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The Joe Pride-trained Miss Keepsake will be out to add another Group 1 record to her title before retirment in the final elite level of the Australian thoroughbred racing season this Saturday when she lines up in the 2012 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm.
The five-year-old Keeper mare was originally prepared in New Zealand by Andrew Scott before joining Pride’s Warwick Farm operation in Sydney in the summer of 2011.
She became a Group 1 winner at start number seven when under Scott’s training, Miss Keepsake travelling to Queensland to take out the 2010 Queensland Oaks before her game third behind Dariana in that year’s Queensland Derby.
Over her career she has won just five of her 30 starts for a tickle under $530,000 in prize money, Miss Keepsake recently purchased by Rick Jamieson.
Jamieson is best known as the breeder of the undefeated turf queen Black Caviar who vies for her incredible 22nd straight win at Royal Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday.
He purchased Black Caviar’s dam Helsinge for $115,000 back under the Gilgai Farm brand in 2005 before selling Black Caviar on as a yearling for what turned out to be a steal for just $210,000 at the 2008 William Inglis and Son Premier Yearling Sales.
One of Gilgai Farm’s latest acquisitions has been Miss Keepsake who was snapped up for $400,000 at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale last month.
It has been a testing past few months for Miss Keepsake who ran seventh to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival-bound Solzhenitsyn in the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) at Doomben last start on May 19 before her trip to the sales’ ring.
She returns on Saturday for another shot at another Group 1 victory to add to her record before being retired to the breeding barn, whenever that may come.
“Nothing definite has been decided about her future and it will all depend on how she goes in the Tiara,” Gilgai Farm manager Meaghan Strickland-Wood said.
“We’ve got our fingers crossed she runs well.”
Miss Keepsake’s most recent Group 1 run was her second to super mare More Joyous in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Rosehill back on Golden Slipper Day in April.
She was last seen trialling at Warwick Farm finishing a close second over 790-metres on June 8 and is reportedly doing well ahead of Saturday’s clash where her possible rivals include recent Stradbroke Handicap hero Mid Summer Music, and Gai’s Choice coming off a stakes win on Ipswich Cup Day.
“She has been through a bit, going through the sale ring and coming back to the stable and then trialling,” Pride’s stable foreman Dominic Bracks said.
“But she has taken no harm. She trialled very well. She’s a tough little mare.”
The 2012 Tattersall’s Tiara final field and barrier draw is due for release on Wednesday and will be published right here at Races.com.au.
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