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.
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.
2013 Open Mile Nominations
Eagle Farm Racecourse – 22/06/2013
|1||ANGEL OF MERCY||Gerald Ryan||–|
|2||BID SPOTTER||Toby Edmonds||–|
|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|
|11||MYSTICAL GREY||Craig Stott||91|
|13||POSTE RESTANTE (NZ)||Desleigh Forster||92|
|14||RISK AVERSION||Michael Lakey||94|
|15||SOFT SAND||Paul Messara||94|
|18||THUMBTACKS (NZ)||Chris Waller||–|