Nominations for the season’s final Group 1 showdown have now been released with a classy collection of fillies and mares entered for the Tattersall’s Tiara 2013 at Eagle Farm Racecourse this weekend.
Rounding out the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival majors the $500,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) is usually the grand final aim for the top tier females and has this year drawn 29 nominees.
Among the contingent of hopefuls vying for a spot in the final field for the weight-for-age clash are two from the stables of Sydney’s premiership shoe-in and leading Group 1 winning trainer for the season Chris Waller.
With eight Group 1 trophies already in the cabinet this term, Waller will vie for the last on the program with consistent elite level performer Red Tracer coming off a Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) victory and his progressive Redoute’s Choice four-year-old She’s Clean last seen overcoming barrier 13 of 13 at Randwick in to win the Listed June Stakes (1200m) on June 8.
While last year’s Tattersall’s Tiara winner Pear Tart is not in the mix having been sold and retired, former Patinack Farm head trainer John Thompson will still be well represented vying for back-to-back wins with likely favourite Peron.
Rating the up-and-coming Husson filly a nicer type than Pear Tart Thompson is confident heading into Saturday’s race after Peron posted her sixth career win from seven starts over the weekend winning the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) by an easy two lengths at Ipswich.
“All over she’s a better horse than Pear Tart,” Thompson said after Peron’s Ipswich win on Saturday.
“It’s just been a crying shame she wasn’t able to get into some of those earlier black-type races.
“This filly is all class.
“Class goes a long way and she’s a very good filly still on the way up.
“If she gets into the Tiara in good condition she’ll give it a real shake.”
Other Tattersall’s Tiara entries coming via the Gai Waterhouse Classic include third placegetter Doubtfilly from the Sunshine Coast stables of Stuart Kendrick, the Liam Birchley-trained Whateverwhenever (5th) and Bjorn Baker’s Bel Esprit mare City Of Song (6th).
Also in the mix are some genuine Group 1 types including the Guy Walter-trained Skyerush last seen winning the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in late April, 2011 Tattersall’s Tiara winner Yosei after her first win since then and Guy Walter’s dual Group 1 champion Streama coming off a very brave third in the Stradbroke Handicap.
There are plenty of other live wire chances among the nominations too with standouts including the Anthony Cummings-trained Dark Jewel Classic winner Arctic Flight coming off a third to Red Tracer in the Dane Ripper, Dane Ripper runner-up Floria from the Melbourne stables of Peter Moody, Murray Baker’s New Zealand raider Diademe and the Darren Weir-trained Royal Bender.
Check out the full list of 2013 Tattersall’s Tiara nominations in the table below with the final field and barriers due for release on Wednesday.
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2013 Tattersall’s Tiara Nominations
Eagle Farm Racecourse – 22/06/2013
|2||ARCTIC FLIGHT||Anthony Cummings|
|4||CITY OF SONG||Bjorn Baker|
|5||DIADEME (NZ)||Murray Baker|
|6||DIAMOND EARTH||Anthony Cummings|
|8||FLORIA (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|9||GAI’S CHOICE||David Pfieffer|
|10||KNEELING||Peter G Moody|
|11||OUR MISS JONES (NZ)||Michael Kent|
|12||PERFECTLY STUNNING (NZ)||Pat Carey|
|13||PERON||John P Thompson|
|14||RED TRACER||Chris Waller|
|15||RISK AVERSION||Michael Lakey|
|16||ROYAL BENDER||Darren Weir|
|17||SERENE STAR||Michael Kent|
|19||SHE’S CLEAN||Chris Waller|
|20||SKATING ON ICE||Les Kelly|
|22||SOFT SAND||Paul Messara|
|23||SPIRIT SONG||Kelso Wood|
|24||STEPS IN TIME||John O’Shea|
|26||TAMBO’S JEWEL||Stuart Kendrick|
|28||WILD MIA (USA)||Troy Corstens|