Open Mile 2013 Nominations – Tattersall’s Tiara Day

The Queensland Winter Racing Carnival action winds up at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday for Tattersall’s Tiara Day featuring plenty of black type action including the 2013 Open Mile for the middle distance gallopers.

Conservatorium

Eye Liner Stakes winner Conservatorium could back-up in Saturday's Open Mile 2013 at Eagle Farm. Photo: Daniel Costello.

There were 20 nominations taken for this year’s edition of the $100,000 Listed Centenary Classic Mercedes-Benz Open Mile (1600m), the likely favourite of which is the Gary Kennewell-trained Conservatorium.

In-form Royal Academy five-year-old Conservatorium was in the winners’ stall at Ipswich last Saturday after posting an impressive two length victory in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m).

That was a consolation prize for connections after they only just missed out on a run in the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) when failing to secure the ballot exemption with their devastatingly close second to Galah in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) on June 1.

Originally the Morphettville-based Kennewell was going to send Conservatorium, second to Platelet in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) back home last month from the extreme outside barrier (16 of 16), to the paddock after the Eye Liner to prepare for a spring return.

The ease of their win west of Brisbane however saw him nominate the horse for a seven day back-up in the Open Mile which would be their first look at a distance greater than 1350m.

There’s certainly plenty of talent among the Open Mile nominations this year too with other highly rated hopes including the visiting Murray Baker-trained New Zealand-based Savabeel mare Diademe who was third in the Group 1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes over the mile back home in April, and Rob Heathcote’s local Bradbury’s Luck grey Fire Up Fifi.

Fire Up Fifi has been in top form this preparation including her good win over Tokamak in the Listed Spear Chief Handicap (1500m) at the start of the month, and her close fourth when beaten under a length by 2013 Tattersall’s Tiara hopeful Red Tracer in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m) seven days later.

One of the best lead-up runs for the Open Mile meanwhile came from the Barry Lockwood-trained Tokamak, the Diogenes five-year-old having beaten home a decent field over the same track and distance to win the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m) on June 8.

Also coming via the Strawberry Road Handicap are the likes of Kelso Wood’s Falvelon four-year-old Someday (2nd) and the aforementioned Diademe (4th).

Also in the mix are then the resuming Bid Spotter, last start Eagle Farm winner Massuri, and the Chris Waller-trained duo of Firebolt and Thumbtacks.

All the Eagle Farm race fields are due out on Wednesday including Open Mile acceptances and will be published right here at Races.com.au so stay tuned.

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2013 Open Mile Nominations

Eagle Farm Racecourse – 22/06/2013

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ANGEL OF MERCY Gerald Ryan
2 BID SPOTTER Toby Edmonds
3 CONSERVATORIUM Gary Kennewell
4 DIADEME (NZ) Murray Baker 100
5 DOZINTMATERANYWAY (NZ) Liam Birchley 94
6 FIRE UP FIFI Robert Heathcote 102
7 FIREBOLT (NZ) Chris Waller
8 GREEN BIRDIE (NZ) Darlene Duryea 99
9 LISTEN SON Tony Gollan 97
10 MASSURI Stuart Kendrick 77
11 MYSTICAL GREY Craig Stott 91
12 PEPPERWOOD Liam Birchley 91
13 POSTE RESTANTE (NZ) Desleigh Forster 92
14 RISK AVERSION Michael Lakey 94
15 SOFT SAND Paul Messara 94
16 SOLEBID Craig Cousins
17 SOMEDAY Kelso Wood 88
18 THUMBTACKS (NZ) Chris Waller
19 TOKAMAK Barry Lockwood 98
20 WHITESAILS Brett Dodson 83