The season’s leading Group 1 trainer Chris Waller has uncovered another genuine hope for Saturday week’s Tattersall’s Tiara 2013 with Redoute’s Choice mare She’s Clean winning the Listed June Stakes (1200m) at Randwick over the weekend.
The four-year-old is now one of three livewire chances for the likeable Waller in the final Group 1 race of the season, Eagle Farm’s $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) to run on Saturday June 22 at the very end of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
Waller already has two high profile contenders for the classic in last Saturday’s Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes winner Red Tracer and dual Group winning grey Arinosa and now She’s Clean has also confirmed herself as an acceptor in the Tiara.
The four-year-old is proving a consistent force in Waller’s thriving Sydney stables winning eight of her 16 starts to date and finishing in the money in a further five of those runs so far.
Her first stakes assignment was back in February at Warwick Farm where a Heavy (9) track gave the versatile galloper the advantage over Myer Classic winner and subsequent Coolmore Classic – Queen Of The Turf Stakes double champion Appearance in the Listed Triscay Stakes (1200m).
After a three month break She’s Clean returned at Randwick last month with a first-up win over 1100m ahead of News Alert and she was back in the winners’ stall there on Saturday overcoming barrier 13 of 13 to beat home Neeson by a half length in the Listed June Stakes (1200m).
That performance has Waller convinced she can make the upgrade to Group 1 company on the 22nd which will be her first interstate assignment.
“She is an example of having a big team because she could have been in Brisbane on the weekend,” Waller said.
“I didn’t think she could beat Red Tracer at set weights and now she goes to a Group 1 third-up at her peak.”
As for his other Tattersall’s Tiara-bound hopes, he is also confident both of them are on track for a big run.
Red Tracer is sure to start near the top of the markets for the females-only clash following her return to form on Stradbroke Day when narrowly beating home Floria in the Dane Ripper over the same track (Eagle Farm) and distance (1400m) as the Tiara as part of a bumper day for Waller.
The master trainer not only won the Dane Ripper but he also posted his second Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival Group 1 with Hawkspur in the Queensland Derby and finished the day on a high with Moriarty coming from the back of the pack to snare the Group 2 Brisbane Cup title.
“We have always had good success up there (in Brisbane),” Waller said.
“I can remember three years ago going there with Metal Bender and Pressday.
“You learn from each time you go and having a big team we have the advantage of picking the right races for the right horses.
“Some have to improve and have, others just need to keep doing what they have been doing and get some luck.”
Dash For Cash five-year-old Arinosa meanwhile enjoyed back-to-back Sydney wins in the autumn but hasn’t raced since her somewhat disappointing fourth to Sookie in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m), a performance Waller is hoping she can improve on.
“Arinosa will have a gallop on Wednesday and she should be right for the Tiara,” he said.
“I’m going to take her to the Gold Coast if she can have a gallop between races on Saturday.”
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