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Top Sydney-based hoop Nash Rawiller is gearing up for a big Saturday at the last Group 1 race meeting of the season having secured a number of prized Tattersall’s Tiara Day 2013 mounts at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse.
Rawiller’s major ride of the day is in the marquee race partnering with the Chris Waller-trained Red Tracer in the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
Five-year-old Dane Shadow mare Red Tracer is sure to start one of the top fancies in the females-only feature following her close last start win at the same track and distance in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m).
For that effort Red Tracer, a multiple Group 1 place-getter including her two second place finishes behind Appearance in the Coolmore Classic and Queen Of The Turf Stakes in Sydney during the autumn, was ridden by Rawiller and he’s excited to stay on her for the Tiara.
Red Tracer, along with her progressive stablemate She’s Clean coming off successive Randwick wins, are out to hand Waller with his ninth Group 1 trophy of the season with the former New Zealander the most successful Group 1 trainer for the term.
Rawiller has then this week added another quality mount to his Tiara Day line-up due to replace the suspended Brenton Avdulla aboard the now Tina Cotsiopoulos-trained Howmuchdoyouloveme in the $175,000 Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m).
The classy Written Tycoon four-year-old, previously prepared by the now disqualified Con Karakatsanis, relished the step back in class last start at Eagle Farm in the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) enjoying an easy two length victory over Delago Bolt.
That effort carrying 59.5kg to the runner-ups’ 55.5kg saw Howmuchdoyouloveme overcome barrier 16 of 17 after they had previously finished well out of the money in the Group 1 The Galaxy (12th) and Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (7th) in Sydney.
It was also that victory that saw Racing Queensland stewards suspend Avdulla for their Stradbroke Handicap Day ride.
As well as the two big Group features on the card Rawiller has two other black type rides to look forward to on Saturday.
The first is aboard Leon Corstens’ former SA Derby winner Zabeelionaire in the $200,000 Group 3 Carlton Draught Tattersall’s Cup (2200m), the Zabeel four-year-old looking to improve on their two dead last finishes during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
They failed to keep in touch at Group 1 level when 13th of 13 in the Doomben Cup (2000m) in May when ridden by Stephen Baster before Michael Rodd took over for another below par run this time running seven lengths away sixth of six in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) on June 1.
Rounding out Rawiller’s book is then the Murray Baker-trained Diademe in the $100,000 Listed Centenary Classic Open Mile (1600m), the four-year-old Savabeel mare to take on the boys after some very promising form this winter.
Third back home in New Zealand to Xanadu in the Group 1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) in April Diademe travelled down under in May and debuted here with a third to Sookie in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m).
She put in another promising effort last start too when under a length and a half away fourth to Tokamak, another Open Mile nominee, in the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm a fortnight ago which could prove the form race for Saturday’s event.
Tattersall’s Tiara Day race fields are due for release on Wednesday with acceptances to be published right here at Races.com.au so stay tuned.
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