The final Group 1 race of the 2011-12 Australian Racing Season is this Saturday’s Tattersall’s Tiara 2012 at Eagle Farm Racecourse, nominations for which have now been released by Racing Queensland.
The $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m), formerly known as the Winter Stakes, is a weight-for-age clash for fillies and mares and has this year drawn 23 early entries.
Won 12 months ago by multiple Group 1 champion Yosei, betting markets for the Tattersall’s Tiara 2012 are likely to be dominated by Stradbroke Handicap winner Mid Summer Music should she accept.
Hitting the big time on June 9 the Peter Moody-trained six-year-old exceeded the bookies’ and even her trainer’s expectations by winning Queensland’s richest race by an easy one and three quarter lengths over local star Buffering.
Moody has also nominated for his Zabeel mare So Pristine, winner of the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville two back.
Along with Mid Summer Music other last-start winners include the David Pfieffer-trained Gai’s Choice who won the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at Ipswich last Saturday, and Chris Waller’s Dane Shadow four-year-old Red Tracer last seen winning the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) in the wet at Eagle Farm on June 2.
Also included in the Tattersall’s Tiara nominations are the two horses that finished a close second and third, both beaten less than a half-length, behind Red Tracer in the Dane Ripper with Peter Snowden’s Commands four-year-old Forfeiture and Les Kelly’s Gold Coast galloper Alltherightmoves.
Other notable entries include Danny O’Brian’s Pins filly Shopaholic, the Guy Walter-trained Emancipation Stakes winner Skyerush, smart Caulfield filly Soft Sand and recent BTC Cup fourth placed Varenna Miss.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au to view the 2012 Tattersall’s Tiara final field once released on Wednesday.
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2012 Tattersall’s Tiara Nominations
Eagle Farm – 23/06/2012
|4||BONNIE MAC (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|8||GAI’S CHOICE||David Pfieffer|
|9||MID SUMMER MUSIC||Peter G Moody|
|10||MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ)||Joseph Pride|
|11||OUR STAWELL GIFT||Leendert Van Der Sluys|
|12||PEAR TART||John P Thompson|
|14||RED TRACER||Chris Waller|
|15||RISK AVERSION||Michael Lakey|
|16||SAN ZAIM||Tracey Bartley|
|17||SHOPAHOLIC (NZ)||Danny O’Brien|
|18||SISTINE ANGEL||Andrew Noblet|
|20||SO PRISTINE||Peter G Moody|
|21||SOFT SAND||Colin Little|
|22||SOPHIE’S SPIRIT||Max Hinton|
|23||VARENNA MISS||Tony Noonan|