Trainer Chris Waller may be the season’s top Group 1 winning trainer with eight trophies and counting but jockey Jason Collett will be vying for his maiden elite level victory when he partner’s with the ace Sydney horseman’s Tattersall’s Tiara 2013 hope She’s Clean this Saturday.
It’s a clean slate for Collett however with Waller saying there was zero pressure on him to win the $500,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m), the last Group 1 of the current season, a race he will also be represented in by top mare Red Tracer.
Last start winner of the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes over the same track and distance on Stradbroke Handicap Day, five-year-old Red Tracer is the current $4.80 second pick in the Tattersall’s Tiara odds.
Markets are led by the Guy Walter-trained dual Group 1 winner Streama at $4.20 who was an eye-catching third in the Stradbroke Handicap two weeks back and who has come up trumps with barrier one while Red Tracer must overcome the ‘visitor’s gate’ 16 of 16.
Further down punters can then find Waller’s in-form four-year-old She’s Clean at a quote of $12.
Collett is being rewarded with the Group 1 ride on the weekend having successfully partnered with the daughter of Redoute’s Choice for her two runs this time in for as many wins and Waller wants him to go to the gates on Saturday as if he was riding in any ordinary race.
“He was given the ride on one proviso; treat it like any other race,” Waller said.
“He has done a great job with her, she responds to his riding and seems to like him.”
After a first-up 1100m success at Randwick in May the duo were last seen winning at stakes level when beating home the boys in the Listed June Stakes (1200m), also at Randwick, on June 8 which proved to Waller he had a genuine Group horse on his hands.
“She has a good winning strike rate and that’s always the sign of a horse who can progress to better company,” he said.
“She beat the opposite sex last start at Listed level and I think when they come back to their own sex they can go up another grade or two.
“That would put her at Group Two or Group Three level so she just has to get up that bit more to Group One level.”
It’s a notable class rise for She’s Clean, drawn ideally in barrier four after having jumped from the extreme outside (13) in the June Stakes, but one Waller is hoping she and Collett can handle and enjoy.
“It’s a no-pressure approach,” Waller said.
“He’s on a good horse who has a good draw and he just needs to enjoy the ride and see what happens.”
Collett could find it hard to ignore the pressure however as he’s out to ride owners’ Ingham Racing’s first Group 1 winner since Forensics took out the 2008 Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
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