Vetti (Race 3), the black-type action kicks off with the $100,000 Listed Centenary Classic Mercedes-Benz Stakes (1400m) for two-year-olds.
In the feature Brown will ride Beaded’s young stablemate Abstract, the promising Domesday filly drawn in gate seven of 15 and sitting as the $4 third favourite for the juvenile showdown.
“I don’t know that much about Abstract as I haven’t been on her back before,” Brown admitted.
To date Abstract has started four times, finishing out of the money just once after winning her first two races back in January.
Snowden bought the two-year-old to Queensland for the winter carnival, Abstract making her Brisbane debut on Stradbroke Handicap Day a fortnight ago when running a game second to Barry Baldwin’s Belle D’Amour in the Listed Lancaster Stakes (1200m).
Now Brown is hoping the filly can break his unlucky run in the two-year-old races recently after he was dislodged from the fellow Snowden-trained Free Wheeling when they reared badly and got lodged in the barriers before the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes three weeks ago.
“Peter Snowden is a great horseman and a great trainer and he wouldn’t have the horse up there unless he thought it was a winning chance,” Brown said with confidence.
Brown will also ride Tony Gollan’s gallant Toowoomba galloper Temple Of Boom in the $175,000 Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) and Roger James’ gun Kiwi Firebolt in the closing race on Saturday – the $100,000 Listed Tattersall’s Mile (1600m) – for which the last-start Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup winner is the early favourite for.