Gerald Ryan is keen for Angel Of Mercy to make her debut for new Japanese connections when the five-year-old steps out in the 2014 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The Hussonet mare went under the hammer at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale earlier this month and was picked up by Katsumi Yoshida for $575,000 who was keen to race on with the six time winner at least once more.
Thriving in the warm Queensland climate this winter, Angel Of Mercy was last seen winning the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1650m) at Doomben on May 24.
She just held on there to defeat Wistful by a nostril flare in an improved effort on her eighth to Streama in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) the start before.
Another drop back in distance is now on the cards for Angel Of Mercy this weekend when she wears her new colours in the $500,000 Group 1 SKY Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
Jockey Tim Bell has retained the ride in the Group 1 after his nice ride aboard her in the Lord Mayor’s last time out, his first time partnering with the $430,000 earner.
Bell also rode Angel Of Mercy for her work on Tuesday morning at the Gold Coast, the hoop impressed with what she showed him.
“Timmy is riding her and he rode her work this morning and she worked strong at the Gold Coast over 600m, he reckons she felt better to him this morning than what she did going in to her last two starts,” Ryan told TVN on Tuesday.
“This is about the fourth time he has ridden her on the track and he feels she is going better than any time before.
“It is a good race, so she is going to need to be going good to be a hope.”
The Tiara could be the mare’s swansong race before retirement, but Ryan isn’t sure what the official intentions of Mr Yoshida, of 2006 Melbourne cup winning fame with Delta Blues, are for her career post-racing.
“I’m not real sure whether this will be it for her, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is her last run, it just depends whether she goes to stud here in Australia or whether she heads to Japan,” Ryan said.
“If she is going to Japan, we may get another one or two runs with her in the spring before she went but I’m not 100 per cent either way.”
While her lead-up form is spot on Ryan is now hoping the rain stays away and the track stays firm for Saturday’s final elite level of the season.
“She needs nothing worse than a dead track, she does prefer it dry, when you look at her form on dry surfaces it is terrific, all her wins have been on dry,” he said.
If successful, Ryan will be celebrating not only a win for the mare’s new connections but also his fourth victory in the race.
He first won in 1992 with Blushing Bijou when the race was known as the Winter Stakes and held only Listed status.
In 2003 he won again with Mon Mekki after it’s elevation to a Group 2 event before finally scoring a Group 1 win in the race as it is rated today with Melito back in 2010.
This year’s Tattersall’s Tiara has attracted plenty of top female gallopers including Gai Waterhouse’s Dane Ripper Stakes winner Cosmic Endeavour after the same double achieved by Red Tracer last year.
The Chris Waller-trained Red Tracer is also back this winter along with stablemates Catkins and She’s Clean.
Earlier the Melbourne-based Maher said they would be accepting for the daughter of Dubawi after her nice hit-out at Eagle Farm with Glen Boss aboard this morning.
Having pulled up a little sore after that run however Maher has now pulled the pin on a Tatt’s bid and will send the three-year-old out to the paddock immediately before a spring return.
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